'Slap in the Face'

'Slap in the Face'

Medicaid patients could be hardest hit by health insurance changes, but everyone will feel it
This time last year, Sara LeTellier was checking into inpatient treatment for substance abuse. Like others who gathered at Cowley Park on Saturday night to share stories about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, LeTellier was able to sign up for Medicaid and start treatment for addiction and bipolar disorder.

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Curing Idaho

The House Republicans' health care plan doesn't begin to fix the state's health care issues — so Idaho itself is taking a crack at it
If there were any place you'd expect a Republican attempt to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — to receive enthusiastic support, it would be in deep-red Idaho. But even in Idaho, the public and politicians are wary.

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All Wet

States of emergency declared in waterlogged Spokane County; plus, Lahren's pro-choice stance enrages her former right-wing allies
FLOODING CONCERNS If you haven't noticed, spring runoff has flooded local rivers and washed out dozens of roads in Spokane County.

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Where the Sidewalk Bends

Frustrated with decades of crumbling concrete, neighbors proposing property tax levy to fix broken sidewalks
Some sidewalks have cracks. The sidewalks near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Adams Street look more like they have seismic fault lines.

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A Different Track

How local high schools are trying to meet the increasing demand for skilled manufacturing jobs
Unlike many of his peers, Wyatt Harris has never been too interested in pursuing a four-year degree at a university. Harris, wearing a camouflage New York Giants hat during his manufacturing class, says his path is simpler.

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Change at the Top

WA's Eastern District will get new U.S. Attorney; plus, state House passes bill revoking rapists' parental rights
ORMSBY OUT Last week, MIKE ORMSBY stepped down from his post as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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Clearing the Way

Homeowners in northeast Washington are already preparing for wildfire season
Though patches of snow still dot the ground off much of 4 Mound Road, some in that part of the Nine Mile Falls community already are preparing for wildfire season. Crews from Washington's Department of Natural Resources worked in the rain Monday morning to thin branches and small trees near North Samek Lane, using chainsaws to cut down pines and then loading the debris into a chipper.

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Law-and-Order Larry

How 'smart' is Larry Haskell's brand of justice?
Larry Haskell doesn't negotiate with chronic criminals.

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Safe Space

At the Spirit of America rally, Republicans set aside their internal divisions to bask in the glow of the nascent Trump presidency — but for how long?
Trump supporters don't have to whisper anymore. At least, not here, not at the pro-Trump Spirit of America rally on Saturday in Spokane Valley.

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Bad Medicine

How the wrecking ball of Trumpcare would impact Eastern Washington
The state of health care reform in America feels like a failed marriage, only in this case it's the coverage of 24 million beneficiaries that is caught in the ensuing custody battle. On the eastern side of Washington's room in this troubled home, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has surreptitiously made her bed with congressional Republicans' repeal plan.

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Spokane Sustainable Local Food Colloquium

Do something: How to get involved with your community this week
The current globalized food network is unraveling. Learn how we can move away from an industrialized, fossil-fuel-based network and develop sustainable, local food systems.

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On the Street

Do you think Spokane has enough of a nightlife scene?
LAURA NICHOLS Absolutely.

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Failing Preschool

Idaho needs to start helping the state's 4-year-olds succeed
Idaho has many soul-rewarding attributes. The state offers a gorgeous, four-season outdoors experience.

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Readers react to new high school options, Trumpcare and flooding

Letters to the editor
SMART DECISIONS Finally, jobs in skilled trades are being recognized as vitally important to our economy ("A Different Track," 3/16/17).

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Tremble, King Alcohol

Cannabis gains on beer as the intoxicant of choice in America
Comedian W.C. Fields famously described Prohibition as a time during which he once was "forced to live for days on nothing but food and water." Alcohol, of course, has since evolved into a true "opiate of the masses," a staple of the American diet, but new evidence suggests that marijuana, in states where it is legal, is poaching drinkers of the country's most widely consumed alcoholic beverage.

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Green's Dream

Can Carbon Logic change the world? A local collaboration aims to find out
Mac Green's brother died in his arms of a prescription opioid overdose on May 14, 2005, at the age of 22. What was supposed to ease pain from frequent kidney stones ultimately proved to be addictive and lethal, as it increasingly has for hundreds of people in Washington state who die from opioid abuse each year.

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Dazed and Confused

Trickle-down fearmongering unsettles the states
HB 1937. HB 1212.

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Holy Smokes

Marijuana as religious sacrament in Hinduism's holiest celebration
Last Friday thousands of naked, dreadlocked yogi-shamans, called Naga Babas, descended on India and Nepal's holiest temples to celebrate Mahashivaratri, literally the "greatest night of devotion" to the Hindu god Shiva (one of three divine manifestations, along with Brahma and Vishnu). They smeared their faces and limbs with the cremated ashes of animals and nameless people, chanted bhajans (holy songs) and fasted.

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