5 things to know for Thursday


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday.

Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base
An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said. Full story here.

Parents outraged after nun's controversial speech at Charlotte Catholic
Students told Channel 9 they thought Sister Jane Dominic Laurel was only going to speak about gender at a March 21 assembly, but they said she also spoke at length about homosexuality. Many students found her words inappropriate and their parents were outraged they weren’t notified. Read more here.

US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. Full report here.


Tough DUI bill 'Emma's Law' passes big hurdle in SC
On Wednesday afternoon, lawmakers in the South Carolina House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass Emma’s Law. The vote came amid fears that some would try to weaken the bill that cracks down on first-time DUI offenders. Complete story here.

DNA leads to arrest in sexual assault case 34 years later
It took almost 34 years, but police in Charlotte said they have finally caught a man who tied up and sexually assaulted a woman in her north Charlotte apartment. Cold case detectives walked Timothy Benfield, 52, into the Police Department for questioning Wednesday afternoon about the attack that happened on University City Boulevard in July 1980. Read more here.