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On The Thursday, January 31, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

  • Freshman state representatives hold a town hall.
  • Fighting myopia with eye drops.
  • Ronald McDonald House undergoes expansion.
  • A Boise nonprofit addresses homelessness through prevention.

- Freshman representatives Steve Berch (D-Boise) and Jake Ellis (D-Boise) recently held a joint town hall and answered questions to a packed house. Representatives Berch and Ellis join Idaho Matters to share the issues raised at the forum.

- St. Luke's is seeking participants for a study of a new treatment for myopia, or near-sightedness. The treatment is as simple as some eye drops and on Thursday's Idaho Matters, we talk with the pediatric ophthalmologist heading up the study.

- Ground will be broken this Friday for a new Ronald McDonald House in Boise. The valley's explosive growth has forced the organization to turn away families looking for a place to stay while their children receive medical care. The new $15 million facility is more than 40,000 square feet and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we'll learn how the new building will help families seeking care for their children.

- Gabriel Iacoboni felt the best way to fight homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. His nonprofit, The Jesse Tree of Idaho, looks for ways to help people on the cusp of eviction. Iacoboni joins us to talk about getting ahead of this problem in Boise.