Funeral arrangements for Barbara Bush, animal shelter halts adoptions

Good morning!  Kristen Miranda here this morning...filling in for Christine Sperow on this Wednesday...and it looks like the weather is improving.  It won't feel so cold when you walk out the door.

Be sure to start your morning with the forecast from Al Conklin.

I just got an update from our Executive Producer and there's quite a bit to talk about in the news this morning...

Late last night, probably after you went to bed, the funeral arrangements for Barbara Bush were made public.  The former First Lady passed away yesterday surrounded by her family and friends.  We'll tell you how she will be honored by those who loved her most.

We expect new information today about the violent and deadly incident on that Southwest Airlines flight yesterday...the investigation is moving forward, we're learning more about what it was like on the plane, and we now know the name of the woman who died.

The battle continues as the town of Matthews hopes to break away from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. After a big meeting last night we now know the next step.

Today is Tax Day.  I know, it was SUPPOSED to be yesterday...but there was a big glitch that game some people a little extra time.

An animal shelter in Anson County isn't adopting out any animals or taking any in for a while.  We'll explain why 17 dogs had to be euthanized.

We're getting a new look inside the prison riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina where 7 inmates died...

There are a couple of stories that will make you feel good as you start your day.  Remember the football team from Harding University High School that needed a little help paying for their championship rings?  We'll show you how that came full circle.  Also, each week we introduce you to a young child who needs a Forever Family...today's child looking for a home will warm your heart.

We're half-way through the week and you want to start your Wednesday feeling ready for the day...so do that with us.  John Carter, Al Conklin, Chris Larson, and I are headed to the set soon.  We're joined by Micah Smith in the Alert Center and Caroline Hicks live in the field.  We'll see you when you wake up!

-km