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More people benefitting from Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability program

Thanks to an increase from the province, more people are getting more benefits from Saskatchewan's Assured Income for Disability program.
More than 10,000 people are enrolled under the program. That's about 7,300 more than when the program started in 2009.

SK families worry about level of support at care homes

A Regina woman isn't alone in raising concerns about what she insists is a chronic lack of staff at her mother's care home.

News Talk Radio brought you the story of Carrie Klassen two weeks ago. She took to the provincial Legislature to express her frustration and outrage with the living conditions at the Regina nursing home where her mother is housed.

This is the first part of a four-part series on concerns about the level of care provided in Saskatchewan's long-term care homes.

SIAST lays off 16 employees

SIAST has performed a round of layoffs leaving 16 people without a job.

"Nine of those are from the academic division and seven from the professional services and support areas," said president and CEO of SIAST, Larry Rosia.

The layoffs affect both full and part time employees from across the province.

"The layoffs weren't targeted at any particular area, all of our campuses received some layoffs," he said.

SaskTel reports strong year in 2012

SaskTel is reporting a very good year of business, thanks to many people in Saskatchewan hanging up their home phones and switching to solely using their cell phones.

The crown reports at $129 million net income in 2012, with operating revenues of $1.2 billion, up five per cent from the year before.  Max Entertainment Services revenues were above budget thanks to unexpected customer growth.

Because of the high numbers, SaskTel is handing over a dividend of $84 million to the government.

2012 Highlights:

Sask. Environmental Society marks Earth Day with letter

In a gesture to mark Earth day, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society is sending Premier Brad Wall and provincial Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff a letter, making their case for broad reforms to reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions.

In an event at the society's offices in Saskatoon, Peter Prebble, the group's director of environmental policy, said Saskatchewan has one of the worst per-capita rates of carbon emissions in the world.

No more waiting: More services for SK residents with intellectual disabilities

There’s new hope for those in Saskatchewan living with an intellectual disability. The government announced Monday that a waitlist of 440 people struggling to find a place to live, or trying to find programs to fulfill their needs, is now gone.

“I am very pleased to announce that services are now in place, or in development, for every one of the people on the list,” said Premier Brad Wall.

An additional 215 people beyond that original list have also been served.

Sask. man says Boston returning to normal

Saskatoon's Gary Nickel has been in Boston since Apr. 18.

A lifelong Bruins fan, he came to watch his team take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL game was scheduled for Apr. 19 but was postponed to Apr. 20 following a lockdown of the entire city as police hunted for the second man suspected of planting two bombs at the Boston marathon

Nickel said the lockdown was a scary experience.

"Every place was guarded.  Our (hotel) had a couple police and a big guard dog, and you weren't going anywhere," he said. 

He said locals seemed shaken during the ordeal.

New hangar for Sask. Air Ambulance

The province announced a new aircraft hangar facility for the Saskatchewan Air Ambulance program in Saskatoon on Friday.

"The old hangar was pretty cramped and it was not the best space from an operational point of view," said Central Services Minister Nancy Heppner.

The new hangar has twice the square footage which will provide office space and room for maintenance of the three Lifeguard planes.

Roughriders add two receivers, release five others

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made their first moves after their Florida mini-camp.

The team announced Friday they've signed import receivers Rod Harper and Eron Riley.

Harper joins the Roughriders after spending time in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. In his time in the NFL, Harper returned two kicks for touchdowns in the pre-season.

Cancer research going to the dogs at the U of S

From the petri dish to the dog bowl, cancer research at the University of Saskatchewan is now using dogs.

"Dogs are really the best model. They develop spontaneous tumors that are just like human tumors. They're treated in the same way, same chemotherapy," said Troy Harkness, a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the U of S College of Medicine.

He and other researchers from the U of S College of Medicine and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine are studying the effect of the drug, metformin, on drug-resistant lymphoma.

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