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Ap’s Picks For Top Stories

Sun., Dec. 29, 1996

The issue that consumed the first half of Gov. Phil Batt’s term - nuclear waste - was also the state’s top news story for the second straight year, according to Associated Press editors and news directors.

Batt’s cutting a deal on waste dumping and cleanup 15 months ago did not end the debate. Instead, the controversy developed a sharper edge as critics moved to directly challenge the governor. Batt prevailed.

The other top stories chosen by the AP were:

2. Workers compensation coverage for farm laborers.

3. The North Idaho flood.

4. The air-bag decapitation of a 1-year-old child in Boise.

5. Fire burns more than 750,000 acres of range, creating mudslide potential.

6. Voters again overwhelmingly reject the One Percent Initiative.

7. FBI official charged in connection with Ruby Ridge inquiry.

8. Rep. Helen Chenoweth re-elected despite questionable finances.

9. Lincoln County mother, four children murdered; killer takes own life.

10. Condemned murderer Donald Manuel Paradis wins commutation.

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