5 things to know for Friday

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

Police: Man burned down ex-girlfriend's house, robbed bank
Police are searching for a man accused of arson and robbing a bank and they consider him armed and dangerous. Jean Pierre Gendron has a long criminal history and fire officials fear now that he has money to buy even more guns, he could be even more dangerous. Full story here.

Powerful line of storms expected in Charlotte later today
The top weather story Friday morning is a powerful line of showers and thunderstorms that is moving into the Charlotte area later this afternoon. Complete forecast here.

 

 

Federal officials to crack down on texting, driving
Federal officials announced a new campaign, U Drive, U Text, U Pay. The $8.5 million campaign hits television, radio, and social media nationwide Monday. Police officers will also crack down on texting while driving on the road. Read more here.

 

Parents outraged over possible sudden closing of charter school
Hundreds of families whose children go to a charter school learned it is closing next week. Angry parents met Thursday night to find ways to stop Students First Academy Charter School from being shut down. Full story here.

 

Letterman 'wrapping things up,' to retire in 2015
During a taping of Thursday's edition of "Late Show," Letterman startled his audience with the news that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with CBS expires. Read more here.