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Pricey upgrades to Redford 'sky palace’ sees bill soar to almost $1M: Wildrose

Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose party says new documents reveal taxpayers shelled out a lot more than originally thought for the so-called “sky palace.” READ

Alberta resurrects talks to draft charters to aid cities Edmonton, Calgary

The Alberta government is resurrecting a plan to create charters for its two largest cities to give them more power to deal with growth pressures. READ

Alberta auditor general finds oilsands monitoring program lacking

Alberta’s auditor general says a report from the Alberta and federal governments on their much-vaunted joint oilsands monitoring program took too long to release and was flawed. READ

Alberta says it will build 55 new schools; expected to cost $2 billion

The Alberta government says it will build 55 new schools across the province and modernize 20 more. READ

Alberta auditor finds improvement in long-term care, says more can be done

Alberta’s auditor general says the province is doing a better job of caring for people in long-term care, but has a lot of work to do to make sure it stays that way. READ

Flag worker hit by semi on Alberta’s Highway 63; serious injuries

A worker doing traffic control on a northern Alberta highway has serious injuries after being struck by a semi. READ

Parents want more security after six-year-old boy beaten on school bus

A couple of Edmonton parents are calling for additional security on school buses after their six-year-old son was beaten up by another student. READ

Residents of small Alberta town reject alcohol sales in plebiscite

A ban on alcohol sales that has been in place since Alberta first became a province will remain in effect after residents voted overwhelmingly against the proposal in a plebiscite in the town of Cardston on Monday. READ

Prentice says he’ll revisit contentious Alberta aboriginal policies

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he’ll revisit some policies that have led to a welter of lawsuits and bad will between his government and First Nations over energy development. READ

Fire destroys hanger at airport in central Alberta community of Wetaskiwin

A fire has destroyed a large hanger at an airport in central Alberta. READ

Alberta needs stronger changes to rein in severance payouts: Wildrose

Alberta’s opposition party says a plan by Premier Jim Prentice to cap severance payouts doesn’t go far enough. READ

Mountie shoots, wounds man at Alberta RCMP detachment, pointed possible gun

A Mountie has shot and wounded a man at an RCMP detachment in southern Alberta. READ

Residents of small Alberta town to vote in plebiscite to allow alcohol sales

A ban on alcohol sales that has been in place since Alberta became a province will be voted on in a plebiscite in the town of Cardston today. READ

RCMP determine Edmonton-area transit bus OK before frightening crash

Mechanical failure, road conditions and the weather are being ruled out as factors in the crash of a transit bus near Edmonton this week. READ

Toronto doctors testing three children with muscle weakness for enterovirus D68

Three children suffering from muscle weakness are being tested in Toronto to determine whether they’ve been infected with enterovirus D68. READ

Alberta police arrest four, seize $9.3M in drugs during record steroid bust

Four people have been arrested in what the police say is a record seizure of illegal steroids in Canada. READ

RCMP investigating death of girl, 4, injured while playing with other kids

Mounties are investigating the death of a four-year-old girl in an aboriginal community in central Alberta. READ

Prentice says twinning of Alberta’s “Death Highway” on track for 2016

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says twinning of Alberta’s “Death Highway” to Fort McMurray will be done as promised by the fall of 2016. READ

Grisly discovery for firefighters in charred debris of northern Alberta house

Human remains have been found in a home north of Edmonton that was destroyed by fire. READ

Alberta sets target for big increase in number of people getting flu shots

Alberta is gearing up for the flu season with an ambitious plan to almost double the number of people who get flu shots. READ

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