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SK emergency manager talks disaster planning after AB derailment

The train derailment and subsequent fire in Gainsford Alberta has some people wondering how a disaster like that would play out in Saskatchewan.

Duane McKay is the commissioner of emergency management for the province. With the memory of the Lac Megantic rail disaster still fresh in the minds of Canadians he says the most you can ever do is plan ahead for any kind of emergency.

“I don’t know if anyone can be prepared for a disaster like we saw in Quebec that is like a black swan event,” he said.

Highway crews ready for winter in October

Saskatchewan’s highway crews are ready to make your drive as smooth as possible should any substantial amount of snow or ice fall.

Even though it’s October and it might be a little early for a large dump of snow, Joel Cherry with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure says crews can switch between summer and winter maintenance pretty quickly.

“It only takes about less than a half hour to mount a plow on a truck,” he said.

SGI to hike rates by 4 per cent to pay for raise to auto body shops

SGI is giving a raise to Saskatchewan's auto body shops but that means customers could soon be seeing a four per cent increase in their insurance premiums.

"What we think is very important is to ensure that we have a viable repair industry that allows our insurants to get their vehicles repaired in a timely fashion," said Paul McIntyre, the assistant vice president of urban claims and salvage for SGI.

Two Regina women admit abuse of two girls, aged 10 and 11

The courtroom confessions of two Regina women have shed some light on a horrific case of child abuse.

In provincial court Monday, the pair admitted to beating two little girls with a hammer, a frying pan, an extension cord, and a high-heeled shoe. They also admitted to sexual assault, and to making child pornography.

This all happened between January 1 and 18 on the 1600 block of 12th Avenue. The group all lived in the same house.

PHOTOS: Stray dog rescued by Regina police, adopted

The young canine who was found, rescued, and cared for by Regina police officers now has a home with one of them.

On Thanksgiving weekend, Cst. Cory Longhurst found the dog in an alley behind the 1600 block of Toronto St. "Copper", as he was later named, was bleeding; his back leg cut down to the bone.

Copper was rushed to a 24-hour vet clinic on Victoria Ave. Without an owner, nobody could be called upon to pay for treatment. Without payment, Copper would be put down.

Trapped miner in Northern Saskatchewan expected to recover

The RCMP is releasing more details about an accident that happened Saturday morning at the Roy Lloyd Mine site, northeast of La Ronge.

A 58-year-old man was working, when the ground beneath him collapsed. Crews had been doing some blasting at the time.

"He was trapped for about an hour. He was completely submerged up to his neck when his partner found him, and he could only see the top of his hard hat at the time," said Sgt. Craig Cleary.

The man was released soon after taken to hospital in La Ronge.

CO scare prompts reminder from SaskEnergy

With people starting to fire up their furnaces again as winter approaches, Sask Energy is issuing a reminder to get your heating system checked.

"You may not realize until it actually is a very serious situation and every year in Saskatchewan there are serious incidents where people are sent to hospital because of carbon monoxide poisoning," said SaskEnergy spokesperson Dave Burdeniuk.

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can be lethal when people are exposed to high levels.

Saskatoon group moving ahead to honour Joni Mitchell

A group of people interested in honouring Joni Mitchell are taking steps to move forward with their plans.

UPDATE: Gas leak in Esterhazy area fixed

SaskEnergy is now confirming a reported natural gas leak in the area between the K2, and K3 potash mines near Esterhazy was the result of a normal procedure and there is no danger

Police were asking drivers to avoid the area along Highway 22 but as of 7:30 a.m. the air was clear.

SaskEnergy reports that a relief valve at the K3 potash mine detected too much pressure in the system so it started releasing gas into the atmosphere which is exactly what it's supposed to do.

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