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4:28 pm – Following the recent spring storm, The City of Red Deer has opened the north snow storage facility to collect large branches that have fallen on residential properties. Read More.

4:23 pm – Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 20 year old Debra Goodrunning. She was last seen in Red Deer on May 25th and RCMP wish to verify her well-being. Read More.

4:15 pm – Red Deer RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify a man who police believe is making a habit of stealing lottery tickets from convenience stores then making his escape in a stolen vehicle. Read More.

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4:10 pm – Red Deer RCMP have arrested several people wanted on outstanding warrants over the past two weeks. Read More.

3:59 pm – Lacombe County Council has given first reading for a bylaw to create the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Find out what else Council was tasked with considering this week.

10:49 am – Five Central Albertans will be recognized for their extraordinary volunteer efforts with a new National Award on Monday. Four Red Deerians and one resident from Penhold will be among 45 people recognized at the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers awards ceremony in the Edmonton Federal Building’s Capital View Room May 29th. The award recipients include:

  • James A. Bourgoin, Red Deer
  • Robert Crites, Penhold
  • Beverley Hanes, Red Deer
  • Vincent Martin, Red Deer
  • Bobbi McCoy, Red Deer

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10:30 am – Lots of fun events like a Horseshoe Tournament, Vintage Vehicle Show, Charity Waterfight and Book Sale in the Town of Innisfail this weekend! Find out what else is planned in Innisfail over the coming weeks!

10:23 am – Storm clean-up continues in the Town of Innisfail today. This means the Transfer Station will be opened for extended hours over the next several days. Find out more.

10:08 am – The ‘Green” solid waste bins located throughout the City of Lacombe are for Grass Clippings, Leaves and Garden Waste only. Officials say these bins are not to be used for trees or branches. Read More.

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10:02 am – City of Lacombe Utilities crews will be repairing a water main on 52nd Avenue between 47th Street and 48th Street today. Read More.

9:53 am – The Town of Blackfalds is holding it’s Community Garage Sale on Saturday and Curb Side Giveaway on Sunday. Read More.

9:45 am – With the annual Spring Clean-Up already underway in Penhold, the community is also hosting Kick it to the Curb today through Sunday and holding a Community Garage Sale on Saturday. Read More.

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9:33 am – Stumped about what do with your tree branches? Here’s some helpful information from the City of Red Deer.

9:15 am – Red Deer’s Westerner Park is a busy place this weekend with the Lindsay Thurber Graduation Ceremony on Friday, the continuation of the Southside RV Centre Spring Event and the Westerner Park Hunter / Jumper Spring Classic. Read More.

9:00 am – There will be some temporary road closures in Lacombe County next week. CP Rail has informed the County that they are closing several roads at multiple crossings next week to facilitate upgrades and repairs to their rail line. Read More.

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8:52 am – From live music to workshops, hypnotists and Trail Runs and Walks, check out all the events taking place in and around Red Deer over the next few days! Details Here.

8:44 am – Red Deer RCMP say 17 year old Brianna Crookedlegs who was previously reported missing, has now been located. Mounties thank the public for their help in finding her.

8:30 am – The CPR pedestrian bridge in Red Deer will be closed on Saturday, May 27th from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. Sunday morning for the CentreFest Benefit on the Bridge. Read More.

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8:17 am – Some road closures to make note of in the City of Red Deer this weekend. One being for the Public Market at the Memorial Centre on Saturday, the other being for Shine-O-Rama in the Edgar Industrial Park, also on Saturday. Details Here.

8:05 – Students at Red Deer’s Normandeau School will end off their week with a Bike Roadeo today!  The school had a literacy themed week called PACED (Pedalling Across Canada Every Day). This was in honour of Canada celebrating it’s 150th birthday. Kids were encouraged to read a minimum of 15 minutes a day to help earn daily prizes and move our bikes across Canada.

7:57 am – It’s Graduation Day for hundreds of students at Ecole Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer. A formal ceremony takes place at the Enmax Centrium starting at 10:00 am, with the banquet to follow at 6:30 pm. Read More.

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Texas judges issue additional rulings blocking Title IX revisions

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

From The Center Square

Rule change blocked in 15 states

Two federal judges have ruled in favor of Texas and Texas plaintiffs in separate lawsuits filed to block a Biden administration Title IX rule change from going into effect.

Texas is now the 15th state where the revisions are blocked from going into effect ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline.

Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Amarillo Division on Friday granted the state’s request in a lawsuit filed by the state and two University of Texas at Austin professors. Kacsmaryk enjoined the U.S. Department of Education from “implementing, enacting, enforcing, or taking any action any manner to enforce” a new rule that revised Title IX pending the resolution of the case.

“The Final Rule inverts the text, history and tradition of Title IX: the statute protects women in spaces historically reserved to men; the Final Rule inserts men into spaces reserved to women,” Kacsmaryk said in his 32-page ruling.

In response, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, said, “Texas has successfully blocked Biden’s Department of Education from destroying Title IX protections for women and forcing radical ‘transgender’ ideology on Texas schools. Biden’s rule would have forced our schools to accommodate biological men on women’s sports teams and in female bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms, and required students and teachers to use incorrect pronouns. A federal judge has halted Biden’s rule pending a final ruling. It’s an honor to defend our State from Biden’s unlawful subversion of Title IX.”

Also on Friday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a preliminary injunction against the rule in favor of Carroll Independent School District. In May, the district’s board of trustees, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, passed a resolution denouncing the Title IX changes and sued asking the court to block it from going into effect.

Also in May, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott instructed the Texas Education Agency and Texas colleges and universities not to comply with the changes, The Center Square reported. In the last two legislative sessions, Abbott signed bills into law to strengthen student safety and “protect the integrity of women’s sports by prohibiting men from competing against female athletes.” Abbott said, “I will not let President Biden erase the advancements Texas has made.”

Judge O’Connor said in his ruling, “The compliance costs also go beyond monetary harm given the potential to infringe on constitutional rights. Privileging gender identity over biological sex is in no way authorized by the statutory text. And the consequences based on this statutory distortion appear limitless. For these reasons, and those stated by other federal courts, Carroll ISD is likely to succeed on the merits of their challenge to the final rule.”

The rulings were issued after O’Connor in June vacated a guidance issued by the DOE and the Department of Justice requiring schools to implement similar policies to the rule change before it was finalized. He also issued a permanent injunction against its enforcement in Texas, The Center Square reported.

Texas sued in June 2023 over the agencies’ mandates; the agencies are responsible for administering and enforcing Title IX.

At issue is Title IX, part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The law was enacted at a time when women and girls had limited athletic opportunities. Despite widespread opposition, including from women’s groups, the Biden administration began amending Title IX through several methods, arguing doing so would “advance educational equity and opportunity for women and girls across the country.”

It’s guidances and rule changes redefine biological sex to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

In response, 18 AGs argued the changes “demolished” women’s and girls’ rights, “making a mockery of Title IX’s fundamental organization principle – basic biology.”

After the Biden administration finalized the rule, multiple states sued. Texas sued on its own. Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana and Idaho filed a lawsuit. Alaska, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming filed another. Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia filed a separate lawsuit. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina filed another.

So far, federal judges have ruled against the Biden administration.

In June, Louisiana, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty was the first to rule against the administration, blocking the administration’s changes from going into effect in Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana and Idaho.

O’Connor also ruled against the agency Title IX mandates in June.

In Kansas, U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves blocked the rule change from going into effect in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Then in July, in Kansas, District Judge John Broomes ruled against the administration, blocking the changes from going into effect in Alaska, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming. And Judge Kacsmaryk blocked the rule from going into effect in Texas.

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‘Security Lapses’: Comer Hits Secret Service Director With Subpoena Following Trump Assassination Attempt

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From the Daily Caller News Foundation

By REBEKA ZELJKO

 

Chairman James Comer of the House Oversight Committee issued U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle a subpoena on Wednesday after a failed assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.

Comer subpoenaed Cheatle to appear in a House Oversight Committee hearing on July 22 to answer questions regarding the attempted assassination on Trump on July 13 during a Pennsylvania rally. The attempted assassination has since raised many questions about the competence of the U.S. Secret Service and the failures that took place that allowed 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks to take aim at a former president from a rooftop positioned just 130 yards away.

“The lack of transparency and failure to cooperate with the Committee on this pressing matter by both DHS and the Secret Service further calls into question your ability to lead the Secret Service and necessitates the attached subpoena compelling your appearance before the Oversight Committee,” the subpoena reads.

The former president was wounded in the ear during his rally in Butler County, Pennsylvania. One attendee at the rally was killed and two others were injured.

“The United States Secret Service has a no-fail mission, yet it failed on Saturday when a madman attempted to assassinate President Trump, killed an innocent victim, and harmed others,” Chairman Comer said in a press release announcing the subpoena. “We are grateful to the brave Secret Service agents who acted quickly to protect President Trump after shots were fired and the American patriots who sought to help victims, but questions remain about how a rooftop within proximity to President Trump was left unsecured.”

“Americans demand answers from Director Kimberly Cheatle about these security lapses and how we can prevent this from happening again,” Comer said in the press release. “We look forward to Director Cheatle’s testimony this upcoming Monday, July 22.”

Since the assassination attempt, several prominent lawmakers have called for investigations and hearings into the incident. On Sunday, Speaker Mike Johnson announced that he will launch a “full investigation” into the attempted assassination.

“Our prayers are with him, all the rally attendees, those who were injured, and the family of the individual who lost their life,” Johnson said in a post on X. “Congress will conduct a full investigation of the tragedy to determine where there were lapses in security.”

The Secret Service directed the Daily Caller News Foundation to the Department of Homeland Security, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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