Steele Creek Shooting; Early Voting Begins

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 24 April 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  It's time to turn on your television as you start your day...we'll be on live from 4:30 to 9 AM...bringing you news, weather and well as sports and other information!  Hope you'll tune in!

We'll be live from Charlotte's Steele Creek area...two robbers wearing masks shot a man as he was going into his apartment.  This happened in an area not known for crime.   Police say they're going to step up patrols in the area.

A Caldwell County woman is scheduled to appear in court later today...on charges of murdering her husband.

Early voting begins today!  Primary elections will be held May 6.

A big debate held on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte...among candidates vying for the 12th Congressional District seat vacated by Mel Watt.  We'll have a live report on the debate.

Sammi Jo Francis will have your First Alert Traffic this morning to help you get to your destination...and if you're traveling along I-85, it's going to be a lot less congested.  New lanes of I-85 through Cabarrus County are open this morning. DOT cleared the lanes along a one mile stretch of the interstate near Highway 73.

The Charlotte Bobcats will start their homestand in the first round of the NBA playoffs down 0 - 2 to the Miami Heat.  We'll have more on last night's game in Miami.

We're looking at the start of what will turn out to be a gorgeous day in the Charlotte area...sunshine and highs in the 70s.  Al Conklin, Charlotte's most experienced morning show meteorologist, will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

Be sure to follow Christine Nelson and me on Facebook this morning...we're talking PEEPS!  While some of us absolutely love them...others aren't so fond!  Follow us on Twitter as well.

We'll have all those stories and so much more when you join us on WBTV from 4:30 to 7 AM...then turn to your Bounce channel as we're live there from 7 to 9 AM!  Looking forward to seeing you this morning!