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Trade deficit narrows in May report

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in May as a rebound in global growth boosted foreign demand for U.S. exports of automobiles, consumer products and other goods and services to their highest level in more than two years.

Potato acreage down 25 percent since 2005

A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily to a drop in both water quality and water quantity. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily to a drop in both water quality and water quantity.

Bucking minimum wage trend, St. Louis is lowering pay level

In this June 15, 2015, file photo, demonstrators rally for a $15 minimum wage before a meeting of the state Wage Board in New York. (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)
It’s not been a great couple of weeks for those advocating an increase in minimum wages. Late last month, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper based on research conducted by economists at the University of Washington. The report found that the costs to low-wage workers in Seattle (where the minimum wage is gradually being raised to $15 per hour) outweighs the benefits by three to one, concluding that the average low-wage worker in the city lost $125 a month due to the hike.

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