Charlotte House Fire; Same Sex Marriage In NC

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 9 October 2014, from the Emmy Award-winning WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Time now to turn on your television...we'll be on the air from 4:30 to 9 AM, bringing you the most complete newscast in the area, as well as First Alert Weather and First Alert Traffic.  Plus...our Kristen Miranda will be in our Alert Center...monitoring any just-breaking news or other information just hitting the wires and internet sites.

Among the many stories you'll see this morning:  a fire at a home in east Charlotte overnight has displaced a family of four.  The Red Cross is helping the family this morning.

Growing concerns over Ebola in America are triggering new screenings at airports nationwide. At this point, Charlotte Douglas International airport is not included in those airports.  Many people are arguing there should be a total ban on people traveling to the U.S. from West Africa.  We talk to a Liberian man who graduated from UNC Charlotte...who says a ban is not the answer.

South Carolina lawmakers want to make sure the state is prepared to deal with Ebola. The State Senate Medical Affairs Committee is scheduled to meet in Columbia today to discuss whether the state is ready to handle a patient who may arrive in the state suffering from the disease.

Same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting won't be allowed in North Carolina for next month's election. The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a federal appeals court ruling from taking effect that set aside parts of the 2013 election law approved by state lawmakers.  We have local reaction.

Will today be the day that same-sex couples can legally be married in North Carolina?  A federal judge has lifted stays in two cases challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The move came after the office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper filed documents with the court essentially dropping all further defense of the 2012 ban approved by voters.

It's Pole Night tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway to determine the top starting spot for the Bank of America 500 this weekend!

And it's Thursday night football tonight!  The Indianapolis Colts will be taking on the Houston Texans tonight on WBTV.

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