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September 4, 2017: What to Know

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BINGO BARNES
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  • The idea of honoring the American worker is linked to machinist Matthew Maguire, who organized the first U.S. Labor Day parade in September 1882. In the following years, labor leaders selected the first Monday of September as Labor Day and, after nearly two dozen states had already adopted the holiday, Congress declared Labor Day to be a federal observance in 1894. The Boise Central Trades & Labor Council will hold its traditional labor Day Picnic today at noon in Boise's Municipal Park.

    “Workers are confronting a rigged system as corporations and the wealthy continue to benefit from record wealth while working people find it harder and harder to make ends meet," said Boise CT & LC President, Leland Heinbach. "Joining together in unions gives workers a voice."

    Meanwhile, all schools, universities and libraries are closed for the holiday today. City, county, state and federal offices are also closed. ValleyRide buses will not run today and trash collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. Most banks will be closed and no mail will be delivered Monday.
  • Ada County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the incident, but the Boise Fire Department said the fast-moving wildfire which scorched 200 acres of the Boise Foothills late Friday was started by two children playing in a backyard fort. Nearly a dozen homes were threatened by the fire and families were evacuated from the scene, but no homes were lost to the flames. The Boise Fire Department was assisted by the Eagle, Kuna, Meridian, Middleton and Star fire departments and teams from the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho National Guard.
  • Eastern Idaho experienced dozens of small earthquakes this past weekend. KIFI-TV reports that 49 earthquakes rattled the area Saturday night and Sunday. The largest of the tremors was a magnitude 5.3, just east of Soda Springs, hitting Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
  • Meanwhile, a different type of seismic shock has U.S. officials worried. The Washington Post reports that officials with the United Nations Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization say a seismic blast in North Korea may have been a second explosion following an early test of Hydrogen bomb. The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss North Korea's nuclear testing. Sunday's test blast was the nation's most powerful to date.
  • Coca-Cola, one of the planet's biggest conglomerates, is not the first company to come to mind when you think of crowd-sourcing. But officials at Coke have launched a competition on the crowd-sourcing platform HeroX to find "a naturally, sourced, safe, low- or no-calorie compound that creates the taste sensation of sugar." Simply put, Coke wants to go sugar-free without using its usual cocktail of additives to create a low-calorie drink. NPR reports that Coke is offering the grand prize winner a cool $1 million.

    "Right now, the search is more focused on natural sweeteners, that are naturally sourced, like plant compounds," says Paul Breslin, professor of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University.



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