September 5, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Residents of the southeast U.S. are keeping a nervous watch on Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm barreling toward the Caribbean and the tip of Florida. The biggest question facing forecasters is whether Irma will veer east and sweep up the eastern seaboard of the U.S. or skip across Florida and pound the Gulf Coast region. The Washington Post reports that this morning, NOAA Hurricane Hunters clocked wind speeds of the storm at 175 mph, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Meanwhile, an ugly haze continues to blanket the Treasure Valley as wildfire smoke reduces air quality across much of the Northwest. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a red air quality alert for much of the area, indicating unhealthy conditions, and urges everyone to "reduce prolonged or heavy exertion" outdoors. People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are particularly vulnerable. The National Weather Service is forecasting hot and hazy days for Boise for the next few days, with high temperatures in Boise registering 98 degrees on Tuesday and 100 degrees on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Temperatures are expected to slip into the high 80s by the weekend.
  • Residents in a Nampa neighborhood were evacuated early this morning after a car crashed into a house, rupturing a gas line. KTVB reports the crash occurred on the 200 block of Amity Avenue. Six homes were evacuated after the crash. Nampa Police said they were treating the incident as a hit and run because the driver of the vehicle ran away from the scene. The driver was later found and taken, along with a passenger from the vehicle, to a local hospital to be treated for gas exposure.
  • The University of Utah Hospital has a simple but harsh message to law enforcement: Stay away from our doctors and nurses. The directive comes in the wake of an emergency room incident from July 26 that was captured on video. During the incident, a Salt Lake City police officer is heard ordering a nurse to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient. Nurse Alex Wubbels refused, insisting that consent of a patient or court order would be necessary. Wubbels was then handcuffed, dragged from the scene and placed under arrest. A criminal investigation has been launched into the incident. The Washington Post reports hospital officials said Monday they were "deeply troubled" by police behavior and in the future, any communication between law enforcement and the hospital would need to go through hospital administration.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez stepped up to the plate four times last night and knocked four home runs out of Dodger Stadium, propelling the Diamondbacks to a 13-0 shutout over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Martinez is only the 18th player in baseball history to accomplish the feat. ESPN says Martinez joins the ranks of baseball legends Lou Gehrig, Gil Hodges and Willie Mays.

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