Union Co. To Dissolve Board; Panthers Now Share 1st Place

We're big sports fans on the WBTV morning show...and when I walked into the newsroom this morning, everyone was talking about the Carolina Panthers...and how they're now tied for first place in the NFC South following the New Orleans Saints loss to the Seattle Seahawks last night!  The Panthers are 9 and 3, as are the Saints, and the two teams will be playing for sole possession of first place when they meet in New Orleans Sunday night!

It's Tuesday, 3 December 2013...good morning to you from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning!  Be sure to have your television turned on from 4:30 to 7AM today...we have a lot of news to tell you about...including more on the Saints game.

The Union County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with plans to do away with an advisory board that oversees the department of social services.  The decision was made during a meeting last night...where dozens of people expressed concern about the case involving Wanda Larson.  Larson and her husband Dorian Harper are charged with leaving a child handcuffed to a porch...with a chicken around his neck.

There could be a change in the ranks of the Mecklenburg County Commission during its meeting tonight.  Sources tell WBTV at-large commissioner Trevor Fuller is being eyed to replace chairwoman Pat Cotham.

A Rowan County man is fighting for his life this morning....after being shot during an apparent break-in at his home.  Investigators say Marco Kauffman is recently married...and just returned from vacation with his wife.

Experts at the state crime lab will be in Vale today...to clean up what deputies say is Lincoln County's 21st meth lab bust this year.  One person has been arrested.

We have new information on the deadly commuter train wreck in New York.  Investigators now say the train was traveling three times faster than the speed limit when it derailed.

Congress is moving to renew a 25-year-old ban on firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. The Republican-led House is expected today to approve a 10-year extension on the ban, just days before its expiration.

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe is resigning after 13 seasons at the school. Grobe made the announcement yesterday during a news conference. The 61-year-old Grobe finishes with a career record of 110-115-1 in a combined 19 years at Wake Forest and Ohio.

Cloudy skies to start our day today...and we expect to get up to 60 degrees.  We'll have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

All that and so much more when you join us for WBTV News This Morning...from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  See you then!