Child Abuse Arrests; Panthers Clobbered

Good morning to you on this Veterans Day, Tuesday, 11 November 2014, from the WBTV News morning team!  John Carter reporting to you this morning.  I hope your television is turned to WBTV right now...we have a lot to tell you about when you join us from 4:30 to 9 AM this morning for Charlotte's only Emmy Award winning newscast!

A couple is behind bars in Charlotte this morning after authorities say they abused four children.  Charlotte Mecklenburg police say the children's mother and a man physically abused the kids and didn't feed them.  We'll have more details on this story in a LIVE report.

Officials from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are celebrating Veterans Day by making it easier for those who have served to find housing.

Belmont's city manager says officials first learned about allegations of wrongdoing at the police department about a month and a half ago. We'll have much more on that story.

A big honor today for a Charlotte native.  Charlie Sifford will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sifford was the first black golfer to join the P-G-A Tour.

South Carolina's attorney general is asking a federal judge to toss out a challenge to the state's gay marriage ban. Attorney General Alan Wilson argued is citing last week's federal appeals court decision upholding such bans in other states.

Veterans from across South Carolina are gathering in Columbia today to mark its 36th annual Veterans Day Parade. Military units and veteran groups from across the state will take part in a parade before midday through the city center of Columbia to the Statehouse.

Some people are now calling them the Carolina Kittens...after an embarrassing loss on national television.  The Carolina Panthers took on the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia last night.  A win would have tied the Panthers for first place in the NFC South with the New Orleans Saints.  But after the way they played last night, the Panthers don't look anything like a first place team.  In his first start for the Eagles, Mark Sanchez threw for 332 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Eagles clobbered Carolina 45-21 to improve to 7-2. Darren Sproles scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns on an eight-yard run and a 65-yard punt return. Bradley Fletcher returned an interception 34 yards for a TD and Jordan Matthews had 138 yards receiving and two TDs.  Cam Newton was sacked nine times and three three interceptions.

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