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Lights off for Earth Hour on Saturday

It's a push for environment awareness and to save energy, and all you have to do is turn off the lights Saturday night for Earth Hour

The yearly event encourages people to turn off their lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. It was started in 2007 in Australia to bring attention to climate change, and has grown to include over 160 countries. 

VIDEO: Soyuz space capsule launches for year-long mission

Two Russians and an American astronaut have blasted into space to spend a full year away from Earth.

American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko took off from Kazakhstan Friday afternoon and is set to dock with the International Space Station several hours later.

Gennady Padalka of Russia also is aboard the Soyuz space capsule. He is scheduled to be there for a six-month tour of duty.

Taking away strippers may hurt small-town Sask. bars

There's growing concern from some rural Saskatchewan businesses on the negative impacts associated with the Saskatchewan government's decision to backtrack on its strip club law.

Tim Atchison runs Atchy's Saloon in Lintlaw, about 160 kilometres northwest of Yorkton. He lost a bid to have an off-sale attached to his establishment, and claims that the denial will cost him all kinds of profits. That's when he decided to try bringing in exotic dancers.

Estevan police looking for man involved in home invasion

Police are on the hunt for a 28-year-old man wanted in connection to a home invasion in Estevan.

Justin Wesley Garrow is charged with break and enter and assault.

Police say he's Caucasian, about 5'8" with a medium build and blue eyes.

If you see Garrow, police advise you not to approach him. Rather, call the Estevan police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Former Mountie faces new charges of sexual assault in Sask.

More charges have been laid against a former Saskatchewan Mountie who was already facing sexual assault charges in B.C.

Alan John Davidson is facing three counts of sexual assault against minor boys in Saskatchewan.

"Three individuals have come forward and reported being sexually assaulted while living in the Yorkton area or visiting family in the area between the years of 1987 and 1991," explained RCMP Major Crimes Inspector Jennifer Ebert.

Calgary police see no link between stripper bars, organized crime

Police in at least one Canadian city which has legal strip shows says there's been no connection between the stripper bars and human trafficking.

The Saskatchewan government announced on Wednesday it was repealing legislation that allowed dancers to take off their clothes down to thongs and pasties at licensed venues. The legislation had been in effect since Jan. 1, 2014.

Stripping in Sask. will continue, say private businesses

A law allowing strip shows in venues that sell alcohol lasted for just over a year in Saskatchewan, but those in the industry say changes announced by the premier on Wednesday won't stop dancers from stripping at private parties.

Quade Sexton, using a pseudonym, is with Psychotic Erotic. His company provides strippers to parties in Saskatchewan. Sexton says he was in disbelief when he heard the premier's announcement.

Province launches new corporation to look out for Sask. animals

With less than a week before the original contract was to run out, the provincial government has created a new entity to take over animal protection services in Saskatchewan.

No pruning your elm trees in summer, Sask. reminds

The province is reminding people that elm trees cannot be pruned over the summer.
 
The warning aims to stop the spread of the elm bark beetles which cause dutch elm disease. They're most active in the summer and fresh cuts from pruning can attract them and infect the tree with the disease.
 
Elm trees can't be pruned from April 1 to Aug. 31.

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Repealing peelers: Sask. taking back law allowing strippers

Just over one year after Saskatchewan made it legal for dancers to take off their clothes down to thongs and pasties at licensed venues, the province is changing its mind.

The premier told reporters on Wednesday that the province was taking back the part of Saskatchewan's new liquor laws that allowed stripping in places where alcohol is served. While the legislation allowed dancers to strip, it did not allow them to get naked.

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