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Six arrested in two Regina break-ins

Regina police rounded up six people after a couple break and enters Thursday night.

The call came in at just before midnight. It took police about 30 seconds to get to the home on the 900 block of Rae Street. By then the suspects had run off.

Then a second break in just south of there on the 3200 block of Dewdney Avenue. Police found one man hiding out nearby and arrested him. Another man tried to flee the scene in a cab, but was recognized by police and arrested as well. Two other men and two women were also arrested nearby.

Saskatoon school hosts Special Olympics for 36th consecutive year

Nearly 300 Special Olympics athletes gathered in Saskatoon for the 36th annual track and field meet at E.D. Feehan Catholic High School.

"We did soccer kick, ball throw and long jump, and we're doing stand jump right now," said Gavin - a student from St. Mark elementary school - as he waited in line for his turn. A first place ribbon and two second place ribbons are proudly pinned to his chest.

Six new schools from Saskatoon and area participated in the year's event. Athletes are as young as five and as old as 72.

MADD expanding ATM program into all Regina liquor stores

Liquor stores across Regina now have ATM's with user fees going to a good cause.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has now expanded a pilot program which saw them put the ATM's in the stores on North and South Albert Street.

"Very low transaction fees when you compare them to other ATM machines," said MADD CEO Andrew Murie. "Then the money is used by MADD."

That money will be used to fund various programs and campaigns aimed at lowering drinking and driving.

Southeast Sask's campgrounds overflowing with transient workers

Finding a campground could prove to be a challenge this summer if you’re travelling to southeast Saskatchewan.

Many transient workers in the Bakken Oil Formation can’t find a place to live and as a result, they’re turning to campgrounds.

“All of the people that are here are either truckers or they work on the oil field,” said Leo Grossman with the Carlyle Lion’s Park Campground.

He said it’s currently full there, adding it becomes a full-time job looking after everything.

City of Regina seeks federal money for "brownfield" remediation

A federally-funded program could help the City of Regina do away with some of those old gas station lots that sit vacant year after year.

A fund administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is putting up $150 million for "brownfield" remediation. That term refers to parcels of land that were once used for commercial purposes—such as gas stations—that have yet to be re-developed. Often those sites are contaminated in some way and need to undergo environmental clean-up before they can be used again.

Record attendance expected for this year's Top of the Hops Expo

The Top of the Hops expo expects its best turnout this weekend.

“We’ll be setting an attendance record this year,” said Darren Ulmer, the media director at Pow City Kinsmen.

Road repairs slowing traffic on Broad Street in Regina

Lindsey Baiton, co-owner of Drip in Regina, has learned to make the most out of a bad situation.

While construction on Broad Street has made parking in front of her new business nearly impossible, she’s used the persistent traffic jam across the street as a marketing tool. On Thursday morning, she could be seen standing on the sidewalk, passing out free coffees to frustrated motorists.

RCMP mark 140 years since the formation of the Northwest Mounted Police

In many ways the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) goes hand in hand with the history of settlement on the prairies. On Thursday the mounties celebrated a milestone, marking 140 years since the creation of the Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP).

The NWMP force was officially formed by the Canadian government on May 23, 1873 for the purpose of policing the massive territory including Alberta and Saskatchewan. In fact the Mounties came west before most European settlers did. The force became known as the RCMP in 1920 after merging with the Dominion Police.

SaskPower bills jumping in the spring thanks to snowy winter

Some home owners are paying the price for an excessively snowy winter, seeing their monthly power bill rise dramatically.

A SaskPower customer recently passed along a bill that jumped from $11 dollars the previous month to $200.

Tyler Hopson with SaskPower says that kind of fluctuation is extremely rare. However variations can happen for a number of reasons, including if someone hasn't cleared a path to their meter and SaskPower workers can't get through to check the numbers.

No big change after lift on lifetime ban for gay men to donate blood

What can be called a significant change to the blood donor guidelines for Canadian Blood Services (CBS) may not make much of a difference in the end.

On Wednesday, Health Canada approved a change reducing the deferral period for men who have sex with men (MSM) from indefinite to five years.  That means a man who has had sex with another man can donate blood if the encounter hasn't been in the last five years.

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