Alberta briefs – October 8

Funding for expanded broadband Internet connections will allow Albertans better access to library resources around the province, no matter where they live, Municipal Affairs Minister Ray Danyluk said Wednesday.

Program to allow libraries to link

EDMONTON — Funding for expanded broadband Internet connections will allow Albertans better access to library resources around the province, no matter where they live, Municipal Affairs Minister Ray Danyluk said Wednesday.

“It will open up new and exciting opportunities, especially in rural communities, allowing more Albertans to access services such as distance education, telehealth and online business opportunities,” he said.

The province announced it will spend an extra $500,000 on the program.

It will improve Internet links between Alberta libraries, allow them to collaborate easier and sharing programs, resources and databases.

Library users will have better access to online materials from car repair manuals to newspapers from around the world.

The service will also improve video-conferencing facilities, especially in rural libraries.

Jury hears confession

EDMONTON — A jury heard a young man confess to strangling his mother with rope in a videotaped statement played in an Edmonton court.

Twenty-year-old Keshroy Bristol’s confession was played Wednesday at his first-degree murder trial.

He is accused of killing 49-year-old Beverly Parker last year.

Bristol denies having anything to do with his mother’s death at the start of the videotaped interview with a police detective.

Four hours after the interview began, Bristol told another detective that he hit her, strangled her with a rope, and then told police he hid the rope in a couch, along with rubber gloves in a VCR and dark clothing in the basement.

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