Good morning to you on this Monday, 2 December 2013, from the WBTV News morning team ... John Carter reporting to you on this first Monday in the month of December! It's back to work for a lot of folks today following the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll help you get back on track this morning with all the information you need to get out the door...when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.
It will be a good day to go back to work as far as the weather's concerned! It's going to be very mild today...highs in the upper 50s and little chance of rain. We'll have your complete First Alert Weather forecast!
Patrick Cannon will be sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor today. We'll have details about the ceremony. Five new members of Charlotte City Council will also be sworn in.
Officials are warning that some 26,000 riders who take New York's Metro-North train could be affected by yesterday's train derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60 others. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's looking at whether speed, mechanical problems or human error played a role in the crash. Seven cars carrying around 150 passengers toppled, leaving the lead car only inches from water at a bend in the Bronx.
Today is what's become known as Cyber Monday...a huge day for on-line shopping. The National Retail Federation says...eight in ten retailers... will offer Cyber Monday deals.
Did you do any Black Friday shopping? Shoppers spent $9.74 billion at stores in the U.S. on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that's typically the busiest shopping day of the year. That's a 13.2 percent drop from a year ago.
The town of McAdenville is ready to flip the switch on its annual Christmas tradition. There are hundreds of thousands of lights strung through Christmastown USA. The official tree lighting ceremony is today.
Carolina Panthers fans are feeling pretty good this morning! Cam Newton threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, and the Panthers defeated Tampa Bay 27-6 Sunday for a franchise-record eighth straight regular-season victory. The New Orleans Saints play the Seattle Seahawks tonight. If the Saints lose...they'll be tied with the Panthers for first place in the south division. The Panthers play the Saints next Sunday.
Chris Bosh scored 13 straight points for Miami in the final minutes, including a trio of 3-pointers that capped a late rally, and the Heat found a way to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-98 on Sunday night to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas at the South Carolina Governor's Mansion. Members of the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association are bringing five Christmas trees to the mansion on Monday. Also, officials are planning to kick off the holiday season with an annual tree-lighting ceremony at the Statehouse.