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Government Now In Shutdown; Obamacare Opens Today

It's a busy morning in the WBTV newsroom today on this Tuesday, the first day of October 2013.  This is John Carter of the morning team reporting to you this morning...and we have a lot to tell you about from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.

Well...it has happened...the federal government is shutdown this morning after House and Senate members were unable to come to a compromise on the budget.  We're going to give you all the information you'll need to understand what's happening and how it's going to impact you.

The launch of new health insurance exchanges, Obamacare as it's being called, begins today...expanding health care coverage to millions of Americans.  The main components of Obamacare will proceed despite the shutdown. That's because its funding is protected from the whims of Congress, like other functions such as Social Security and national defense.

A lot of new laws go into effect in North Carolina today...including a controversial law that now allows gun owners with concealed carry permits to have guns on university and public school campuses.

Police have released pictures of the man they say may be connected to a deadly shooting in South Charlotte.  Cam Man Ron Lee will have complete details in a live report.

Astrid Martinez joins us live with a very compelling story...a Charlotte woman didn't want history to repeat itself.  She chose to undergo a preventative double mastectomy...after her mother died of breast cancer.  Astrid has the story of the woman's courageous journey.

In sports...Drew Brees threw for 413 yards...his ninth straight game passing for at least 300 yards, tying an NFL record...as the New Orleans Saints beat the Miami Dolphins last night, 38 to 17.  The Saints are now 4 and 0...Miami goes to 3 and 1.

And speaking of sports...the Charlotte Bobcats begin training camp at UNC-Asheville today under new head coach, Steve Clifford.

Al Conklin will have your most complete and accurate weather forecast...and Tonya Rivens is keeping an eye on traffic this morning...all that and so much more when you join us for WBTV News This Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  Hope to see you then!

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