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how the search will be different from the last one in 2014. >> john: welcome to wbtv news this morning at 5:00 it is friday, march 4th, good to have you with us, i'm john carter. >> kristen: i'm kristen miranda in for christine sperow. those stories plus mark davenport is following headlines in the alert center. >> mark: this is local, we're working on a car into a building, near 485 near the park, a car went in the rite aid, we'll get you live pictures in a few minutes. >> kristen: mark, thank you. ashe and avery county schools on two-hour delay. you can find the latest delays information at wbtv.com/closing. >> john: it has been snowing in boone, let's get things started with charlotte's most experienced morning meteorologist, al conklin. >> al: knowing throughout the night in the mountain -- snowing throughout the night in the mountain counties. rain now moved out, that low pressure system down on the beaches moving away, high pressure back to the west is building in, that will be the main dominating factor for the next 24-36 hours.
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couple minutes. right now that is resortcams.com giving us king street in boone, where we have wet streets, my understanding is that the grass is covered with one to two inches of snow. it is at freezing right now, we have school delays up there but the roads are essentially just wet in town, back roads could be a little slick. 32 in boone, 34 morganton, hickory, statesville, 38 gastonia and charlotte over to monroe and albermarle. 40 in wadesboro and 39 in rock hill. for today, get rid of the clouds, and eventually see sunshine, process will take a good chunk of the morning for that to happen we'll wind up at 57, close to average this time of the year and ten degrees above what we could manufacture yesterday when all the clouds rolled in. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. here is chris, first alert traffic. chris: al, thank you, rst alert traffic is sponsored this morning by toyota of north charlotte. here we go, rolling in friday morning commute and right now most of the major highways are
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downs, independence, providence road, outbound other than that fairly quiet. coulwood, we have a car in the building off belhaven boulevard and mcclure. mark will have more on this in a second. looking live i-77 southbound at tryon street, volume light here this this morning. rock hill to uptown, 24 minutes, 64-miles-per-hour. concord at 19 minutes and lake norman, center city, 16 minutes, 63-miles-per-hour. that's a check of traffic, guys, back over to you. >> john: jennifer roberts is criticizing lawmakers who want to overturn the city's non-discrimination ordinance. mayor tweeted it would hurt job and tourism growth. tim moore calls the ordinance an imminent threat to public safety. he says more than three-fifths of house members requested a special session to deal with the ordinance. it expands protections for
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including allowing transgender people of using the bathroom with the gender which they identify. >> kristen: theship schoolthe charlotte-mecklenburg school board is starting the process for superintendent. this process will be different than the last one 16 months ago. ashton pellom joins us live from the government center, ashton, what will be different this time around? >> reporter: good morning, kristen. a little different, the board voted to hire a search firm this time around but that may mean parents will have less input. former school board member trent merchant gave the board advice on the search process yesterday. his background is in recruitment. merchant told the school board to rethink how it hears from the community. the old way of hosting large forums can get distracting and be a waste of time. some board members agreed. >> more than happy to hear from anybody that wants to share i don't think we need to spend the
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reengage andsk the same questions we've asked the last ten years. >> this was an opportunity for us to re-set and say what we're going to do. like we promised the community all along. >> reporter: now the board could hire that firm next month, merchant says if and when they find their candidate, who they like, they don't have to wait until an clark's contract is up to hire the person. reporting in charlotte, ashton pellom, wbtv on your side. >> john: an inmate who walked away from a pre-release center in rock hill was caught in georgia. zachary reeves was caught in georgia, caught on video at a school where he is accused of taking money and a gun. he had been serving eight years for second degree burglary. >> kristen: two teens face charges after police say they attacked an elderly woman. two teens tried to grab her purse and knocked her to the ground.
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teens, held him until police arrived. the woman had a bump on her head. no word on the names of the teens or charges filed. >> john: wbtv was the only tv station to question north carolina governor pat mccrory after he ordered the dot to reevaluate the i-77 toll lane plan. subsidiary of cintra, the company building the i-77 toll lanes here, declared bankruptcy on a highway in texas. yesterday, the governor expressed doubt about the financial stability of cintra. >> what we're doing is a thorough review of what the action in texas entails and how it may or may not impact the north carolina project. >> the highway in texas was at the center of an on your side investigation weeks ago. of the four roads cintra operates, three have gone bankrupt or been sold. the transportation secretary will meet with cintra monday.
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to talk to a lawyer but are worried how much it will cost? we are oh providing free legal information today. we will have a team of licensed attorney in our studio all day to take calls. our 4 all free legal information hotlines starts in less than two hours, from 7:00 until 7:00 tonight. that was the number you can call, we will remind that throughout the morning. if you missed the republican presidential debate, we have you covered. when the democrats will have their next debate. >> john: about to go to commercial break, before we do, check first alert weather temperatures, 38 in charlotte, freezing in boone where it has been snowing. looked like it slacked off. 39 in rock hill, 40 in wadesboro. traffic-wise, a live look at i-77, south tryon, things are moving smoothly.
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closed captioning on wbtvnews is sponsored by subarusouth boulevard and subaruconcord. >> john: ten after 5:00 welcome back to wbtv news this morning. >> kristen: we have a school closing to tell you about today. watauga county schools we have just learned are closed today. >> john: let's get over to mark davenport, he has details on a seizure in europe involving isis. he's live in the alert center. >> mark: spain, authorities in spain seized 20,000 isis uniforms. i want to show you a picture in the alert center, taking it full on the screen. these are the uniforms laying down in front of the police vehicle there in spain. authorities seized those isis
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they were able to equip an army. a police operation uncovered the uniforms. hidden in a shipping container, declared secondhand clothes, being shipped to isis controlled areas in syria. seven people were arrested during the investigation in spain but all the uniforms laying on the ground, that is contraband. they're taking that in and the investigation continues in spain to see what else they can find being shipped. that is from the alert center, back to you guys. >> kristen: mark, thank you. in campaign 2016, another debate, another set of jabs as the candidates took shots at one another. ted cruz, john kasich, marco rubio and donald trump took part in the debate. >> people say i go, you seem to be the adult on the stage. >> nominating donald would be a disaster. >> he refer to my hands if they are small something else must be small i guarantee you there is no problem. i guarantee you. >> anyone ever deserved to be attack had way it is
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>> as far as the actual issues, kasich encouraged tolerance with gay rights and religious liberties. cruz says allowing gay couples to adopt. rubio and trump spoke against additional restrictions on gun sales. >> caitlyn jenner wants to be the trans am bass a door and advise ted cruz on issues regarding the community. calls cruz a great constitutionalist and articulate man. >> john: democrats will face off in michigan. hillary clinton and bernie sanders will be debating sunday in flint. that has been the center of that contaminated water crisis, left thousands of families without clean drinking water. they will also debate in miami next week. republicans hoping to be rid of president obama after the election will be disappointed.
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around in washington he wants younger daughter sasha to finish high school in the same place. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. here is meteorologist al conklin. al: thanks a lot, john. start you off with a live look at five sweeps of power doppler radar, the very little rain in and around the metro area, rain is pushed off toward the east, getting returns of snow up across the mountains. you can see it there. let's look at king street in boone, again just now joining us, ashe and avery county schools are operate on two-hour delay but watauga county schools where boone is, they are closed. the main roads here in boone you can see from resortcams.com they are just wet at 32 degrees, back roads i want i can assure you are snow-covered. close to freezing, in the mountains. everywhere else, a lot different. by this afternoon we will see sunshine, particularly across the piedmont and foothills, maybe in the mountains this afternoon.
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flurries by late this afternoon. windy and cold with wind gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. our forecast then, just a few leftover flurries, that will be it. rest of us will wind up being fairly sunny, we have a major warm-up on the way with temperatures getting in the 70s, that won't be today, today in the 50s but again a big warm up on the way. i'll talk about the next opportunities for rain, weekend forecast specifics, seven day planner straight ahead. check in with chris, first alert traffic. >> chris: al, thank you, first alert traffic sponsored by toyota of north charlotte. looking live i-77 here west boulevard, volume of traffic early on our friday morning commute running fairly lightly, most of the major highways are this morning. so a bit of good news for your friday morning commute. coming in from matthews on 74, 13 minutes, 49 miles an hour, providence road running 16 minutes from the arboretum and concord to center city, 18 minutes, at 66 miles an hour. that is a check of the morning travels, john, over to you.
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sign of how the economy is doing right now, a preview of the federal jobs report set to be released today. >> kristen: first, wbtv is
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community. you're planning your day with wbtv news this morning. >> kristen: 5:18, we were talking watauga county schools are closed this morning. >> john: we'll go over to center with the look at the roads up there. what have you got, mark? >> mark: a few pictures from some of the officials in watauga i'll show you those in a few closed. we told you that a while ago ght off the top of the show. this is from jeff lions, the
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school is closed, they drive around on the roads this is the first picture from jeff lyons, showing the snow on the road, not many cars driving on that road. another picture we have, from the watauga county superintendent, scott elliott, doing the same thing, morning road check. still snowing. that came from him before 5:00 a.m. this morning. you see some of the roads just going to get probably worse in the morning because they are covered in snow, that is why school is closed in watauga county. we wanted to show you that first here in the alert center this morning. back to you. >> john: 19 after 5:00. in consumer headlines, the obama administration is expected to announce today that more jobs have been added to the u.s. economy. the labor department releases february data today. a survey of economists forecast that employers added 19 5,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate is expected to remain at 4.9%. >> kristen: new plans show the military services are already
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combat jobs, including jobs as seals. the plans obtained by the associated press say that some of the services predict only a small number of women will volunteer or get through the training courses. the marine corps estimates 200 women a year will move in ground combat jobs. the navy says female candidates for the seals could begin serving this fall. >> john: attention "star wars" fans, the force awakens will be available for digital download april 1st. announced during a share shareholders meeting. the first six "star wars" films were amade available for the first time ever last april. >> kristen: already? >> john: spotlight is out on blu-ray and dvd. that won the academy award. the way of the world.
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1st. >> kristen: i know you can't. >> al: no fooling. >> kristen: al and i will wait, we'll be fine. it would tax day, rain last night, very spotty, very light, in fact officially in charlotte, just .02 of an inch in the queen city of rain. not very much at all. barely enough to dampen the ground. that means that the deficits continue here, oddly enough early in the month of march. in the hole of a half inch as far as the rain goes for the month and for the year, .4 of an inch. i don't see much rain going forward, at least anything of consequence. area of low pressure that came through last night plenty of rain and snow, high pressure is building in that will govern our weather for the short term. look at our futurecast going through time this morning, fair amount of clouds at 8:00. starting to get breaks in the clouds, the mountains are shrouded in a lot of cloud cover. even there, you'll wind up seeing at least partly sunny
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of us partly to mostly sunny and dry, clear conditions for tonight, heading out for friday evening. so right now, overcast conditions in lincolnton, that is the courthouse, rain up there last night but right now, dry, that is the case in charlotte. cloudy, sort of a damp start to the day, 38 with a dew point of 35, humidity level is up there at 90%. most of us are in the 30s but also safely above freezing. we thought that would be the case during the overnight. one exception is in the mountain where we have school closures and delays. 34 in morganton, hickory, 37 concord, 36 lincolnton, 39 now for rock hill and down toward lancaster. you'll wind up getting in the upper 30s this afternoon with mostly cloudy skies, low rain chances, maybe a sprinkle or two or flurry this afternoon in the mountains, won't add up to much more. 50s expected in the foothill, mostly sunny skies. our chances for precipitation very low today. that's the case in charlotte and in the piedmont. 57 lincolnton, gastonia,
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albermarle, mostly sunny skies, and like wise to the south as well, we'll be in the mid to upper 50s, close to 60 around chester. as we look at going forward, our temperatures will be going up. we look for low 60s both days of the weekend and then how about this, low 70s as we get in toward tuesday, wednesday, thursday. so first things first, there goes today's storm system, tonight, high pressure is over us, heading out for friday evening you'll be in good shape, dry conditions. turn our attention to this system, that will throw clouds our way. couldn't rule out a late evening shower tomorrow. i don't think it will amount to very much. moisture is very, very shallow. once that goes by, high pressure will build in for sunday and that will promote plenty of sunshine again. our rain chances are very low for the next several days. i don't see any big storm systems coming our way. temperatures will be going up. here is the seven data planner,
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clouds, small chance for shower late, the high of 60. 63, sunny skies on sunday and up, up and away, 66, 70, 73 and 73 monday, tuesday, wednesday into thursday. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. here's chris, first alert traffic. chris: al, thank you, first alert traffic sponsored by toyota of north charlotte. friday morning commute looking live at i-77, clanton road, no problems here. volume running along smoothly. come down from the lake, 16 minute, 64-miles-per-hour, that is the average drive time coming out of davidson this morning. there you can see davidson, cornelius, huntersville in the green all the way up to 485 and most of the majors looking pretty good. 485, 77 included. coming northbound out of rock hill this morning, let's take a look at your current drive time, northbound at 22 minutes, average speed is 63-miles-per-hour.
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>> kristen: charlotte-mecklenburg schools releasing new data on suspensions and crime. the progress that has been made and areas that still need improvement. >> john: good morning, thanks for waking up with wbtv news this morning! now 5:28, i'm john carter. >> kristen: i'm kristen miranda in for christine sperow this morning. couple things to tell you about before you get your day started, watauga county schools are closed this morning. ashe and avery county schools are on a two-hour delay. you can find the latest closing and delay information at wbtv.com/closings. it is a big day, a friday. let's get right to first alert weather forecast. >> al: and to the list, add alleghany county schools operating on two-hour delay. not surprising, they had two inches of snow in the mountains last night. main roads are wet but the back roads are definitely snow-covered. snow continues to fall.
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the mountains but with temperatures near or below freezing, a lot of schools are taking that precautionary measure. watauga is closed, everybody else pretty much on two-hour delay. clover leaf elementary school in statesville not closed but nobody is there yet but that parking lot will fill up soon. overcast right now. our current temperature in statatville, 34. 38 in charlotte, should be close to that this morning. mostly cloudy at 8:00 at the bus stop. late this afternoon, mostly sunny skies, fairly seasonable, maybe a little below average with a high of 57. look at extended forecast beyond the weekend in a couple minutes. check in with chris at 5:30, first alert traffic. >> chris: al, thank you, first alert traffic sponsored this morning by toyota of north charlotte. area interstates mainly running in the green this morning, free and clear across most of the charlotte region, so if you're traveling 485 looks good, 77, 85 looking okay this morning, and checking your drive times,
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13 minutes, 49-miles-per-hour, providence road from the arboretum area inbound to center city, 16 minutes, 38 miles an hour, and concord to center city running at 18 minutes in the mid 60s. that is a check of the morning commute. christine -- you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic on wbtv news this morning. kristen? >> kristen: very good, chris, thank you. mitchell county schools are now on three-hour delay. they are all starting to roll in. we'll keep you posted right here on wbtv. fewer students in charlotte-mecklenburg schools are being suspended. according to a state-wide report released yesterday the suspension rate in charlotte-mecklenburg schools declined nearly 8% last school year. the drop-out rate remained the same, incidents of violent crime rose about 11%. as we reported last week, the crime rate in schools state-wide increased about 2%. >> john: last night's republican presidential debate is getting a lot of attention on social media. we'll go over to mark davenport

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