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2:39 pm – The north Red Deer RCMP detachment located at 6592 58th Avenue is now re-opened to the public after renovations were made to improve work flow at the front counter customer service area. Red Deer RCMP thank the public for their patience during the closure and welcome citizens back to the north detachment.

12:40 pm – Red Deer – Mountain View M.P. Earl Dreeshen will be speaking to Bill C-46 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) in the House of Commons today. The Bill deals with proposed changes to impaired driving laws. Dreeshen had originally spoken to the Bill on May 19th, but the House rose for the day and his time has been transferred to today. The speech will take place at approximately 1:15 PM Mountain Time and will be broadcast on CPAC and available online atwww.parlvu.parl.gc.ca

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12:34 pm – A Red Deer man faces trafficking charges after RCMP seized drugs, drug trafficking paraphernalia and weapons during a search warrant at a downtown apartment Friday night. Read More.

11:25 am –  The Government of Alberta has announced $37 million in Water for Life grants to build a wastewater line from Sylvan Lake to Red Deer! Read More!

11:17 am – Red Deer RCMP have arrested a man wanted in connection with the Knife-point robbery of a local taxi driver on February 2nd.

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11:07 am – Red Deer’s Spray Park and Outdoor Pool are set to open for another season on Thursday! Read More.

10:55 am – Heads up Lacombe County motorists! CP Rail has notified the County they are planning a number of closures of roads at crossings throughout the County over the next couple of weeks to facilitate upgrades and repairs to their rail line. Traffic will be detoured along local roads during the closure; watch for signs indicating the detour routes. Read More.

10:41 am – Penhold’s water reservoir project will proceed in mid-June and take approximately 12 months to complete. Find out what else Council was discussing at their latest meeting!

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10:21 am – Foreigner’s 10-city Canadian tour is set to perform in the ENMAX Centrium at Westerner Park in Red Deer on Friday, October 13th. Presale starts on Tuesday, May 30th at 10:00am by using the promo code TOUR40 at www.TicketsAlberta.com until Thursday, June 1st at 11:59pm. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 2nd at 10:00am at www.TicketsAlberta.com.

10:03 am – RCMP are warning Albertans about Binary Options Scams. Read More.

9:56 am – Red Deer Mounties say 20 year old Debra Goodrunning who was previously reported as missing, has now been found. Police are thanking the public for their help in finding her.

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9:45 am – A 56 year old Sylvan Lake man died on Saturday after the motorcycle he was driving, collided with a bridge near Little Smoky River. Read More.

9:35 am – Red Deer RCMP arrested a man who fled from the hospital while in custody Saturday morning. Read More.

9:26 am – RCMP are looking for a suspect or suspects who stole $20,000 worth of cigarettes and other items from the No Frills Gas Bar in Stettler May 3rd. If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call Stettler RCMP at (403)742-3382 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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9:17 am – RCMP are hoping you can help them identify a man accused of breaking into a vehicle in Stettler, stealing a wallet inside and using a credit card from the wallet to use at several local businesses. Read More.

8:55 am – All Grade 6-8 students from St. Matthew Catholic School in Rocky Mountain House will compete in Middle School track and field events at the Curtis Football Field today!

8:31 am – Grade 5 students at G.W. Smith Elementary School in Red Deer will attend Nature School at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre all week. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities.

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8:23 am – Grade 3-5 students at Ecole Barrie Wilson Elementary School in Red Deer will have a unique opportunity today to learn more about the human brain. The Central Alberta Brain Injury Society (CABIS) is coming to do their Brain Walk program, which is an interactive walk through the brain where students visit 10 different hands on stations over the course of an hour to learn about how different parts of the brain work. The purpose of the Brain Walk is to inspire the students to realize how important the brain is and what it can do, thereby developing a natural desire to protect the brain.

8:12 am – The Parkland Regional Library System headquartered in Lacombe, is among six regional library systems in Alberta that will share $10.7 million in one-time capital funding announced by the province on Friday, May 26th. In a release, Parkland Regional Library Director Ron Sheppard says “This funding is exceptionally good news. Parkland Regional Library’s headquarters has been in need of significant infrastructure upgrades for a number of years, and our ability to fund such a large-scale capital undertaking with our partner municipalities has been a challenge. We are very grateful the Alberta government recognizes the important role regional systems play in supporting library services for rural Albertans.”

7:56 am – Five Central Albertans will be recognized for their extraordinary volunteer efforts with a new National Award today. 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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Musk’s plan to end Russian war infuriates Ukraine on Twitter

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Elon Musk has gotten into a Twitter tussle with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after the tech billionaire floated a divisive proposal to end Russia’s invasion.

The Tesla CEO, soon facing a court fight over his attempt to abandon a $44 billion offer to buy Twitter, argued in a tweet Monday that to reach peace Russia should be allowed to keep the Crimea Peninsula that it seized in 2014. He also said Ukraine should adopt a neutral status, dropping a bid to join NATO following Russia’s partial mobilization of reservists.

Musk also crossed red lines for Ukraine and its supporters by suggesting that four regions Russia is moving to annex following Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” denounced by the West as a sham should hold repeat votes organized by the United Nations.

Musk noted Crimea was part of Russia until it was given to Ukraine under the Soviet Union in 1950s and said that a drawn-out war will likely not end in a resounding Ukrainian victory.

These positions are anathema for Zelenskyy, who considers them pro-Kremlin. The Ukrainian leader has pledged to recover all the terrain conquered in the war and considers Crimea as Ukraine’s to reclaim as well.

Musk also launched a Twitter poll asking whether “the will of the people” should decide if seized regions remain part of Ukraine or become part of Russia.

In a sarcastic response, Zelenskyy posted a Twitter poll of his own asking “which Elon Musk do you like more?”: “One who supports Ukraine” or “One who supports Russia.”

Musk replied to Zelenskyy that “I still very much support Ukraine, but am convinced that massive escalation of the war will cause great harm to Ukraine and possibly the world.”

Andrij Melnyk, the outgoing Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, responded to Musk’s original tweet with an obscenity.

“Russia is doing partial mobilization. They go to full war mobilization if Crimea is at risk. Death on both sides will be devastating,” Musk wrote in another tweet. “Russia has (over) 3 times population of Ukraine, so victory for Ukraine is unlikely in total war. If you care about the people of Ukraine, seek peace.”

The Kremlin itself chimed in, praising Musk for his proposal but warning that Russia will not backtrack on its move to absorb the Ukrainian regions.

“It’s very positive that such a person as Elon Musk is trying to look for a peaceful settlement,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. But, “as for the referendums, people have voiced their opinion and there could be nothing else.”

Ukraine and the West have said that the hastily organized votes in four occupied regions were clearly rigged to serve Putin’s purpose to try to cement his loosening grip on Ukrainian terrain.

Musk’s ideas seemed to get little support on Twitter, including from Russian chess great and anti-Putin political activist Garry Kasparov, who bashed the plan.

“This is moral idiocy, repetition of Kremlin propaganda, a betrayal of Ukrainian courage and sacrifice, and puts a few minutes browsing Crimea on Wikipedia over the current horrific reality of Putin’s bloody war,” Kasparov tweeted.

In the first weeks of the invasion in early March, Musk came to Ukraine’s aid when his SpaceX company shared its Starlink satellite system that helps deliver internet access to areas that lack coverage. At the time, Zelenskyy thanked Musk for the equipment that he said would help maintain communications in cities under attack.

However, in April, Musk said that as a “free speech absolutist” Starlink would not block Russian state media outlets that spread propaganda and misinformation on the war in Ukraine.

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Follow the AP’s coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine.

Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press

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Loretta Lynn, coal miner's daughter and country queen, dies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music, has died. She was 90.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Lynn already had four children before launching her career in the early 1960s, and her songs reflected her pride in her rural Kentucky background.

As a songwriter, she crafted a persona of a defiantly tough woman, a contrast to the stereotypical image of most female country singers. The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote fearlessly about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control and sometimes got in trouble with radio programmers for material from which even rock performers once shied away.

Her biggest hits came in the 1960s and ’70s, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Rated X” and “You’re Looking at Country.” She was known for appearing in floor-length, wide gowns with elaborate embroidery or rhinestones, many created by her longtime personal assistant and designer Tim Cobb.

Her honesty and unique place in country music was rewarded. She was the first woman ever named entertainer of the year at the genre’s two major awards shows, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music three years later.

“It was what I wanted to hear and what I knew other women wanted to hear, too,” Lynn told the AP in 2016. “I didn’t write for the men; I wrote for us women. And the men loved it, too.”

In 1969, she released her autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which helped her reach her widest audience yet.

“We were poor but we had love/That’s the one thing Daddy made sure of/He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar,” she sang.

“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” also the title of her 1976 book, was made into a 1980 movie of the same name. Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of Lynn won her an Academy Award and the film was also nominated for best picture.

Long after her commercial peak, Lynn won two Grammys in 2005 for her album “Van Lear Rose,” which featured 13 songs she wrote, including “Portland, Oregon” about a drunken one-night stand. “Van Lear Rose” was a collaboration with rocker Jack White, who produced the album and played the guitar parts.

Born Loretta Webb, the second of eight children, she claimed her birthplace was Butcher Holler, near the coal mining company town of Van Lear in the mountains of east Kentucky. There really wasn’t a Butcher Holler, however. She later told a reporter that she made up the name for the purposes of the song based on the names of the families that lived there.

Her daddy played the banjo, her mama played the guitar and she grew up on the songs of the Carter Family.

“I was singing when I was born, I think,” she told the AP in 2016. “Daddy used to come out on the porch where I would be singing and rocking the babies to sleep. He’d say, ‘Loretta, shut that big mouth. People all over this holler can hear you.’ And I said, ‘Daddy, what difference does it make? They are all my cousins.’”

She wrote in her autobiography that she was 13 when she got married to Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, but the AP later discovered state records that showed she was 15. Tommy Lee Jones played Mooney Lynn in the biopic.

Her husband, whom she called “Doo” or “Doolittle,” urged her to sing professionally and helped promote her early career. With his help, she earned a recording contract with Decca Records, later MCA, and performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Lynn wrote her first hit single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” released in 1960.

She also teamed up with singer Conway Twitty to form one of the most popular duos in country music with hits such as “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” and “After the Fire is Gone,” which earned them a Grammy Award. Their duets, and her single records, were always mainstream country and not crossover or pop-tinged.

The Academy of Country Music chose her as the artist of the decade for the 1970s, and she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

In “Fist City,” Lynn threatens a hair-pulling fistfight if another woman won’t stay away from her man: “I’m here to tell you, gal, to lay off of my man/If you don’t want to go to Fist City.” That strong-willed but traditional country woman reappears in other Lynn songs. In “The Pill,” a song about sex and birth control, Lynn writes about how she’s sick of being trapped at home to take care of babies: “The feelin’ good comes easy now/Since I’ve got the pill,” she sang.

She moved to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, outside of Nashville, in the 1990s, where she set up a ranch complete with a replica of her childhood home and a museum that is a popular roadside tourist stop. The dresses she was known for wearing are there, too.

Lynn knew that her songs were trailblazing, especially for country music, but she was just writing the truth that so many rural women like her experienced.

“I could see that other women was goin’ through the same thing, ‘cause I worked the clubs. I wasn’t the only one that was livin’ that life and I’m not the only one that’s gonna be livin’ today what I’m writin’,” she told The AP in 1995.

Even into her later years, Lynn never seemed to stop writing, scoring a multi-album deal in 2014 with Legacy Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. In 2017, she suffered a stroke that forced her to postpone her shows.

She and her husband were married nearly 50 years before he died in 1996. They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest and Clara, and then twins Patsy and Peggy. She had 17 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press

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