Breaking: Earthquake in Caldwell County

Good morning. It's been a while since I last sent you an email. It's Christine Nelson here. Today is Monday, December 15. We have quite a few stories to get you caught up on when you wake up and tune us in. Many of these stories happened overnight while you were sleeping. Tune in to WBTV News This Morning from 4:30-9:00 a.m. on WBTV and Bounce TV for full details:

Earthquake. Boy, did the newsroom phone ring off the hook overnight. The earthquake happened just before 2 a.m. north of Lenoir in Caldwell County. It registered at a a magnitude 3.0. What did people hear and feel? Was there any significant damage? We'll have live interviews and reports starting to lead the 5 a.m. hour.

Breaking overnight: There is an intense hostage situation happening right now in Australia that many of the national news outlets will be talking get the information first from WBTV. Police in Sydney are negotiating with a gunman who's holding an unknown number of people hostage in a downtown cafe. WBTV's Brody O'Connell is getting all the latest info and video now. He'll have a live update in the WBTV Alert Center.

DEVELOPING: A Charlotte-Mecklenburg school is on alert this morning. Providence High School will have extra police presence because of an anonymous threat that was posted online over the weekend. The threat talks about people repaying "for all the pain you have caused me." It has parents and students on edge. The school and police are taking it very seriously.

Other headlines: Panthers playoff chances?, Black Lives Matter rally, college football player murder.

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