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Nov. 3, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • The U.S. Labor Department reported this morning that the national unemployment rate fell in October but, for the most part, wages remained flat. Reuters reports that additionally, the number of people dropping out of the work force "cast a cloud over the labor market."  The unemployment rate fell to a near-17-year low of 4.1 percent, but average hourly earnings slipped by one cent. Construction payrolls gained 11,000 workers in October, likely boosted by hiring related to hurricane clean-up efforts.
  • Eleven minutes. That's how long President Trump was without Twitter overnight. Twitter officials said this morning that a rogue customer support employee (Thursday was the worker's last day) deactivated Trump's Twitter account. If a Twitter user logged on to find the President's Twitter feed, they were greeted with the message: "@realDonaldTrump does not exist."

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff - A.J. BALUKOFF
  • A.J. Balukoff
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff
  • Democrat A.J. Balukoff is running for Idaho governor again. The 71-year-old Balukoff has filed paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State's office to run for the top job in 2018. Balukoff was unsuccessful in 2014 when he challenged Governor C.L "Butch" Otter, but exactly who Balukoff will face in 2018 is anybody's guess. A hotly contested race for the Republican nomination has produced a rather crowded field including three high-profile candidates: Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist.
  • Following a probe by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Boise-based Alta Construction Company is being accused of putting its workers in danger by failing to follow safe trenching practices. Crews from Alta have been working on the $65 million project at the foot of the Boise Connector which will see a series of buildings spread across five acres. OSHA is recommending that Alta be handed a $104,470 fine. Alta officials have already scheduled an informal conference with OSHA to discuss the investigation.You can read the full details of OSHA's investigation below:
See related PDF 1229790_AltaConstructionInc.pdf
  • It appears that the Marvel superhero universe has yet another hit. Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters across the U.S. today, and film industry analysts are predicting that the film could top $100 million on its opening weekend. Manohla Dargis writes in The New York Times that Thor: Ragnarok, "mostly succeeds by knocking its big, blond beauty consistently down to size."
  • Today is National Sandwich Day and CNN/Money has a list of U.S. restaurants where you can snag a great sandwich deal. For instance, when you buy a sub and 40-ounce drink at Subway, you'll get another sandwich free. Plus, Subway will donate a meal to the nonprofit Feeding America for every sub purchased today. At Quiznos, 8-inch Classic Italian subs are reduced to $5 today, and the first 50 customers at participating Firehouse Subs that order a Hook & Ladder sub (turkey, ham and Monterey Jack cheese) will get a coupon for free chips and a drink.

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