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Outdoor retailer REI reported another year of solid growth in 2018. CREDIT: TOM BANSE/N3

Don’t Want To Buy New Skis Or Tent? REI Set To Expand Rentals And Used Gear Sales

Outdoor retailer REI is planning a major expansion of rentals and used gear sales this year to sustain growth. The Washington-based co-op’s vast membership may also get the opportunity to sell second-hand gear back to the company for REI credit as it seeks ways to maintain relevance and loyalty in an evolving retail marketplace. Continue Reading Don’t Want To Buy New Skis Or Tent? REI Set To Expand Rentals And Used Gear Sales

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/OTTO KITSINGER

Idaho Gov. Brad Little Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill With Work Requirements

Idaho will ask the federal government for permission to implement mandatory work requirements for those covered under the state’s Medicaid plan. Gov. Brad Little signed the bill despite concerns about the constitutionality of such requirements that were repeatedly brought up during public testimony and debates. Continue Reading Idaho Gov. Brad Little Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill With Work Requirements

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People in mental health crisis can be lodged for days on a gurney in a hallway, like these at Olympia's St. Peter Hospital emergency room, because there's nowhere else to go. TOM BANSE / N3

Those Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Find Themselves Stuck In ER, With Nowhere Else To Go

Some psychiatric patients are spending not just hours in the emergency room, but days or a week. They’re living there in the ER because there is nowhere else to send them. Northwest policymakers are now making it a priority to create more treatment capacity for people in mental health and addiction crises. Continue Reading Those Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Find Themselves Stuck In ER, With Nowhere Else To Go

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/OTTO KITSINGER

Idaho Gov. Brad Little Vetoes Bill That Would Have Made Ballot Initiatives Tougher

In a rebuke to the Idaho legislature, Gov. Brad Little has “reluctantly” vetoed a bill that some say would’ve made it nearly impossible to get an initiative on the ballot. Little also plans to veto a second, similar bill that would’ve loosened some of the original proposal’s restrictions. Continue Reading Idaho Gov. Brad Little Vetoes Bill That Would Have Made Ballot Initiatives Tougher

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