Rowan Child Abuse; Caldwell Fatal

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 17 July 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  We invite you to tune in from 4:30 to 9 AM this morning for Charlotte's ONLY Emmy award-winning newscast.  We have a lot to tell you, First Alert Weather, First Alert Traffic...and something no other station is bringing you...our ALERT CENTER, where we make sure that you get up-to-the-minute it comes in!

We are LIVE in Rowan County.  A Rowan County teacher and Boy Scout leader accused of sexually abusing children is scheduled to appear in court today.  We'll have more on that story.

We are LIVE...with details on a deadly head-on wreck in Caldwell County.  Two adults and a child were killed.  Troopers say excessive speed was a factor in the wreck.

We'll tell you about a big drug bust in Rock Hill.  One man has been arrested.

A follow-up to a story we first told you about yesterday.  Police have now made an arrest following an armed robbery at a Rite Aid store in Cornelius.  The suspect is in jail this morning.

State lawmakers are debating a bill that would take a Mecklenburg County sales tax referendum off the ballot this November.  That sales tax, if approved, would be used for local teach pay increases.  Find out why some lawmakers say it shouldn't be on the ballot.

Did you enjoy yesterday's cooler temperatures and less humidity?  Al Conklin tells us to expect more of the same today in his First Alert Weather forecast!

And how about your drive into work?  Chris Larson will be in the First Alert Traffic Center, making sure you know about any traffic issues that could impact your drive.

ALERT CENTER:  Kristen Miranda will be continuously monitoring the internet, wire services, newspapers and we can bring you news and video as it is happening!  No other news station can bring you the latest information faster.

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV...then we're live from 7 to 9 AM on the Bounce channel, where in addition to news, we have LIVE in-studio guests with great information you'll want to hear!  Hope to see you this morning!