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Hundreds flock to U of S graduation powwow

Drums, dancing and smiling faces were all to be seen at the University of Saskatchewan on Wednesday as students and their families gathered to celebrate the 2014 Graduation Powwow for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students graduating high school or university in the province.
President of the University of Saskatchewan, Gordon Barnhart, says more than 2,000 First Nations and Métis students attend the University, with 350 ready for convocation next week.

E-cigarette device mistaken for cellphone, Saskatoon man says

A Saskatoon man has learned you have to be careful what you hold behind the wheel.
According to Shaun Fiolleau an unfortunate series of events led to an undeserved ticket for using an electronic communication device while driving. 

Hearing wraps up on Hales' police confession

Justice Gerald Albright will rule Thursday on whether a videotaped confession by Dougas Hales to the murder of Daleen Bosse will be allowed into evidence.

Court spent Wednesday on a voir dire (a trial within a trial) on the admissibility of the statement Hales made to police after his arrest on Aug. 10, 2008.

Homeowners heard as repairs begin on Borden Crescent

After months of playing phone tag with the builder, homeowners on Borden Crescent have been heard.

After a special meeting between the Borden Crescent Condo board and Buffalo Ridge Developments, the builder has taken action to set up an online forum where residents can file warranty claims for their homes.

SWF wants even tougher penalties

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) says harsher penalties for illegal hunting and fishing don't go far enough.

While they're pleased to see progress, Executive Director Darrell Crabbe argues the new fines announced Monday still fall short.

Crabbe said Saskatchewan has been one of the worst provinces in the country for punishing those who are taking advantage of fish and other game animals.

Premier considers possibility of more private liquor stores

Could Saskatchewan get more privately run liquor stores?

Premier Brad Wall hinted at that possibility on Tuesday, saying that he’s going to speak with his fellow MLAs and the public to see which direction should be taken before the 2016 provincial election to find out if his party’s platform needs to be redeveloped.

The manager at one privately run liquor stores says it could be just about time for that change in Saskatchewan.

 “I think there’s a real want for selection,” said Shane Booth, manager of Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Regina.

MEND program promotes health for the whole family

Parents who are worried about their kids being more into video games than sports and physical activity now have some help getting them moving in Regina.

The 'Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!' (MEND) program that was piloted in Prince Albert and Saskatoon is being brought to Regina. It teaches families how to be healthy.

"It's not a fat kid program and a lot of kids that come to this program think that it is," said Karlie Jackson, director of MEND in the south.
"It's not a come, register your kid, I'll see you in an hour and a half. It's not." Jackson said.

City pushing for more parking patios

As the weather heats up, the City of Saskatoon hopes more businesses downtown will take advantage and set up parking patios.

“I hope we do see some because it’s just the kind of thing to give that sense of activity and life in the downtown that we need,” Councillor Charlie Clark said.

In 2013 a couple of downtown businesses set up parking patios on the streets fronting their locations. The city’s administration drafted a policy then, and on Tuesday they hammered down the finer points of the policy including space, sidewalks and where these patios are permitted.

Ticks crawling back into Saskatchewan

With the joys of spring come creepy-crawly ticks.

The critters are back in Saskatchewan and their numbers continue to grow. Dr. Henry Kucharski of the All West Veterinary Clinic in Saskatoon explained the two different kinds on John Gormley Live Tuesday morning.

"One can be very small like the blacklegged tick - the one that carries Lyme disease. And one's a little bit bigger, which we see commonly around here, the American dog tick."

Witness rejected at Hales murder trial

The Douglas Hales murder trial spent Tuesday occupied with a hearing on whether a confession Hales made to police after his arrest will be admitted into evidence.

The hearing, called a voir dire, is a standard practice in trials whenever there's a confession made by the accused to police. The Crown is required to prove that the confession was voluntary -- that is to say, that the confession wasn't extracted through threats or promises, or by subjecting someone to unduly harsh conditions.

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