Suspect In Cop Shooting In Court Today; Watauga County Back To School

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 19 August 2014, from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Hope you're planning to join us from 4:30 to 9 this morning for Charlotte's ONLY Emmy Award winning newscast...we've got a lot to tell you about this morning!  Plus...the regular morning team of Christine Nelson, Al Conklin, Kristen Miranda, Chris Larson and myself are back together again following vacation time!

We'll be live with details on today's court appearance for 27-year-old Brandon Brewer.  He's the man police say he opened fire in North Charlotte on Kingville Drive Sunday afternoon... injuring two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and a 10-year-old girl.

More violence in Ferguson, Missouri overnight.  Police used armored vehicles to push back demonstrators. And officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.  Authorities say at least two people were shot during Monday night clashes. Authorities are blaming the violence on "criminals" who are in crowds of peaceful protesters, and they're asking people who are protesting the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer to protest during the day.

We'll have more on today's scheduled court appearance of a man accused of killing a corrections officer in south Charlotte.

Teachers and staff will return to Discovery High School in Newton today.  That's the school where murdered guidance counselor Maggie Daniels worked.

It's also the first day of classes for students in Watauga County today.  We'll be talking live with the superintendent of schools.

Television and radio announcer Don Pardo, whose booming baritone was known to fans of "Saturday Night Live," ''The Price is Right" and other programs, has died. He was 96.

A North Carolina judge will hear arguments today on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Taxpayer and teachers groups and many of the state's 115 school boards are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K-12 tuition at private or religious schools.

We're looking at a chance of thunderstorms later this afternoon.  Al Conklin will have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

Chris Larson is keeping an eye out on the roadways in the First Alert Traffic Center.

And Kristen Miranda is monitoring any late breaking news in our Alert Center.

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7 AM on WBTV...then from 7 to 9 AM on the Bounce channel.  Hope to see you then!!