TODAY: CMS students to be released early, Public to weigh in on new student assignment plan - LIVE report on WBTV

Good morning!  Kristen Miranda here - filling in for Christine Sperow again this morning (she's back tomorrow!).  It's a pretty active morning in the WBTV newsroom.

A couple of reminders for parents and kids in Charlotte Mecklenburg schools.  Today is an early release day - kids get out three hours early.

Plus today is your shot at weighing in on the district's reassignment plan. CMS is holding a public hearing at 6 p.m. in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center meeting chamber. Parents will get a chance to voice their opinions on the new student assignment guidelines.

RELATED: Groups divided over CMS' student assignment principles

Our Mark Davenport will have more in a LIVE report.

There's new information related to House Bill 2 and which bathrooms people can use in public.  A store you probably shop in all the time has made a decision about it's bathroom policy.  Plus a  transgender student at the center of a major federal appeals court ruling is speaking out this morning...and that ruling could affect HB2 here.

RELATED: McCrory: Appeals court ruling brings new dynamic to HB2 law

The results are in from New York's primaries - we'll tell you who can claim the delegates.  Plus if you missed House Speaker Paul Ryan on Colbert's show last night - you'll want to catch the clip in our 6:30 a.m. half hour.

And, the first criminal charges in the Flint water crisis are expected to be released today.

Finally, the story that made me smile when I heard about it this morning...a duck needed new feet...and some cool technology made that happen.  Don't miss it.

John Carter and Al Conklin are getting the news started at 4:30am.  The rest of us will join them at 5am.  I hope YOU will join us when you wake up!


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