- Bingo Barnes
- President Donald Trump told a campaign-esque rally in Huntington, West Virginia, Thursday evening that the investigation into possible ties between Russia and his 2016 presidential campaign was "trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want." Trump's remarks came in the wake of a report from The Wall Street Journal which detailed how special counselor Robert Mueller had impaneled a grand jury, fueling speculation that the probe into Russian election meddling was growing in scope and seriousness.
Mueller impaneling a grand jury is a sign the Russia inquiry is ramping up and will likely continue for months https://t.co/kDgpz6T7IZ— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 4, 2017
- The U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning that 209,000 jobs were added to the nation's payrolls in July bringing the unemployment rate down to 4.3 percent. The healthcare and service industries saw the biggest gains but the retail sector saw the slowest growth.
- Beginning Saturday, it will be mandatory for Idahoans to dial the area code along with the seven-digit telephone number in order to make a local call. The Public Utilities Commission says if consumers dial only seven digits, the call will not complete and the caller will hear an announcement instructing them to redial with the area code included. The price of the call will not change, nor will calling 911 for emergencies. The PUC made the move to begin accommodating a second area code for Idaho - 986 - which will be assigned to new telephone numbers. But instead of dividing the 208 and 986 area codes, the PUC decided to mingle them both across the Gem State.
- The mayor and a city council member in the community of Star are being targeted in a recall vote which will be on this November's ballot. KTVB-TV is reporting that a group calling itself "Concerned Citizens of Star" secured 700 signatures for a petition to recall Mayor Chad Bell and 693 signatures for a petition to recall Councilman Kevin Nielson. In particular, the Concerned Citizens of Star say they're not happy about Bell's and Nielson's support for a new apartment complex planned for a parcel of land near Highway 44 and Highway 16,
- More hot and hazy weather should dominate the Treasure Valley forecast for the next several days. The haze that has settled across the Valley is coming from regional wildfires, particularly the Cinder Butte Fire, which has scorched more than 56,000 acres in eastern Oregon. Because of the particulates in the air, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an orange air quality alert, signifying unhealthy conditions for sensitive individuals, including active children and adults, and people with lung disease.
- NPR reports that travelers experiencing increased frustration with airlines may want to try an alternative: a bus with sleep pods. The service, dubbed Cabin, is currently shuttling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's a double-decker bus with table seating similar to a dining car on the first floor and several beds up on the second floor. The cost is $115 each way.