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Final day to vote for Saskatoon's Sheepdogs

Saskatoon band The Sheepdogs are getting closer to securing a spot in the final round of Rolling Stone Magazine's Choose the Cover contest.

So far they've made it to round three of four.

The bass player, Ryan Gullen, says they've even gained a famous fan - Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Federal government could address high gas prices

There's usually a painful grimace when we spot gas signs reading $1.36 a litre in Saskatchewan.

Now, the federal government claims they'll be investigating those high prices through a parliamentary committee. Industry Minister Tony Clement says he'll be grilling distributors and retailers on their pricing methods.

But the Ruth Robinson, from the Consumer Association of Saskastchewan, says this isn't the first time the government has looked into pricing - and found nothing wrong.

Crop report says seeding off to slow start

It could be a very busy weekend for local farmers..

According to the latest crop report, only one per cent of spring seeding is complete in the northeast and east central parts of the province. Provincially five per cent of the 2011 crop is seeded.

"Some areas reported rain anywhere up to 20 (millimeters), so the topsoil moisture is still pretty wet, they're indicating about 61 per cent is still in a surplus condition, so it's very challenging for the producers," explained Saskatchewan Agriculture's Grant Maclean.

Update on found remains

The investigation continues this hour east of the city.

RCMP say some sort of remains were found Tuesday night.

An anthropologist was called out, Wednesday, to help determine if the remains are in fact, human.

Police tell us they are combing through the area for clues.

This story continues to develop...

Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.

SPCA seizes huskies from abandoned farm

About two dozen abandoned huskies, found on a farm in Bulyea, have been seized by Saskatoon's SPCA.

The SPCA, RCMP, and a vet deemed the animals to be in distress after checking on them on Wednesday.

Kayley Pugh with the SPCA says mounties showed up with a vet to check on the dogs. She says the SPCA had been getting complaints from neighbours

"As of yesterday, we received adequate evidence that the dogs were in distress and obtained a search warrant, had the dogs assessed by a vetrinarean and seizure of the dogs was recommended."

SARM warns of high cost to flood damage

Over one hundred rural municipalities are still under a state of emergency due to spring flooding.

David Marit is president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. He knew damage was bad, but had no idea it would be so costly.
"We've had reports from some municipalities where the damage is going to be...two million dollars," Marit said.

Gas prices start to rise in Saskatchewan

It appears as though the rise in gas prices has made its way to Saskatchewan.

News Talk Radio has been tipped off that prices in Regina have gone from 1.31 to 1.36. Saskatoon prices are showing a jump from 1.32 to 1.37.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.

 

RM of Estevan in state of emergency

It is a very nervous time for residents in about 25 homes in the Rural Municipality of Estevan who are on stand-by for evacuation.

The southeast RM declared a state of emergency as of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning and advised affected residents to be ready to evacuate as the water rises.

Kelly LaFrentz is the local reeve and says residents are furiously sandbagging as the waters rise.

Charges laid in Regina teen's death

Two men appeared in Regina court this morning to face charges relating to a Regina teen's death.

Bobby James Clive Lavallee, 21, and Carlton Jonathon Rope, 25, both face charges of second degree murder of a 16-year-old male. The body was discovered on Saturday in Regina's north central neighbourhood.

The victim's grandmother, Linda Oakes, says she's always known her grandson to be well behaved. He loved basketball and loved his baby sister dearly, even getting her name tattooed on his wrists.

Patient safety raised in negotiations by health union

Wages is a big part of this dispute, but Cathy Dickson with the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan says patient safety is also being compromised.

"There are huge waitlists for, especially in the pediatric (assessment) area, where little children are needing to have that assessment done so their development isn't further delayed," said Dickson.

The union will have a news conference at 11 this morning - News Talk Radio will have a reporter at the conference.

This story continues to develop...

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