Kilah's Act Passes US Senate; Teacher Pay Raise; NFL Draft Today

It's Thursday morning, 8 May 2014...good morning to you from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you!  We have a lot to tell you about this be sure to have your television on.  We're on the air from 4:30 to 9 AM.

One of our biggest stories...Kilah's Act has passed in the US Senate.  Just last week, the bill appeared to be stalled.  We'll have a LIVE report on what happened and what the new law means.

We'll also be LIVE with another major story.  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says his budget will include raises for all public school teachers and state employees for the coming fiscal year.   McCrory has also unveiled a plan to overhaul teacher compensation schedules that he says will reward the best teachers and those working in hard-to-staff areas.

The NFL draft gets underway later tonight!  The Carolina Panthers have the 28th pick in the first round.  We'll have a preview of what the Panthers are looking for and who they might make their first selection.

Nearly 60 people forced to evacuate their homes at a Charlotte Y-W-C-A overnight.

I-85 northbound in north Charlotte was shut down overnight...and traffic crews installed the girders for a new bridge being built over I-85.  The new interchange is expected to open in mid-June.

Do you know someone looking for work?  Consider this...a new report says Charlotte is one of the top ten best cities in the country to launch a career.

President Barack Obama's nominee to head Health and Human Services will appear before a Senate committee today - the first of two Senate committees that will hold hearings on her nomination. Sylvia Mathews Burwell is Obama's choice to replace Kathleen Sebelius.

Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco are still awaiting word on who won their Democratic congressional primary race. Both say they are awaiting more clarity in the vote count from Tuesday's balloting. Election officials are to review the vote count May 15.

We'll have all those stories and so much more when you join us this morning from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV...then we're live from 7 to 9 AM on the BOUNCE channel!  Hope to see you then!!