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June 15, 2018: What to Know


  • President Donald Trump is widening what appears to be a trade war, this time by imposing 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods. China is warning that it could impose its own tariffs on $50 billion in American exports, a list likely to include agricultural and technology products. And yes, if you're wondering, Idaho exports hundreds of millions of dollars worth of agricultural products and technology to China. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Idaho exported more than $350 million worth of goods to China in 2017. In fact, China is Idaho's fourth biggest trading partner, following only Canada, Taiwan and Singapore.
  • The Boise Fire Department battled a grass fire in the Boise Foothills early today. The wildfire was reported at about 3:30 a.m. near Hill Road and Gary Lane. Boise Fire was assisted by units from the Eagle and Meridian fire departments.  The blaze scorched about an acre before firefighters brought it under control. No word yet on a cause.

  • There has been another roller coaster accident, this time at an amusement park in Dayton Beach, Florida. NPR reports that 10 people were rescued from the Sand Blaster ride. Six were sent to the hospital, but no fatalities have been reported. The ride is approximately 45 years old.

  • NBC News reports that it's likely the U.S. will encounter another El Nino weather pattern this coming fall and winter. That means cooler, wetter weather across much of the nation. The National Weather Service says there's about a 50 percent chance for El Nino conditions this fall and a 65 percent chance in the winter.

    • George Prentice
    The Boise Hawks begin its 32nd season today with a road game to Washington where the team will take on the Spokane Indians. The Hawks home opener will be Wednesday, June 20, against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The Hawks have a ton of promotions for home games this season, including Dog Day Sundays (dogs are allowed into Memorial Stadium), Feed Your Face Mondays (unlimited concession items), Thirsty Thursdays ($1 domestic draft beer) and firework displays set for Friday, June 22; Wednesday, July 4; Friday, July 6; Friday, July 13; Friday, July 20; Saturday, July 28; Friday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 31; and Sunday, Sept. 2. Plus, the first 1,000 fans to enter the stadium on Friday, July 6, will score Hawks baseball hats; U.S.-themed soccer balls will be handed out to the first 1,000 kids on Friday, July 27; and team posters will be given to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday, Sept. 1. Learn more about tickets and schedules at
  • The Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling specific packages of Honey Smacks cereal because some boxes might be contaminated with salmonella, according to the company. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the recall is linked to more than 73 illnesses in 31 states. CDC officials said they are working with the cereal company to remove the boxes from store shelves.