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next the political spotlight is on south carolina today as residents vote in the democratic primary. the turnout expected and why we are seeing younger voters at the polls. taxpayer information stolen during a huge irs data breach is bigger than originally thought. the new numbers coming in. >> plenty of sunshine today but temperatures will be a little cooler with highs in the mid 50s. i'm tracking a major warmup on good afternoon i'm brittney johnson. the spotlight for democrats race for the white house is on south carolina today. one week after hillary clinton beat bernie sanders in the
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terry is is in fort mill. what has the turnout been like there? >> reporter: yes, somewhere seen voters trickle in over the past hour or so but over all poll workers say it's been a fairly low turn out this morning around 10:00 a.m. workers told me they only had about 50 people cast their votes. this is the second primary matchup for hillary clinton and bernie sanders. polls show clinton has a dominating lead in the state and could win by a large margin today. south carolina's democratic chairman was quote the this week saying he expects about 400,000 voters to turn out statewide today. now that is more than 130,000 less than the turn out in 2008 primary. a young voter told me why she made it a priority to cast her ballot today. >> people in my mother's age group all vote but people in my
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complain about the system but you can't change anything unless you vote. >> reporter: the polls will be open until 7:00 p.m. statewide. of course we will have complete coverage for you of the election results on channel 9 tonight. reporting live in fort mill tina terry channel 9 eyewitness parties nominee based on the winners in the primaries and caucus ifsen the democratic party has super delegates that can vote on their discretion. count on channel 9 to bring you complete coverage of today's democratic primary. we will be with the clinton campaign today in columbia. we'll bring you the latest on air and online at wsoctv.com. republican presidential candidate donald trump is expected to formerly open a campaign office in north carolina today. organizers are hosting a ribbon cutting this afternoon in fayetteville.
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will be there. it's unclear if trump will make a campaign stop in fayetteville before north carolina's primary. trump is is getting his most prominent endorsement yet in the election. yesterday new jersey governor chris christie backed the republican front runner. he says trump is rewriting the play book of american politics. trump says the endorsement really means a lot to him. thousands of fans are expected to swarm uptown charlotte this afternoon for the final day of the ciaa weekend. the college basketball tournament brings in millions of dollars in revenue for the city of charlotte. according to the city's tourism industry, more than 80% of fans traveled at least 50 miles to charlotte. we caught up with some fans who drove six hours just to be here. >> i've been coming here since i was four years old. i haven't missed a tournament. >> charlotte has been the host city for the past 11 years for the tournament.
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today's ciaa finals you may need extra cash for parking. the green parking garage on south tryon street is charging $10 instead of $7. drivers will also have to prepay for entering the parking garage. charlotte douglas airport is hosting a job fair. a variety of companies are offering full time, part time, seasonal, and temporary employment. hundreds of positions are open including retail, airline services and maintenance. the job fair is happening at the clt center. >> it's an opportunity for all of our candidates to come and meet the employers and have one on time with those employers and learn about the different positions that are available. >> and you still have time to get out there. the job fair runs until 2:00 this afternoon. one of the companies is piedmont airlines. they are looking to add 300 jobs to the operations at charlotte douglas.
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airlines. the company is hiring managers and also entry level ramp and customer service agents today. another job fair happening today is carowinds. the amusement park will hold a job fair and open house from 1:00 to 5:00 5:00 toad at the park. they are look to fill 4,000 positions from entry level to supervisory positions. taking a live look outside from our charlotte camera. check that out. what a beautiful, beautiful day out there. it is a little chilly out. warmup. sunshine this afternoon. but that is really not going to help to warm us up a whole lot. degrees. winds are starting to shift around from the southwest at 9 miles per hour. it will be a little breezy going through the afternoon minutes temperatures updated. we're in the mid to upper 40s. mid to upper 30s in the high country. as we go throughout the day
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the ciaa tournament looking good but cooler. by 3:00 53 degrees and then we cool off to the low 30s by 9:00. if you are heading to uptown make sure to grab the jacket. now take you through our hour by hour forecast coming up in 15 minutes. we have new information about a massive fire at an uptown gas station. authorities say this fire caused at least $150,000 in damage. just look at those flames there. customers were inside of the circle k on graham street when the fire started yesterday afternoon. thankfully everyone got out okay. fire investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. employees believe that it may have been electrical. police are asking for your help to find a couple who they say stole very expensive diamonds from a local jewelry store. investigators released these surveillance pictures from the jewelry exchange in hickory. our partners at the hickory
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asked to see rings with large stones and that is when police say the man grabbed the diamonds and walked out. in all police say they stole more than $220,000 in jewelry. police in rock hill are looking for a man they say chased a jogger with a knife near the downtown area. investigators say the woman down laurel street thursday afternoon when she turned around again she says she saw him running at her with a knife. that is when she ran into the bathroom of a nearby bank. all of this happened just a university. police hope surveillance video from that bank will help them track down the suspect. we are asking for that video. drivers say this controversial diverging diamond has not helped traffic at all. what the d.o.t. plans to do now to ease congestion there. plus.
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this puppy who was shot 18 times and survived. he gets a new home.
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some changes are coming to the controversial diverging the nc d.o.t. is making improvements to the diamond by adding a turn lane to merge on to i-77 north. nc d.o.t. hopes to fix the congestion issues with these improvements. construction will start in the spring. in south carolina laugh makers there the senate are stuck over a critical bill to fix the states roads and bridges. it's been held up by filibuster far week thousand. the house passed a bill last year to raise the gas tax to pay for the roads but work on a senate bill has hit a wall.
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told channel 9 that senate rules will have to be changed to prevent this in the future. >> passing this bill is the most important thing that will take up this year. it's crucial. >> hayes supports voting to end the filibuster but some others do not. it is not clear what will happen to the roads bill right now. state lawmakers could call a special meeting about charlotte's controversial nondiscrimination ordnance. who will have to make that call and the costly tab you will have to pick up. >> nice and sunny this afternoon but temperatures will be cooler with highs in the mid 50s.
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a stop to the policy before it even starts. >> what started as a week of celebration within the lgbt community is ending in frustration. >> i was flabbergasted. it was beyond unbelievable. >> reporter: sean long with advocacy group equality praised the charlotte city council for expanding lgbt protections. but now they are looking to strike it down quickly in a special session of the legislature. republican lawmakers insist it's a state issue. using mens and womens bathrooms of public safety concerns. calling a special session. it will cost taxpayers $42,000 a day. >> i think it's worth it. >> reporter: elliot with
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echoes more sentiments that the ordnance puts undue regulatory burdens on private businesses that would be better off left on their own to respond to consumers demands. >> ha is because of the power that public discourse has in the marketplace. and we think that is the proper place for this debate to take place not through a city mandated. >> that was andrea reporting. governor mccrory is the only one that can call a special session. we have followed this controversial ordnance every step of the way and what it means for people in charlotte. you can read how the ordnance impacts you at wsoctv.com just search for it on our home page. this fight is happening in north carolina just as the fbi released new numbers showing the murders of transgender people rose dramatically in 2015. fbi director james come told a congressional panel there were 21 cases.
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working out to transgender homicides. the justice department gave new guidance to help law enforcement handle domestic community. the number of people caught up in last years taxpayer data theft is seven times larger than originally thought. cyber criminals used a popular tool on their website to steal tax forms of 140,000 people. and now the agency says the number is closer to 720 hayricks. the irs has disabled the online document tool used to steal that personal information. charlotte renters and condo owners are voicing their concern over a city study to eliminate trash pickup. they have been considering the move for the past four years. the city could save millions of dollars by turning services over to contractors.
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yesterday that they feel it would unfairly force them to pay more fees on top of taxes without services homeowners would get. >> you are going to cut my services cut my taxes and that is dispair. >> charlotte city council will go over the idea next month but before they do, another citizens forum is planned for march 11th. this morning with trash bags in hand the hidden valley community came together to clean up their neighborhood. they organized a neighborhood cleanup in hopes for making their area safer. they want speed bumps placed on echo glen road. but first they have to complete 500 hours of community service. organizers say that it is worth it to change their neighborhood's image. >> in past years there has been a lot of bad press and a lot of things, negative things that
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we want it to be safe for us and you know our families in order to help the police do their job we have to get involved. >> this was the second of three cleanups planned for the neighborhood. they have pretty decent weather out there. it's been clear and now it's warming up. >> this is great weekend to head outside and enjoy any type of outdoor activity. look at that sunshine coming in here. a great start to the weekend. if you have been outside, you notice it's a little cooler. we started the morning off 24 degreece char -- 24-degrees in charlotte. expect lots of is up shine throughout the day today. really good through charlotte and up through the mountains. if you are hitting the slopes, looking good today. low 40s. still a little breezy. tomorrow will be warmer in the lower 50s. after this past week we did get fresh powder in so really the ski slopes are looking good. here in the charlotte area it
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we're in the upper 30s in the mountains. 45 in statesville. and mid 40s in mooresville. here in the charlotte area 47- degrees to 47 in rock hill. degrees. if you are heading out this afternoon, you might want a light jacket. we will make it to around 53 degrees. this is a little cool for this time of year but a big warmup is on the way. later this evening your hour by hour forecast mid 40s. great if you are heading to uptown or heading into the ciaa the final day of the tournament through this afternoon. tomorrow another nice day will be cooler in the morning. but really not a lot as far as clouds as we go throughout the afternoon. and we will also see a shift in winds. what that will do is help to warm us up. we are going from cooler than average today to warmer than average tomorrow. mid 60s just a beautiful end to the weekend. feeling more like spring. even though we have 20 days until the official start of spring.
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by monday and tuesday even as clouds start to build in some neighborhoods could be close to 70 degrees. but changes are on the way and that will come in the form of rain as we head toward wednesday. sot mountains will see -- so the mountains will see that rain first and rolling into the charlotte area. this won't be a washout. not an all day event but we might have the chance to see another isolated thunderstorm with this. our threat tracker shows the main concerns moderate threat for heavy rain as for now flooding may not be a concern and low threat for thunderstorms and strong winds. we will continue to track that as we head toward the middle of the week. john will have more at 6:00. and you can stay on top of any changes to the forecast for our wsoc tv weather app. so your five-day forecast shows it will be a nice day today but a little cooler. mid 50s. tomorrow waking up in the low 30s but we warm to the mid 60s by the afternoon. really just a gorgeous weekend and by monday and tuesday
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in. we're looking at our next chance of rain coming in on wednesday but even as that passes through, we are not looking at temperatures as cold as they have been recently. >> great to me. thank you, vicki. north carolina state health officials says when it comes to the flu this year, don't let your guard down. there have only been four deaths reported this season. that is compared to last year. 218 people died but health officials say while the vaccine is proving to be more effective this year, they are seeing an up tick in cases. >> we hope that the little heat we saw around christmas was going to be it for the season. it seems we are on an upswing now. >> this years strand target les middle age adults the hardest. that compares to last years strain. we told you earlier this week this years flu vaccine is one of the most effective in years. records show the people that got the flu shot were 59% less
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those that didn't get it. last years vaccine was only 23% effective. today this puppy who was shot 18 times with a bb gun will move in with his new owner. the recent lost she suffered (donkey sound) (elephant sound) there's a big difference between making noise, (tapping sound) and making sense. (elephant sound) (donkey sound) when it comes to social security, we need more than lip service. our next president needs a real plan to keep social security strong. (elephant noise) hey candidates. enough talk.
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give u after this six week old puppy survived being shot with a bb gun he is going home with his new owner today. ken lennon has more on the special bond growing. >> reporter: the smile on kailey's face and the wimper from brody explains why they belong together. >> it's happiness for me a bunch of happiness. >> reporter: both of them found happiness at the trauma. police say brody was shot and nearly killed by teens with bb
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the six week old puppy survived with bb's lodged under his skin. kailey who is ten had a therapy dog. he died in january. >> i lost my buddy. i felt like i lost half my heart. that half of my heart he brought it back to me. >> reporter: word of brody's attack went viral. project safe pets was swamped with adoption requests. >> we had people from australia wanting to adopt him. >> reporter: they narrowed it down to three families and let kailey visit brody. there was an instant connection. >> we all knew it was the right thing to do. >> reporter: now these two once wounded little ones are healing together. >> he makes me so happy. >> reporter: project safe pets says for all of those people that didn't get to adopt brody, there are still hundreds of other animals waiting to find homes.
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channel 9 eyewitness news. >> we have been covering this story extensively on the air and on wsoctv.com. there you can find videos and more pictures of brody including how he met his new owner and also follow his recovery. take a look. a beautiful, beautiful day if you don't have plans outside, you may still want to get some vicki graf has a look at lowe's presents: how to put your foot in your mouth. man, wish my yard looked ke yours. hey, the grass is always greener on the other side of the... sorry. now get 20% off sta-green fertilizer,
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we are warming up little by little. >> the sunshine will help today but it's still cooler. upper 40s across the charlotte area. going through the deit will be nice but highs in the lower 50s. cool for this time of year. if you are a fan of the warmer
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we'll see lots of sunshine mid 60s. get outside and enjoy the fresh air through the weekend. changes on the way next week. >> all right thank you very much. and thank you all so much for making your choice this midday. >> be sure to tune into eyewitness news at 6:00.
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