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Trump, facing pushback, vows US will be stronger on trade

President Donald Trump faced pushback June 4 from Republican lawmakers, an influential GOP group and foreign leaders over his tough negotiations that are hitting China, Canada and Mexico with tariffs amid fears of a trade war. But the president defended ...

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Trump says US farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

President Donald Trump defended his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico on June 4, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated “unfairly.” The president vowed to turn the tide and break down large trade barriers with top trading ...

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Idaho officials pitch land swap in Lochsa River basin

Idaho officials are pitching a north-central Idaho land exchange involving a private timber company and the U.S. Forest Service that could result in Idaho receiving deed to some federal lands. The proposal calls for Western Pacific Timber to deed 38,000 ...

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Groups say central Idaho mine leaking pollution into river

An environmental group and environmental law firm say they’ll file a lawsuit against the state of Idaho if Idaho officials continue what the groups say are violations of the Clean Water Act at an abandoned mine in central Idaho. The ...

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Trump’s tariffs: What they are and how they would work

As a tool of national trade policy, tariffs had long been fading into history, a relic of 19th and early 20th centuries that most experts regarded as mutually harmful to all nations involved. But President Donald Trump has dusted them ...

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US construction spending up 1.8 percent in April to record

U.S. construction spending surged 1.8 percent to a record high in April as home building rose by the largest amount in 24 years. The April gain reversed a 1.7 percent drop in March, the Commerce Department reported June 1. The ...

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Idaho’s legislative leaders push for special session

Legislative leaders announced May 30 that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter might call a special legislative session to address a water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said all stakeholders have reached an ...

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Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now

Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald’s to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn’t have kiosks to take orders, people didn’t use smartphones to pay, ...

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Survey: US businesses add a solid 178,000 jobs in May (access required)

U.S. businesses added 178,000 jobs in May, according to a survey, a solid total but below the average monthly gains accumulated over the winter. Payroll processor ADP said May 30 that hiring was strong in construction, education and health care, ...

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Federal judge refuses to dismiss whistleblower lawsuit

A federal judge has narrowed the claims in a whistleblower case against the Idaho Department of Labor, but indicated he’ll likely allow the case to go to a jury trial. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ...

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