5 things you need to know Tuesday, November 21

1. Study: I-85 15th most dangerous highway in US

As thousands of people get ready to hit the road this week, a new study named I-85 the nation’s15th deadliest highway.

The section through Charlotte is the most dangerous stretch of the interstate, according to GPS company Teletrac Navman.

The numbers say during a five-year period from 2011-2015 there were 378 fatalities on I-85 between Alabama and Virginia. That’s one death every 1.76 miles. Click here to continue reading.

2. Tis' the season for holiday travel: What to know before you go

Tis' the season for holiday travel. For those flying the friendly skies, officials are expecting more than two million people a day to cram into airports nationwide.

"I don't want to sleep on the floor or on a cot next to somebody snoring," one passenger said.

So how do you avoid the holiday blues? Click here for all the holiday travel tips.

3. 'It's a therapy': Charlotte man carves pumpkins year round

With a guitar, work bench and dog, Charles Smith's garage doubles as a working man's paradise. But something fills the garage that you might not expect in mid-November: Pumpkins... and lots of them. Halloween has come and gone but that makes no difference to Smith. His passion for carving pumpkins keeps him busy year round.

"When I first meet new people or co-workers and we're having round table discussion and stuff like, 'Hey what do you do for fun?'" 

While others answer with playing golf or working on cars, Smith braces himself for the response to the question.

"'I like to carve pumpkins,' and that's like what? Who carves pumpkins? How is that a hobby? How do you do that all year long? And that opens the door for the conversation about the community of people that I consider friends," Smith said. "It's like, 'Oh, how much time you got? Let me tell you about this wonderful world of carving pumpkins.'" Smith isn't alone, he's part of a worldwide group that loves to carve pumpkins all year long. Click here for full story (and to view some pretty cool pumpkins).

4. Trump to issue first presidential turkey pardons

President Trump will spare a pair of birds from being the stars of holiday meals Tuesday with his first Thanksgiving turkey pardons.

After the ceremony, the pardoned poultry will start their fowl freedom at Virginia Tech's "Gobblers Rest" exhibit, where they will be cared for by students and veterinarians in the university’s Poultry Science Department. The freed birds can expect to go on to live the good life; just ask 2015's exonerees Honest and Abe — they wouldn't lie. As for Trump, he's flying south to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for the holiday. Watch the pardon on WCNC.com or our Facebook page.

5. Formerly conjoined twins head home to NC for holidays

wo formerly conjoined twin girls are finally heading home to Mooresville, North Carolina just in time for Thanksgiving. Abby and Erin Delaney have been at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for 485 days. The twins were born 10 weeks premature and joined at the top of their heads. 

In June, a team of around 30 doctors and nurses successfully completed a successful 11-hour separation of the then 10-month old twins. The hospital sent out an update in October saying the twins were "thriving" post surgery.

On Monday, CHOP announced that Erin and Abby are headed home with their parents to the Tar Heel state. 

"The girls are inspiring," said Heather Delaney, mother to Erin and Abby. "Riley and I are so grateful for the care our girls have received here and so excited to take them home -- just in time for the holidays." Click here to watch their sweet departure.

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