5 things you need to know Saturday

1. Arrest made in connection with disappearance of NC toddler

An arrest has been made in the disappearance of a three-year-old girl in North Carolina.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI took 32-year-old Earl Kimrey into custody on Friday. He's believed to be the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother, and one of the last people to have seen the little girl who was reported missing Monday.

Investigators said evidence gathered during the course of the investigation indicates Mariah is deceased. The search has shifted to a recovery process.

Kimrey is charged with Concealing of Death, Obstruction of Justice, 2nd Degree Burglary, Felony Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property. He's being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.  

The district attorney said additional charges could be pending.

2. Senate passes huge tax cuts after last-minute changes; conference with House next

After winning over last-minute holdouts, Senate Republicans early Saturday approved a massive tax overhaul that provides more than $1 trillion in tax cuts over ten years, revamps corporate and individual tax rates, expands some credits and eliminates some popular deductions.

Vice President Pence announced the 51-49 vote came despite howls of protest from Democrats over the rushed process leading up to the vote — major changes were unveiled around 7 p.m., just hours before the final vote — and allegations that the bill overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy.

“I defy any member of the Senate to stand here and take an oath that they have read this and understand what in the world it means to businesses and families and individuals," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said holding up what he said was a 479-page bill Democrats had just received, complete with hand-written changes.

President Trump hailed the bill's passage early Saturday, thanking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Twitter.

Read more here.

3. Queen City prepares for influx of ACC football fans in uptown

A scene like no other is coming to the Queen City. ESPN, the ACC Fan Fest and the 2017 Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship will take over uptown Saturday.

A live taping of ESPN's College GameDay will take place at Romare Bearden Park from 9:00 a.m. to noon. It's the first time the show has ever been in Charlotte.

The ACC Fan Fest will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at a new location. The event is on S. Tryon St. between Stonewall and 4th. It includes live music and an ACC mascot dance-off.

Then the main event: Clemson and Miami fight for the ACC title. The game is at 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Bank of America stadium.

4. Michael Flynn's guilty plea brings Mueller investigation to Trump inner circle

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn brought the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election to President Trump's inner circle on Friday, promising to give prosecutors information about other senior aides as he pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI.

Flynn’s abrupt guilty plea is the dramatic culmination of an investigation Trump had once asked the FBI to drop. His cooperation means a top adviser in the campaign and the early days of his presidency is now providing evidence in an investigation that has cast a shadow over the president's first year in office. And it suggests that the investigation remains far from over.

Flynn is the fourth former Trump aide to face criminal charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but the first to be prosecuted for things that happened during the Trump administration and the first to so directly bring the special counsel's case to the administration's door.

Read more here.

5. CMPD: String of sexual assaults may be linked

Police are investigating seven burglary cases are that are "sexual in nature," according to a press release from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

According to CMPD, the incident dates back to November 2016 and the seventh case being reported as recently as Thursday.

CMPD says detectives do not have enough information to confirm that all seven cases are related, but the suspect description in each case is similar. 

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-20s with a thin build.

More information here.

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