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Top 10 Stories of Year ballot offers tough choices

Another year is almost gone so it is time for readers to rank the Top 10 stories of the year. This is the 22nd year we have had readers decide on the most important stories.

State tightens Medicaid orthodontia spending

Washington state’s policy for providing free braces for kids enrolled in Medicaid is beginning to straighten out, state health officials said last week.

City Council supports 2-pool plan

After reviewing a community survey, the City Council is backing a $5.7 million construction bond that would a bring back public swimming in Walla Walla — should voters OK a spending measure that could be on a ballot as early as February.

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Athena hands law enforcement to sheriff’s office

The city is following in the footsteps of neighboring Weston in abolishing its police department in favor of contracting for law enforcement through the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

Tire store gunman commits suicide

A Walla Walla County man arrested for threatening people in a Milton-Freewater tire store earlier this month has committed suicide, authorities said today.

Soaring generic drug prices spark backlash

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

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Walla Walla cops’ hair-raising experience grows

The city’s finest are turning into some pretty fuzzy “fuzz.”

What Obama’s order addresses

Here’s a look at key immigration measures Obama announced in his executive order Thursday.

Gun background check law raises museum concerns

A small museum in Washington near the Canadian border is removing World War II-era weapons from an exhibit to avoid having to comply with a new voter-approved law requiring background checks on gun transfers.

Boehner: 'We will not stand idle' on immigration

House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was "damaging the presidency" with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be.