CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Good morning! Thanks for waking up with us this Thursday, March 31. We're waking up to temperatures in the upper 50s.
More protests are planned today in the wake of North Carolina's law overturning Charlotte's LGBT ordinance. Supporters of the LGBT community plan to hold a "Transgender Day of Visibility" today.
The rally is tonight at 6:30 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. Organizers say it will be peaceful, but loud. They want voices heard, and say House Bill 2 is built on discrimination.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts says she is weighing the next steps the city may take to fight House Bill 2. She met with activists from the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality NC yesterday. The groups are suing Governor Pat McCrory and the state. Mayor Roberts says despite the law, Charlotte will work to be accepting of different people.
Severe weather in Oklahoma and Arkansas and is expected to head our way. Chris Larson will have details in your first alert forecast.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what caused a plane to burst into flames on the tarmac at the Gastonia Municipal Airport.
The fire happened just before 9:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived quickly, and used a foam solution to make quick work of the fire. The airplane was tethered down when this fire started, and no one was on board. Click HERE for photos. No one was hurt, but the aircraft is a complete loss.
Charlotte city council members and state lawmakers have been at odds for years over issues such as funding for the 485 loop, sales tax distribution, control of the airport, and money for Bank of America Stadium. Ashton Pellom will have more in a LIVE report.
ALERT CENTER: At least three people were killed and dozens are injured after part of an overpass collapsed in India. Alex Giles is covering the story and will have details in the Alert Center.
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