- Bingo Barnes
- A longtime chief budget adviser to U.S. Senate Republicans says Hurricane Harvey is changing "the whole dynamic" in the nation's capitol. "The truth of the matter is, they don't need money to build a wall in Texas, but to rebuild the shoreline in Texas," G. William Hoagland told The New York Times. At least 46 deaths have been attributed to the storms and floods that swept through the Lone Star State this past week. Meanwhile, evacuees are getting their first look at what they lost in the flooding. "This is overwhelming," one woman told the Times.
Short answers to hard questions about health threats from Hurricane Harvey https://t.co/8bJPS6G468— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 1, 2017
- The nation's economy slowed down in August, adding only 156,000 jobs to payrolls and moving the U.S. unemployment rate up to 4.4 percent. The Washington Post reports that numbers missed expectations; analysts had anticipated approximately 200,000 jobs to be created in August. The industries that saw the most job growth were the construction, healthcare and mining sectors.
- Can you identify this man? Call the FBI tip line at 801-579-6480.
- The FBI is hoping that someone recognizes the man in this photo. Law enforcement is calling him the "Double Hat Bandit," because he has usually worn two hats while committing a string of bank robberies. The FBI says the suspect is wanted in connection with 13 holdups in Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Following one of the robberies, police said the suspect drove away in a grayish-blue car with New Mexico license plates. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information is being asked to call the FBI tip line at 801-579-6480.
- The Boise State Broncos kick off another football season Saturday, hosting the Troy University Trojans in the first daytime home game on the blue turn of Albertsons Stadium in nearly four years. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and the the game will be televised by ESPNU. This season, Boise State will face eight opponents that went to bowl games last season.
- Amazon has been hit with a lawsuit from a couple who claim defective eclipse sunglasses caused their eyes to be damaged during the August 21 total solar eclipse. Reuters reports the South Carolina couple said they purchased a three-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon, but following the eclipse, they began to experience headaches and eye-watering; in he following days, they suffered from blurred vision and impairment. Amazon said it had emailed customers regarding potentially hazardous eclipse glasses that it was unable to verify as having been manufactured by reputable companies. But Reuters says Amazon did not disclose the scale of the recall of a list of affected vendors. The South Carolina couple claim they never received notice of the recall.