Vortex, be gone

Hi everyone, this is Paul Cameron in the WBTV newsroom, now that the Polar Vortex has scurried back north where it belongs, Eric Thomas says we're headed for a bout of rain, then 60-degrees for the Panthers playoff game Sunday. Isn't winter in the Carolinas just grand?

Also at 11:00 tonight, we're reporting on the criminal indictment handed down by a Grand Jury in Watauga County against the motel operator where three people died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Damon Mallatere was indicted on three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault causing bodily harm. All three victims died after staying in the same room-- a room directly above a malfunctioning pool heater.

The communications director at the department of Health and Human Services has resigned. Ricky Diaz is accused of giving false information to reporters about the Medicaid problem. Diaz caused a stir when the 24-year old was named to the senior level $85,000-a-year job in April, receiving a $23,000 raise after less than four months as a state employee. He is leaving North Carolina to join a small public relations firm in Washington, DC.

And trending tonight, should Charlotte uptown bars/restaurants be allowed to sell alcohol before noon on game days? They claim they are losing business to the Panthers since alcohol sales inside Bank of America stadium begin at 11:00AM on Sundays.

Please join Molly Grantham, Eric Thomas, Delano Little and me for WBTV News at 11:00 in just a few minutes!