Billy Graham Update; Senate Works Into Early Morning

Good morning to you on this very cold Thursday morning, 12 December 2013, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning!  Just a sure your television is on at 4:30 this morning...for the Charlotte area's best morning newscast.  We have a lot to tell you about this morning.'s frigid!  It's 27 degrees here in Charlotte as I write this's 20 degrees in Banner Elk! is going to get a bit warmer...and we're going to see plenty of sunshine today!  Al Conklin's going to tell us how warm it's going to get...and what we can expect as we head into the weekend in your First Alert Weather forecast!

Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, went on national television last night and asked for prayers for his father.  He said although Billy Graham's vital signs are good, he says his health has declined since his 95th birthday party in Charlotte last month.

The U.S. Senate worked well into the morning this morning...part of a round-the-clock session over President Barack Obama's nominees, the latest chapter in the chamber's saga of partisan warfare.  Republicans are refusing to give up debate time over 11 nominations that Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to muscle through this week.  That in response over the Democrats' new limits on filibusters.

A man convicted of robbing undercover police officers in 20-11 is on the run this morning.  A Mecklenburg County jury found Tahj Wilson guilty yesterday...then during recess, authorities say Wilson ran off before the judge could sentence him.

Police in Alexander County say they have arrested the man who robbed a bank wearing an AC-DC hat.

The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial is telling a Johannesburg newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices during the service.

A North Carolina legislator has resigned following her arrest on felony tax charges. The N.C. Department of Revenue says Rep. Deborah H. McManus, D-Chatham, faces three counts of embezzlement of state property.

Gov. Pat McCrory will light the State Capitol Christmas tree today. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5 PM...with the lighting of luminaries and performances by local musicians.

Jameer Nelson had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Of course, the big sports talker of the day...RGIII is being benched!  Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has followed through with the plan he announced on Monday, shutting down Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season. Shanahan says it's to protect the second-year quarterback from serious injury.

We'll have all this and so much more when you join us for WBTV News This Morning...from 4:30 to 7 grab your coffee or your cup of hot chocolate...and we'll see you then!