Shutdown Ends; 3-Alarm Apartment Fire

The government shutdown is OVER this morning.

That's the big headline of the day today on this Thursday, 17 October 2013.

Good morning to you from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Take a moment right now to turn on your television...we go on the air at 4:30 to bring you the Charlotte area's best morning newscast!

Congress has approved and President Barack Obama has signed legislation to avert a U.S. government default on its debts. The bill also ends the 16-day partial government shutdown, meaning furloughed federal employees are headed back to work today.  We'll have much more on what happens now.

Cam Man Ron Lee will be live from the site of a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex in southeast Charlotte.  No one was seriously injured...but some residents may have lost everything.

We have video of a serious crash that happened in Morganton last night...when you see what happened to the vehicle, you'll find it hard to believe that anyone walked away from the wreck with no serious injuries.

A Charlotte man has died after falling off a horse.  68-year-old Ted Johnson was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the accident in Fort Mill.

A search committee will meet in closed session today as Mecklenburg County Commissioners continue to look for a new county manager.

The Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is happening today. It's part of Earthquake Awareness Week. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division says more than 232,000 people in the state have registered to participate in drills that begin at 10:17 a.m.

Major League Baseball playoff action!  We'll have the scores from last night's AL and NL championship games.

You have to see the woman who was part of a college homecoming court!  She wasn't crowned the queen...but she was crowned "Homecoming Granny"!

A BIG traffic heads up!  Around 15,000 eighth grade students are going to be in uptown Charlotte at the Time Warner Cable Arena today for a special program being put on by the Charlotte Bobcats!  We'll tell you the best way to get around the area.

It's cloudy out there this morning and we've got a pretty good chance of rain later today.  Be sure to check out Al Conklin's First Alert Weather forecast.

We're on the air this morning from 4:30 to 7AM...hope to see you then!