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VIDEO: Roughriders announce new president and CEO

Craig Reynolds will take over the reins as the president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The club made the announcement Tuesday afternoon that Reynolds will take over the top job from Jim Hopson. He will officially take over the job on Mar. 1, 2015.

"The board was attracted to his keen business acumen, his ability to lead, but most importantly, his understanding of and his own personal passion towards Rider Nation," said Wayne Morsky, the chair of the Riders board in his announcement.

UPDATE: Missing 76-year-old Bengough man's body found

RCMP made a sad discovery in the search for a missing Bengough senior who hadn't been seen since Saturday.

Late Monday, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team determined that something was under the surface of the water near the Willows Dam at Assiniboia. They had been searching the area looking for 76-year-old John Rustad.

Rustad left his Bengough home Saturday morning and told his family he was going ice fishing at the site east of Assiniboia. He hadn't been seen or heard from since.

BEST OF THE WEB: Oilers fire head coach

Dallas Eakins has been fired as coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton has lost 15 of its past 16 games is dead-last in the Western Conference with 19 points through 31 games. The Oilers are 36-63-14 under Eakins in parts of two seasons, including 7-19-5 so far this year.

Hired in the summer of 2012 to help the Oilers "be in the mix every year to win,'' Eakins missed the playoffs in his only full season behind the bench.

Braden Christoffer lifts Pats to last-second win over Blades

The Regina Pats are back in the win column after a wild 5-4 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night. 

It was the Blades had everything going their way early on as they out-shot the Queen Cits Kids 7-1 to open the game. The Blades took the lead early off the stick of Brett Stovin. From there, the Pats found their legs and took the lead with goals from Connor Gay and Rykr Cole. The Pats would out-shoot the Blades the rest of the period 10-2, giving them an 11-9 lead in the shot count after 20 minutes. 

Skinny, sick, injured: Sask. man guilty in animals' distress

It's not the first accusation of animal neglect for Murray Andres, but for this one, a judge has found the MacNutt man guilty.
 
In February 2012 an SPCA agent arrived at Andres' farm, right near the Manitoba border, in response to some complaints. There Kaley Pugh found meat scraps and a coyote carcass spread across the yard. In court she described dogs running loose and some tied up, but with little to no food around and many without any access to water. She also found half a dozen puppies in a barn with only bones and snow to eat.
 

RCMP says Big River woman helped offenders trick the system

The RCMP believes a woman from Big River forged documents to trick the system for offenders who were supposed to do community service.

Sylvia Grace Joseph, 46, faces over 100 charges. They are related to fraud, forgery, and falsifying books and documents.

Joseph worked to administer the fine options program on the Big River First Nation in 2013. Big River RCMP Sgt. Lyle Korczak says the woman was suspended from her job when the RCMP started its investigation.

Tearrius George inks deal to stay in Green and White

The man in the middle of the Roughriders defensive line is sticking around for at least one more season.

The team announced on Friday that veteran Tearrius George has signed a contract extension. As usual, the terms of the deal were not released.

"For me it was a pretty easy decision. I already pretty much knew I wanted to be here and continue to play here," said George.

PHOTOS: 33 train cars derail west of Raymore, Sask.

First responders are gathering just outside of Raymore, Sask. where a train derailed Friday morning.

Two locomotives were pulling 135 cars west from Winnipeg when 33 of those cars left the track around 9:45 a.m. Only one of those cars were carrying a dangerous good.

"Preliminary indication, based on information from the crew, is that the car is intact and not leaking," explained Jim Feeny, director of public and government affairs for CN Rail.

The dangerous good was an alcohol product called isopropanol.

Flu shot less effective but still worth it

Only about half of the flu strains floating around out there right now are a match for this year's flu shot.

The number of flu cases started to spike at the end of November and they continue to climb into December.

This year’s flu vaccine protects against H1N1, H3N2, and one strain of influenza B.

Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said we’re seeing a lot of the H3N2 strain this year, but it slightly different than the H3N2 used in the flu shot.

More temperature records shattered across Saskatchewan

The record  breaking temperatures continued across the province on Thursday with 13 communities setting or equalling warm weather records.

Assiniboia 8.1C (7.2 C in 2004)

Elbow 8.1 C (6.9 C in 2004)

Estevan 7.1 C (6.8 C in 2004)

Hudson Bay 8.1 C (4.4 C in 1943)

Kindersley 8.3 C (6.7 C in 2005)

La Ronge 6.9 C (5.6 C in 1924)

Leader 12.2 C (9.1 C in 2005)

Meadow Lake 7.8 C (6.7 C in 1935)

Melfort 6 C (5 C in 2005)

North Battleford 9 C (8.1 C in  2005)

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