Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(US-Cda-Premiers) (Mba Note)

Manitoba's premier -- one of several who visited Washington for meetings ahead of upcoming NAFTA talks -- says the U-S has a choice to make.

Brian Pallister says tweaking the free-trade agreement could be done quickly but renegotiating the entire deal would be a long, drawn-out battle.

Eight provincial and territorial leaders were in D-C this week for meetings with U-S administration officials, lawmakers and business leaders to get insight into the upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement talks.

Pallister says the attitude he heard from most U-S lawmakers was similar to his own -- that NAFTA can be modernized in a way that benefits all countries. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Women-Killed) (Alta, Sask Note)

An Alberta Crown prosecutor says a Red Deer man is expected to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the deaths of two indigenous women.

Sixty-year-old Gordon Alfred Rogers has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jeanette Chief in 2007 and Violet Heathen in 2009.

Both women were from Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.

Prosecutor Jeff Rudiak says Rogers' next court appearance is set for September 8th in Edmonton. (CHAT)

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(Mba-Byelection-Complaint)

Manitoba's P-C's have filed a complaint, saying the Opposition New Democrats broke election rules that ban political activities at polling stations.

Advance polls are underway for a byelection in the Winnipeg riding of Point Douglas and the Tories say N-D-P candidate Bernadette Smith posted photos on social media of herself with voters in front of the polling station.

N-D-P spokesman Matt Austman says the complaint is an act of desperation, adding the Tories have a campaign office very close to a polling station.

Tuesday's byelection is being held to replace former New Democrat Kevin Chief, who resigned in January. (The Canadian Press)

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(Hospital-Sterile-Equipment) (Alta Note)

Alberta health officials say Medicine Hat Regional Hospital is working to reschedule surgeries that had to be postponed following a problem with sterilizing surgical equipment.

Alberta Health Services says the water-quality issues behind the problem have been addressed and the hospital has resumed cleaning its instruments. …

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