Good morning to you on this Thursday, 5 December 2013, from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning. It's time to make sure your television set is on as we have a lot of news to tell you about from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.
It's wet out there this morning! I had a bit of rain as I drove in at 3:00...and there was fog as well! The chance of rain increases later this afternoon...and there's a possibility of thunderstorms! And how about this...we're in December...but it sure doesn't feel that way! We may get up in the 70s today! Al Conklin will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.
A search is on this morning for a shooter...after two people were killed not far from the Wingate University campus. A third victim is being treated in a hospital this morning. The campus was on lockdown at one point...but that lockdown has now been lifted.
If you happen to go to a fast food restaurant today...there's a chance you could see a difference in service. Fast food workers in Charlotte will join workers in 99 other cities...to protest the federal minimum wage. A group organizing the effort says workers plan to walk out of their jobs at McDonald's, Burger King and other chains...to rally on Wilkinson Boulevard at 11:30 AM.
We have new information on a crash that injured a Gastonia police officer. The officer was hurt when a suspect rammed his cruiser and sped away.
North Carolina Education Lottery players won't have to go the local convenience or grocery store to regularly buy tickets for big jackpot games.
The lottery begins a subscription service Thursday. That means people can register on the lottery's web site to purchase a minimum of two weeks' worth of tickets for up to three games - the twice-weekly multistate Powerball and Mega Millions and daily Carolina Cash 5.
Wildlife workers in Florida will try again this morning to lead 41 pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters in Everglades National Park and back to the deep ocean waters where they belong. The whales are stranded in a remote area near Highland Beach, about 20 miles east of where they normally live.
And a big sports story today! J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season. And they got the win on Michigan State's home court!