Traffic Relief Today; Exclusive Parsons Interview

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 24 July 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Is your television on yet?  If not, it's about that time!  WBTV News This Morning will be live on-air from 4:30 to 9 be sure to tune in to Charlotte's ONLY Emmy award-winning newscast!

LIVE:  We're going to take you live to south the ramp from Johnston Road to I-485 is going to be open.  That's going to provide some much needed relief for motorists in that area, which is known for major traffic headaches.

Jamie Parsons, the son of Casey and Sandy Parsons... the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, the missing Rowan County girl... is speaking to WBTV in an exclusive interview this morning.  You heard Casey Parsons speak only to WBTV... saying she believes her adopted daughter is alive... and that her son Jamie lied to investigators about circumstances surrounding the teen's disappearance. Jamie Parsons is now responding to those claims... telling his side of the story.

This appears a controversial school redistricting will go ahead in Union County.
A judge has rejected the lawsuit parents filed to stop the process.

A three alarm fire ripped through a Charlotte auto body shop last night...and there were some scary moments for firefighters on scene.  It happened at the Tryon Auto Mall on North Tryon Street.  No one was hurt...but firefighters say one of their own went missing while battling the blaze.

Controversy over an execution in Arizona this morning. The defense attorney for a man executed last night says the lethal injection should have taken 10 minutes. Instead it took nearly two hours.

Taiwan's TransAsia Airways says stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo is the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. The plane was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed while landing in the Penghu island chain between Taiwan and China late Wednesday.

Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. is moving nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several other states.

We're looking at the chance of more scattered thunderstorms in the area today...and very high humidity.  Be sure to be here for your First Alert Weather Forecast!

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.  Hope to see you then!