Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012: Top Prairies-North News

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012: Top Prairies-North News

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

4 p.m.

PRAIRIES-NORTH NEWS ADVISORY

Here are the Top Prairies-North News stories from The Canadian Press as of 4 p.m. All times are local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Contact Prairies-North News Editor Tim Cook at 780-412-6251 or tim.cook@thecanadianpress.com

NEWS NOW

Charges stayed in fatal stage collapse

Stage-Collapse

EDMONTON -- Charges against three companies in a fatal stage collapse at a popular Alberta country music festival have been stayed. The Crown says there was no reasonable chance of conviction against Panhandle Productions, Global Production Co. and a numbered Alberta company. PHOTO, AUDIO. Moves on national and entertainment wires. By Bob Weber.

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South Korea lifting ban on Canadian beef

Cda-SKorea-Beef

SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. -- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says South Korea lifting its ban on Canadian beef imports is a great new year's gift to the cattle industry and to Canada's economy overall. He says the renewed trade will add $30 million annually to the cattle industry within three years. PHOTO. Moves on national and business wires. AUDIO. By Bob Weber in Edmonton.

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Saskatchewan hospitals swell with patients

Sask-Hospitals-Overcrowding

REGINA -- While hospitals in Saskatchewan's biggest cities were filled to capacity on Friday, Ottawa coughed up money for health research across the country.Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said more than $35 million will be spent to study chronic disease prevention and management, and to improve access to care for vulnerable people. Will be writethru. AUDIO. By Jennifer Graham.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS

Manitoba wants tough charges for violent crimes

Justice-Ministers-Mba

WINNIPEG -- Manitoba's attorney general is pushing for tougher charges for those who commit knife crimes, carjackings and home invasions. …

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