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2:51 pm – Three men face several charges after a series of crimes in and around Red Deer this month. Read More.

2:41 pm – Did you miss the City’s 2018 Budget Open House at Festival Hall on Wednesday night? You can still provide your thoughts through an online survey. Details Here.

12:52 pm – Red Deer City Council has thrown it’s support behind local Canada 150 projects. Read More.

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10:28 am – ASIRT is investigating a complaint against Red Deer RCMP where a 32 year old man allegedly suffered a broken leg while in police custody. Read More.

10:19 am – The Federal and Provincial Governments have announced $535 million in joint funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects throughout Alberta. Some of it is in Central Alberta. Read More.

10:04 am – Do you have a child entering Kindergarten this fall? You will want to attend this event then at the Parkland Mall.

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9:56 am – Registrations are now open for The Comfortec Red Deer Duathlon! It’s a premium run-bike-run race event taking place at the Penhold Regional Multiplex and in the beautiful Red Deer County countryside, on the morning of Saturday, July 8, 2017. Click here to Register or Read More!

9:44 am – RCMP are looking for a Town of Didsbury truck that was stolen from the Town’s Public Works yard on Wednesday. Read More.

9:39 am – Road construction will be taking place in Lacombe next week. Read More.

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9:32 am – Maskwacis RCMP continue to investigate the homicide of an 18-year-old Maskwacis man which occurred shortly before 2:00 a.m. on the morning of Monday, March 27, 2017. On that date, Maskwacis RCMP Detachment members responded to a report of three men having been hurt at a disturbance which took place at a residence in the Samson Cree Nation town-site. Police quickly located the three injured men after arriving on scene, however, one of the men succumbed to his injuries. The deceased man was identified as 18-year-old Lynden Thom.

9:16 am – The sound of music continues at RDC today with another day of The Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts! Hundreds of students from both Red Deer school divisions are performing! Read More.

9:01 am – District Ratepayer Meetings are getting underway in Lacombe County. The first one happens tonight.

  • Division 7 Councillor Dana Kreil – April 20, 7-9 p.m. at the Lacombe County Remote Shop West (Rainy Creek Road, 1/2 a mile west of Range Road 2-5)

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8:47 am – Street sweeping continues in the Town of Innisfail today. The following streets are due for a sweep:

– 42 St. from Highway 2A to Highway 54
– 50 St. from Lakewood Dr. to 60 Ave.
– 60 Ave. from 50 St. to 42 St.

8:41 am – Lacombe’s 20 minute makeover goes today! Read More.

8:35 am – Lacombe Police are looking for suspects after two armed robberies in the community last weekend. Can you identify them?

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8:25 am – Ag Market Development has been identified as a strategic priority in Red Deer County. Offer your thoughts at a Public Info Gathering Session being held at the County office from 3-5 pm today. Details here.

8:20 am – Street sweeping resumes in the Town of Blackfalds today. Here are the streets scheduled to be swept:

Park St. East of 2A
Parkview Cl.
Pondside Cr.
Portway Cl.
Pembrooke Court
Pinnacle Cl.
Paramount Cr.
Palisades St.
Parkridge Cr.

8:13 am – A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for Springbrook. Read More.

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Women's tennis tour suspends China events over Peng concerns

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The head of the women’s professional tennis tour announced Wednesday that all WTA tournaments would be suspended in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former high-ranking government official in that country of sexual assault.

Peng posted her allegations on social media last month.

WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon wrote in a statement that he doesn’t believe China has addressed Peng’s safety “in any credible way.”

He said he doubts Peng is not subject to coercion and intimidation.

Simon repeated his call for a “full and transparent investigation — without censorship” into Peng’s accusations.

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Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal

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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN indefinitely suspended anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday after details emerged about how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to face charges of sexual harassment earlier this year.

The network said documents released by New York’s attorney general Monday indicated Cuomo took a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than CNN executives previously knew.

“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said.

The CNN anchor pressed sources for information on his brother’s accusers and reported back to the governor’s staff, and was active in helping craft their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for state Attorney General Letitia James. Her office found Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

Chris Cuomo previously acknowledged talking to his brother and offering advice when the governor faced harassment charges. But the information released Monday revealed far more details about what exactly Chris Cuomo did. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial.

Cuomo’s program, which airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time on weeknights, averaged 1.3 million viewers, narrowly outpacing Anderson Cooper as CNN’s most popular show, according to the Nielsen company. Like many cable newscasts, viewership is down significantly after being swollen during the election year.

Cuomo appeared on his program on Monday night, talking about COVID-19 and politics without mentioning his own issues.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment sent to Cuomo and the lawyer who represented him during this summer’s testimony.

Anderson Cooper subbed for Cuomo on his show Tuesday.

During the first two months of the pandemic, Cuomo interviewed his brother on the air a number of times. It was a hit with viewers, although it violated CNN’s policy of not having Cuomo report on his brother, and was a programming choice that has grown worse with time and additional revelations.

Chris Cuomo frequently consulted with his brother’s aides when Andrew was fighting the charges last May, sometimes disagreeing with their advice.

“This is my brother, and I’m trying to help my brother through a situation where he told me he did nothing wrong,” Cuomo testified last July to investigators at the attorney general’s office.

He has said he did nothing to influence his own network’s coverage of the story.

Cuomo also said he reached out to other journalists to find out whether they were writing stories about his brother, most notably seeking information on what Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker was writing. He acknowledged he didn’t tell CNN he was doing this, and characterized his actions as nothing out of the ordinary for a journalist.

Critics have called on CNN to take action following the attorney general’s release, with David A. Graham of The Atlantic saying Cuomo should resign — or be fired by CNN if he doesn’t.

After it was first revealed last May by The Washington Post that Cuomo had consulted with his brother’s aides, CNN released a statement saying that his actions were inappropriate, but it did not discipline him.

Cuomo, a lawyer, is 13 years younger than Andrew Cuomo, who he has described as his best friend. They are the sons of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who was in office from 1982 to 1996.

He worked for several years at ABC News, joining CNN in 2013 as co-host of the network’s morning show.

A veteran TV executive, Shelley Ross, wrote a column for The New York Times in September saying Cuomo had groped her at a party 16 years ago. Cuomo told the newspaper that “I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”

David Bauder, The Associated Press

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