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Morning News: Employers Added 325,000 Jobs Last Month, The Future of Small Potato Chip Makers, Taxes Due April 17

Strong Gain: Employers Added 325,000 Jobs Last Month, Survey Says : The Two-Way : NPR There was a 325,000-gain in the number of jobs on private employers’ payrolls last month, according to the widely watched ADP National Employment Report, which was just released. That’s the largest monthly increase in the ADP employment measure since December 2010 and suggests, economist Joel Prakken of Macroeconomic Advisers says in a statement released by ADP, that the nation’s unemployment rate likely declined further last month. (

Potato industry looks to future at expo | In the same way that microbreweries surfaced to challenge the giants of the beer industry, Joe Guenthner won’t rule out the rise of small potato chip makers. Thus far, the trend has been increasingly toward consolidation, both among chip growers and manufacturers, said Guenthner, a University of Idaho agribusiness professor. He explained the 800-pound gorilla of potato chip production, Frito-Lay, holds about 90 percent of the market in the West and would rather deal with a few large growers than hundreds of small farms. ( Businessmen to challenge Idaho Reps. Hart, Barbieri – – Jan. 4, 2012 Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has drawn an opponent in the upcoming May GOP primary, as has his ally in his North Idaho legislative district, Rep. Vito Barbieri. Longtime local businessmen Ed Morse and Mark Fisher held a joint announcement of their legislative bids late last month, with Morse challenging Hart and Fisher challenging Barbieri; the primary election is May 15. (

Federal taxes not due until April 17 – – Jan. 4, 2012 An obscure Washington D.C. holiday means that for the second year in a row, federal tax returns aren’t due on the traditional date of April 15. Emancipation Day is observed on April 16 in Washington D.C. each year, commemorating the emancipation of slaves. Because April 15 falls on a Sunday and the following day is a holiday for workers in Washington D.C., taxes aren’t due until April 17th this year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. (


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