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Sask. nurses' union president calls for Ebola plan

The president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) is calling for more preperations against potential cases of Ebola.

Tracy Zambory said a recent conference call with over 11,000 registered nurses (RNs) brought the issue into focus.

"It doesn't matter even if there's the remotest of chance.  We need to be prepared for such things because we are now a global community," she said.

The call included nurses from the U.S. and a live feed from a team of nurses working in Liberia, one of the nations where the outbreak is most severe.

Saskatchewan team of three ready for spotlight

It is unlikely they are going to become the next big thing in Hollywood but there is a lot to be excited about for one team of three from Saskatchewan.

A show featuring Greg Johnson, Chris Chittick, and Ricky Forbes debuts next week, providing the viewer with an inside look at what Tornado Hunters face on a daily basis.

"It's not a half hour of just adrenaline, adrenaline, adrenaline," said Johnson. "What they're (the audience) going to get is a little bit of humour."

Johnson admitted he was surprised at just how much footage was needed for the show.

Specialized crews work on new plan to cap Prud'homme gas fire

The flame is approximately 100 feet high near Prud'homme as crews decide which of two options will be safest to replace the new well head.

The first option is extinguishing the flame and dealing with the gas that is coming up under pressure before putting on a new well head. The problem is that once the flame is gone, crews can't see or smell where the gas is.

SAFE: Amber Alert cancelled after twin girls, mother found

Saskatchewan RCMP have cancelled an Amber Alert for twin 10-year-old girls believed to have been taken by their mother.

The girls and their mother were all found safe in Carlyle at about 3:45 p.m. by police just hours after the original Amber Alert was issued around 2:30 p.m.

“Shortly after we issued the Amber Alert, Turtleford RCMP received information that the mother was in the Carlyle area,” said Sergeant Rob Cozine.

Carlyle is about 740 km southeast of Paradise Hill, where the girls were last seen.

Sask. ministerial travel expenses now online

Saskatchewan taxpayers curious about ministerial travel expenses can now go online and see who is spending what on travel.

“I hope we’re getting value for the money,” said Premier Brad Wall. “That’s a constant review that we do to make sure that missions we go on, that trips we go on, are cost effective.”

“We’re glad to see this step forward in terms of what it means for accountability,” said MLA Warren McCall, NDP Opposition House Leader.

Sask. doctor: no need to panic about Ebola

There's no need to panic about Ebola, according to a Saskatchewan doctor.

Joseph Blondeau, head of laboratory and pathology medicine for the Saskatoon Health Region, said that while Ebola is a serious and often deadly virus, the risk of contracting it in North America is extremely low.

"Because I think in North America, we're working hard to make sure that we have the right safe guards in place."

Blondeau explained that it's extremely difficult to become infected.

VIDEO: SaskPower drone will help fix outages faster

SaskPower is turning to aerial drones to find and fix problems faster.

The crown will now utilize the $25,000 robot to help identify the cause of outages and maintenance needs.

"If it's an emergency, we can bring this thing out, check it, and get it done quicker," explained Chad Schneider with SaskPower. He's part of a three-man team that can control the drone.

SGI: Photo radar costs worth it

While the NDP thinks Saskatchewan is paying too much for photo radar, the province is defending the pilot program.

On Tuesday, the NDP said paying Xerox Business Services Canada $4.5 million over two years to process the tickets was just too costly. However, SGI's vice president of Auto Fund argues it's the most-effective option.

UPDATE: Names released after fiery crash on Highway 10

The names of the women who died in a fiery crash last Friday have now been released.

The women were driving a white Chevrolet Cobolt that collided with a Nissan Rogue about seven kilometres south of Otthon on Highway 10. Both vehicles caught fire and ended up in the ditch.

Elfriede Piller, 72, and Diane Waldbauer, 61, both from Neudorf, died at the scene. A 25-year-old man from Melville remains in hospital. His condition is unknown.

Photo radar pilot program in Sask pricey: Opposition

Saskatchewan’s Opposition thinks the SaskParty government is paying way too much for its photo radar pilot program.

The total cost of the program over two years is $4.5 million. While part of that money will used for advertising, signage and the actual cost and installation of the eight cameras themselves, the majority of that total will go to the company in charge of processing the tickets, Xerox Business Services Canada. It’ll get about $3.8 million to do that.

“Right now that’s a lot of money,” said NDP Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon.

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