Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Mba-Teen-Abducted)

The R-C-M-P is searching for a suspect accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl into his pickup truck in southern Manitoba.

Police say the girl was walking her dog when the incident happened last night but the girl managed to escape when the pickup slowed down as it approached a dead end.

Mounties say the girl was injured but managed to make her way to a home near Landmark where the owner called police.

Sergeant Paul Manaigre describes the incident as "extremely serious" and says police are doing everything they can to track down the suspect. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Parade-Injury)

The mayor of Wainwright, Alberta, says a six-year-old girl was seriously hurt when she fell off a float during the town's annual stampede parade.

Brian Bethune says the incident occurred Saturday afternoon outside the hospital in the community in east-central Alberta.

He says the girl was initially treated at the facility before being flown to Edmonton due to concerns about brain damage.

Bethune says that has now been ruled out but the girl did suffer some broken bones. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Child-Meningitis-Death)

An Alberta man accused in the death of his young son from bacterial meningitis has told court he and wife initially thought the boy had croup.

David Stephan (STEFF'-uhn) is acting as his own lawyer at the trial in Lethbridge where he and his wife Collet are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in 2012.

The couple treated their son with herbal remedies and sought medical attention when he stopped breathing.

Stephan told court the boy at first appeared to be recovering from his illness but when he got sick again, his condition wasn't bad enough to make the couple worry that anything was seriously wrong. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Graduation-Rates)

Saskatchewan's auditor general says the province needs to do more to boost high school graduation rates -- particularly for Indigenous students. …

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