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Idaho local and state agencies directed federal funding to safe house despite complaints and contractual violations

Funding agencies overlooked red flags that anti-trafficking safe houses allegedly exploited victims By Kelsey Turner…
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An Idaho safe house claimed it was saving trafficking victims. Women said it was like being “trafficked all over again.” 

Lacking accountability, program took federal money and billed Medicaid for services victims say they never…
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Four takeaways from InvestigateWest’s examination of an Idaho nonprofit that houses sex trafficking victims and of the state’s punitive approach to the issue

1. Survivors of human trafficking say they felt exploited and manipulated by a nonprofit that…

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Health

Idaho youth treatment home exposed in InvestigateWest investigation closes down

Advocates express relief but push for greater oversight of facilities statewide By Wilson Criscione /…
The Cruelest Lie

Idaho investigators repeatedly found kids in danger. Youth treatment programs faced few consequences 

An InvestigateWest analysis reveals a lack of disciplinary action against troubled programs By Wilson Criscione…
The Cruelest Lie

Public records show 10 years of child abuse, neglect allegations at Idaho’s troubled teen facilities

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare currently oversees 28 children’s residential care facilities. These…
Democracy & Extremism

Secret recording shows how a right-wing Idaho lobbyist tried to keep a legislator in lockstep

Freedom Caucus Network power broker Maria Nate blasted controversial state Rep. Heather Scott for support…
Democracy & Extremism

Idaho State Police warned InvestigateWest that publishing story about secret recording might violate Idaho law

We wrote about it anyway By Daniel Walters / InvestigateWest More than a week before…
Democracy & Extremism

Idaho House puts bill to redefine ‘terrorism’ on ice 

Previous InvestigateWest reporting revealed Bundy ranch militant was instrumental in crafting the bill  By Daniel…
Climate

Oregon begins rewriting landmark climate program derailed by gas lawsuit

During the next year, the Department of Environmental Quality will work on a new program…
Environment

Idaho residents still seeing impacts of decades-old nuclear test fallout

‘The fight isn’t over’: Idaho downwinders persist after Congress cuts compensation for them. By Mia…
Environment

In an era of climate change, Alaska’s predators fall prey to politics

With Alaska's wildlife numbers declining, agencies are blaming — and culling — predators. The true…
Investigative Reports

Why many judges in WA won’t order abusers to turn in guns

State and federal court decisions threaten to override Washington’s firearm surrender law By Kelsey Turner…
Investigative Reports

In Eastern Washington, victims seeking protection steer clear of a judge accused of domestic violence himself

Attorneys say there’s little accountability for judges who may show bias against victims By Wilson…
Investigative Reports

Low-income domestic violence survivors face uphill battle in obtaining court-ordered protections 

Advocates urge more funding for housing, shelters and legal services as well as consistent policy…
Government

Experts say a teen needs psychiatric residential care. Idaho still won’t pay for it.

Idaho funded less than one-third of requests for youths to receive the highest level psychiatric…
Government

Providence’s medically fragile children’s center will offer respite care to first child amid leadership shakeup, staff concerns

Nurses say they’re still struggling to prevent the spread of infection among young residents By…
Government

Oregon patients needed fentanyl but got tap water — and it went unchecked for nearly two years

Poor data and coordination between regulatory agencies contribute to hospital drug thefts, experts say By…
Environment

Amid heavy smoke, wildfire crews work without practical respirators

'There are times where you just don’t breathe, because you can’t.' By Hannah Weinberger /…
Climate

What WA’s new wildfire smoke rules might mean for outdoor workers

Washington could be the second state to impose permanent safety regulations, but employers and workplace…
Climate

An Oregon town is buying surrounding forests to confront wildfires

A logger, forester and former mayor have joined forces to help Butte Falls protect its…
Environment

Tribes call for feds to ban chemical in car tires that is linked to salmon deaths

So far, a more environmentally-friendly alternative to keep tire rubber from degrading hasn’t emerged. By…
Indian Country

One WA tribe tests waters for locally sourced, traditional foods

The Lummi Nation in northwest Washington is part of a push to give Native Americans…
Indian Country

Tribes raise alarm as Supreme Court’s conservative justices signal they could undercut Native child welfare law

Law designed to protect Native American families By Orion Donovan-Smith / Spokesman-Review WASHINGTON – The…