1. Charlotte City Council to debate pre-meeting prayer

The Charlotte City Council is expected to bring up a hot topic Monday: whether or not the council should continue having a prayer before meetings.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced last week that the council was canceling its pre-meeting prayer based on advice from the city attorney, but city leaders could change their stance as soon as this week. City leaders are currently scheduled to meet at noon Monday, with the City Council prayer being among the agenda items.

"It was odd. We were all caught off guard," said Kenny Smith, the Republican candidate for Mayor. "The city attorney by no means thinks we're on unstable ground and that we are in any shape or form violating federal law or court rulings." Click here to continue reading.

2. CMPD: Over 200 guns stolen from cars in Charlotte this year

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are putting the public on notice after an attempted break-in left the victim out of thousands of dollars in South End.

As of June 1, 237 guns were stolen out of cars in Charlotte this year. CMPD said it happens every day in parking lots around town.

"They're going to get the electronics or whatever they can visibly see and then they go into the glove box or center console or the side panel and there lays a gun," said Officer Jonathan Frisk, a CMPD crime prevention specialist. Click here to continue reading.

3. Panthers stand for national anthem amid NFL protests

No Carolina Panthers on the field knelt during the National Anthem before Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Defensive end Julius Peppers was in the locker room during the anthem.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he spoke with the team about showing unity.

"I gave the players my take on this," Rivera said. "I told the guys what we need to do is if we’re going to be united we need to all stand and look at the flag, be at attention, feet attended to. Left hand down at our side, right hand on our heart and we need to look at the flag and we need to listen to the National Anthem." Click here to continue reading.

4. Mandatory evacuation issued for Ocracoke Island ahead of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria continues to move north toward the North Carolina coast, where impacts are expected later this week.

"I think the bigger issue is going to be storm surge," Panovich said. "Sound-side flooding, as we call it. The northeast winds will push water into the Pamlico Sound and that's where you see the biggest impact."

Up to three feet of storm surge is possible in the southern areas of the Pamlico Sound, including Morehead City and Atlantic Beach. A mandatory visitor evacuation was issued for Ocracoke Island went into effect 5 a.m. Monday. Click here to continue reading.

5. Trump administration announces new travel ban

Citizens of eight countries will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday.

The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, will go into effect on October 18.

The restrictions range from full travel bans on nationals from countries like Syria to more targeted restrictions. A suspension of non-immigrant visas to citizens for Venezuela, for instance, applies only to senior government officials and their immediate families. Click here to continue reading.