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Regional Public Journalism from twelve public radio stations throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

After weeks of gridlock, the Washington House and Senate have reached an agreement on an update to the state’s two-year budget. The deal announced late Monday ends weeks of gridlock that resulted in a 30-day special session.

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has scheduled a press conference Monday morning to give his take on the legislative session that just ended. At the top of the list of topics is whether the governor might take executive action to expand Medicaid under a provision of Obamacare.

In May of 2008, a Seattle-area attorney and homeowner named Frank Cornelius, Jr. received a $250 refund check in the mail from the Post Closing Department.

Post Closing was a company owned and operated by Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, who at the time was a Democratic state lawmaker from Tacoma. But Cornelius didn't know that then.

The Idaho Legislature has wrapped up for the year without doing anything to address 2016’s highest profile issue: expanding health care coverage for Idaho’s working poor.

Fifty private gun sales have been blocked since Washington voters approved a background check law in 2014. That’s according to FBI data released in response to a public records request by public radio and KING-TV in Seattle.

New WSU President From Kansas State University

Mar 25, 2016

The man who has been offered the presidency of Washington State University is a chemical engineer and an Eagle Scout, and the current president of Kansas State University.

“The opportunity to come in as the new president of Washington State and be involved and engaged in helping to build a new publicly-funded medical school is really a tremendously unique opportunity,” Kirk Schulz said in an interview with public radio.

Idaho will remain among the 19 states resisting a key provision of Obamacare. The Idaho Legislature adjourned Friday without agreement on whether to explore an expansion of the Medicaid program.

The share of Oregonians and Washingtonians without health insurance has dropped dramatically under Obamacare. The uninsured rate is now at a historic low in the West Coast states.

Idaho has missed out on that trend, largely because the state until now has refused to expand Medicaid eligibility on the federal dime. Idaho's Republican-controlled legislature was teetering Friday on whether to end its holdout.

As the Idaho Legislature lurches to a conclusion of its 2016 session, Idaho lawmakers and some school groups are declaring schools a winner.

The effort to privatize liquor sales in Oregon cleared a hurdle Thursday when the state Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for initiative sponsors to gather signatures. The potential ballot measure is already raking in millions from the grocery industry.

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