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Your daily headlines, weather and news updates from WCNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Updated weekday mornings with fresh content produced by the Wake Up Charlotte team.


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Your daily headlines, weather and news updates from WCNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Updated weekday mornings with fresh content produced by the Wake Up Charlotte team.






2 transgender women killed in Charlotte hotels: Friday, April 16

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. Which is why a new Netflix series promises to help us learn how to fall asleep quicker and easier. Seriously! Richard DeVayne has details on two homicides impacting Charlotte's transgender residents. Two trans women were killed in Charlotte hotels, and police aren't sure if the killings are linked at this time, but activist groups say it's another obstacle facing the community. Plus, Mecklenburg County is hosting a community COVID-19...


Pat McCrory running for US Senate in 2022: Thursday, April 15

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory joined the crowded race for US Senate in 2022. He's among 5 Republicans jockeying to win the seat that will be vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Burr after his term ends in 2021. The former governor explains why he felt the need to run and why his "homegrown" leadership is needed in Washington. Richard DeVayne has the latest on two homicide investigations in Charlotte. Police say two men were killed just hours apart in separate parts of the city. Right...


Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted: Thursday, April 14

Vaccine providers nationwide are pressing pause on the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine after the CDC and FDA issued a joint statement saying they're investigating reports of rare but serious blood clots in some patients. Billie Jean Shaw has the latest from Charlotte-area vaccine providers as clinics look to encourage people the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe. Richard DeVayne joins the show with details on the private funeral service for victims in last week's Rock Hill...


CMS schools to get new COVID-filtration system: Tuesday, April 13

More than 30 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools campuses will implement a new air filtration system that is reportedly 99.9% effective at killing the virus that causes COVID-19. Ben Thompson connects the dots on how this system works and why it's a breakthrough for parents unsure about sending their kids into the classroom. Billie Jean Shaw has details on Barringer Academic Center getting a new name. The school's name, which has ties to white supremacy, will be announced at Tuesday's school...


Prayer vigil honors Rock Hill shooting victims: Monday, April 12

Starting Monday, middle and high school students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will resume Plan A learning, which includes 4 days of in-person classes. Wednesdays will be reserved for virtual classes. Billie Jean Shaw joins #WakeUpCLT To Go with details on the new schedule and when students will have even more in-person learning. Plus, a huge wave of COVID-19 vaccination appointments just opened in Mecklenburg County through StarMed HealthCare. Publix also joined the vaccination game,...


#WakeUpCLT To Go - April 9, 2021 - The day after the Rock Hill shooting

Larry Sprinkle​ has a look at your weekend forecast after a little bit of Friday rain: mostly sunny, warm, and nice going into the coming work week. The community of Rock Hill continues to reel from a tragic shooting that left five dead along with the gunman. Among the victims: a prominent doctor, his wife, their two grandsons, and an HVAC technician working at the house where gunfire erupted. Richard DeVayne​ is back in Rock Hill looking at the impact this tragedy has. Meanwhile, there...


5 killed in South Carolina mass shooting: Thursday, April 8

A well-known South Carolina doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren were among 5 people killed in a mass shooting at their home in York County Wednesday, deputies said. Authorities say there is no threat to the public anymore but haven't released any further details about a suspect in the shooting of Dr. Robert Lessie and his family. President Joe Biden is expected to address executive actions he plans to take to cut down on gun violence in the U.S. Those actions include requiring...


North Carolina opens COVID-19 vaccines to all adults: Wednesday, April 7

Goodbye groups! North Carolina has entered its final phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, allowing all adults 16 & older to schedule their vaccination. Billie Jean Shaw joins the show with details on when those appointments will be available and how you can secure your spot in line. North Carolina education leaders will address their plan to help teachers get struggling students up to speed with a primary focus on reading at the proper grade level. Richard DeVayne previews the state...


Atrium Health scheduling stadium vaccine appointments - Friday, April 2, 2021

Keep your jackets handy this Friday morning for cooler temperatures, but look ahead for a pleasant Easter weekend! Larry Sprinkle breaks down the forecast. Easter travel is kicked up this weekend, with a lot of people leaving Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Billie Jean Shaw has a look inside the airport with masked up travelers preparing to take off. There's a bill proposed in the North Carolina state legislature that could get kids struggling in school some extra help this...


Pediatric vaccine trial coming to Charlotte: Thursday, April 1

StarMed Healthcare announced that it will take part in a new trial studying the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in children. More than 6,500 kids will take part, ranging from 6 months to 11 years old. Richard DeVayne has the latest on the trial that could be a breakthrough in the pandemic. Billie Jean Shaw joins the show with the latest on a bill that advanced to the South Carolina Senate that would prohibit most employers from making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for workers. There...


COVID-19 vaccine now available to all 16 & up in South Carolina: Wednesday, March 31

It's a big day for COVID-19 vaccinations in the Carolinas. First, Billie Jean Shaw has details on South Carolina's rollout, which is now eligible for everyone age 16 and older. This means any previous restrictions on age or health conditions have been lifted. North Carolina enters the second phase of Group 4, which includes any front-line workers not already eligible for the vaccine, as well as college students who live in dorms. Next week, April 7, North Carolina will open vaccination...


Mecklenburg County opens vaccine appointments for all adults: Tuesday, March 30

Mecklenburg County will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments for anyone age 16 and older starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 30. These appointments will open as soon as next week, ahead of North Carolina's move into Group 5 vaccinations. Billie Jean Shaw joins the show with details on these vaccine appointments and how you can book yours. Plus, Ben Thompson connects the dots on why the CDC is concerned about a possible fourth COVID-19 spike this spring. Despite great leaps in vaccinations,...


Is hearing loss a side effect of COVID? Monday, March 29

A new study suggests a surprising number of coronavirus patients are dealing with hearing issues. Research out of The University of Manchester in Britain found nearly 15% of COVID-19 patients reported tinnitus, a ringing in the ears. Plus, are you ready for a cooldown? Larry Sprinkle has your First Warn Forecast.


NC to roll back COVID-19 restrictions today: Friday, March 26

At 5 p.m. Friday, businesses across North Carolina will have some COVID-19 restrictions lifted as the state continues to move back toward pre-pandemic life. Retailers, restaurants and salons will be allowed to open at 100% capacity, and other limits will be removed. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that all adults will be eligible for the vaccine starting April 7, one week after all of Group 4 becomes eligible. Billie Jean Shaw has the details on the announcement and how North Carolina...


South Carolina's new COVID-19 vaccine problem: Thursday, March 25

Health officials in South Carolina are running into a new problem when it comes to the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout: People aren't showing up for their second dose! Billie Jean Shaw has details from South Carolina, where health officials are urging people to get fully vaccinated before it's been too long between doses. Richard DeVayne has an update on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's new proposed budget, which would include a raise for all public school teachers across the state....


Cooper eases more COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina: Wednesday, March 24

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper eased more restrictions on businesses statewide Tuesday. Restaurants, bars and retailers will now be allowed to have more people starting Friday, March 26 at 5 p.m. Richard DeVayne breaks down Cooper's new order and what the governor says is next in the fight against the coronavirus. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be sending middle and high school students to class more often starting next month. Billie Jean Shaw reports on the district's new plan and the...


Cooper could ease more COVID restrictions: Tuesday, March 23

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper could ease more COVID restrictions as the state's key metrics continue to trend downward. Richard DeVayne joins the show to discuss what Cooper could announce for businesses looking to get through the pandemic. Billie Jean Shaw previews Tuesday night's Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Earnest Winston has recommended middle and high school students move to Plan A with 4 days of in-person learning. The meeting comes after...


AstraZeneca vaccine effective for all ages: Monday, March 22

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against disease and complete protection against hospitalization and death across all age groups in a late-stage U.S. study, the company announced Monday. Plus, find out why your daily cup of joe could soon get a little more expensive.


COVID-19 vaccines in short supply: Friday, March 19

COVID-19 vaccines remain in short supply for Mecklenburg County, but health officials are still optimistic we can stay on track. Billie Jean Shaw has the latest on how the county plans to vaccinate more people in a timely manner. Plus, the Charlotte area was fortunate to not see any damage after multiple tornado warnings Thursday. Friday's weather with be much calmer with cool temperatures and no threat of storms. Larry Sprinkle has the forecast and a look ahead to the first weekend of...


Severe weather expected across the Carolinas: Thursday, March 18

Severe weather is coming to the Carolinas Thursday, with a storm system delivering the threat of damaging winds, hail, lightning and isolated tornadoes. First Warn forecaster Larry Sprinkle has your complete forecast, along with the storm's timing so you can be prepared for what Mother Nature brings to Charlotte, North Carolina, this afternoon. Carolyn Bruck spoke with experts who have helpful tips to keep your pets calm during storms, as well as the best plan of action during a tornado to...