July 6, 2018: What to Know 

  • $34 billion worth of tit-for-tat tariffs officially went into effect this morning on a number of Chinese and American goods. The New York Times reports that President Donald Trump followed through with his threat against the Chinese, who he said Thursday were "killing us." In effect, Trump's tariffs and the Chinese government's retaliatory measures have set up a clash between the world's two largest economies.

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    • Kelsey Hawes
    Advocates for Medicaid expansion will take to the steps of the Idaho Statehouse today as they form what they call a "bucket brigade" to deliver boxes filled with signed petitions. They're confident that they have more than enough signature to get their initiative on a statewide ballot this November. To meet the requirement, petitioners had to secure at least 56,192 valid signatures from voters in at least 18 of the state's 32 legislative districts. Advocates say they'll turn in more than 70,000 signatures today to the Idaho Secretary of State's office for final approval.
  • BoiseDev.com reports that more than 600 employees of a Boise-based call center have been pink-slipped. The employees were laid off by Sykes Enterprises at its Chinden Boulevard operation. According to papers filed with the Idaho Department of Labor, most of the affected employees were customer service agents.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning that the nation's unemployment rate rose to 4 percent in June.

  • If you think the cost of parking has gone up in Boise, or any other U.S. city for that matter, consider the fact that a single parking spot in Hong Kong has just been sold for $765,000. Bloomberg reports that Hong Kong has held the dubious distinction of being the world's least affordable city for eight straight years.

  • The U.S. Postal Service has been ordered to pay a sculptor $3.5 million. The New York Times reports that USPS used the sculptor's model of the Statue of Liberty (instead of the actual statue) when designing a postage stamp in 2010. The sculptor said his copyright was violated and a federal court agreed.
  • The Boise Hawks beat the Eugene Emeralds last night, 8-5. That's the fourth straight win for the Hawks.  The same two teams are back on the field tonight at Memorial Stadium.

  • The quarterfinals of the World Cup begin today with France taking on Uruguay and Belgium facing off with Brazil. On Saturday, July 7, Sweden meets England and host nation Russia goes up against Croatia.

  • The Mayor of London has given the go-ahead for a giant "Trump Baby" balloon to fly close to the U.K. Parliament next week, right about the time President Donald Trump will be in town. Time Magazine reports that after 10,000 people signed a petition in support of the balloon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave the green light for it to take flight in conjunction with a "Stop Trump" march in central London.
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