5 things you need to know Wednesday

1. Police find body in Thames River; likely 8th victim of London Bridge Attack

Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the Thames River.

The Metropolitan Police says the body was downstream from the bridge. The force says formal identification has not taken place, but the French missing man's family has been notified. If confirmed, the man, Xavier Thomas, would be the eighth person killed in the vehicle and knife attack. For more information, click here.

2. County Public Health Director resigns amid controversy

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio announced Tuesday that the Public Health Director for the county, Dr. Marcus Plescia, resigned his position effective August 4th.

The resignation comes amid multiple issues surrounding the county health department, including improper handling of hundreds of cancer screening results and patient information back in February. Click here to continue reading.

3. Walmart near-kidnapping shines light on store's crime problems

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is searching for a male suspect who showed his genatalia to a 17 year old girl and then tried to kidnap her. This happened at a local Walmart, highlighting the growing number of crimes happening at the big box store. Click here to find out more.

4. Ariana Grande continues tour

Music star Ariana Grande resumes her Dangerous Woman tour  Wednesday in Paris. The pop singer canceled shows immediately following the May 22 terrorist attack that killed 22 people as they exited the singer's concert in Manchester, England. Grande returned to the stage only once since then: She performed an emotional benefit show Sunday in Manchester, raising more than $2.5 million for victims during the three-hour show. 

5. Controversy sparked over local church 'Satan' sign

Iredell County's Fellowship Baptist Church generated controversy after it displayed a message on its front sign this past week that some considered inappropriate.

For several days, the church, which is located along Buffalo Shoals Road, posted the following to its sign: "Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights". Click here to read the church's response.

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