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Red Deer RCMP inadvertently rescue man; charge six people

When Red Deer RCMP executed an arrest warrant at a hotel in the city on Thursday, they interrupted an alleged aggravated assault and forcible confinement, and ended up charging six people.

RCMP went to a room at the Aladdin Hotel in North Red Deer in the afternoon, investigating the whereabouts of Darren Lagrelle, 19, who was wanted on outstanding warrants. READ

Calgary mayor angry at NDP government for rejecting snowstorm compensation

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is blasting the NDP government for rejecting the city’s request for disaster recovery program funding for last September’s snowstorm. READ

Artillery shells found on former army land where First Nation casino now stands

The recent discovery of large artillery shells in the Weaselhead Flats and on a section of the Tsuu T’ina Nation has renewed public safety warnings in the area that once housed military training. READ

Talk budget to me: Alberta finance minister wants ideas, comments from public

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci is casting a wide net for input into the NDP government’s first budget. READ

Calgary police say man turned himself in after crosswalk collision injures woman

A woman has serious injuries after a second hit-and-run collision in Calgary this week involving a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. READ

Oilpatch pain persists as Cenovus to cut 300 to 400 more jobs this year

Cenovus Energy says 300 to 400 workers will be let go from its Calgary office by year end as hopes for a quick recovery in oil prices evaporate. READ

RCMP looking into handling of alleged racist rant against cab driver

The RCMP has launched a formal public complaint into its handling of a case two years ago involving a Calgary cab driver who was the target of an alleged racist assault by a passenger. READ

TransAlta plans review after Alberta ruling it shut down plants to raise prices

TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) says it will undertake an independent review following a ruling from the Alberta Utilities Commission that the company deliberately triggered outages at power plants to raise electricity rates, thereby manipulating the markets. READ

White House: Keystone XL decision will come before Obama goes

The White House says a decision will be made on the Keystone XL pipeline while President Barack Obama is still in office, as rumours swirl that the long-delayed project is on the verge of rejection. READ

RCMP identify human remains near Edmonton as woman missing for more than decade

Mounties in Alberta say they may be dealing with a serial killer after identifying the remains of a woman south of Edmonton. READ

Hunt on for driver after pedestrian killed in Calgary hit-and-run accident

A pedestrian is dead after what police are calling a late-night hit-and-run collision in Calgary. READ

Two Calgary men convicted in elaborate Ponzi scheme sentenced to 12 years each

A judge has sentenced two men to 12 years in prison for one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history. READ

TSB probes fatal single-engine plane crash in northeast Alberta, pilot dead

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal crash of a light plane in northeastern Alberta. READ

About $880 million being delivered to Alberta communities for infrastructure

The money has begun to flow to Alberta’s municipalities for infrastructure projects. READ

Harm reduction in the battle against addiction

Every month in Red Deer, the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society gives away an average of 38,000 new needles to individuals who are mostly using drugs that are not prescribed. READ

Unreleased report has concerns about ski development in Jasper National Park

Parks Canada has opened the door to ski hill expansion at one of its Rocky Mountain national parks despite its own research suggesting that further development would threaten a nearby caribou herd. READ

Woman dies in custody at Maskwacis RCMP detachment

RCMP Major Crimes South is investigating the death of a 35-year-old woman who was in custody at the Maskwacis RCMP detachment. READ

Nexen pipeline spills five million litres of emulsion near Fort McMurray

CALGARY — A pipeline at Nexen’s Long Lake oilsands project in northeastern Alberta has failed, spilling an estimated five million litres of bitumen, produced water and sand. READ

Southern Alberta sugar beet crop looking good after slow start

TABER, Alta. — It was a late start, but southern Alberta’s sugar beet crop is right on schedule. READ

Notley hopeful Quebec will warm to Energy East if environment protected

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is hopeful Quebec will get behind the Energy East oil pipeline, provided her province does its part to fight climate change and protect the environment. READ

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