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Update: Wiebe not running in 2015 federal election

Long-time NDP candidate Nettie Wiebe will not run for her party's Saskatoon West nomination in 2015.

"I have no intention of leaving the political arena, I just decided that it's time. I've been in the batter's box a lot, it's time to take a different place on the bench," Wiebe said.

She said this was a personal decision partially motivated by family reasons.

"We have our first grandson as of January and that has changed my perspective a bit and given me another range of focus," Wiebe said.

RUH Skywalk demolished

It's the last time the 36-year-old Cameco Skywalk will see daylight. The demolition of the walkway on Tuesday marked one of the final phases before construction on the new Children's Hospital begins in September.
"It's a very important stage and it signals the project turning from site preparation to active construction," Project Director for Children's Hospital Sask. Craig Ayers said .
The site preparation work for the new hospital began more than two years ago. Ayers said he's anxious and excited to begin the construction phase of the new hospital.

New midwife taking soon-to-be moms in Saskatoon

A new midwife in Saskatoon has begun to take patients and help add options for the city's soon-to-be mothers.

New funding from the Ministry of Health created a position for another full-time midwife in the Saskatoon Health Region(SHR).

"We had some deferred funding that we had from the ministry for other midwifery items that wasn't fully used so we were allowed to use that funding," explained SHR Director for Maternal Services Leanne Smith. "Once those deferred funds are used up we get new money in our base budget."

Algae triggers Birch Hills water advisory

The Town of Birch Hills issued a precautionary drinking water advisory on Tuesday and is now asking residents to boil their tap water before consuming it.

High algae bloom is discolouring the water. This is the second time in a month the town has dealt with discoloured water.

Horn placement contributed to deadly train crash in 2013

The Transportation Safety Board says the placement of the horn on a locomotive contributed to a deadly collision between a Canadian National freight train and a road grader in Saskatchewan.

The board says the engine horn sounded several times before the January 2013 crash near Paynton, northwest of North Battleford.

Neighbourhood Watch program forms in Warman

Marshall Seed isn’t a police officer or a politician, but the father from Warman has founded a group he hopes will help deter crime in the growing bedroom community north of Saskatoon.

Premier puts PA second bridge back on radar

A new shift in talks about a second bridge in Prince Albert may bring the city one step closer to making this dream a reality.

Premier Brad Wall was in Prince Albert Monday morning at Prince Albert Northcote MLA Victoria Jurgen's constituency office with an announcement that could be a game-changer in the bridge debate. 

Meteor showers to light up the sky tonight

Local amateur astronomers are reminding people to keep their eyes to the skies tonight.
It's the first night of the Perseid meteor showers, which happen annually. Ron Waldron with Living Sky Stargazing said the event is a result of the Earth passing through a comet's tail.
"As a result we get debris falling towards the Earth and that debris shows up as, what most people call shooting stars, but we know them to be meteors."
You don't need fancy equipment to enjoy the show, the naked eye actually works best he said.

Family farm allowed to employ kids in chicken farm

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour has reached a compromise in the case of the Covlin family farm in Endeavour, Sask., who were employing kids in their poultry processing plant.

"What we decided to do was just treat this as a simple extension of a family farming operation," Saskatchewan Labour Minister Don Morgan told News Talk's John Gormley Live Monday, "We've told the occupational health workers, 'no more investigations, this is a family farm, leave it alone.'"

Family of 3 sent to hospital following crash

A family of three has been transported to hospital following a T-bone collision on a grid road two hours east of Saskatoon.

On Sunday, Aug. 10, at about 8:30 pm, an 18-year-old man in a truck drove through an yield sign at an intersection on a grid road near Englefeld, Sask. and T-boned another vehicle.

The people in the second vehicle, a family including a man, wife and child were transported to hospital with undetermined injuries. The father was transported by STARS while the mother and child by ambulance.

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