WDAY First News anchors Drew Trafton and Se Kwon get you caught up on everything you need to know for Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Headline story: Police officers temporarily blocked off a busy Fargo intersection as firefighters worked at the scene of a crash between a semi truck and at least one additional vehicle.
A semi with apparent front-end damage was in the middle of the intersection of 45th St S and 13th Ave S while a SUV with extensive damage appeared to be in the southwest crosswalk of the intersection. Read the full story here.
Grand Forks officials voted not to offer a city health insurance plan to the mayor, a municipal judge and themselves.
City Council members voted 4-3 on Tuesday to remove a $45,000 line item from their 2022 budget that would have paid the city’s share for health insurance for those nine elected officials, all of whom are, at least on paper, part-time workers. City administrators pitched the insurance as a way to attract more residents to run for public office. Three of the four people elected to the council in June 2020 were incumbents, and all four ran unopposed.
“I think what we need is the right people to run, not more people running, and I don’t think offering health insurance does that,” Council President Dana Sande said. He added that “99% of the people working part-time in Grand Forks don’t have that benefit. I just don’t feel good about giving that to myself.”
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers and commissioners on Monday, Sept. 6, blew past a deadline to strike a deal on how to dole out $250 million to front-line workers who took unpaid time off to quarantine or were sickened with COVID-19 during the pandemic.
The Minnesota Legislature in setting aside the funds gave the front-line working group a Labor Day deadline to reach a recommendation for the funds but members worked through the weekend but came up short of an agreement.
Prior to entering private meetings over the weekend, Republicans on the panel had said lawmakers should prioritize larger payments for nurses, nursing home staff and first responders who directly worked with COVID-19 patients and vulnerable people. Democrats, meanwhile, said the state should open the application to a larger pool of frontline workers who'd faced health risks during the pandemic.
ACAPULCO, Mexico, Sept 8 (Reuters) — Shaken residents slept in cars and on the streets of Mexico's famed Acapulco beach resort early on Wednesday, as a series of strong aftershocks rippled through the city after a powerful earthquake that killed one man.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit 11 miles northeast of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state late on Tuesday. It damaged the control tower at the beach resort's international airport, cracked walls in a hospital attending COVID-19 patients and triggered landslides and gas leaks.