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A police officer has testified that bloodied clothes, samurai swords, knives, pellet guns and a baseball bat with nails embedded in the end were all found in the bedroom of a teenager who pleaded guilty to killing a 16-year-old girl.

The sentencing hearing for the 19-year-old youth, who admitted to first-degree murder, began yesterday in Regina.

The boy was 16 at the time of the killing but the Crown is arguing he should be sentenced as an adult.

Hannah Leflar was found stabbed to death in her home on January 12th, 2015. (CJME, CKRM)

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Recent natural disasters such as the flooding in eastern Canada and the forest fires in northern Alberta is giving emergency preparedness week a renewed importance in Saskatchewan.

The City of Saskatoon is using the week as an education tool for residents, advising them to have enough supplies on hand for 72 hours during storms and extended power outages.

Eron McCormick, Saskatoon's emergency measures co-ordinator, said most people wait for an emergency or an incident to happen before they plan for that event.

McCormick recommends stocking non-perishable foods, a manual can opener, batteries and flashlights as basic items to deal with an extended period of being stuck in your home without electricity. (CKOM)

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A lost First World War soldier whose remains were discovered nearly six years ago outside a French village has been identified as a young private from Manitoba.

Private Reginald Joseph Winfield Johnston of Fairford, Manitoba, was identified through a review of historical facts, forensic evidence and D-N-A testing.

His remains were found alongside First World War artifacts in August 2011 during a munitions clearing process ahead of construction in France.

The Department of National Defence says Johnston was a homesteader who enlisted in Winnipeg at age 20 in January 1916. (CTV Winnipeg)

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is refusing to answer opposition questions about how he stays in touch while at his vacation home in Costa Rica, saying it's a matter of security. …

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