1. Silver Alert issued for missing south Charlotte mom

A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing south Charlotte mother.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Megan Stack and her daughter, Ava, disappeared Monday afternoon after Ava was picked up from class at Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Authorities said Megan left her home on Cloister Drive around 1:30 p.m. Monday and has not returned or been heard from since.

According to investigators, CMPD's requested Amber Alert was denied by state authorities "due to it not meeting the restrictive criteria."

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2. Mecklenburg County files being held for ransom by hackers

Multiple files from Mecklenburg County’s server are being held for ransom after they were hacked, County Manager Dena Diorio said Tuesday.

According to Diorio, a county employee clicked an attachment in an email they shouldn’t have, exposing the files to the hackers, who are demanding 2 Bitcoin, or $23,000, in ransom money to release the files.

Diorio said no personal information was compromised during the hack. The hackers told Mecklenburg County they have until 1 p.m. Wednesday to pay the ransom.

Diorio said Mecklenburg County officials are considering paying the ransom but are also evaluating how much it would cost to decrypt the files themselves.

3. Funeral for NC toddler being held Wednesday in Onslow County

A funeral for a North Carolina toddler whose body was found in a creek will be held on Wednesday in Onslow County. The service for Mariah Woods will be private, but public visitation is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Court documents unveiled Tuesday accused the man arrested in connection with her death of abusing the three-year-old and her two brothers.

In a custody battle over his two sons, Woods' biological father gave an argument for deserving custody, listing acts of physical and sexual abuse by 32-year-old Earl Kimrey, the boyfriend of the mother.

Click here to read details of those court documents.

4. House set to vote on right to carry concealed weapons

The debate on guns heads to the House Wednesday as Congress is expected to take up gun legislation to expand concealed carry rights.

The vote comes a week before the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 26 people in Newtown, Conn. and after recent months have seen two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

The National Rifle Association has previously said expanding the right to carry a concealed weapon was a top legislative priority. If the bill does hit the floor, it will be on the same day as gun-control advocates hold vigils across the country for victims of gun violence.

Click here to read the details of the bill.

5. CMS holding school choice lottery info session on Facebook Live

A heads up for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parents whose children are applying for the school choice lottery program.

The district will hold a special Facebook Live session Wednesday. Program specialist Walter Hall will discuss options available to students, including important dates as well as the application process.

Wednesday is also an early release day for CMS students. All traditional and continuous learning schools will dismiss three hours earlier than their regularly scheduled times.

Click here for a link to the Facebook page as well as the time of the session.