Lunch Break (10/19/15): Coldest morning of the fall so far hits Charlotte

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Charlotteans experienced the coldest morning of autumn thus far this morning, but it was not a record low for the city. Temperatures officially fell to 34 degrees in some parts of the city, but are expected to raise up to 60 degrees by this afternoon. The record low was 30 degrees in 2009. As was the case last night, a frost advisory has been issued for another cold night and is in effect until tomorrow morning. 


City council will vote on two controversial rezoning proposals at its meeting tonight, including adding town homes and a swim club to the VanLandingham Estate and an unrelated proposal for a mixed-use development on Providence Road. Billy Maddalon, owner of VanLandingham, has said the historical estate will need to shut down if he doesn't do something to make the business sustainable. He also wants to lease some of the land to Plaza Midwood to open a swim club, which neighbors have said will cause an influx of traffic issues. 

Doug Mayes, known as the Carolinas' first news anchor, passed away over the weekend. He was 93. Mayes moved to television from WBT radio in 1952. He remained at WBTV for 30 years as one of six Esso reporters around the country and then an anchorman. The took a job at WSOC in 1982 and remained there until retiring in 1988. 

The Carolina Panthers remained undefeated yesterday, beating the Seattle Seahawks with a last minute touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen. It was the only time the Panthers have beaten the Seahawks in four meetings over five years. The Panthers hadn't beaten Seattle since 2007 going into the game. Carolina is now 5 - 0 for the first time since 2003. 

State troopers began "Operation Stop Arm" this morning, an attempt to crack down on drivers who don't stop for school buses. Thirteen children have been killed in the last 16 years by drivers who did not stop for a red stop sign extended by a bus along with flashing lights. Drivers in North Carolina have to stop for a bus unless they are in the opposite lane of a four-lane highway or road separated by median or turning lane. Cameras will be implemented on some buses to catch violators in North Carolina beginning in January. 

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