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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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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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