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Alcohol, drugs ruled out in triple fatality

WALLA WALLA — Three Walla Walla High School students who died in a rollover crash on May 25 were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to toxicology results the Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office released Wednesday.

Kent woman charged with funding al-Qaida-linked group

A Kent woman has been indicted in Virginia on charges alleging she helped run a “fundraising conspiracy” that funneled money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Invasive beetles spread along Columbia River Gorge

With wildfires sweeping across Central Washington, researchers just south in the Columbia River Gorge are examining a tiny insect that tends to devour healthy pines after the flames die down.

Powerful storm uproots trees, knocks out power

Severe thunderstorms pounded the Inland Northwest on Wednesday, toppling trees that crushed homes and cars and cutting power to more than 60,000 homes and businesses.

GMO labeling initiative qualifies for ballot in Oregon

PORTLAND — An initiative to require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon has qualified for a statewide vote in November.

Governor: Idaho won’t take migrant kids captured at border

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter fired off a letter to top federal officials Wednesday declaring that he wants “to immediately eliminate the chance of the federal government using Idaho as a destination or a staging area for the influx of unaccompanied and illegal immigrants entering the United States through our southern border.”

Blacks disproportionately cited for public pot use

Blacks were disproportionately cited by Seattle police for consuming pot in public in the first six months of 2014.

Vista Hermosa Foundation awards 26 scholarships to first-generation students

Vista Hermosa Foundation hosted an alumni and scholarship awards celebration July 17 at Tierra Vida Recreation Center in Pasco.

State school chief’s nightmare continues — and we all suffer

The US Department of Education denied Washington’s request to reinstate its waiver from No Child Left Behind Act.

Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn must feel as if he is having a bad dream and can’t seem to wake up.

Letter - Is there any common sense left in the world?

A short math lesson and a comment about the schizophrenic nature of our law enforcement establishment.

Turner: Once a cavalryman, always a cavalryman!

In June of 2009, John Turner walked into our SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) in Baghdad, Iraq, and I knew things were only going to get better.

Letter - Tom Cooper will heal fractured Sheriff’s Office

I was thrilled to see the U-B article about Tom Cooper in Tuesday night’s paper.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 7/24/14

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Letter - Stephen Ames has experience as leader

I write this letter in support of Stephen Ames for Walla Walla County commissioner.

Masked men assault, steal car from Milton-Freewater shop owner

MILTON-FREEWATER — A Milton-Freewater man was assaulted and tied up by two men, who then stole a vehicle from the 59-year-old’s shop Wednesday night, police said.

Murder trial postponed again

The defense team was granted more time to prepare.

WALLA WALLA — The trial of a man accused of shooting to death a Walla Walla woman is postponed again in Superior Court, this time to allow the defense more time to prepare.

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Council tables decision on golf course use

At issue is whether to ban joggers and dog walkers from the municipal course.

WALLA WALLA — A second City Council attempt to vote on banning runners and dogs at Veterans Memorial Golf Course came up with a whiff as members voted to table the matter for an entire year.

Sapolil to host three musical performances

WALLA WALLA — Three varied musical acts are on tap this weekend at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St.

Ecology fines Wallula feedlot for air quality violation

WALLA WALLA — The state Department of Ecology has fined a beef cattle feeding operation in Wallula for violating air quality rules.

Agenda - Touchet School Board - 7/24/14

Where: Touchet School Library, 90 Champion St. When: Tonight, 6 p.m.