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Around Red Deer May 18th…..


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2:50 pm – Red Deer RCMP are hoping you can help them find 35 year old Nadia Bull. She was last seen in Red Deer on May 12. RCMP believe she may now be in the Rocky Mountain House area, and wish to verify her well-being. Read More.

11:53 am – The Innisfail Farmer’s Market is back for another season! Read More.

11:48 am – Food Truck Thursdays are back for another season in Sylvan Lake! Read More.

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9:16 am – Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 13 year old Jayden Lafferty. He was last seen in Red Deer on April 19 and RCMP wish to verify his well-being. Jayden Lafferty is described as Caucasian, 5’3” tall, 105 lbs, Wavy light brown hair and Blue eyes. If you have been in contact with Jayden Lafferty or have information on his whereabouts, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

9:07 am – Red Deer College celebrated two events on Wednesday, May 17th. The Learning Pathways in Central Alberta Memorandum of Understanding signing and the 2017 Community Awards. In the afternoon, representatives from RDC and seven local School Divisions gathered to celebrate the ongoing partnership created through Learning Pathways in Central Alberta, a Memorandum of Understanding between the eight organizations. Later in the evening, community members, alumni and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate two deserving individuals and one community partner at the 2017 Community Awards ceremony. Alfio Truant was awarded the G.H. Dawe Memorial Award for his commitment to community and leadership. The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to Rod Kennedy for his personal and professional achievements, as well as public service. The Community Partner Award was presented to seven central Alberta School Divisions, in recognition of their collaborations with Red Deer College in promoting high school completion and the transition to post-secondary learning.

8:59 am – Rocky Mountain House RCMP are hoping you can help them find 24 year old Waylon Frencheater. Read More.

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8:33 am – Arson charges have been laid against 39-year-old Denis Fortin in connection with an apartment fire in Ponoka on May 1st. Read More.

8:24 am – The Alberta government has announced $54.2 million in funding this year for improvements to campgrounds, new picnic tables and improved infrastructure. In Central Alberta, Jarvis Bay Provincial Park will receive some campground upgrades, while Fish Lake Provincial Park will see campground upgrades and an expansion. Read More.

8:05 am – It’s a busy day at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in Red Deer. A representative from Red Deer College Career Services will be presenting to Grade 8 students. Information will include what it is like to be a college student, what kind of careers going to college can help them achieve, and how to work towards getting to the college level. Also, Presenters from the University of Calgary Let’s Talk Science Team will be presenting to Grade 6 students. Students will have an opportunity to participate in various hands-on crime lab activities during this session.

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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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