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Man charged with drunk driving in Yorkton crash

A 31-year-old man is charged with drunk driving after a serious crash that sent a woman and young girl to hospital in Yorkton.

Yorkton municipal RCMP report that the man lost control of his vehicle driving Thursday night, hitting a light standard before crashing into a blue minivan. The suspect in the SUV then ran from the scene before police arrived.

A 44-year-old woman and a little girl were in the minivan. They were sent to the hospital and are both recovering.

Swift Current RCMP report attempted abduction of 8-year-old girl

RCMP officers in Swift Current are on the hunt for two men who allegedly tried to abduct a little girl Thursday night.

Staff Sgt. Gary Hodges says they got a call from a distraught parent at about 7:15 p.m.

“We increased our patrols. We obviously immediately responded to the area last night when the call came in,” said Hodges.

Report on shale gas says more research, transparency needed

Drilling for shale gas is booming in the energy and resource sector of western Canada, but a panel of experts is warning that we don’t know enough about the potential risks.

Premier supports bringing in temporary foreign workers

Premier Brad Wall is throwing his support behind the temporary foreign workers (TFW) program.

At the 2014 Saskatoon Premier's Dinner on Thursday night, Wall said it's important to recognize the value immigrants are bringing to our province.

"In the last two years in Saskatchewan, 50 per cent plus of temporary foreign workers became permanent residents through the Saskatchewan immigrant nominee program. That's the rest of the story that we need to make sure people understand," he said.

Huge grass fire a close call in Swift Current

A grassfire north of Swift Current spread quickly Thursday evening, threatening a number of buildings in that city's north end.

RCMP in the south-west Saskatchewan city confirm that the flames endangered a home, along with the the Swift Current Mall and the hospital.

"Oh my goodness, (the fire) is huge," said Arlyssa Purcell calling News Talk Radio from her parent's home on the outskirts of the city.

"It's going right from the top of the hill all the way down to town."

NDP claims government's Lean spending exceeds $100 million

The amount the government says it has spent on the Lean process isn’t adding up, according to the opposition NDP.

Province wide, the government says it has spent $26 million on the John Black contract in health care so far, and another $5.3 million in for executive government, and third party spending in advanced education. That’s nowhere near the number the NDP is calculating.

CFL hoping to improve officials' consistency

The CFL's relatively new Vice President officiating is on a cross country tour.

Former league referee Glen Johnson has been visiting teams and their media across the league getting ready for the 2014 season. On Thursday Johnson's tour stopped in Regina to visit with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The sessions are an opportunity for Johnson to meet with the coaching staff and other members of the team to go over things like the new rules (that still have to be approved by the board of governors), standards and what will be points of emphasis this season.

Health SK urges immunization as more measles cases emerge

As more cases of the measles emerge in Saskatchewan, health officials are once again urging parents to make sure their children have all the vaccinations they need.

Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan votes to strike

The province's health care professionals have voted 85 per cent in favour of a strike after negotiations involving a provincial mediator failed to get them a new contract.

The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan represents 30 different groups of healthcare workers including paramedics, hospital pharmacists and occupational therapists.

President Karen Wasylenko says staffing levels are the biggest concern for her members.

"We see wait lists that are increasing, we see emergency care services that are becoming unsafe because of staffing," she said. 

Weyburn man worried about wife in eastern Ukraine

As pro-Russian gunman take over cities in eastern Ukraine, a  Weyburn man is hoping he can bring his Ukrainian wife to Canada sooner rather than later.

Every day, Al Brewer calls his new wife Elena in the eastern city of Melitopol Ukraine.  He hasn't seen her since March when he returned home to Canada after their wedding in the Ukraine.  He thought she would be safe far away from the danger.

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