5 things you need to know Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1. Gunman kills at least 4, wounds 10, in Northern California

An apparent felon who had been shooting hundreds of rounds of bullets in recent days in a small community in Northern California began firing at random Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding 10 others.

The gunman shot at people and property in at least seven locations, said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. He called the incident a "bizarre and murderous rampage." 

Click here to learn the suspect's identity along with details on his past.

2. Family displaced after waking up to fire in the middle of the night

An East Charlotte family is without a home Wednesday morning after waking up to the smell of smoke in the middle of the night.

An uncle and two children in the home woke up to the smell of smoke around 3:30 a.m. One of the children, a 10-year-old girl told NBC Charlotte her uncle was able to get her aunt, mother, little sister and himself out of the home before firefighters arrived.

Click here for the full story.

3. CMS investigating after second bus catches fire

Parents are again left with a tough decision about transportation after another Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus burst into flames Tuesday afternoon. 

Tuesday's bus blaze comes less than a month after another CMS bus burst into flames in east Charlotte. Officials will be holding a news conference at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday to address the issue.

Click here for details on the inspections made after the first bus caught fire.

4. CLT airport gears up for possible record crowds

The holidays are fast-approaching, and Charlotte Douglas International Airport is gearing up for another busy season of travel. 

Airline industry experts anticipate a three to five percent increase in traffic from last year’s holiday season. CLT airport is anticipating more than 30,000 local passengers the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

Click here to learn about the new security measure in place.

5. Puerto Rico to get half of power grid back online

Half of Puerto Rico's power grid will be back up Wednesday, a consequential milestone for the U.S. territory decimated by back-to-back Hurricanes Irma and Maria roughly two months ago.

While it could be months before power is completely restored to the island, lawmakers are pushing to rebuild a grid better capable of handling extreme weather.

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