Monday News Update 07-16
Welcome to your news update.
COMMON LINK BETWEEN RECENT ACCIDENTAL DROWNINGS
A West Fargo family's loss of their 6-year-old son who drowned, is shedding light on an alarming trend in the recent victims.
Their son, David, drowned in a West Fargo retention pond on June 29th. He is the latest in five unintentional drownings in the Fargo-Moorhead area. All of the victims were either African American, American Indian, recent immigrants, the children of recent immigrants, or a combination. WDAY did some digging and found research from the C.D.C. that said these groups are at a higher risk for drowning. A Sanford children's physician said proactively reaching out to communities at a greater risk will reduce disproportionate drowning rates.
NEW INFORMATION ABOUT OFFICERS WHO SHOT AND KILLED A MAN
WDAY has been digging into the records of the two police officers involved in a fatal shooting on July 8th.
Corporal Jordan Drees and officer Michael Ruit have no complaints or misconduct in their files. The officers shot and killed 41-year-old John Francis Murphy during a confrontation in south Grand Forks. While Murphy did not fire his weapon, the department said he posed a "perceived threat" to the officers. The two are on paid leave as the B.C.I. investigates the shooting.
RELIEVING STRESS IN NATURE
If you're looking for a way to beat some summer-time blues, getting outside and staying active could be your answer.
A study found people who spend time outdoors have lower levels of cortisol, the hormone that accompanies stress, and it doesn't take much to lower nerves. Researchers found that people who walk for 90 minutes in nature a day report less anxiety and less inflammation in their joints. Plus, sunlight can promote better eye health. WDAY spoke to campers in Lindenwood yesterday afternoon who said the best part is getting away from the office. Some of the best outdoor activities include running, walking, or biking.