Police Officer Court Appearance; Costa Concordia Righted

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 17 September 2013, from the WBTV News morning team ... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Before you grab that first cup of coffee, why not go ahead and turn on your television!  We have a lot to tell you about from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed man is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.  We'll have a live report with the latest details in the case.

One person has been arrested...but right now police are searching for another person... following a deadly shooting near Livingstone College in Salisbury.

We'll have the latest on the deadly shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 people dead, including the alleged gunman.  Police now believe the gunman acted alone, but have not established a motive.

College students in Raleigh marched to the governor's mansion to protest voting changes Pat McCrory signed into law.  We'll tell you why the governor never saw them.

A North Carolina woman who starred in a stark government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking has died at 53. Terrie Hall died of cancer Monday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

We'll take you live to Giglio Island off Italy.  After being partially submerged for 20 months, the wrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia is sitting upright again.

A vote is expected in the House this week on a bill that would slash the food stamp program by an estimated $4 billion annually. If approved, states would have the authority to add new work requirements for recipients.

And if I had told you before the NFL season began, that the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants, and the Pittsburgh Steelers would have the same record two weeks into the season, what would you have thought?  But it's true...all the teams are 0 and 2.  We'll have highlights from last night's game between the Steelers and the Bengals.

Plus...a nice start to the day with the weather...but what more can we expect as daylight breaks this morning?  Al Conklin has your First Alert Weather forecast.

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM for WBTV News This Morning.  Hope to see you then!