Eastland Project Update; Rain Today

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 6 March 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning!  We have a lot to tell you about this morning...so be sure your television is on when we get it all started at 4:30 AM!

LIVE:  Charlotte City Council members will get an update on the development of the old Eastland Mall today.  In a few hours, developers will lay out their latest plans to turn the property into a movie studio.

Parents in Union County say a vote by the school board broke state law.  Now they'll go to court...hoping to stop the school district's controversial redistricting plan.  WBTV was invited to their meeting...we'll tell you what happened.

We have new video this morning - of a chase in South Carolina that was caught on camera.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect in several mountain counties this morning.  It's around 34 degrees in the Charlotte area right now...under cloudy skies.  We're looking at a growing chance of rain today...and then the possibility of freezing rain later tonight.  Meteorologist Al Conklin will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

We'll certainly bring you the latest developments in Ukraine.  Congress is rushing to put in place hard-hitting sanctions on Russia, whose troops have taken over Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. The Senate is taking the lead with legislation that would combine loan guarantees to Ukraine's government and measures against Russian government officials, state-owned banks and companies.

Washington state has issued its first legal marijuana business license.

The superintendent of North Carolina schools is helping launch a campaign to get books to elementary school students. Superintendent June Atkinson is scheduled to kick off the second annual statewide Give Five - Read Five campaign today in Raleigh.

A big story out of college basketball this morning...Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski missed his postgame news conference after last night's loss to Wake Forest because he was feeling light-headed.  During a timeout late in the game, Krzyzewski took a knee, and assistant Coach Steve Wojciechowski says that was because the Hall of Fame coach was feeling dizzy and light-headed.

Al Jefferson scored 34 points in Charlotte's 109-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers 109-87 last night that gave the Bobcats their fifth straight home win.

All that and so much more when you join us for WBTV News This Morning from 4:30 to 7AM...and then we're live on the Bounce channel from 7 to 9AM.  Please tune in...hope to see you then!