Saskatchewan Update

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(Transit-Christmas-Greeting) (Will be audio)

The city of Saskatoon's executive committee has decided transit buses will still carry messages wishing people a Merry Christmas.

The committee discussed the issued after a Saskatoon man complained last week.

Atheist Ashu Solo said the greeting violates the separation of state and religion.

He threatened to file a human rights complaint if the messages weren't removed.

City councillor Darren Hill says nothing will change -- at least for this holiday season. (CJWW)

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(Hospital-Visitors)

After a week of restricted access, the Saskatoon Health Region has reopened St. Paul's Hospital to visitors.

The hospital was closed last week after symptoms of a Norwalk-like illness showed up in 23 patients and 13 staff.

By closing the hospital to visitors, health officials worked to curb the extremely contagious illness.

Spokeswoman Karen Levesque says officials will continue to monitor patients and strictly enforce infection prevention and control measures. (CKOM)

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(Power-Bills)

Most Saskatoon residents will see a 4.9 percent increase in monthly electricity bills.

City council has approved the Saskatoon Light and Power increase that matches Saskpower rates for 2013.

The average increase for residential customers will be four dollars and 50 cents per month.

It's effective January 1st. (CJWW)

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(Sask-Politics-Yearender) (Will be audio)

Modernization could be called the Saskatchewan government's theme for 2012.

The year saw the province overhaul liquor rules to allow alcohol to be served at striptease performances -- as long as there's no full frontal nudity. …