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Premier says Alberta to build hundreds of schools despite economic slump

CALGARY — Premier Jim Prentice says Alberta’s economic downturn will not affect his government’s plan to build hundreds of needed schools.

Prentice says the province will spend $5 billion to build or upgrade 230 schools over the next five years. READ

ATB Financial says province’s economy slowing significantly, job losses likely

The chief economist of Alberta’s Crown-owned financial institution says the province’s economy is slowing significantly due to slumping oil prices. READ

Election run snuffed out by Wildrose candidate’s 'brown people’ comment

A verbal gaffe caught on a podium microphone has cost a member of Alberta’s Wildrose party his candidacy in the next provincial election. READ

Prentice promises to not waver on tough-love budget plan to fix Alberta economy

Premier Jim Prentice says Albertans can trust him not to waver from his promise to follow through and fix the broken foundations of Alberta’s economy. READ

Province to bring in health-care levy to address revenue shortfall

Premier Jim Prentice says Albertans will face a new health-care levy to help fill a multibillion-dollar revenue hole in the provincial budget. READ

RCMP officer shoots suspect south of Edmonton; Mountie not injured

A man was in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after he was shot Monday by at least one Mountie in a community south of Edmonton. READ

Woman evicted from care home without family consent: Public Interest Alberta

An advocacy group is accusing an Edmonton care home of transferring a woman to a hospital without her family’s consent. READ

Crown wants stiffest sentence possible for Calgary man who tortured, killed dog and cat

An Alberta Crown prosecutor is asking for the court to impose a “new high-water mark” in the sentencing of a man who abused, starved and killed a dog and cat. READ

Ancient site with bones and stone tools sheds light on first Albertans

A new way of dating a pile of ancient bones and stone tools is shedding light on the mysterious lives of the first Albertans. READ

Man pulled from burning wreck after collision with Calgary transit bus

Emergency crews had to work quickly to pull the driver from the burning wreckage of a sport utility vehicle after a collision with a transit bus in Calgary. READ

Alberta Tory withdraws candidacy while bribery allegations are investigated

A former associate cabinet minister who faced allegations of bribery and tampering in a heated nomination race has withdrawn his candidacy for Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party. READ

Not one Alberta hospital meeting emergency care benchmark targets: NDP

Alberta’s New Democrats say leaked documents show not one hospital is meeting its emergency room wait-time targets so far this year. READ

Sentencing underway for woman who ordered dog attack

A Sundre woman will soon learn her sentence for ordering her dogs to viciously attack a woman in 2012. READ

Air and ground searches begin for missing 68-year-old woman

The search for the 68-year-old woman from the Red Deer area who disappeared almost a week ago intensified with air and ground searches on Wednesday. READ

Woman, 68, last seen at Red Deer grocery store

The 68-year-old woman police are trying to find may be suffering from dementia-related symptoms, Blackfalds RCMP said on Monday afternoon. READ

Penny saved a penny earned: study says Alberta not stashing enough royalties

CALGARY — An analysis of three oil-producing heavy hitters suggests Alberta isn’t socking away enough money from oil royalties. READ

Talisman Energy cuts up to 200 jobs, mostly in Calgary head office

CALGARY — Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) says it’s reducing its workforce by 10 to 15 per cent as it grapples with low crude prices. Spokesman Brent Anderson says up to 200 employee and contractor jobs are being cut, mostly at the company’s head office in Calgary. READ

Red Deer Advocate nominated for Michener Centre project

The Red Deer Advocate is a finalist in the National Newspaper Awards, the Pulitzer Prize of Canadian newspaper journalism. READ

The stress of not knowing

It is most unusual for Roze Burk to go out in the evening on her own. The 68-year-old woman — last seen on Thursday evening at the Deer Park Co-op in Red Deer — is a homebody. She loves her cats and dogs, especially her beloved West Highland terrier named Jewel, given to her by family a few years ago. READ

Package that closed part of West Edmonton Mall turns out to be DVD player

EDMONTON — A portion of West Edmonton Mall was closed to shoppers Tuesday today as police investigated a suspicious package. Officers said they determined after an hour that a mysterious box left on a bench outside a sports store was a DVD player. READ

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