Tragedy at UA

Aaron Douglas was found dead in Florida.
Aaron Douglas was found dead in Florida.
Guntersville State Park begins cleaning up after tornado.
Guntersville State Park begins cleaning up after tornado.
Keith Urban will perform at tonight's benefit concert.
Keith Urban will perform at tonight's benefit concert.

Tragedy strikes Crimson Tide football team

Good Thursday afternoon. Here's what we're following for our evening newscasts on WAFF-48 News.

Tragedy has struck the University of Alabama football team. Offensive tackle Aaron Douglas, who transferred to Tuscaloosa from the University of Tennessee, died earlier today down in Florida. The 21-year old Douglas was battling to earn a starting spot on the team. No official word yet on a cause of death.

What does it take to clean up after a powerful tornado? Our Elizabeth gentle is tagging along with cleanup crews in Madison County to find out. The Army Corps of Engineers is contracted by Madison County to provide that cleanup.

Nothing has stopped the mailman from making his appointed rounds. Even in the heavily-damaged Franklin County town of Phil Campbell. Nick Lough will explain how the postal service there has kept running business as usual, as well as holding mail for residents who have been left homeless by the April 27th storms.

The Guntersville State Park was also hit by the storms. Now comes an economic blow. With the Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, the park stands to lose valuable visitors after a major renovation to the park prior to the storms. Stephen McLamb will have more on that.

A number of country music stars will be shining in hopes of raising money for disaster relief tonight. Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, Alabama and others will be performing in a benefit concert to raise money for the American Red Cross. You can watch that concert live on WAFF 48.2 or online at at 8:00 p.m.

What sort of insurance issues are storm victims facing now? We'll be answering a number of questions for you. Eric Sollman's Insurance Check-up tonight on WAFF 48 News at 10 will hopefully help you or someone you know.

We're also checking in on free legal help for those affected by the storms. Stephen McLamb will check in on Marshall County's legal assistance location, with more set to come for other affected counties across North Alabama.

And a strange problem facing a Franklin County woman. Questions are being raised about a city ordinance in Phil Campbell that limits manufactured housing on a person's property. At issue here is how those homes differ from FEMA trailers being brought in while people rebuild after the tornado. Nick Lough will have more on this dilemma tonight.

Be sure and join for these stories and more on WAFF 48 News.

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Mark Thornhill