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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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Cheatle resigned after two articles of impeachment were filed against her

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U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-South Carolina

From The Center Square

Two articles of impeachment were filed against U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle just before she resigned Tuesday over security failures at the Pennsylvania campaign event where former President Donald Trump was shot.

A Florida congresswoman asked for criminal charges to be brought against her, and two Republicans, Greg Steube, R-Florida, and Nancy Mace, R-South Carolina, took actions for her to be impeached.

After she resigned, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, said Cheatle “will not get to slither away and enjoy retirement.” She still needed to be investigated for her “role in the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump. There may be criminal charges coming in the future. I think she showed up to the Oversight Committee, refused to answer our questions, did not bring any of the information that we asked her to bring in subpoenaed, she came in and participated in a full cover up and then resigned … that speaks a message loud and clear.”

If Cheatle hadn’t resigned, she might have been the second cabinet member to be impeached by the House after her boss, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Mayorkas was impeached on two counts in February for his role in creating the border crisis. Multiple Congress members and others have called for Mayorkas to resign following the July 13 assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump.

Greene also said Cheatle and Mayorkas “will face accountability for actions, including possible criminal investigations.”

Although Cheatle was an appointed officer, impeachment could still be possible. One presidential cabinet member was impeached after resigning, Secretary of War William Belknap, over corruption charges in 1876. The Senate said he was eligible to be impeached and tried even though he resigned, according to the Congressional Research Service. He was later acquitted.

“The Secret Service calls themselves ‘one of the most elite law enforcement agencies in the world,’” Steube said. “What happened under their watch in Butler, Pennsylvania, was an international embarrassment and an inexcusable tragedy.”

On Monday, he filed one article of impeachment against Cheatle “for her dereliction of duty as it relates to the assassination attempt on President Trump’s life.”

The article states Cheatle “has negligently failed to uphold the agency’s mission and statutory charge to ‘ensure the safety and security’ of ‘protectees, key locations, and events of national significance.’”

It describes a range of security failures and conflicting statements Cheatle made to media outlets. It also addresses her action to shift the focus of the Secret Service from “solely providing the best protection services possible for protectees to meet arbitrarily set diversity hiring quotas.”

Mace also filed a privileged motion, requiring the House to vote on impeaching Cheatle within 48 hours. By the time she resigned, she had 24 hours left.

“This is an unprecedented resolution – never in American history has the House voted to impeach what is called an ‘inferior officer,’ or an appointed member of the administration who is not subject to Senate confirmation,” Mace said in a statement.

Cheatle’s “gross dereliction of duty since July 13th led to an unprecedented security breach and a preventable tragedy,” Mace said after an “absolutely egregious” performance at Monday’s Congressional hearing, where Cheatle testified. “She failed to provide us with answers. She failed to tell us a timeline. She failed in every way imaginable. As a result, her failure not only cost the life of someone, but also undermined the trust and confidence placed in the Secret Service by the American people. After today’s hearing – with the extreme lack of transparency and accountability, this impeachment resolution is a necessary step to hold her accountable for her actions.”

After several hours of committee members expressing frustration over Cheatle not answering questions, Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, told her, “You answered more questions with an ABC News reporter than you have with members of Congress. You’re here with a subpoena and we expect you to answer the questions.”

Mace then hammered Cheatle with a series of yes or no questions. She first gave Cheatle the opportunity to use her five minutes to draft her resignation letter; Cheatle declined.

She asked if the Secret Service had “been transparent with this committee?” to which Cheatle replied, “yes.” Mace then asked if “the fact that we had to issue a subpoena to get you to show up today” was transparent and Cheatle attempted to answer but Mace cut her off saying, “no, we had to issue a subpoena to get you to show up today.”

In response to Cheatle stating earlier that the Secret Service wasn’t political, Mace asked her how her opening statement was leaked to three media outlets several hours before the hearing. Cheatle said, “I have no idea how my statement got out.” Mace replied, “well that’s bull****.”

She also asked Cheatle if the Secret Service was fully cooperating with the committee; Cheatle replied, “yes.” Mace said the committee sent her a list of demands for information on July 15 and still hadn’t received answers. Each time Mace asked a question, Cheatle replied, “I’ll have to get back to you on that,” to which Mace replied, “that is a no.”

“You’re just being completely dishonest,” Mace said. “You are being dishonest or lying. These are important questions that the American people want answers to and you’re just dodging … we had to subpoena you to be here and you won’t even answer the questions. We’ve asked you repeatedly to answer our questions. These are not hard questions.”

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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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