Democrat Doug Jones scored a shocking upset in the Alabama Senate race Tuesday, narrowly capturing a seat for Democrats in one of the reddest states in the nation.
Jones won with a margin of not quite 2 percentage points, narrowly besting Republican Roy Moore, who fought allegations that he had molested or pursued relationships with teenage girls in the 1970s when he was in his 30s and an assistant district attorney.
Winter weather, wind chill and wind advisories were in effect in the high country early Wednesday morning. Folks in the mountains were taking advantage.
After getting six inches of snow last weekend, Appalachian Ski Mountain President Brad Moretz said business is booming.
“We’ve got great skiing now, it’s like January conditions,” said Moretz. “I think everybody is excited we’re at peak form this early in the season.”
Debris on I-85 left several cars with flat tires Tuesday night in Charlotte. Highway patrol said the hazard likely fell off a truck. A total of eight cars had tire damage. No injuries were reported.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said drivers caught with improperly secured items can face up to $2,000 in fines. Last year, unsecured loads led to 657 crashes, nearly 200 injuries and four deaths in the tar heel state.
Police departments in the Charlotte region are seeing a slight uptick in reports of customers passing counterfeit cash.
Rock Hill Police attributed the uptick in its jurisdiction to more money exchanging hands during the holiday season.
Detectives said some of the fake money looks realistic while others are glaringly obvious. One case involved cash with the phrase, "For Motion Picture Use Only," printed on the cash.
If you're willing to endure the cold and stay up late, you'll be treated to the annual Geminid meteor shower, expected to be the best of the year.
The display of celestial fireworks will reach its peak during the long, dark hours from Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, and the waning crescent moon won't spoil the show.