Possible Deal To End Shutdown; Independence Safety

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 15 October 2013, from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  A lot happening in the newsroom this morning as our producing and editing team is preparing our newscast.  Be sure to tune in from 4:30 to 7:00 AM for the Carolina's best morning newscast.

Day 15 of the government shutdown...and just two days away from a government default.  Senate leaders are closing in on an agreement to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations.

A search is on this morning for the driver who was involved in a deadly crash this past weekend along east Independence Boulevard in Charlotte.  Cam Man Ron Lee has the latest on the search...as well as the dangers pedestrians face as they try to cross Independence.

A teenager accused of robbing and shooting an off-duty police officer in Charlotte - is facing even more charges this morning.

The death toll is now up to 32 following the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in the central Philippines. The tremor early this morning toppled buildings, including historic churches, and sent terrified people into the streets.

Some same-sex couples are expected to apply for marriage licenses today in Buncombe County. Drew Reisinger, the Register of Deeds, says he plans to accept those applications and then seek an opinion from North Carolina's attorney general.

Sports!  The Dodgers shut out the Cardinals in the NLCS...and in NFL action, the Chargers snap the Colts' three-game winning streak!

It's a bit cloudy out there right now...but that could be changing later today.  Find out more about that...and whether we can expect any more rain...in Al Conklin's First Alert Weather forecast.

All that and so much more...when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM today...hope to see you then!

The results are in from the world championship pumpkin weigh-off in California!  You won't believe how much the winner weighs!