Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

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What's making news in the Prairies

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MOUNTIES CHANGING RECRUITMENT PROCESS

RCMP recruits from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be able to select their home province for their first posting in changes announced today by the Mounties.

New rules are being brought in as the RCMP works to update recruiting that's been described as too long, inflexible and outdated.

Among other changes: physical abilities will no longer be tested as part of an application and evaluations will now be done at the training academy in Regina.

Mounties say their standards won't be compromised by the changes, which are meant to help them stay competitive and build a diverse workforce.

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WORST ROAD IN SASKATCHEWAN NAMED

CAA Saskatchewan says it's no big surprise that Highway 354 near the village of Dilke has been named the worst road in the province for the second year in a row.

The agency behind the annual worst roads campaign points out that the Ministry of Highways website calls for reduced speed on Highway 354 due to its rough and broken surface.

Highway 51 near Kerrobert, Highway 322 at Silton and Highway 155 in La Loche also made this year's list after nearly 4,300 votes were counted.

A road qualifies for the worst list if it is in general disrepair with potholes, cracks or crumbling pavement, and has poor signage or congestion. (The Canadian Press)

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TWO CHARGED IN DEATH OF MANITOBA MAN WHO WAS LAST SEEN IN SEPTEMBER

Two northern Manitoba men are facing murder charges in the death of a 19-year-old Thompson man whose remains have been found just outside the city.

R-C-M-P say Nicholas Brophy was last seen Sept. 8 and despite multiple searches, no sign of him was found until the remains were located last week.

Nineteen-year-old Justin Noah Baker and 22-year-old Zach Edwin Linklater, both of Thompson, have been charged with first-degree murder and remanded in custody.

Baker was to appear in court today while Linklater is scheduled to appear tomorrow and police say the investigation is continuing. …

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