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Around Red Deer May 17th…..

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12:25 pm – Property Assessment Inspections are now underway in Red Deer County. Read More.

11:36 am – RCMP have recovered a van that was stolen during an assault and car-jacking in Red Deer on May 14th. Read More.

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9:56 am – A Blackfalds man wanted on several outstanding warrants is now facing additional firearms related charges after being arrested in a field east of Red Deer on May 15th. RCMP were responding to complaints of an erratic driver. Read More.

9:41 am – On Tuesday, autopsies of a 39 year old man and 6 year old girl found deceased in a Lancaster residence on May 14th were conducted at the office of the Medical Examiner in Calgary. Determination of the cause and manner of death are pending further test results. Investigators have completed the examination of the scene and it is no longer being contained. RCMP are continuing to work with the medical examiner and an update will be provided when the tests have been completed.

9:11 am – Boys Semi-Final Rugby action takes place at Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame High School today starting at 4:30 pm. The Girls Rugby Semi-Finals are at the Olds High School starting at 5:00 pm.

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9:04 am – Track and Field students from Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame High School are taking part in the Area’s Competition today.

8:48 am – Social Media Breakfast Red Deer will host its 50th event at the Scott Block Theatre in downtown Red Deer tomorrow, Thursday, May 18th starting at 8:00 am. The guest speaker of this event will feature Mike Morrison, founder of SocialWest, the largest social media conference on the prairies. Details Here.

8:39 am – As part of Crime Prevention Week this week, Innisfail RCMP will host an Open House and Free BBQ lunch today from 11:30 am – 2:00 p.m. in support of Crime prevention week. Members will be on hand to provide short tours and discuss any crime prevention related topics. This is being provided in support of Innisfail Restorative Justice Society, and Innisfail Victim Services unit. On hand will be members from the Innisfail Police Dog training centre and RCMP Safety bear. All Innisfail and area residents including children are welcome to attend. 

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8:24 am – The City of Red Deer will have representation at a Senior’s Information Fair taking place at the Golden Circle on Thursday, May 18th. Find out more.

8:14 am – Red Deer College and seven School Divisions in central Alberta will sign the Learning Pathways in Central Alberta Memorandum of Understanding today at 4:00 pm. This signing is a renewal of the original Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in 2013. The renewed MOU will provide an on-going framework for the partnership, which will continue to benefit learners in the region by enhancing opportunities for high school completion and the transition to post-secondary education. Also, the 2017 Community Awards will be held at the College tonight. Community members, alumni and distinguished guests will celebrate and honour two deserving individuals and one community partner that will receive awards.

7:59 am – A water service disruption will take place along Tamarac Blvd in the Town of Springbrook today starting at 1:00 pm. Details Here.

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: PHAC receives report of blood clot linked to AstraZeneca

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OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada says it has received a report of an adverse event involving blood clots after someone in Canada received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

This is the first such reported case in Canada.

The federal agency says the person is now recovering at home.

The vaccine was the one produced at the Serum Institute of India, known as Covishield.

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The Canadian Press

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Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, directly raising concerns about the Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border.

Biden told Putin the U.S. would “act firmly in defence of its national interests” regarding Russian cyber intrusions and election interference, according to the White House. Biden also proposed a summit meeting in a third country “in the coming months” to discuss the full range of U.S.-Russia issues, the White House said.

The call comes amid a surge of cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces have been locked in a conflict since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

More than 14,000 people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine, and efforts to negotiate a political settlement have stalled.

Western and Ukrainian officials have raised concerns about increasingly frequent cease-fire violations in the conflict area. Reports of Ukraine’s military casualties have been occurring daily over the past week, and rebels also have reported losses.

Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press

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