Questions Over Party Paid For By Your Taxes

Good morning to you on this Wednesday, 2 October 2013, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Hope your day is off to a great's been busy here in the WBTV newsroom as we're putting the morning newscast together.  A lot to tell you about this morning as you get ready to start your day.  Turn your television on now as we go on the air at 4:30!

A private party, paid for with taxpayer money.  WBTV News uncovered it ...and last night - Mecklenburg County Commissioners confronted the issue.  It involves the new Romare Bearden park in Uptown Charlotte.  Organizers spent $162,000 on a three day celebration for the park's opening...which some are calling overkill.  Cam Man Ron Lee will be live with more details.

Still no resolution in Congress on the budget battle...we'll have the latest on what's happening and how the government shutdown is affecting people across the nation.

Speaking of the shutdown...Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens says it will offer free admission to federal workers affected by the government shutdown. Zoo officials say all federal government employees can come to the zoo for free today through Friday of this week.

Things were a little bumpy on the first day Americans could sign up for health insurance under the health care law.  The initial signup day Tuesday began with a stalled website, an error message and a menu that didn't work.

The re-trial of a man accused of killing Monroe teen Phylicia Barnes...will now start in November.

Gov. Pat McCrory's top legal adviser is questioning whether North Carolina's Democratic attorney general can defend the GOP-backed voting changes. A federal lawsuit alleges the changes are intended to suppress minority voter turnout. McCrory has hired an outside lawyer from South Carolina at taxpayers' expense.

Astrid Martinez has a really neat story, all new for the morning show...about a dream come true for a local high school student:  an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World to participate in an educational and mentoring program.  You don't want to miss it!

For the first time in 21 years...the Pittsburgh Pirates have won a playoff game!  The Pirates eliminated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in a one-game wild card playoff last night. They now get to play NL Central champion St. Louis in the best-of-five National League division series starting Thursday.

Important note:  today is the last day you can register to sign up for Team Molly or Team John to be a part of the Komen Race For The Cure this Saturday!  Please take a moment to join our teams...for one of the most fantastic and inspiring events of the year!  I'll be out there this Saturday and would love for you to join me...just go to:

We'll have all those stories and so much more...when you join us this morning from 4:30 to 7:00.  Hope to see you then!