Five things you need to know Friday

The work week will wrap up with a soggy start across the Charlotte area and temperatures in the low 70s.

1. Busy Mint Hill intersection to close for two months

A busy intersection in the Mint Hill area will be closed for eight weeks as part of a $1.8 million construction project.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced a project to build a roundabout at the intersection of N.C. 51 and Idlewild Road, connecting the Mint Hill and Matthews communities.

DETOURS: For a list of detours around the closure, click here

2. NC state senator blasts 'Jihad Media' in Twitter rant

A North Carolina State Senator is not backing down from a Twitter rant where he used the term "Jihad Media."

Senator Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) initially directed his tweets to the Raleigh News & Observer after it reported on proposed cuts to Attorney General Josh Stein's Budget.

Bishop tweeted, "How can I 'disagree' with a 'news' story? Isn't it supposed to be facts? Or is it jihad: 'any vigorous, emotional crusade'?"

Senate President pro-tem Phil Berger also chimed in. His spokesperson Shelly Carver said, "it would probably be helpful for all sides to tone down the over-the-top rhetoric against those involved in various forms of public service."

3. Hornets draft Malik Monk No. 11 overall in NBA Draft

The Charlotte Hornets selected shooting guard Malik Monk from Kentucky with the 11th pick in the NBA draft.

Two days after trading for eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard, the Hornets looked to bolster their outside shooting Thursday night with the 6-foot-3 Monk. Monk raised his NBA stock with a 47-point performance against North Carolina last season. He was named SEC freshman of the year, averaging 19.8 points per game for the Wildcats. 

4. Obama: Senate bill is a tax cut, not health care

Former President Barack Obama says the Senate's GOP-written health care bill will cause millions of families to lose health care coverage.

The former president issued a statement on his Facebook page as Senate Republicans unveiled a plan to dismantle Obama's signature presidential achievement.

Obama called Senate Republicans' health care bill a "massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America." He also says it "hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else." Click here to read Obama's full statement.

5. North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

North Korea on Friday denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

The article published by the official Korean Central News Agency was Pyongyang's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death in a U.S. hospital on Monday after North Korea released him for what it said was humanitarian reasons.

Doctors there said Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison in North Korea in March 2016.

He was serving a sentence of hard labor after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster. KCNA said the North dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and international standards.

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