First Night Tonight; Huge Explosion Following Train Derailment

It's the last day of 2013!  Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 31 December 2013 from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  If you are up right now, be sure to turn on your television to WBTV from 4:30 to 7 AM for the best look at today's news, weather and traffic.

Are you ready to ring in the new year?  Preparations are underway in uptown Charlotte for tonight's big First Night event.  It's a family-friendly event to ring in the new year...and it's being held at a new location this year.  Our Astrid Martinez will be live from Romare Bearden Park with all the details to make your New Year's Eve the best ever!

What kind of weather can you expect as you ring in the new year?  It's going to be partly cloudy today...will that mean rain later tonight?  Al Conklin will have all the answers in your First Alert Weather forecast.  You won't want to miss it!

A big national story that we're following this morning...residents in a town about 25 miles from Fargo, North Dakota are being urged to evacuate their homes right now following a train derailment that led to a huge fireball.  The train was carrying crude oil, and emergency workers are concerned about the effects of the smoke created by the fire and explosion.

One person is recovering after being shot in Northeast Charlotte.  It happened on Rockwell Boulevard near Theresa Elder Park.

Another court date has been set for De'Angelo Bradley.  He was in court Monday, to face charges that he carjacked a woman last Friday, crashed into an uptown Charlotte building, then hid from police for hours.  A judge yesterday decided to keep Bradley's bond at 50-thousand dollars and he remains in jail this morning.

We have an important health alert for you this morning about the flu season...another person in North Carolina has died from the flu.  Doctors are urging everyone to get a flu shot this season.

Plenty of sports to talk about!  Trey Burke beat the shot clock on a driving layup with 19 seconds left and scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz past the Charlotte Bobcats 83-80 on Monday night. Gerald Henderson had 19 points and Al Jefferson and Walker both scored 18 in the Bobcats' first stop of a four-game Western Conference swing.

And we've got a big college football bowl game tonight...the 22nd ranked Duke Blue Devils will take on 20th ranked Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

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!