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Hot, dry conditions prompt Alberta fire bans; blaze burns on grazing land

A large portion of southeastern Alberta is under a fire ban due to hot, dry conditions. READ

Redford’s lonely planet: a look at the job of the former premier’s travel scout

Alison Redford travelled the globe when she was Alberta’s premier and so did her travel scout, forwarding photos of hotels and suites, sussing out suitable patios and restaurants and at least once advising on public toilets. READ

Critics say Alberta gov’t not doing enough about high oilsands emissions

Critics aren’t happy with the Alberta government’s response to monitoring data that shows two air pollutants have exceeded trigger levels in the oilsands area. READ

7 facing 23 charges under Wildlife Act for illegally selling meat, fish in Alberta

Alberta game wardens have broken up a ring trafficking in wild meat and fish in central Alberta. READ

Insurance Bureau of Canada pegs Alberta hailstorms damage at $25M

Two hailstorms that hit north of Calgary have been classified as a catastrophe by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and damage is pegged at more than $25 million. READ

Hunting pressure not causing evolution of smaller Alberta bighorn sheep: study

A new study indicates trophy hunters aren’t causing Alberta’s bighorn sheep to evolve into something smaller and less impressive. READ

Court allows extradition of Alberta terrorism suspect to the United States

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled that an Edmonton man should be extradited to the United States to face terrorism and murder charges. READ

Shutdown Edmonton-area gun range told it can once again lock and load

Gun owners will be able to open fire again at an Edmonton-area shooting range that was targeted by area homeowners over concerns about stray bullets and noise. READ

Opposition adds voice to calls for public inquiry into Redford’s expenses

Calls grew louder Friday for a full public inquiry into former Alberta premier Alison Redford’s expenses with the Opposition Wildrose party adding its voice. READ

Redford used public money inappropriately: auditor

Alberta’s auditor general says former premier Alison Redford and her office used public resources inappropriately. READ

Women bare bellies in bikinis to support Edmonton mom mocked over stretch marks

About two dozen women pulled on bikinis in downtown Edmonton to support a mother who says she was mocked over her stretch marks. READ

Alberta premier wants RCMP review of travel expenses, use of government aircraft

Alberta Premier Dave Hancock says he wants the RCMP to review travel expenses and the use of government aircraft. READ

Calgary MLA who quit Tories over 'culture of entitlement’ wants back into caucus

A Calgary member of the legislature who left the Tory caucus as a revolt roiled over former premier Alison Redford’s leadership has asked to rejoin the government. READ

Crown stays identity theft charges against suspect in missing family case

The Crown has stayed identity theft charges against a man accused of murder in the deaths of a five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents. READ

Petition calls for recall law in Alberta following report on former premier

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has launched an online petition for recall legislation in Alberta in the wake of a report about former premier Alison Redford’s alleged misuse of government aircraft. READ

Alberta silent on decisions about who speaks at energy hearings

The Alberta government has refused to release documents on its decisions about who gets to speak at public hearings on energy development. READ

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. 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

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

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

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