Kerrick Case To Grand Jury; Vote Today On School Controversy

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 21 January 2014, from the WBTV News morning team ... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  We hope you'll join us this morning from 4:30 to 7:00 AM for the Charlotte area's best morning newscast.  When I came into the office this morning the first thing Esther Hou, our 6AM producer, told me was, "There's been a lot going on!"  We're going to bring you all that news and be sure to tune in.

The case of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with shooting and killing an unarmed man goes before a grand jury today.  The grand jury will decide if the case will go to trial.

We're following a major story out of Union County this morning.  The village of Wesley Chapel is expected to vote today - on a resolution that's against a controversial proposal to re-draw school districts in Union County.  We'll be live with more details.

Police are investigating the first homicide of the year in Charlotte.  Investigators say 46-year-old Keith Graham was shot on Dundeen Street and later died at the hospital.

If you are flying out of Charlotte sure to check ahead.  This morning nearly 14-hundred flights have been canceled ahead of a winter storm.  Six to ten inches of snow is expected to fall in cities across the northeast...with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero.

And what about the weather in our area?  It's not going to be anywhere near as nice as it was yesterday.  We're looking at lower temperatures and some rain.  Al Conklin will have all the details in your First Alert Weather forecast.

Today's a day of celebration for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who'll be sworn in to his second term.  The festivities go on as Christie's administration is investigated for allegedly ordering traffic tie-ups as political retribution and tying Superstorm Sandy aid to the approval of a real estate project.

The search continues today for the second victim in an animal feed plant explosion in Omaha, Neb. One body was recovered yesterday.  Authorities don't know what caused yesterday morning's explosion at International Nutrition that collapsed the building's third and second floors. Ten other workers were injured and need hospitalization.

Do you ever shop online?  If so...big news you need to know about.  Online retailer Amazon says it will begin charging sales taxes on purchase made in North Carolina starting Feb. 1. The move will make North Carolina the 20th state in which the online retailer collects sales tax.

In sports...Al Jefferson had 22 points Monday and the Bobcats held on to win 100-95 and beat the Toronto Raptors for the seventh straight time in Charlotte. Jefferson became the first Bobcats player to have a double-double in the first quarter with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Wow!  There's all that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM...sure hope to see you then!