MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From a tropical storm in Florida to negotiations between Allina Health and its nurses, here are the four stories to know for Friday, Sept. 2.
Hermine Hits Florida
Hermine made landfall in Florida overnight as a hurricane, but it’s now been downgraded to a tropical storm. The category one storm lashed the state’s northern Gulf Coast with heavy rain and powerful winds. Florida hadn’t been hit by a hurricane in more than a decade. Hermine is now making its way up the east coast — it’s now in the Carolinas.
Brock Turner’s Controversial Release
The ex-Stanford swimming star convicted of sexual assault is set for early release from jail today. Brock Turner, 21, served three of his six month sentence and now must register as a sex offender. The judge on Turner’s case faces a recall effort after people thought the sentence was too lenient.
Friday is the final day for contract negotiations between Allina Health and its nurses. If both sides can’t come to a deal, the nurses say they will strike on Labor Day. Allina wants to move the nurses to a new benefits plan that it says is more cost-efficient for the company. The nurses want better staffing, better security, and more resources. Allina plans to have replacement nurses ready to work on Monday if needed.
Samsung’s Massive Phone Recall
Samsung has suspended sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after some of the devices exploded while they were charging. Note 7’s are being pulled from shelves in 10 countries and that includes the U.S. Samsung found the battery cell made by one of its two battery suppliers caused the phone to catch fire. No injuries have been reported.