Good morning to you on this Thursday, 11 September 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning. Our team invites you to join us from 4:30 to 9 AM this morning for the Charlotte area's only Emmy award-winning newscast.
Today marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America...and there will be ceremonies across the country, and here in the Carolinas, to honor the victims of the attacks. We'll be LIVE from the site of one of the local ceremonies being held...we'll also have details on other events in the area.
President Barack Obama says the U.S. "will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are." In a speech last night, Mr. Obama has laid out his plan to destroy the terrorist group Islamic State, authorizing U.S. airstrikes inside Syria and expanded strikes in Iraq.
More questions are being raised this morning about the NFL and domestic violence now that there are claims the NFL knew about the Ray Rice video showing him punching his then-fiance in an elevator...much earlier than the NFL commissioner claims. And the issue of domestic violence hits close to home. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson became emotional as he spoke about domestic violence during an event last night. We are LIVE with more on what Richardson had to say...as well as more on how the NFL is dealing with the domestic violence issue.
Happening NOW! The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is, at this hour, handing down her verdict. It's a long process and ongoing right now...we'll keep you updated throughout the morning from the Alert Center with Kristen Miranda. Pistorius is charged in the Valentine's Day 2013 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Autopsies are scheduled for this morning for the five children from South Carolina were found dead along a road in Alabama. The children's father is a suspect in their deaths. We'll bring you the latest in the case.
The mayor of High Point - Bernita Sims- has resigned just hours before she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of worthless check. Sims was indicted last year for bouncing a $7,000 check to one of her sisters as part of an estate settlement.
The Carolina Panthers are preparing for their season-opener this Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he's feeling great and "absolutely" expects to start this Sunday. "It's great to be out there grinding with the entire team and not have any restraints," Newton said.