Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Atlantic News

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Atlantic News

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Top Atlantic News

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Here are the Top Atlantic News stories from The Canadian Press as of 4 p.m. AT. All times are local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. This advisory replaces The Canadian Press News Budget.

Contact the Atlantic News Desk at (902) 422-8496 (Ext. 225) if you have any questions.

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TOP NEWS THIS HOUR:

No ill will as Black Widow trial set to begin

Black-Widow

HALIFAX -- A Nova Scotia man who was allegedly drugged by a woman dubbed the "Black Widow" says he holds no ill will towards the accused despite growing instances of memory loss since the incident last year.Melissa Ann Shepard, 78, is scheduled to appear Monday for a judge-only trial at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Sydney on charges of attempted murder and administering a noxious substance to Fred Weeks. PHOTO. AUDIO.

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Premier not fazed by Muskrat Falls concerns

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HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia's premier says across-the-board opposition from consumer groups during regulatory hearings in Halifax into the Muskrat Falls project doesn't faze him.Darrell Dexter says it's to be expected that the province's consumer advocate, small business advocate and an alliance of industrial users would raise concerns about a proposal to build a subsea cable that would ship hydroelectricity to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland. Moves Atlantic and Business, please guard against duplication; will be writethru. Moves Atlantic and Business. AUDIO.

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BUZZ: Leibovitz work for Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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HALIFAX -- A Canadian family has donated more than 2,000 photos by famed American artist Annie Leibovitz to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, making it the country's largest collection of her images of celebrity and pop culture icons.Officials announced Thursday that the family of Al and Faye Mintz bestowed the images to the gallery in what is its largest single donation of one artist. PHOTO. Moves Atlantic, Entertainment and National, please guard against duplication; AUDIO, PHOTOS, VIDEO.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS:

Paramedic strike concerns health minister

NS-Paramedics-Dispute

HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia Health Minister Dave Wilson said Thursday he is troubled by the possibility of a strike by the province's 800 paramedics on Saturday but is optimistic a resolution can be reached before then."I'm extremely concerned about the impact a potential strike from paramedics will have on Nova Scotians," Wilson said. Moved Atlantic. AUDIO.

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Virus damages Nova Scotia strawberry crops

Strawberry-Virus

HALIFAX -- At least 40 per cent of Nova Scotia's strawberry industry, a sector worth about $18 million annually, has been damaged by an insect-borne virus, provincial Agriculture Minister John MacDonell said Thursday.The virus has been detected in the Debert area and the Annapolis Valley, carried by aphids, MacDonell said. …

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