Good morning to you on this Friday, 20 December 2013, from the WBTV News morning team ...John Carter reporting to you this morning. It's a busy morning in the newsroom this morning as we are putting together the Charlotte area's best morning newscast. Be sure to have your television turned on from 4:30 to 7:00 this morning.
Christmas is almost here...are you headed out for the holidays? If so, you won't be alone. This is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Many folks will be headed to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport today...our Astrid Martinez is there and will be reporting live on holiday travel.
One other note: A record number of North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more during the Christmas-New Year's holiday period. That's the prediction from AAA Carolinas is predicting. The 12-day Christmas/New Year's travel holiday is defined as Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, which is one day longer than the travel period last year.
A SWAT situation last night in Charlotte. A man reportedly had a gun and would not come out of his apartment. That man was later arrested without incident. Turns out...the man is the brother of 17 year old Jose Ibrarra. Ibrarra was shot and killed Wednesday night. Police say his brother assaulted the man he thought was responsible for the shooting...and that's what led to police getting involved.
Jerry Orr is retiring as Charlotte's Aviation Director. Orr was pushed into retirement during last night's Airport Commission meeting. We'll have more details.
Authorities in London say more than 75 people were injured when the ceiling of the Apollo Theater partially collapsed. Seven of those injuries are serious.
The U.N. Security Council is holding an emergency meeting later this morning to discuss the deteriorating situation in Southern Sudan, the world's newest country. Ethnic groups have battled each other for decades, but the violence has exploded since South Sudan gained independence in 2011.
Jabari Parker had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Duke used a patient offensive attack to beat UCLA 80-63 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Plus...we're looking into your weekend and Christmas Day forecast today in First Alert Weather.