Good morning to you on this Thursday, 10 July 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning. And if you're up now as I write this note at 4:10 AM...I hope you'll go ahead and turn on your television to watch Charlotte's only Emmy award-winning newscast! WBTV News This Morning starts at 4:30...and we're on LIVE until 9 AM.
LIVE: We'll be live from Iredell County...another school worker has been charged with sex crimes and is scheduled to face a judge in a few hours. Amy Saffos, a counselor at Lake Norman High School, is facing serious felony charges this morning and is in jail on a $175 thousand dollar bond.
LIVE: A march against domestic violence is planned in Charlotte today. The march in honor of Bianca Tanner, the teacher who was murdered in Charlotte. Police say her boyfriend was the killer. We'll be live with details on the march...and a rally that was held last night in Tanner's honor.
We're following a major story out of Texas this morning...where authorities say it appears "a domestic issue with a breakup in the family" led to a man in suburban Houston to shoot his five children and two others. Four of the children and two adults were killed.
Another major story with new developments this morning...Israel's aerial assault on Gaza is now in its third day, hitting hundreds of Hamas targets. A military spokesman says Israel struck more than 300 Hamas targets overnight.
Governor Pat McCrory is criticizing the North Carolina Senate for failing to bridge a budget impasse on education and for walking out on education leaders. Senate Republicans walked out of a budget meeting after the House asked educators, including Charlotte Mecklenburg School Superintendent Heath Morrison, to speak at the meeting.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and her husband reported earning more than $282,000 in her third year as the state's CEO. Tax returns show that about $105,000 of the Haleys' 2013 earnings came from a book she wrote another $70,5000 from investments.
The world's tallest water slide is scheduled to open to the public today. We'll show you what a ride down the 17-story high ride in Kansas City looks like!
Our Kristen Miranda will be bringing us up to the minute updates on stories locally and from around the world from our Alert Center...no other station can bring you updates any faster!
Plus...we're looking at a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the area today...with temperatures reaching the mid-80s. Al Conklin will have your First Alert Weather forecast.