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Saskatoon trial explores question of first-degree murder

Whether or not an Alberta drug dealer with ties to the White Boy Posse had planned to murder someone the day he allegedly shot Lorry Santos was argued at the conclusion of a Saskatoon murder trial.
 
Closing arguments were made Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Randy O’Hagan. He’s accused of shooting and killing Santos, 34, while she answered the door of her Westview area home the morning of Sept.

Six boys facing charges after early morning getaway from police

Six youth are facing charges after leading police on a chase around the city Wednesday.

Around 5 a.m. an officer spotted a vehicle running a stop sign in the area of Preston Avenue and Main Street.
The officer activated his emergency equipment. The vehicle stopped but as the officer approached the vehicle, it sped away.

KIA dealership escapes fire with minor damage

The rain gave fire crews a hand fighting a blaze Wednesday at the KIA Motors dealership in the Stonebridge neighbourhood.

The Saskatoon Fire Department received a call at 10:13 a.m. about a tire fire at the dealership on Brand Road.

The fire was located behind the dealership in a fenced off area.

The fire scorched the back of the building, but fire crews were able stop it from spreading to the interior of the building.

Price tag rises for Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan

The Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan will have more beds and a larger price tag when the project breaks ground in September.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan announced Wednesday in Saskatoon the government will invest $20 million more to increase the number of inpatient beds from 152 to 176. The additional 24 beds will increase the overall size of the hospital by 11 per cent to 38,000 square feet and bring the total cost to $235.5 million dollars, Duncan said during the announcement at Royal University Hospital.

PHOTOS: Saskatoon celebrates Earth Day 2014 at Farmers' Market

The 44th annual Earth Day was celebrated at the Saskatoon Farmers' market Tuesday afternoon.

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and a number of other environmental organizations, hosted activities, educational booths, live entertainment, and "ecocrafts".

More 192 countries worldwide celebrate Earth Day, which is meant to show support for environmental protection efforts.

Pelicans arrive in Saskatoon

Winter vacation is over for the American White Pelican.

The first of the birds was officially spotted on the river between the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge and the weir over the weekend in Saskatoon. That brings the Meewasin Valley Authority's annual pelican sighting contest to a close.

The pelicans are viewed as a sign of spring. The authority's Doug Porteous said this is the latest the birds have shown up in the 18 years they've run the contest.

He attributed the pelicans' late arrival to this year's especially frigid winter.

Train delays a concern for Saskatoon fire department

Saskatoon’s mayor and fire chief are concerned that trains will delay emergency response times in the city. 

The pair is flying to Ottawa to call on rail companies to adopt a “safest route” policy to move goods through cities, which could mean a co-shared line on the outskirts of Saskatoon. 

“I think it’s not only frustrating for the residents but equally so for our men and women that are first responders,” Mayor Don Atchison said at the airport before his flight. 

Saskatchewan runners among the 32,000 to race the Boston Marathon one year after bombings


One year after twin home-made bombs tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon, 32,000 runners from around the world returned to the scene to show their strength, resilience , and fearlessness.

Among them was 23 year old Mitchell Larson from Saskatoon, who returned to run his second Boston Marathon.

Centre mall Safeway to become Co-op

Saskatoon is set to have one less Safeway as it becomes a Co-op store.

The Safeway grocery store and gas bar in Centre Mall on 8th Street East will be taken over by Saskatoon Co-op.

It's part of a deal Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) signed with Sobeys Inc. who now owns all Safeway stores.

FCL has acquired 14 grocery stores across Canada with 12 set to be taken over by local retail co-ops and two by a subsidiary of FCL known as The Grocery People.

Power back on after outage blankets city

Many areas in Saskatoon went black Monday morning as a major power outage hit the city.

People began reporting outages on social media after 9 a.m. in the downtown core, north and west sides of the city.

Saskatoon Light and Power (SLP) said ice and humidity affected the substation near First Avene North and 33rd Street and set off a chain reaction. In total, five major and four minor ones along a transmission line were impacted.

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