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5 Things To Know On Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 06:39:27-04

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more!

1. Trump family takes center stage at RNC Night 2
The second night of the Republican National Convention was one that featured three Trumps not named Donald, and also had its share of controversy.

Before Tuesday’s festivities commenced, the Republican Party booted Mary Ann Mendoza from its slate of speakers following an anti-Semitic remark on Twitter.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the first active secretary of state in recent times to speak at a major political convention, prompting Hatch Act questions.

Trump family takes center stage at RNC Night 2

2. Hundreds of thousands flee US coast as Hurricane Laura approachesBrief description here.
Hurricane Laura is now a Category 2 storm and expected to make landfall sometime tonight-tomorrow morning as a Category 3 storm with winds up to 120 MPH around the Louisiana, Texas border.

Hurricane warnings remain in place across those areas. Heavy rain, storm surge, high winds and the potential for tornadoes will be possible as the storm moves in that direction.

This is the first major hurricane to make landfall this year in the U.S.

Hundreds of thousands flee US coast ahead of Hurricane Laura

3. Missing the monkey bars? Palm Beach County to reopen playgrounds Thursday
County Administrator Verdenia Baker said her staff is working on drafting an emergency order that will allow county-operated playgrounds and other park activities to reopen Thursday.

Baker said county-operated playgrounds will follow CDC guidelines, and there will be disinfecting of the equipment.

The announcement came after a heated exchange during public comment, when a resident named Rachel Eade asked commissioners to reopen county-operated playgrounds, which have been closed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Palm Beach County playgrounds expected to reopen soon

4. Another Fort Hood soldier missing after sexual assault allegations
The body of a missing Fort Hood soldier is believed to have been found along railroad tracks in Temple, Texas.

Prior to disappearing, Sgt. Elder Fernandes claimed he was the victim of abuse.

Temple PD says at this stage of the investigation, there is no indication of foul play. The investigation is ongiong.

Mother begs for public's help in finding missing Fort Hood soldier

5. Miami police officer's wife dies after getting locked in SUV
Officer Aristides Paulino was asleep in his Miami Shores home Friday afternoon after finishing a midnight shift. Officials say his wife Clara Paulino had climbed into the backseat of his marked SUV to find something when the doors somehow closed, and a self-locking mechanism engaged, officials said.

Temperatures reached over 90 degrees Fahrenheit as Paulino spent about four hours stuck inside the SUV until her family discovered her body, police. Investigators did not immediately say for what Paulino had been looking.

Miami police officer's wife dies after getting locked in SUV

Today's Forecast
Highs in the low-90s, feels like temperatures ranging from 103-106 degrees, lots of sunshine with low rain chances.

Latest Weather Forecast: Wednesday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
On August 26, 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game was broadcast. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

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