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Hundreds descend on Regina for NDP convention

A sense of excitement was in the air as delegates slowly trickled into the Queenbury Convention Centre in Regina on Friday afternoon.
Four hundred delegates are expected at the Saskatchewan NDP convention this weekend.
Provincial NDP leader Cam Broten says there's a great feeling among everyone in attendance, especially after seeing Alberta elect their first-ever NDP government earlier this month.

UPDATED: Wildfire east of Prince Albert threatens RM of Torch River

On a weekend with fire risks the province has termed “extreme,” particularly in northern Saskatchewan, a forest fire is raging near the communities of Love and White Fox.
Around 8 p.m. Saturday night officials officially declared a state of emergency for the RM of Torch River.
The wildfire had already forced some rural residents to evacuate on Friday afternoon while others remain on high watch, ready to leave at a moment's notice.

3 injured in Whitewood house fire

An 18-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after a house fire in Whitewood on Thursday.

Driver admits guilt in drunken crash near Punnichy killing 3

Stephanie McNab has pleaded guilty to two impaired driving charges laid after the truck she was driving crashed into a grader near Punnichy a year ago.

The 37-year-old was facing 17 charges. McNab pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

In May 2014, a northbound Toyota Tundra truck travelling on the 640 grid about five kilometres south of Punnichy rear ended a grader headed in the same direction.

VIDEO: Fire ban issued in northern Sask. due to dry conditions

An extreme number of fires in northern Saskatchewan has the province on alert, putting a fire ban in place for the next few days.

As of Friday, there were 21 active wildfires across Saskatchewan. The entire province is under a high to extreme risk of fire.

"Because of these condition, as of midnight (Friday), I invoked a fire ban under all of the provincial crown land (in northern Saskatchewan). What it will mean is there will be no open camp fires, no open burning," said Steve Roberts, executive director of wildfire management for the Ministry of Environment.

64% of crops seeded in Sask.

Farmers across Saskatchewan already have about two-thirds of their crop in the ground, according to the province's latest crop report.

New Sask. deputy premier, finance minister named in shuffle

Saskatchewan's Premier Brad Wall made a couple of changes to his cabinet on Thursday, giving promotions to Don McMorris and Kevin Doherty.

Riders ink long snapper Jorgen Hus

The Roughriders have brought long snapper Jorgen Hus back home to Saskatchewan.

The Saskatoon product signed with the Riders on Thursday after being acquired from the Eskimos over a week ago. The deal saw the Riders send Canadian receiver Cory Watson and a second round draft pick in 2016 to Edmonton for Hus and a third round draft pick in 2016.

Hus was originally drafted by the Eskimos in the fourth round of the 2013 CFL Draft.

Study estimates 12,000 job losses in Sask. oil patch in 2015

Shrinking budgets in the oil and gas industry could lead to as many as 12,000 direct and indirect job losses in Saskatchewan this year, according to a new study by an industry group.

The report, released Tuesday by the labour market division of Enform, says Canada's oil and gas industry could stand to lose an estimated 185,000 jobs. The potential losses would represent a 25 per cent drop in the number of jobs the sector supports and are the result of major budget cuts in the oilpatch and low oil prices.

VIDEO: David Letterman's final Late Show

David Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday.

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