Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 6 May 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning! A lot of news to tell you about this morning...so be sure to have your television turned on from 4:30 to 9 AM for Charlotte's only Emmy award-winning newscast!
We are going to be LIVE from Union County. As of 4:15 this Tuesday morning...a SWAT situation continues in Stallings. It all started at about 10:00 last night at a home on Aurora Boulevard...police say the call came in to them as a home invasion...only to find that a teenager was apparently being held hostage.
It's primary election day in North Carolina today...and we'll be LIVE with plenty of information about today's races. There are many different races on today's ballot...one of the key races is the republican nomination for U.S. Senate. And many of today's winners will basically take office as they face no opposition in November. No matter what your party affiliation...be sure to vote today!
Tuesday's primary is the first election since North Carolina's new election law took effect, and members of an advocacy coalition are expected to be out trying to gauge the impact of the changes. Two voter advocacy groups have teamed up to train over 400 volunteers to monitor precincts Tuesday.
No tax increase. That's the bottom line in the budget proposal Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee presented to City Council last night. However, residential service fees would increase by 1.6%...and public safety employees would receive a 1.5% market increase plus a "step" increase of 2.5% or 5% (up to top step). Carlee's total recommended budget is $2.1 Billion.
The Union County Board of Education is expected to appoint a new member at its meeting tonight.
An accused rapist, who police say cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet, is back behind bars in the Mecklenburg County jail this morning.
And here's an interesting international story...an Israeli archaeologist says he's found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem. The claim by Eli Shukron joins a string of announcements by Israeli archaeologists saying they've unearthed palaces of the legendary biblical king, who's revered in Jewish religious tradition for establishing Jerusalem as its central holy city.