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July 7, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • The much-anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place this morning on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg. The New York Times reports the Kremlin "is betting that Putin can stage-manage the event so that he comes out looking like the stronger party." Analysts say "the Kremlin can repeat the standard Russian line that Trump is weak, hamstrung by domestic politics."
  • American employers added 222,000 jobs in June, more than expected. Reuters reports that the jobless rate edged up to 4.4 percent because more people were looking for work last month.
  • The two biggest home shopping networks are about to merge. The Washington Post reports QVC will pay more than $2 billion to merge with rival HSN in a deal that is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.
  • The Idaho Press-Tribune reports an investigation is continuing into the the death of a 5-month-old baby left in a hot car May 20 on the 4000 block of Caldwell Boulevard in Caldwell. The Canyon County prosecutor's office says the infant died of hyperthermia. The child's mother says her boyfriend was supposed to be looking after the infant while she was at work.
    • Boise Weekly

  • You may have received a pop-up message on your smartphone this week reminding you that beginning Saturday, Aug. 5, all Idaho callers will have to enter the 208 area code for all calls to Idaho-based telephone numbers. The change comes in anticipation of Idaho adding a second area code, 986, for all newly assigned numbers.

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