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Man charged in orange zone death misunderstood rights: lawyer

The man accused of being behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit and killed a flag person in an orange zone two years ago has pleaded not guilty and seems to be using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in his defense.
 
Keith Dunford, 46, entered his plea in Weyburn Court of Queen's Bench on Friday. The Regina man is being charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
 

Expect warmer winter in southern Saskatchewan

Regina has a reputation for long, frigid winters, but the current weather is making that hard to believe and now Environment Canada is forecasting a milder winter than we have had in recent years.
 
Mahaboob Hasan was taking advantage of the sun on Tuesday by going on a stroll around Wascana Lake with his wife. She arrived from Bangladesh two weeks ago.
 
"When she landed she said, 'Oh, it's cold.' I said, 'Honey, it's not cold. It's coming up'," he said.

Riders release three including Will Ford

The Riders backfield is a little less crowded as the club released three players on Tuesday, most notably running back Will Ford. 

Ford joined the team in July during their first bye-week of the season. Ford's season began strong, running for 113 yards and three touchdowns against the Argos at Mosaic Stadium on July 26. He followed that up with another two touchdowns the next week in Ottawa on August 2. 

760 school-zone speeders ticketed in September

As students returned to Saskatchewan classrooms this fall, police kept a close eye on drivers travelling through school zones.

SGI reports that 760 drivers were ticketed for speeding through school zones in September. The month saw 1,226 total tickets for speeding across the province.

Speeding through school zones has a minimum fine of $190 and three demerit points.

Community mailbox changes still a year away for Sask.

As thousands of people across Canada lose door-to-door mail delivery, communities in Saskatchewan still have at least a year to wait.

"I certainly would love to give a more specific time line, but we have not started the work in Saskatchewan," Canada Post spokesperson Anick Losier said, adding they have just begun announcing the communities which will be impacted at the end of 2015.

Final suspect in Elfros bank robbery captured

The last suspect wanted in an armed robbery in Elfros is now in custody.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP in Yorkton confirmed that 20-year-old Caleb Desjarlais had been arrested on Sunday. No details were given as to where Desjarlais was finally captured.

Desjarlais is one of five people facing charges in connection to a bank robbery in Elfros on Oct. 7. That's when a masked man walked into the Credit Union in the town with a gun and demanded cash. He escaped into a car waiting outside.

Temperature records toppled in Saskatchewan

This warm October weather has records falling in Saskatchewan.

"Saskatoon, Regina, Wynyard, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current is tied and North Battleford has also broke a record," Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment Canada said.

On Monday afternoon, Saskatoon broke the 22.2 C temperature record from 1974 by hitting 23.8 C.

Regina broke a 76-year-old record from 1938 when the temperature hit 24.1 C.

Riders struggling to overcome adversity

The resilience demonstrated by the Saskatchewan Roughriders early in the season seems to have evaporated and with it, the team’s ability to win games.

"Probably in the beginning of the season, we made some mistakes and we overcame them," said defensive lineman Derek Walker. "Now, those same mistakes are costing us."

UPDATE: Prud'homme gas fire evacuees return home

An investigation into what caused a natural gas explosion near Prud'homme is underway after evacuees returned home over the weekend.
 
Dave Burdeniuk, spokesperson for SaskEnergy, said they are still figuring out how much the fire will cost.
 
“We do have insurance that covers the cost of gas and storage and the above ground facilities,” he said. “There was flames shooting out of there at about the hundred-foot level, so we know that there still is a fair bit of gas in there.”
 

Group says Kindersley hospital not meeting needs

A group of concerned community members in the town of Kindersley would like the province to come up with a long-term health care plan for the area.

"It seems that over the last decade or so, the amount of support and resources put towards our hospital ... has been, in our opinion, a little bit lacking," Tom Geiger, director of the Kindersley and District Health and Wellness Foundation Inc., said in an interview with News Talk.

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