MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – From reactions of the first presidential debate between candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, to the Minnesota Department of Transportation getting snowplows ready for winter, here is a look at the top four stories from Sept. 27, 2016.

Clinton, Trump Face-Off In First Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed in the first of three eagerly-awaited presidential debates.

In contentious exchanges, Trump accused Clinton of being soft on crime and reminded voters of her email scandal.

Clinton fired back, accusing Trump of racism and argued he’s unprepared for the presidency.

Allina, Nurses Head To Bargaining Table

The Nurses’ Union and Allina Health will head back to the bargaining table Tuesday.

Thousands of Twin Cities nurses went on strike on Labor Day after their union and Allina could not agree on a new, three-year contract. The biggest sticking points have been health insurance and workplace safety.

Temporary nurses have been working at the five hospitals affected during the strike.

Earth’s Rising Temperatures

Earth is now the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years.

That’s according to a new study that shows our planet could eventually hit the hottest mark in more than two-million years.

Carbon dioxide levels have also increased. If climate factors are the same as in the past, the study said Earth will warm another seven degrees over the next few thousand years.

Some scientists criticized the study, saying the estimate seems too high.

MnDOT Prepares Snowplows For Winter

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year for MnDOT snowplows to get ready for winter.

For the next two weeks, more than 120 snowplow operators are training at Camp Ripley to practice handling the roads. There’s a mix of hands-on training and classroom lessons where they’ll learn about safety measures, plowing techniques and get updates on new equipment.

MnDOT plow operators clear 30,000 miles of state highway every winter.


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