Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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The Manitoba government says it isn't about to pay for repairs to a washed-out rail line that links the community of Churchill on Hudson Bay to the rest of the province.

Premier Brian Pallister says he is waiting on a response from the federal government.

The rail line's owner, Denver-based Omnitrax, says it won't pay the up to 60-million dollars it estimates the repairs would cost. The company says it's already spent 75 million on the track since 1997 and can't justify paying any more.

Pallister also says the province won't buy the rail line if Omnitrax backs out, saying it is a federal issue. (CJOB)



Three refugee groups are hoping the Canadian government will help reunite a Winnipeg woman with her 12-year-old son.

Nofa Zaghla (ZAH-glah) came to the city after she and four of her children were able to escape Iraqi State militants who had attacked their village.

However, she did not know what had become of her husband and two of her sons until photos of her boy Emad (EE-mahd) were posted by Iraqi soldiers who had rescued him.

Now, the Yazidi (Yah-ZEE-dee) Association of Manitoba, the Kurdish Initiative for Refugees and Winnipeg Friends of Israel are trying to get Canadian officials to act quickly to bring the boy to Canada. (The Canadian Press)



A 50-year-old man from Ontario has been killed in a hit-and-run in Regina.

Police say he was a pedestrian and was hit by a car early Tuesday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after the crash, police seized an abandoned truck a block and a half from the scene.

Police say the truck, which they believe was stolen, may be the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run. The victim's name has not been released. (CTV Regina)



SaskPower will pay a zero-dollar dividend to the provincial government, despite picking up 46 million dollars in net revenue. …

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