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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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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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