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Measles immunizations available

Measles immunizations are being offered today to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus at a local restaurant earlier this week.

Alberta Health Services announced today that another person in Red Deer has contracted measles, a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air. AHS said that the infected individual could have spread the virus while at Boston Pizza south (3215 Gaetz Ave.) in Red Deer from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. on April 21. READ

Dialysis patients threaten to stop treatment

Two Central Alberta dialysis patients say their stress levels have escalated so dramatically since being told they could no longer seek the essential treatment in Red Deer, they are considering a dire alternative: completely stopping dialysis. READ

Puppy abandoned in vacant condo in Sylvan Lake

A Red Deer animal control officer was shocked to find a five-month-old German shepherd had been left alone with no food and only a toilet bowl for water in an apartment vacated by evicted tenants. READ

First witness called in Arens trial

Witnessing a fatal collision during a family outing was traumatic and life-changing, a Red Deer father testified at the start of a trial into a deadly city crash on Canada Day 2010. READ

Alberta government passes $43-billion budget for 2014-15

The Alberta government has officially approved its $43-billion budget for 2014-15. READ

Alberta, Ottawa spend $1.35 million to keep province free of deadly pig virus

The federal and Alberta governments are spending $1.35 million on a plan to help keep diseases that kill pigs out of the province. READ

Nature group cries foul as Alberta considers sandhill crane hunt

The Alberta government is looking at allowing people to hunt sandhill cranes after years of lobbying by hunters. READ

Provincial minister Bhullar backs a Prentice run for Tory leadership

He hasn’t even said whether he will take a run at the job, but Jim Prentice has already got at least one member of the provincial cabinet endorsing him as a potential leader of Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative. READ

Taxpayer group asks Alberta’s privacy boss to probe potential information breach

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is asking Alberta’s privacy commissioner to investigate allegations of government interference in the freedom of information process. READ

Speeding Ferrari driver sidelined, fined

Mounties say they’re appalled by the actions of a Ferrari driver from Langley, B.C., who used area roads as his personal race track. READ

Ottawa proposes new target-benefit pension scheme

The best way to secure retirement for more Canadians is with a third option for pension plans, and not the way Ontario is approaching the problem by expanding the Canada Pension Plan, says Kevin Sorenson, minister of state for finance, on Thursday. READ

Elections commissioner halts robocalls probe

A three-year investigation into allegations of fraudulent robocalls during the last federal election has found no evidence of intent to deceive voters nor any evidence of an orchestrated scheme beyond Guelph, Ont. READ

Canadians can bank on low interest rate environment for years to come: Poloz

Canadians can expect to enjoy relatively cheap borrowing costs for some time to come — perhaps years — even after the economy returns to full capacity and the Bank of Canada starts hiking interest rates, bank governor Stephen Poloz said Thursday. READ

Temporary foreign workers program has boosted joblessness: report

A new report by the C.D. Howe Institute is harshly critical of the federal government’s controversial temporary foreign workers program, saying it has spurred a higher unemployment rate in western Canada. READ

Afghan government guard opens fire at Kabul hospital

An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. READ

Ukraine launches operation against insurgents in the east

Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country’s tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin. READ

Tour of Alberta 2014 includes Red Deer, Innisfail and Sylvan Lake

A true Central Alberta stage of the province’s only elite cycling competition could see the world’s best in Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer. READ

"All hands on deck" working on Telus landline, internet outage

A Telus outage is affecting land line and internet services to approximately 1,200 customers, both residential and commercial, in sections of north Red Deer. READ

Satinwood School to close at end of year

A rural school east of Red Deer cherished by parents and students for its intimate feel will close at the end of the school year. READ

1,000 and counting; U of C students defer final exams in wake of mass murder

One thousand students have elected to defer their final exams at the University of Calgary in the wake of the death of five young people at a Calgary house party. READ

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