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

A true Central Alberta stage of the province’s only professional cycling competition will see riders in Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer.

The Tour of Alberta announced today the seven hosting communities — Calgary, Edmonton, Innisfail, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Wetaskiwin — for the five-stage race. 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

Canada Winter Games bid committee hosts open house to boost support for event

For those working hard on Red Deer’s bid package for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, it’s not a question of if but when. 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

Woman charged with committing hoax in Edmonton terrorist plot claim

Alberta RCMP say they’ve charged a woman following a claim that a man was plotting a terrorist act in Edmonton READ

Calgary psychiatrist guilty of sex assault loses appeal

The Alberta Court of Appeal has refused to overturn a psychiatrist’s three convictions for sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients. READ

Memo on political involvement in freedom of info searches not acted on: Alberta

A provincial spokeswoman says a government-wide memo directing political involvement in freedom-of-information requests never took root. READ

Couillard officially becomes Quebec premier

Philippe Couillard has officially become Quebec premier after being sworn in at a ceremony this afternoon. READ

Extradition in Amanda Todd case could come before Dutch trial: prosecution

Dutch prosecutors says the possible extradition of a man accused of using the Internet to target underage girls, including B.C. teen Amanda Todd, won’t necessarily have to wait until after his trial in Holland. READ

Ottawa phases out unsafe rail tank cars

The federal government is ordering the 5,000 most dangerous tank cars off the rails as it adopts the major rail safety recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board in the wake of the tragedy last summer in Lac Megantic. READ

McDonald’s restaurants put foreign worker program on hold, conducts audit

McDonald’s Canada is putting its temporary foreign workers program on hold while a third party conducts an audit on its use of the plan. READ

In terms of the employment rate, Canada far from first in G7 during the recovery

Finance Minister Joe Oliver and his predecessor have been fond of trumpeting Canada’s economic and job creation performance since the recession, claiming it is unequalled among the Group of Seven large industrialized nations. READ

Cdn oil and gas look good to Europe amid Ukraine troubles: Polish ambassador

The Polish ambassador to Canada says the Russian invasion of Crimea is making Alberta’s oil and gas more attractive in European capitals. READ

SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. READ

Material that washed ashore in western Australia being examined in Malaysian jet search

Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday. READ

Cairo bombing kills senior Egyptian police officer

A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. READ

Heavy rains expected for Central Alberta

With heavy rain and some snow expected, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Red Deer, Innisfail, Ponoka and Stettler. READ

Man jailed for role in kidnapping, extortion plot

One of four local men accused in a kidnapping and extortion scheme has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the part he played. READ

17-year-old male charged after Hunting Hills threat incident

RCMP have laid charges against a Red Deer teen believed to be at the centre of a credible threat to harm students at Hunting Hills High School. READ

Province launches online organ donor registry

Facing a 40 per cent reduction in organ and tissue donors over the last decade, the province is making it easier for Albertans to sign up to become donors with a new online registry. READ

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