Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Wildfire-Forecast) (Alta, Sask, Mba Note)

Federal researchers say dry conditions and low precipitation in some areas of Alberta may cause a gradual increase in the wildfire threat in the coming weeks.

But Natural Resources Canada is forecasting an average wildfire season, saying the danger for the areas that include forests, shrubs and grasslands is expected to peak in June and then taper off.

Canadian Forest Services scientist Kerry Anderson says significant fires have happened under average conditions, adding last year's Fort McMurray wildfire came in what was forecasted to be a below-average season.

The forecast for fires in forested areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba next month is moderate. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Kids-Struck) (Sask Note)

A Saskatchewan man accused of injuring five children in an impaired-driving hit and run has been denied bail.

Twenty-year-old Colt Levi Morin faces several charges, including impaired driving causing bodily harm, after the kids were hit while walking home on the Big River First Nation last month.

An 11-year-old girl had to be airlifted to Saskatoon where she underwent surgery.

Judge Earl Kalenith of provincial court in Prince Albert said releasing Morin on bail would be too risky, considering his ongoing issues with alcohol. (CKBI)

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(Western-Power-Transmission) (Mba, Sask Note)

Manitoba's energy minister is recharging the idea of building an east-west power transmission grid and says the federal government needs to help.

Cliff Cullen told the Energy Council of Canada's western conference that new hydro projects coming online in Manitoba will bring extra capacity that could help other provinces.

Saskatchewan Energy Minister Dustin Duncan says his province -- which relies heavily on coal-fired electricity plants -- could be interested in getting electricity from Manitoba.

Cullen says a lot of work still must be done to build east-west transmission lines if the provinces are going to buy and sell electricity from each other, adding money is a key factor in making it happen. …

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