2 critical after State Fair ride malfunction

Hi everyone, this is Paul Cameron in the WBTV newsroom, getting ready for the 5:00 broadcast.

Tonight, two people are critical after a ride at the State Fair malfunctioned. We just learned the Vortex ride, which started up unexpectedly while it was off-loading people, needed repairs just days before the accident. Investigators aren't sure yet if operator error or machine malfunction is to blame. Our reporter, Brody O'Connell, is in Raleigh with the latest information.

A hostage taker in now in jail after a standoff inside the Belmont CVS Pharmacy this morning. He was taken into custody after police say he fired a shot at them. None of the people inside the store were injured.

If you need to dispose of old prescription medicines without flushing back into the sewer system, we've got information about Operation Medicine Drop going on this weekend.

Ever found a micro-brew you just loved and wanted to take home with you? Now you can. A new state law allow people to buy craft beers in bulk from local brewers. We're looking into why the state thinks growlers are good for business.

Hey Ms. Ref! For the first time ever, a college football game had more female referees than males. Four women officiated the football game between Miles college and Lane college in Arkansas. I wonder how long it will take the NFL will follow suit?

Please join Maureen O'Boyle, Eric Thomas and me for WBTV News at 5:00.