Chaos And Violence In Ferguson; Local Rallies Planned

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 25 November 2014, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  We have a lot of news to bring you this morning, so be sure to have your television turned on.  We'll be on the air from 4:30 to 9 AM.

BREAKING NEWS:  Chaos and violence have broken out in Ferguson, Missouri following a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.  Police say overnight protests are much worse than protests that occurred right after the August shooting.  At least a dozen businesses in Ferguson have been looted and set on fire and protesters smashed windows out of police cars and buildings.  No reports of any serious injuries.

Rallies are planned across the nation and here in Charlotte in recognition of the situation in Ferguson.  We'll be live with details on a rally planned at Charlotte's Marshall Park.

Chester City Council met for the first time last night following the murder of council member Odell Williams.  Members are planning a special memorial for Williams.  We'll have details in a live report.

Classes are canceled at Providence Day School today while crews work to fix a broken water main in southeast Charlotte.

A nor'easter headed up the East Coast could cause havoc for millions of Thanksgiving travelers.  A coastal storm is forecast to dump rain along the coast and snow inland. That could cause delays along busy Northeast highways and possibly upset travel plans at airports throughout the region.

Rep. Larry D. Hall of Durham has been been re-elected by fellow Democrats as minority leader of the North Carolina House of Representatives. 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Two Christmas parades are being held in the area today.  The 70th Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade kicks off at 3:30.  And the Southern Rowan Christmas Parade starts at 3:00 in Landis.  By the way, Kristen Miranda and I are going to be a part of the we hope you'll come out to celebrate with us!

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" has sold for more than $3 million at an auction in New York City.

In sports...the New Orleans Saints lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Monday night football...providing an opening for the Carolina Panthers to once again share the lead in the NFC South with a win this Sunday in Minnesota.  And the Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets in the game that was moved to Detroit following that record setting snowfall in Buffalo.

All those stories 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.  And during our 8 AM hour on Bounce...the folks from Mimi's Cafe will be here to show us some tasty twists on Thanksgiving meals!  You don't want to miss it!