Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(UCP-Leadership-Kenney) (Alta Note)

Jason Kenney says he plans to express his opinions on various issues but won't reveal any policy platform as he seeks the leadership of Alberta's new United Conservative Party.

The former federal cabinet minister says he'll consult members of the new party and other Albertans before determining what promises he'll campaign on in the next provincial election.

Kenney, who previously led Alberta's Progressive Conservatives, is now battling former Wildrose leader Brian Jean and conservative strategist Doug Schweitzer for the leadership of the new party.

Jean and Schweitzer have already unveiled some of their policy plans for U-C-P if they are successful but Kenney says they are making a mistake by applying what he calls a "top-down" leadership style. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Power-Meters)

SaskPower is advising residents of older Regina neighbourhoods to check for meter boxes that are tilting, have frayed wires poking from the bottom or have a big gap between the ground and the house.

The word comes as the utility reports the sixth power meter to ignite in the city in the last two weeks.

Spokesman Jonathan Tremblay says the meters are catching fire because there's been so little rain and the parched soil is causing the ground to shift, taking the meters along with it.

Tremblay says two-thousand meters have been inspected so far in three Regina neighbourhoods that have older homes and underground power service.

He says about 800 of them needed repairs. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Dog-Dragged)

Two people face charges in connection with severe injuries suffered by a dog that police say was found tethered to an abandoned car in southern Alberta.

Mounties say the dog, believed to be a border collie cross, had to be euthanized early last month due to injuries that were consistent with having been dragged.

Forty-year-old Melinda Harris of Calgary is charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and is due in court August 15th. …

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