Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(CRIME-Missing-Grandparents)

A jury continues to deliberate the fate of a man charged in the deaths of a Calgary couple and their five-year-old grandson.

Justice David Gates spent more than four hours giving instructions to the jury in the trial of 57-year-old Douglas Garland yesterday.

The nine men and three women began deliberations at 5:13 p-m, but no verdict was delivered by 9 p-m when the jury's deliberations ceased for the night.

Garland was charged after Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their grandson Nathan O'Brien disappeared from the couple's Calgary home in June 2014. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Unpaid-Days-Off)

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour president Larry Hubich says it's wrong for the government to blame its own employees for the province's current financial problems.

Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says forcing public servants to take unpaid time off is one option the government is looking at as it grapples with a 1-point-2-billion-dollar deficit.

Hubich says the government spent all the money in the rainy-day fund in the boom years and now, because resource royalties are down, they're attacking their own workers.

Doherty says the government wants to ensure that workers are fairly compensated, but it also needs to hold costs steady . (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Teen-Death)

Two men have been found guilty in the shooting death of a youth at a Saskatchewan house party.

Seventeen-year-old Clayton James Bear died in Prince Albert in 2014.

A jury took less than a day to convict 28-year-old Orren Johnson of first-degree murder and 23-year-old Jordan Herron of second-degree murder.

Herron's sentencing hearing is set for today, while Johnson will be formally sentenced March 22nd. (CKBI)

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(CRIME-Grant-Retrial)

A former police officer who searched the shed where a Winnipeg girl's body was later found more than 30 years ago apologized to the girl's mother for not finding her. …

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