NEW overnight: Fire displaces three families

Hello. Guess what? It's Friday! So glad we made it to the end of the week. This is Christine Nelson. There is a lot to tell you about when you turn us on this morning. WBTV News This Morning is live now until 7 a.m. On WBTV. Then turn over to our sister network, Bounce TV, and watch live, local news coverage from 7-9 a.m. Go to for a channel listing.

NEW: This is unfortunate. Three families have to find a new place to live after an apartment fire in Hickory. Our Kristen Hampton arrived to the scene a short time ago. She told us one building is destroyed. She's gathering more facts from firefighters this morning. She will be live from the scene with new updates.

LIVE: We're also live on the verdict for Joshua Houser. You know we have been following the story from the beginning after he beat his step-daughter so bad she now has severe brain damage. His ex-wife talked to WBTV since the verdict 12 hours ago. Hear what she has to say about finally getting justice for her daughter.

Also, we were at the first of two public hearing on the controversial school redistricting proposal in Union County. Boy has this been a hot button issue there. Last night was no different. People expressed strong opinions since it will affect 6,000 students! WBTV's Astrid Martinez will have a live report with details.

Plus, we are on your side with all you need to know about CIAA as we head into the weekend. Lots of interviews to look forward to live on Bounce TV. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, a cappella singers, and more!

There still is talk of seeing snow in some parts of our viewing area. Remember weather and traffic every 7 minutes on WBTV to get you out the door on time! See you on air!