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Father of convicted Mountie killer pleads not guilty

The father of a man convicted of killing two Saskatchewan RCMP officers plead not guilty to charges of mischief, unsafe storage of ammunition and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Arthur Dagenais’ lawyer, Kevin Hill, entered the not guilty pleas in a Prince Albert Provincial courtroom on Thursday. Dagenais was present.

Hill requested two separate trials for Dagenais, stating the two different informations were unrelated. Justice Violet Meekma accepted the request.

Remains of two people found after Yellow Creek fire

Wakaw RCMP officers have found the remains of two people the debris of a home in Yellow Creek destroyed by a fire.

Standardized testing won't bring anything new to SK teachers

The Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) isn't confident that new standardized tests in Saskatchewan will guide teachers in the way the Ministry of Education suggests it will.

Earlier in the week, the ministry unveiled the plan to implement provincial standardized assessments each year for students between grades 3 and 12 by 2016.  While the ministry said the new approach would help teachers determine their students strengths and weaknesses, the STF maintains that's already being done.

Saskatoon and Regina among top cities for affairs

AshleyMadison.com is a dating service with a caveat - it's for people who are already married or in relationships.

"It's a behaviour pattern that we're trying to cannibalize out of the work place, off of Facebook, off of singles dating sites and into a community of their own," said founder and CEO Noel Biderman.

Saskatchewan is no stranger to the service.  Both Saskatoon and Regina have made the top 10 list of most adulterous cities in the country.

Sask. senator facing audit over travel expenses

A Saskatchewan senator is under the microscope after questions about her sky-high travel expenses.

Pamela Wallin is facing a senate audit looking at $321,000 over the last three years in what are classified as other travel expenses.

Wallin said the rules aren't clear, adding if she had a speaking engagement in Halifax or Toronto and then flies to her home province of Saskatchewan; it's classified as 'other.'

Manitoba man charged with child porn at border crossing

On Jan. 14 a man was trying to get back into Canada from the U.S., but got charged with possession of child pornography instead.

Jason Marc Michel Moreau, 28, from Stanley, Manitoba stopped for a search at the North Portal Border Crossing near Estevan.

During the search of his personal effects by officers of the Canada Border Services Agency they allegedly found suspected child pornography on his laptop.

He was arrested and turned over to RCMP. Moreau is being charged with possession of child pornography and voyeurism.

Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.

Sask Water Security Agency predicting high spring-runoff

The province’s Water Security Agency issued its February forecast and the first outlook at spring runoff on Tuesday.

“To date there has been above normal winter precipitation and well above average water equivalent in the snowpack for this time of year,” said the Agency’s Patrick Boyle when it comes to most areas of the province, especially the southern half.

Police catch Sask. woman driving pantless after crash

A woman from British Colombia who now lives in Saskatchewan was recently found in an awkward situation in Manitoba after driving into a beer store attached to a Brandon hotel last week. 

Crown Prosecutor Grant Hughes said a hotel employee called police to report a possibly impaired driver. Police arrived just as 43-year-old Josephine Baydak was attempting to drive away, and discovered both her and a male passenger weren't wearing any pants. 

Sask. economy minister reacts to potash royalty criticism

Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd responded to criticism of the province's potash royalty regime.

Speaking on News Talk Radio's John Gormley Live, the minister lashed out at Jack Mintz, the director of the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.

Mintz referred to the provincial royalty structrure as a "tangled thicket of royalties, taxes and credits" and went on to describe it as the worst such system in the country in a recent report he delivered in Saskatoon. The report called on the province to simplify the royalty regime.

Jack-knifed semi ties up traffic on Highway 11 Tuesday

Dozens of trucks were left sitting on Highway 11 Tuesday morning after a semi jack-knifed between Aylesbury and Craik.

Both north bound lanes are currently blocked and local RCMP are recommending against travel in that area, saying road conditions are very poor.

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