Multi-vehicle crash blocking Hwy 601 in Chesterfield Co.; TSA checkpoint changes take effect today in CLT - DETAILS on WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hello and good morning! Today is Monday, May 16. This is Christine Sperow doing my usual check in with you. I want to make sure you know about what's going on in your neighborhood. Turn your TVs on and watch WBTV News This Morning from 4:30-9:00 a.m. on WBTV and Bounce TV.

TODAY: A major change at Charlotte-Douglas International airport could make security lines faster. The airport is moving its priority ticket counter near the D checkpoint. "This will allow us to serve our priority customers in a separate area while trying to help alleviate some of the congestion caused by TSA lines near our main ticket counters," American Airlines says. Several kiosks will also be relocated. We'll have all the details on WBTV.

NOW: A multi-vehicle accident involving at least two tractor-trailers is blocking lanes on Highway 601 near Pageland. Chris Larson will have details on air along with alternative routes.

Breaking overnight....a local convenience store in Charlotte was hit by robbers this morning. It happened on Harris Station Boulevard. Witnesses are being interview right now. We'll have more details on what happened and what police are asking the public to do.

A tough weekend for 12 families in Gastonia. They lost their homes when their apartments caught fire. WBTV's Ashton Pellom has more on the heroic efforts to get people out the apartments to safety.

ARTICLE: 12 families displaced, apartments destroyed in Gastonia fire

TODAY: Officials in Matthews will continue discussions today on what it would take to break away from the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. We're learning who the town would have to go through for that to even be possible.

NEW at 6 a.m.: How big is your daycare or preschool bill? Can you believe the cost of daycare in North Carolina is greater than the cost of in-state college tuition?! We're on your side telling you what you can do to help ease the blow.

Stories are always developing during the morning hours. Brody O'Connell is combing the wires in the Alert Center as we speak. He'll break in during the newscast and let you know details first.

It's a cool morning today! Temps are in the fifties right now so you're going to feel the difference. How much will it warm up? You'll want to see Meteorologist Al Conklin's forecasts every seven minutes. He always has the most accurate info.

See you on air!

- Christine

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