Fire Destroys Two Homes; Much Colder Today

Grab your coat before you head's cold out there!

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 13 March 2014, from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Be sure to tune in for Charlotte's EMMY AWARD-WINNING morning newscast from 4:30 to 7 AM...and then live from 7 to 9 AM on the BOUNCE channel.

A much colder start to the day today...we're in the 30s right now!  It will warm up a bit today and we're expecting sunny skies.  Al Conklin will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.  Plus...the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for portions of the mountains of western North Carolina.

LIVE this morning:  WBTV a fire destroyed two homes and damaged two others in Indian Trail overnight.  High winds helped spread and fuel the flames.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.  We'll have details.

LIVE this morning:  Residents in Burke County are in shock this morning...following the deaths of a couple...who were apparently killed by their son.  That led to a manhunt in which a U.S. Forest Service officer was killed.  The couple's son was later killed in an exchange of gunfire.  We'll have more on reaction from neighbors.

EXPLOSION UPDATE:  Rescue workers have now recovered the body of a sixth person killed in a massive building explosion in New York.  As many as 60 others were injured in the explosion believed caused by a gas leak.

Police in Austin, Texas say two people were killed when a car drove through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck a crowd of pedestrians just after midnight. Police say 21 other people were taken to various hospitals, most with minor injuries, but five to seven had more serious injuries.

Malaysian officials say planes have checked the site where Chinese satellite images show possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, but nothing was found. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. investigators believe the plane may have flown for four hours once it lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Two drivers are now charged with driving under the influence after one crashed into the other in Charlotte.  We have details on what happened.

We've just learned that former Florida Governor Reubin Askew has died; he led state through integration battles of the 1970s.

Chalk up another win for the Charlotte Bobcats!  Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Gerald Henderson went 6 for 9 in his return from a calf injury Wednesday night to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 98-85 win over the Washington Wizards.

All those stories and so much more when you join us for WBTV News This Morning from 4:30 to 7AM...and then live on BOUNCE from 7 to 9AM.  Hope to see you then!