Airport Money Approved; Airstrikes In Syria

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 23 September 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  A lot is going on this morning that we'll tell you about when you join us from 4:30 to 9 AM for Charlotte's only Emmy award winning newscast.  We invite you to tune in!

BREAKING NEWS:  The U.S. is leading airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State terrorists.  Officials say the first wave was launched last night and involved cruise missiles launched from ships in the region, plus manned aircraft including bombers and fighters.  The U.S. is partnering with five Arab countries in the strikes.

New this morning, Charlotte's city council has approved money for some serious improvements to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, including more parking.  Our Mark Davenport will be LIVE from the airport with more on how this is going to impact you.

We have a very important notice for parents of children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.  Today is the deadline for students to have their immunizations.

State health officials confirm -- six children in North Carolina have contracted the enterovirus.
The virus can cause serious complications, especially for children and those with respiratory issues.  Ashton Pellom will be LIVE with more details...and what you need to know to help prevent your children from contracting the infection.

Charlotte's newest school will be dedicated today.  Palisades Park is the first K through 5 elementary STEM school in CMS...that's science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law is expected in federal court in Manhattan this morning to face a possible life sentence in his terrorism case.  Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was convicted in March on charges he conspired to kill Americans in his role as a spokesman for al-Qaida.

More than 100 world leaders are gathering for a United Nation's summit on climate change.
The one-day summit today is part of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's push to help world leaders reach a goal they set in 2009 to prevent Earth's temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit from where it is now.

And gas prices in South Carolina have traditionally always been lower than prices in North Carolina.  But...the president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce says his group will push for a one-cent increase in the state gas tax over the next 10 years to help pay to improve the state's roads.

A fairly cool start to the day's 61 degrees in Charlotte as I write this note!  And...there's a chance of rain today!  Al Conklin will have your complete First Alert Weather don't want to miss it!

We're keeping a very close eye on traffic as sure to join Chris Larson for your First Alert Traffic.

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!  And during our 8 AM hour on Bounce...some very special guests will join us live in the studio, including author/playwrite Bob Inman who tells us about the new production he's written celebrating the Battle of Kings Mountain!  You don't want to miss that!

See you soon!