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Regina Public Library asking for public input for future Central Library

The people of Regina are getting their own say about what the future Central library will look like.

The Regina Public Library has launched a four month long consultation with the public. Library Director and CEO Jeff Barber says they want to know what the community thinks a 21st century library should look like.

"The board has to say 'okay, based on community input, based on what you know, this is where the Central Library needs to go' and get the plan in place to get it there," said Barber.

Tent caterpillar population relatively average for Regina

The cool start to spring is having an effect on tent caterpillars in Regina.

Tent caterpillars build a white, stringy nest in trees that looks almost like a big spider web and they can pose a serious hazard to foliage.

The City of Regina monitors the insects and treats them based on calls received. Ray Morgan, manager of forestry, pest control and horticulture, has responded to 25 different calls for treatment so far this year.

Sask. municipalities to get $292.7 million under new gas tax agreement

In a new gas tax agreement, the Government of Saskatchewan will receive $56.3 million from the federal government for municipalities to spend on infrastructure projects in 2014-15.

The 10 year agreement has $292.7 million earmarked for Saskatchewan municipalities over the first five years of the program.

Mayor Michael Fougere says the City of Regina will receive $10.9 million dollars in the first two years of the agreement, 2014-15, with larger amounts expected in the later years.

"We could always use more," he said Wednesday afternoon.

Meewasin looks 10 years ahead

The Meewasin Valley Authority is planning a face lift in the next decade.

Wednesday they released plans to update and extend trails as well as focus more on conservation and water access.

"The priority of Meewasin is always our natural areas. Natural areas are really the foundation for all that Meewasin does," Erin Akins said.

Questions wrap up for Douglas Hales at Saskatoon murder trial

Douglas Hales spent Wednesday morning in the witness box facing a second round of questioning from Crown prosecutor Matthew Miazga.

Miazga spent most of the time going over transcripts and recordings from the RCMP's 2008 sting operation and Hales' interrogation by Saskatoon police after his arrest.

Miazga pointed to a number of examples where the material contradicted Hales' claim that he burnt Daleen Bosse's body in a panic after she died of alcohol poisoning.

Text to 911 service coming to Sask.

For people who are deaf and hard of hearing in Saskatchewan, contacting emergency services is about to get a little easier.

Text-to-911 service is coming to the province. It allows users to register their phone so when they call 911, the operator is notified and can contact them via text.

"It just opens up more doors for them," said Anne Websdale, communications director for the Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. "This removes a lot of those barriers for them so they can contact emergency services."

Near record rainfall causing construction delays

Saskatoon has seen rainfall numbers the city hasn't seen since the 1940s says Galen Heinrichs, engineering manager at Saskatoon Water.
 
The last 30 days have seen nearly eight inches of rain fall on the city, half of which occurred in the past week.
 
"We're not necessarily expecting that we're going to have basement flooding, but we're just recognizing that we're kind of at a higher risk time right now," Heinrichs said.
 
He said Saskatoon is one big rain storm away from potentially facing trouble.
 

MAP: Where to watch the World Cup in Regina

As fans across the world watch teams battle it out on the pitch in Brazil, Reginans are coming together at a few bars, hotels and restaurants to watch the World Cup.

News Talk 980 CJME has put together this map showing the best places to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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PHOTOS: World Cup broadcast draws people to downtown Regina

It wasn't quite Brazil but World Cup fever was in the streets of Regina Tuesday morning.
 
The game between Uruguay and Italy was shown on the big screen in City Square Plaza attracting fans of all ages.
 
Young kids banged thundersticks together while men and women in business suits stopped to take it all in - even just for a few minutes.
 
One of those fans was John Kozan.
 
"I don't have a TV at home, so I thought I'd come down and check it out," he said.
 

Rain dampens some Sask. services

Days full of rain are causing some complications for services and business around Saskatchewan and the people who use them.

SaskParks says campers are still weathering the damp conditions for the most part.

"(We've had) lots of activities on the weekends," said Mary-Anne Wihak, director of visitor experience. "But as well, a lot of folks who seem to be pulling out early."

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