Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. MDT on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. MDT on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

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Top Prairies-North News

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Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

4 p.m. MDT

PRAIRIES-NORTH NEWS ADVISORY

Here are the Top Prairies-North News stories from The Canadian Press as of 4 p.m. MDT. 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. Follow @T_Cook on Twitter.

NEWS NOW

High court upholds Mr. Big conviction

SCOC-Mr-Big

OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that an Alberta court was right when it allowed statements made by an accused murderer during a police sting operation to be entered as evidence. The unanimous ruling upholds a first-degree murder conviction against Dax Richard Mack.

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Alberta announces new measures on floods

Alta-Floods-Prentice

CALGARY -- Premier Jim Prentice announced new measures Friday to clean up outstanding claims from last year's disastrous southern Alberta floods, and to prevent them from happening again. Prentice said 12 new people will be hired to clear up the backlog of disaster claims. And new construction projects have been given the go-ahead to divert and contain river overflow. AUDIO. By Dean Bennett in Edmonton.

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Interim pub ban on de Grood mental assessment

CRIME-Stabbing-Deaths

CALGARY -- A psychiatric assessment of a man accused of fatally stabbing five young people in Calgary's worst mass murder is complete, but its contents won't be released to the public any time soon. Matthew de Grood has already been found fit to stand trial, but the Crown had asked for a mental assessment to determine if he could be found criminally responsible if convicted. PHOTO, AUDIO. By Bill Graveland.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS

Mountie sentenced to jail for assault conviction

CRIME-Mountie-Assault

WETASKIWIN, Alta. -- A central Alberta Mountie found guilty of using excessive force during an arrest has been sentenced to two months in jail. RCMP Const. Ron Lavallee was convicted last May of assault causing bodily harm over a confrontation in December 2011. …

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