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Lukaszuk calls Alberta school building policy 'fields of shattered dreams’

EDMONTON — Alberta’s school construction policy has lapsed into “fields of shattered dreams” and needs a complete rethink, Tory leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk said Thursday.

Lukaszuk promised new, “smarter” plans to work with private developers to get the schools built for the hundreds of thousands of recent newcomers to the province. READ

Pilot, plane OK after CF-18 hit by lightning near Whitecourt

The pilot of a CF-18 on its way to an air show in northwestern Alberta landed safely Thursday morning after it was struck by lightning. READ

Man with air gun arrested at pro-Israel rally

CALGARY — A man said to be well known to police is in custody after trying to take an air gun into a rally in support of Israel at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre. READ

Health advisory issed after fracking sand spilled at Bashaw

BASHAW — Health officials have issued an advisory for residents of a central Alberta town more than a month after a spill of sand used in fracking. READ

Land-use plan creates new park in Southern Alberta

The province has released its management plan for southern Alberta, but environmentalists say the land-use strategy comes up short. READ

Edmonton couple reveals $50M lotto win

ST. ALBERT — If Bill and Andrea Groner tell you they can keep a secret, you can take them at their word. READ

Former Alberta health executive rebuked for breaching contract rules

A former executive with Alberta Health Services has been rebuked by the public interest commissioner for breaking conflict-of-interest rules. READ

Border services lays charges against U.S. men in gun seizures

Firearms have been seized and charges laid against two U.S. men in separate incidents at the border crossing in Coutts, Alta. READ

Double your money: Alberta doubles limit for small claims court cases

Alberta is doubling the dollar limit for small claims court in an effort to allow people more access and to free up judges. READ

Red Cross, transit buses, provide aid, shelter after Edmonton condo fire

About 400 people were forced from their homes when an overnight fire tore through an Edmonton condominium complex. READ

Alberta Tory leadership candidate wants ankle bracelets, inmate work program

Alberta Tory leadership candidate Ric McIver says if he became premier he would put inmates to work in jail and make them wear ankle bracelets after they’re out. READ

Guards disciplined for allowing murder suspect to escape from Edmonton hospital

Alberta’s justice department says it has disciplined some of its correctional officers following the escape of a murder suspect in hospital. READ

Man charged with Innisfail murder banned from investment industry

A former investment adviser charged with the murder of an Innisfail mother has been kicked out of the industry. READ

Search in Calgary murder case to continue after searchers vow to keep going

Organizers say they’ll continue their civilian search for signs of a missing five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents after earlier calling it off because of a social media backlash. READ

First Nation pulls out of hearings into pipeline

CALGARY — An aboriginal group that lives in northern Alberta’s oilsands region has withdrawn from a regulatory hearing into the proposed Grand Rapids crude pipeline, but the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation vowed to explore other ways to fight the $3-billion project. READ

Mom who starved twins pleads guilty to manslaughter

EDMONTON — An Edmonton mother has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for starving and abusing her two-year-old twin daughters before one of them died in hospital. READ

RCMP issue open letter after apparent summer vacation boredom spawns vandalism

Mounties in two Edmonton-area communities are asking parents to keep a close eye on their children after a several acts of vandalism since school ended for the summer. READ

Alberta can do better job helping people navigate cancer care, says patient

An Alberta breast cancer survivor says if women are going to have to wait years for reconstructive surgery, the province needs to do a better job helping them along the way. READ

Douglas Garland makes brief court appearance charged with three counts of murder

A man charged with murder in the disappearance of a Calgary boy and his grandparents has made a brief appearance in court. READ

Garland charged with murders

Douglas Robert Garland’s appearance is unassuming — a balding, 54-year-old man with glasses and an average build, someone most people would pass on the street without a second look. READ

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