Closing Arguments In Parker Trial; Bobcats Win Final Regular Season Game

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 17 April 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  I've got a brief summary here of some of the top stories we're covering this morning...be sure to tune in from 4:30 to 9 AM to get full details!

We're live...with coverage of the trail of Sam Parker.  He's the former Chesterfield County sheriff accused of knowingly letting two inmates sleep and live in the armory in exchange for doing work on his property.

Governor Pat McCrory says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps in North Carolina.

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a former Army Sergeant who lives in Charlotte.

The FBI is now offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of two men suspected in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

Today could be the final day for planes and ships to conduct their surface search of part of the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Three pro-Russian militants are dead and 13 are wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the south-east part of the country.  Meanwhile, diplomats from Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union and Russia are preparing to meet today for the first time to discuss the crisis that threatens to roil the new government in Kiev.

Container volume at the Port of Charleston is up sharply with March the busiest month at the port in almost six years. The South Carolina Ports Authority board says almost 86,000 containers moved through the port last month - an 11 percent jump over March of 2013.

Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 last night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games.  The Bobcats are seeded number 7...and will open the NBA playoffs this Sunday against the second-seeded Miami Heat...game time is 3:30.  The Bobcats first HOME playoff game will be Saturday, April 26.

All that and so much more...coming your way, when you join us for the Emmy Award-winning WBTV News This Morning...from 4:30 to 9 AM!  Hope to see you then!