Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The NC House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow the city of Charlotte to use its prepared food and beverage tax to help pay for upgrades to Bank of America Stadium.
The bill was on the NC floor for debate for only five minutes, which surprised some Charlotte City Council members who made the trip to Raleigh.
Only one Representative stood up to speak, saying "I will say I think this is corporate welfare."
Representative Ruth Samuelson, who co-sponsored the bill, says she was confident it would pass because "they counted the votes before they arrived" for the House session.
"It was mostly finding out who is for and who is against and why. There were some we were able to change to yes" Samuelson says.
The bill now moves on to the Senate.
Council Member James Mitchell says he believes the Senate will follow the House's lead and pass the bill. Mitchell says attention now shifts to new conversations with the Panthers.
"Now we start having preliminary discussions with panthers. We did not get the first option so the best we have is using convention center funds."
Mitchell says the city has to hear from Convention Center officials to see how much of the $119M existing prepared foods tax could be available to shift over to stadium renovations.
The city councilman also WBTV News another possible option.
"Mr. Richardson is very committed to keeping the team in Charlotte. So, we won't get a 15 year tether, but maybe we can hope to get an 8 to 10 year tether to keep the team in the city of Charlotte."
The bill passed the House Finance Committee 21-11 on Tuesday.
The city wants to increase its prepared food and beverage tax by one percent to help pay for the estimated $200 million renovations and upgrades to Bank of America Stadium.
The bill as passed, however, does not allow for an increase in the tax but does allow the city to use all the money from the tax to pay for stadium upgrades.
NC Gov. Pat McCrory has said the he doesn't see any state money in the Panthers' future to help with the upgrades.
The NFL-franchise had sought a combination of city and state money to help them fund the project, which they hoped to start in January of 2014.
Support for the plan eroded when a leaked financial report revealed that despite two losing seasons the Panthers have still taken in million of dollars in profits.
A statewide poll showed that nearly 88 percent of people polled said the Panthers should pay for the renovations with their own money.
Last week, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce pressed lawmakers to support some kind of funding for the team, saying the team will bring nearly $300 million in tax revenues to the state over the next 15 years.
Charlotte City Council member Andy Dulin says Wednesday's House vote is "a step in the right direction."
Dulin says the House passage will help Charlotte continue negotiations with the Panthers."This is not exactly what we wanted but it's a step in the right direction so I'm pleased" he says.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>