Frantic Moments After Northwest Charlotte Fire; County Manager Announcement

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 17 December 2013 from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Be sure your television is on right now...we have a lot to tell you about from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.

Frantic moments after a fire broke out in Northwest Charlotte last night.  This was on Porter Street, off Rozzelles Ferry Road.  Our Astrid Martinez is gathering more details right now and will tell us more in a live report.

Today - Mecklenburg County commissioners are expected to announce their choice for the next county manager.  Sources told WBTV last night that Commissioners have unanimously decided on a woman.

New this morning:  Police tell us they're looking for one...maybe two people...who robbed a convenience store in West Charlotte.  This happened around 10:30 last night at Wilkinson Boulevard.

Public school teachers promise to take action against a new North Carolina law that eliminates job protections toward paying teachers based on job performance. The North Carolina Association of Educators today plans to discuss action against the General Assembly approving an end to teacher tenure.

A bipartisan budget bill may have enough momentum today to win a pivotal test vote in the U.S. Senate. It'll take at least five Republicans to advance the measure today over a filibuster threshold demanded by GOP leaders.

One of Brazil's biggest newspapers says it has a letter from former U.S. government analyst Edward Snowden that asks for political asylum and offers to help Brazil investigate U.S. spying on its soil.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its latest inductees. Nirvana, Kiss and Peter Gabriel will be welcomed into the Rock Hall next year, along with Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens. The ceremony will be April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ceremonies marking the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight are scheduled for Tuesday.

Freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 points to help Duke beat Gardner-Webb 85-66 Monday night. Andre Dawkins added a season-high 18 points for the Blue Devils, who were playing their first game in nearly two weeks.

Justin Tucker's sixth field goal of the night was a career-long, 61-yard kick with 38 seconds left as the Baltimore Ravens downed the Detroit Lions 18-16. The go-ahead boot came less than two minutes after Matthew Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria, putting the Lions ahead 16-15.

A little chilly out there this morning...but it's clear!  I saw a beautiful moon as I was driving in.  It's going to warm up considerably today.  Al Conklin will have complete details in your First Alert Weather forecast.

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