President Trump tweets about another potential rally in NC

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump tweeted, expressing excitement about another potential rally in North Carolina this year.

Live 5 Scambusters: Scam warning for college students as fall semester begins

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools chief communications officer to resign

  Chester County Sheriff’s Office works to fill 24 vacancies

Plane’s parachute helped it crash-land on Mt. Mitchell, FAA says

  Suspect arrested for stealing weapons, other materials from local police cars

Man arrested outside preschool: ‘It’s not like I’m gonna shoot a bunch of kids’

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Homeless man lit on fire over weekend dies, suspect now charged with murder, police say

AG Coalition and major telecom companies announce unified plan to curb Robocalls

Three-legged bears popping up around NC mountains

Coast Guard ends active search for missing Florida firefighters

Three Rivers Land Trust conserves 50 acres in Rowan County

  Storms cause significant damage in Statesville; emergency responders also affected

Missing 63-year-old man found dead in Bald Head Island harbor

A 63-year-old man reported missing yesterday afternoon was found dead in Bald Head Island’s harbor Thursday morning, according to officials with the village’s Department of Public Safety.

Justin Timberlake gives impromptu performance on Beale Street

Timberlake showed up at B.B. King's Blues Club for a night on the town, and ended up on stage!

  60+ guns reported stolen from NC pawn shop, $13K reward available for information

Statesville police say the thief, or thieves, forced their way into Bullseye Pawn on W Front Street at Oakland Avenue and took around 60 handguns and three long guns.

Elephant dies unexpectedly at Riverbanks Zoo

Zoo officials said the death of Robin, one of their African elephants, was unexpected.

Police seek missing Wilmington teen

13 hurt in crash involving bus on I-85 SB

USDA: Washing raw chicken puts you at risk of foodborne illness

Study: Myrtle Beach is the second most romantic city in America

  Teen charged in death of Mooresville High School student athlete

Zombie Walk trudging through Kannapolis on Saturday

Speedway and associated workers do Volunteer Day of Service across Cabarrus

Charlotte Motor Speedway employees dug in for the community during the speedway’s second Day of Service on Wednesday.

Maintenance worker finds gun in public bathroom at Roper Hospital, police say

A maintenance worker found a gun inside a third-floor public bathroom at Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston on Wednesday, according to police.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools lists 15 apps that could be dangerous to children

Officials say these apps aren’t dangerous when used correctly, but parents should be aware that people with bad intentions can use them to target their children.

Arkansas father arrested, accused of forcing child into hot car as punishment

An Arkansas man was arrested Tuesday for forcing his 10-year-old son into a hot car as punishment.

  Homes damaged after storms cause downed trees, power outages in Iredell County

According to the Duke Energy Power Outage Map, more than 3,000 power outages were reported in the county.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweets that he still plans to drive at Darlington Raceway

The tweet comes almost a week after he and his family survived a plane crash in Tennessee on Aug. 15.

16 Blount Co. female inmates choose to be baptized as part of new program

There’s a powerful program going on at the Blount County jail. Inmates - some who are facing drug charges, others theft, and even murder - now have the option to get baptized.

  Miss North Carolina on a mission to get more African American females to go for a crown

Her mission was to tell students about her platform and to talk to students about entering the pageant world. For the first time, Miss USA, Miss America, and Miss Teen USA are all African American.

In Louisville, Trump signs order forgiving student-loan debt for disabled veterans

President Donald Trump closed his speech in Louisville on Wednesday by signing an order that will forgive all student-loan debt for many of America’s disabled veterans.

2 arrested, 1 wanted in armed robbery at Huntersville McDonald’s

According to the Huntersville Police Department, the incident happened at the McDonald’s on Boren Street on Aug. 7 around 3 a.m.

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her old songs

Swift said she plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun.

Here’s where Amelie’s French bakery is moving its flagship location

Ending months of speculation surrounding one of Charlotte’s most popular spots, Amelie’s French bakery is finally ready to announce plans for its flagship site.

  Warning issued for online scams involving pet adoptions

Officials urge anyone wanting to buy a pet through a website to research the website thoroughly.

Search for missing Florida firefighters expands up Grand Strand coastline

The search and rescue mission for two Florida firefighters who disappeared while on a fishing trip, has expanded up the Grand Strand coastline.

Police: Kannapolis man charged with first-degree arson

Marvin Johnson, 55, of Kannapolis has been charged with first degree arson.

Search for missing fisherman expanded up Georgia coast

The U.S. Coast Guard is moving their search and rescue mission north for two Florida boaters who have been missing since Friday.

CMS announces changes to curriculum ahead of new school year

The new school year means new changes for grades K through 6th when it comes to English Language Arts and eighth grade for math.

  $11.5 million pedestrian bridge will connect South End and uptown, with a bank’s help

U.S. Bank will help fund the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 277, Center City Partners said Wednesday, as local leaders look to connect uptown with South End.

  Nicholas Sparks cleared in defamation lawsuit

A federal jury in Raleigh cleared author Nicholas Sparks in a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday.

Father of beloved Carolina Forest grad killed in crash visits her brick at USC

The father of a beloved Carolina Forest High School graduate, made the trip on Wednesday to Columbia to honor her.

  NC leaders propose $663 million refund for taxpayers

Senate Leaders Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore announced the Taxpayer Refund Act Wednesday, saying taxpayers sent too much money so they’re sending some back.

NC officer recreates decades-old photo with daughter on first day of school

A Huntersville police officer sending his daughter back to school was reminded of a scene from decades ago – one with his own father, who was also a police officer.

Six seniors arrested, accused of meeting for sex in public park

Police say the area was being publicized on the internet as an area for people to meet and have sex.

Legendary racer Mario Andretti named Honorary Pace Car Driver for Bank of America ROVAL™ 400

One of NASCAR’s most highly anticipated weekends will feature arguably the greatest race car driver of all time leading the field to green on Sept. 29. Mario Andretti – a motorsports legend like no other – will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400

  Salisbury City Park lake looking rough, city working on a fix

A lake at a park in Salisbury is getting a lot of attention, but not for a good reason. Lately, WBTV has heard from several citizens upset at the condition of the lake at the City Park.

Survey: SC named third friendliest state in America

According to a survey done by Big 7 Travel, you’ll only find a couple of states friendlier than South Carolina.

Secretive warfare training being staged in 21 North Carolina counties, Army says

A series of Special Forces military training exercises -- including gunfire with blanks -- is being staged across 21 North Carolina counties starting Aug. 30, and the Army is telling the public not to be alarmed at the suspicious-looking activity.

NC cat up for ‘Wackiest Pet Name of the Year’ award

From now through Aug. 26, people can cast their vote for their choice for the wackiest pet name of the year.

  Doctors offer tips to help your child transition to a new school

Doctors advise parents on how to help their kids transition schools.

‘Very fortunate’: LSU responds to false alarm security scare

LSU officials gave the all clear on campus just minutes before 5 p.m. after reports came in hours earlier of an armed intruder on campus at Coates Hall.

  Gov. Cooper vetoes bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill Wednesday that would require sheriffs to cooperate with detainers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  Sign language interpreter steals show from rapper Twista

Amber Galloway Gallego has some lightning-fast moves to go along with the rapper’s high-speed lyrics.

NC restaurant owner says he’ll give $10,000 for proof customers were thrown out for MAGA hats

A Facebook post, which has since been deleted, made the claim.

  Family of man fatally shot by CMPD officer in Burger King parking details what ‘set him off’

The statement details the events leading up to Danquirs Franklin going to the Burger King in March armed with a handgun before he was shot and killed by a CMPD officer.

  Guest injury closes Carowinds roller coaster ride

Carowinds’ newest thrill ride, Copperhead Strike, is closed until further notice after a guest was injured on the ride Sunday evening.

Bridge collapses near Ga., Fla. line

The bridge is just inside Gadsden County, Florida.

Troopers to ensure drivers stop for school buses as classes start

Troopers say they are increasing their focus around school zones and monitoring driving behavior before and after school.

  Ready for a dog? Mecklenburg shelter is crowded and officials hope you’ll adopt

The county animal shelter is calling on people to adopt pets — especially dogs — as soon as possible, because space in the shelter is running out, officials said.

Rowan-Cabarrus Fire and Emergency Services program receives national recognition

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Fire and Emergency Services program has received official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition from the United States Fire Administration.

  Here’s where to vote early for 9th District, Charlotte city elections starting Wednesday

Voting starts for the 9th Congressional District special election to fill a seat that will have been vacant for nine months.

Tour de Saints to benefit Cooperative Christian Ministries

Registration for the Seventh annual Tour de Saints’ charity bike ride is underway. Hosted by All Saints Episcopal Church, this event is in support of Cooperative Christian Ministries of Cabarrus County.

16 residents of Nazareth Child & Family Connection take trip to Washington, D.C.

16 residents of Nazareth Child & Family Connection take trip to Washington, D.C.

Cheer squad parents asked to sell fundraiser raffle tickets for semi-automatic rifle

Heather Chilton and other parents of the Junior Lions Cheer Team members were asked to sell tickets for an AM-15 optic ready rifle for a fundraiser.

‘It has been hell’: Mom, other parents say CMS is failing students with special needs

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is currently investigating a dozen other cases in which CMS has been accused of violating the civil rights of students with disabilities or special needs.

Person shot, seriously injured in north Charlotte

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident happened on University City Boulevard around 9:30 p.m.

Fourth rabies case of 2019 confirmed in Gaston County

This represents the fourth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

  NODA neighbors want to know who is breaking into neighborhood’s small businesses

It seems to be mainly small businesses getting busted into, ones who do not have extra money set aside for regularly replacing broken panes of glass.

  Driver, passenger rescued from car after getting stuck on flooded road in Charlotte

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Idaho Drive at Rozzelles Ferry Road is now shut down due to flooding.

  Man shot, killed in west Charlotte

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident happened on West Trade Street around 4:30 p.m.

  Parents say CMS got wind of volunteer - long before police say he abused their child

A lawsuit accuses Ricardo Mata of physical and sexual assault and battery, and accuses school leaders of intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress and gross negligence, among other claims. The complaint also seeks punitive damages and a jury trial.

  UNCC police explore innovative ways to make classrooms on campus safer

After taking a deeper look at the deadly campus shooting in April, securing internal doors in classrooms was an area police saw an opportunity to strengthen security.

  Local homeowners claim they’re not safe under their own roofs, because of roofer

The attorney for the roofer says they plan to sue one of the former customers for making false allegations against the company.

  Exclusive: Wife of CMPD officer involved in deadly shooting speaks about his ‘heroic’ action

The wife of a CMPD officer involved in a deadly shooting spoke to WBTV about what it was like as a wife to get the phone call that her husband was involved in an incident like this.

S.C. school district responds to teacher’s lawsuit for out-of-pocket classroom costs, unpaid work

The lawsuit claims the district broke state and federal laws by requiring her to pay for school supplies out of her own pocket and work for free at school-related events.

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use

Elton John took to social media to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan were hypocritical for accepting jet travel despite their devotion to eco-causes.

  Huntsville Police Department offering pay raise if officers pass fitness test

Every officer with the Huntsville Police department can sign up for a fitness program. If they pass the rigorous test, they'll then see more money added to their bank account.

Former FSD4 superintendent issued reprimand for not reporting absences, not returning to district following students’ deaths

The former superintendent for Florence School District Four was issued a public reprimand by the South Carolina Board of Education for unprofessional conduct during her tenure.