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2:57 pm – Lacombe residents are being encouraged to offer suggestions on how to make improvements to the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre. Read More.

11:44 am – Red Deer contractors and homeowners can now apply and pay for electrical, plumbing, heating, gas and service connection permits online through www.reddeer.ca/mycity. Details Here.

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10:37 am – Some road repairs are underway in Innisfail today. Read More.

10:30 am – Check out the details for street sweeping in Sylvan Lake today!

10:22 am – Street sweeping continues in Lacombe today. Read Where.

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10:11 am – Penhold firefighters joined their colleagues from across the province, including Blackfalds, at the Stair Climb challenge in Calgary over the weekend. Read More.

9:48 am – Westerner Park and STEP Energy Services have teamed up to install Pedestrian Cross-Walk LED signs to increase safety at the park. Officials say these new signs have been installed at the North gates, which is one of the highest traffic areas on the property. Read More.

9:32 am – Jodi Smith, Principal at École Mother Teresa Catholic School in Sylvan Lake has been selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Council for School Leadership of the Alberta Teachers’ Association! Read More.

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9:25 am – Street Sweeping in Penhold today:

  • Lincoln Street
  • Minto Street (from Fleming Avenue to Penhold Estates)
  • Mann Drive
  • Hives Link
  • Hawthorne Way

9:19 am – A 37 year old man is dead after a three-vehicle collision on Highway 12 at Tees Monday afternoon. The crash happened when an eastbound tractor-trailer unit struck the back of a pick-up waiting to turn left into Tees. The pick-up was pushed into the path of an oncoming SUV, killing the SUV driver. The semi and pick-up drivers were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

9:03 am – Lacombe City Council has given first and second readings to Bylaw 440, the City’s annual property tax bylaw, which includes a 3.26 percent municipal property tax increase, initially approved by Council last December.

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8:55 am – For the third time, the Lacombe Fire Department has sent a decommissioned fire truck and other firefighting equipment to Natalio, Paraguay to help that community fight local fires! Read More.

8:40 am – Residential street sweeping will continue in Red Deer today starting with the Aspen Ridge neighbourhood. Read more.

8:32 am – Alyssa Henderson from Bashaw has been honoured with the prestigious 2017 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award! Read More.

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8:20 am – Maskwacis RCMP are wanting to confirm the well-being of 16 year old Azhlyn Buffalo. She was last seen May 7th around 7:00 pm at a residence on the Samson First Nation. Read More.

8:15 am – Innisfail RCMP are hoping you can help them find 32 year old Angie Beaverbones who walked away from her group home on May 4th. She has been known to frequent the Calgary, Rocky Mountain House, Maskawascis, or Red Deer areas.

7:53 am – The new St. Joseph High School in northeast Red Deer will host an Open House for all prospective students and their families tonight from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. This is a drop-in style event where students and their families will have the chance to tour the school, meet the administration team and register for 2017/2018 school year. The school will open its doors to students this September with an official opening and blessing ceremony during that month.

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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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