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Wildrose Party vows to repeal tougher drunk driving regulations

Tougher laws around driving with a blood alcohol content between 0.05 and 0.08 are actually taking away resources to catch drunk drivers, according the Wildrose Party.

The party, if elected, would repeal the tougher regulations, which include roadside suspensions and vehicle impoundments. Kerry Towle, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA, said the law takes police resources away from catching drivers who have blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than 0.08 and face significant penalties. READ

Alleged member of the Red Scorpions reserves plea

Three of the four people charged in a gang-related drug raid made their first appearance in court, all reserving pleas to a later date. READ

Driver fined, sentenced to probation for crash that caused gas leak in Sylvan Lake

With his driver’s licence in tow this time, a Three Hills man learned his sentence on Thursday for wrecking a utility building, breaking a gas line and causing an evacuation in Sylvan Lake. READ

Albertans asked to conserve power use to ease demand

Scorching hot temperatures are putting pressure on the power grid, forcing the Alberta Electric System Operator to ask all Albertans to conserve power. READ

Lacombe County couple hits jackpot

A Lacombe County couple hit the $18.3-million Lotto 6-49 jackpot. Bradley and Amanda Kelly won the big money in the June 25 lottery draw. READ

Former campaign manager says she’s disappointed in Alison Redford

The fallout continues to grow after the opposition called for a criminal investigation into former premier Alison Redford’s travel habits. READ

Former Arctic priest to face Alberta trial on sex charges

A former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton. READ

Cellphone bill levy dials up big dollars for Alberta’s growing 911 call volume

Alberta’s 21 emergency call centres can start dialing up faster and more efficient service thanks to about $2 million collected so far from a levy on cellphone bills in the province. READ

High court warns against ’Mr. Big’ stings, says they’re presumed inadmissible

Confessions extracted through so-called Mr. Big police sting operations tend to produce unreliable confessions, are open to abuses and must be presumed inadmissible in court, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday. READ

Quebec man was stark naked when he burned stop sign and tried to ram cruiser: cops

It’s unclear if it was his special day of the year but a Quebec driver was in his birthday suit when police arrested him today following a brief chase. READ

Man jailed for 31 years before conviction thrown out can sue police, Crown

The longest-serving inmate in Canada to have a murder conviction quashed can sue those involved in his prosecution, Ontario’s top court ruled Thursday. READ

Cyberattack breached system holding personal data: privacy watchdog

Hackers who targeted Canada’s National Research Council infiltrated a system containing personal information, the federal privacy czar says. READ

Suspect in deadly Moncton RCMP shootings found fit to stand trial

A New Brunswick man charged with fatally shooting three RCMP officers and wounding two others last month in Moncton has been found fit to stand trial. READ

IMF calls on Canada, others to raise carbon taxes, cut income taxes

The International Monetary Fund says Canada and other countries can improve their economies and environment by hiking energy taxes — while cutting them on people and capital. READ

Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo weighs appeal

An Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo is weighing whether he will appeal his conviction and go through the “circus” of a retrial. READ

Israeli PM says military will dismantle Hamas tunnels as 16,000 more reservists called up

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas’ tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, “with or without a cease-fire,” as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign against Palestinian militants in the densely-populated territory. READ

Investigators make 1st inspection of Ukraine war zone site where Malaysian jet went down

Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels. READ

Fire destroys three homes in Lacombe

Fire destroyed three homes in Lacombe early Tuesday morning. READ

Town council sanctions mayor, accuses him of bullying and fighting

The town council in Gibbons has unanimously voted to impose sanctions on their mayor, accusing him of bullying people and getting into a fight at a local pub. READ

Trumpeter swans off Alberta at-risk list, but provincial fish not so lucky

Alberta has taken trumpeter swans off its threatened species list, but the province’s official fish isn’t so lucky. READ

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