5 things you need to know Thursday

1. What will he say? Comey gets his time under the spotlight

Former FBI director James Comey will be in the hot seat Thursday for his highly anticipated testimony after President Trump abruptly fired him in May.  In stunning detail, Comey confirmed in a seven-page statement that Trump privately requested his loyalty and later urged him to drop the investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn. Democrats want to know if Trump dismissed Comey to hinder the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, while Republicans may seek to soften a potential blow to the White House. His testimony could provide evidence that Trump obstructed justice, with potentially serious legal and political consequences. You can watch the hearing live on NBC Charlotte live-stream starting at 10 a.m. ET.

2. Canine influenza kills two North Carolina dogs

A highly contagious and potentially deadly virus is making its way to the Carolinas. According to the Charlotte Observer, the aptly named dog flu has already killed two dogs in North Carolina, as the disease spreads across the southern United States. No cases have been reported or confirmed in the Charlotte area, but the virus' ability to spread has animal experts on alert.

Veterinarians say the virus is extremely contagious, especially in places where dogs come into close contact with one another, such as dog parks and doggy day care. Click here for the lists of symptoms.

3. North Carolina House votes in favor of bill to carry concealed handguns without a permit

A North Carolina bill that would allow someone to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in certain places has received tentative approval in the House.

After over an hour of debate, members voted 65-54 Wednesday in favor of the proposal. It would make the permit no longer necessary only in locations where it's currently permissible to openly carry a handgun. Gun purchases still require a permit. Click here to continue reading.

4. Teen charged in connection with high-speed chase, robbery

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged a teenager in connection with a high-speed chase that ended in Cabarrus County Wednesday evening.

According to CMPD, a man was robbed at gunpoint at an apartment complex parking lot off of Winterfield Place in east Charlotte. The suspects stole the man's Honda Accord.

CMPD officers located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop near I-77. The vehicle, which was occupied by two individuals, refused to stop and a pursuit ensued involving CMPD and NC Highway Patrol. Click here for more.

5. Governor Cooper tells lawmakers to redraw voting maps

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday called a special session of the General Assembly to redraw voting maps that have been ruled unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that state lawmakers illegally packed too many black voters into 19 House and nine Senate districts when the draw legislative voting maps in 2011.

"It's time that North Carolinians be represented fairly so that our legislature is no longer making headlines for the wrong reasons," Cooper said. "The first step toward leveling the playing field of our democracy is drawing a new map." Click here to continue reading.

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