Good morning to you on this Thursday, 31 July 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning. We've got a lot to tell you about when you join us from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV and then 7 to 9 AM on Bounce for Charlotte's only Emmy award-winning newscast.
LIVE: We are LIVE from Fayetteville this morning with new details on the arrest of Casey and Sandy Parsons...the adoptive parents of missing teenager Erica Parsons. The Parsons are facing federal fraud charges...not related to the disappearance of Erica. We'll have more on what led to the charges...as well as an exclusive interview with son Jamie Parsons. Our Mark Davenport will bring us the story LIVE from Fayetteville.
LIVE: We are LIVE from southwest Charlotte where the new Premium Outlets Mall will be opening today. Traffic in the area is expected to be very heavy...which has many people who live in the area concerned about its impact on their neighborhoods. We'll keep you posted on the traffic as well as tell you what to expect when the mall, with 100 stores, opens today.
Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead. The victim has been identified as 25 year old Matthew Ryan Wood. He was found in the parking lot of apartments on North Pine Street.
Another death investigation is underway in southwest Charlotte. A person's body was found on Walkers Crossing Road in southwest Charlotte. The name of the person has not been released.
Hundreds of people gathered last night to pray for the Charlotte missionary in Africa who is infected with Ebola. We'll have details on the vigil...and you'll also hear from the husband of the infected missionary.
A federal judge has imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Charlotte-based Bank of America for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were advertised as safe investments.
North Carolina Senate budget-writer Sen. Harry Brown says lawmakers plan to hold budget votes beginning today. The House may take until Saturday for its final votes on the budget negotiated with Senate leaders. Legislators worked on the budget late into the night last night.
With the college football season less than a month away...big news out of Chapel Hill. Three North Carolina players have left the program and the status of a fourth is in doubt. Senior defensive tackle Shawn Underwood, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Gregg Webb and sophomore linebacker Clint Heaven are no longer on the team. Additionally, the status of sophomore offensive guard J.J. Patterson is in doubt.
Look for another day of pleasant temperatures but there could be thunderstorms later today. Al Conklin will have your First Alert Weather forecast.
PLUS...Kristen Miranda will be in the ALERT CENTER...bringing us just-in information on stories from across the nation and around the world. No other station can bring you this information any faster.
Chris Larson is in the First Alert Traffic Center with an eye on the roadways...as I write this note, the I-85 south ramp to I-77 south is blocked...traffic is at a standstill. We'll let you know when it reopens!