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UPDATED: SGI to offer motorcyclists 3rd injury coverage option

Saskatchewan’s motorcyclists will have more choice for injury coverage next year.

Currently, they can choose no fault coverage or tort coverage from SGI. The new option is a reduced package of no fault injury benefits, which will cost less. This option will offer the same level of benefits as the tort coverage, but will not allow for lawsuits.

The change is based on feedback from motorcyclists during a review in 2013 as well as SGI’s own assessment of its automobile injury program last year.

Change at Sask. long-term care facilities taking time

The government of Saskatchewan is giving the public a look at what's working and what's not working at long-term care facilities in the province.

2 new vehicle problems prompt Ford recalls

Two different issues are prompting recalls of certain Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles in Canada and the U.S.

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Warman residents asked to ration their outdoor water use

Like Regina and Moose Jaw, city of Warman residents are now being asked to limit their outdoor water use until further notice.

A new policy put in place Monday suggests odd-numbered homes only use thier outdoor taps on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, while even numbers get Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.

The city says nobody will be ticketed for violating this policy, but the bylaw officer will be visiting households to provide friendly reminders.

Thousands of chickens hit the ditch near Wadena

Why did these chickens leave the road? RCMP are investigating after their trip to Saskatoon ended in a ditch.

The 27-year-old man was hauling some 6,500 birds from Canora on Highway 5 early Tuesday morning.

At one point between Wadena and Kylemore, the vehicle went onto the shoulder of the highway.  When the driver tried to pull the truck back on the road, the load shifted and spilled several crates of live chickens into the ditch.

2 charged in shooting on Sask. First Nation

A woman was shot Sunday on the Yellow Quill First Nation.

Two people appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court Tuesday morning facing charges stemming from the incident.

Simon Bako is facing a charge of attempted murder, along with eleven other counts, most of them related to a semi-automatic handgan he allegedly used to commit the offence.

Also charged is Natasha Ahpay, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact to attempted murder.

Both will have bail hearings later this week.

Schultz, McCray joining Riders Plaza of Honor

Scott Schultz and Tim McCray will soon have their names etched into Saskatchewan Roughriders' history.

The former defensive lineman and running back were announced as the 2015 Plaza of Honor inductees on Tuesday morning. 

"I was a little shocked to say the least. The Plaza has so many great players," said Schultz.

"It's not anything you ever set a goal. You want to play your best."

UPDATE: Prairie Spirit School Division cutting band program

The Prairie Spirit School Division (PSSD) says it's cutting band programs due to a major financial shortfall.

Shortly after the release of the 2015-2016 provincial budget, PSSD went public saying the education budget was $7 million short, adding they were expecting to face some tough decisions when deciding where to allocate funds.

Surgery within 3 months in most Sask. health regions

The government of Saskatchewan is boasting continued improvements in surgical wait times in the province thanks to the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.

On Tuesday, the government said that since the initiative began, the number of people waiting more than three months for surgery is down 89 per cent from March 2010. Of the 10 health regions that perform surgery in the province, the government says seven don't have any patients waiting longer than three months.

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