Thursday morning on WAFF 48 News Today

Thursday morning on WAFF 48 News Today

(WAFF) -
Dozens of people waking up this morning without a place to call their own after storms swept through the Tennessee Valley damaging several apartment units in its path. Trent Butler here hoping you aren't dealing with any damage at your home this morning. Sixteen families are waking up in a new place this morning after their homes were severely damaged.  We'll show you how strong winds ripped the roof off three buildings at Winter Park Apartments.

A special service will be held for the 2-year-old who was killed after an alligator dragged him underwater at a Disney resort in Orlando.
As an autopsy is being performed on Lane Graves' body, the family's church in Nebraska will hold mass later this morning so many people can remember the boy.

This morning, you will also hear from a wildlife expert who says there are hundreds of gators in the Elk and Tennessee Rivers.  He says they're looking for food in shallow water and this is breeding season. He also has some advice on what to do if you're on the river and you see a gator.

They were burning the midnight oil in Congress while you were sleeping! A Democratic senator led a nearly 15-hour filibuster to bring attention to stricter gun control three days after 49 people were killed at a Florida nightclub.  Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says he was able to get commitments from Republican leaders that they would hold votes on amendments to expand background checks and ban gun sales to suspected terrorists.

Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of jobs could be on their way to the Valley after TVA certified a new megasite. This morning, on WAFF 48 News Today, we'll tell you more about the proposed site on more than 12-hundred acres off Powell Road in Limestone County.  Huntsville Director of Urban Development Shane Davis says they're aiming for at least a billion dollar investment and a thousands of new jobs.