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Loonie retreats to 6 year low

The Canadian dollar fell sharply Wednesday to below the 80-cent US level as oil prices retreated to fresh six-year lows and traders considered a less dovish than expected announcement on interest rates by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The loonie lost 0.75 of a cent to 79.87 cents US, its lowest close since April 2009.

The Fed has been generally expected to hike rates from near zero around the middle of this year. But there has been growing speculation that the Fed could opt to move much later in the year because of a stubbornly slow global economic recovery.

Reginans head to Super Bowl in Arizona

Football fans from across North America are boarding planes to Arizona to catch the Super Bowl on Sunday.
 
Those flying out of Regina on Tuesday were on the same plane as the brother of Regina-born Seattle punter Jon Ryan. Steve Ryan checked in wearing a Seahawks jersey, and at least one other passenger recognized him.
 
"They just asked if we had any tickets and we definitely don't so if anyone else is wondering there's none left to go around," said Ryan.
 

Family of murdered woman walks 140 km in her memory

The family of a murdered aboriginal woman, Monica Burns, is making a 48-hour journey along Highway 11 in her memory.

Half-a-dozen ventured out of Saskatoon Tuesday morning on route to Prince Albert; Monica's home city. The idea came from her brother Pernell Ballantyne following a conversation about his loss with a friend.

"I have to do this... I gotta do this," he said, just north of Osler.

Sask. travellers rebook flights after United ends service to Denver

If you are heading to the warm beaches of Costa Rica or Panama in the coming months, you might have to rebook your flight.

At the end of February United Airlines will stop service from Regina and Saskatoon to Denver, where many Saskatchewan flyers make connections.
 
Travel agent Dana Sokoloski with The Art of travel says travellers flying out of Regina will now have limited options.
 

Multiple crashes detour Highway 7 traffic east of Kindersley

No one was hurt, but traffic had to be rerouted around a crash east of Kindersley Wednesday morning.

RCMP said they were first called out to Highway 7, about three kilometres east of Kindersley, because an SUV rolled and landed in the north ditch.

Then, a semi-trailer going east came across the initial accident and ran into a flat-bed semi. The simi jack-knifed blocking the highway and the flat-bed semi slid and hit a parked SUV.

Police said icy roads, fog, poor visibility and speed are all factors in the accidents.

Highway 6 closes after semi crash near Milestone

A section of Highway 6 was closed Wednesday morning after two semis collided north of Milestone.

RCMP say a semi hauling lumber slid into the ditch and got stuck. A second semi hauling produce wasn't able to stop and ended up hitting the first semi. Neither of the men driving the trucks were hurt.

Mounties were called to the scene around 4:45 a.m. The road is completely blocked with one semi in the northbound ditch and one in the southbound ditch. Food has spilled from the truck that was hauling produce leaving celery and cantaloupe on the highway.

Sask. police charge hundreds for impaired driving in December

Drinking and driving is a problem any time of the year, but it seems to have been especially bad during the holidays.

Hundreds of people in Saskatchewan were ticketed last month for impaired driving.
 
In December, police kept an eye out for impaired driving, charging 264 people with impaired driving or driving while over 0.08 (BAC). That number is still about 50 fewer people than were charged in December 2013 when police were working on the same focus. However, it's three times as many as were charged in May 2014 (80).
 

Ferry ice bridge a local shortcut, not provincial roadway

The Clarkboro ice bridge is not a provincial route but a shortcut created by locals, according to the province.

This after a woman from Colonsay plunged into the icy water of the South Saskatchewan River in her car on Friday after attempting to cross it.

Driver walks away from collision with bus cargo trailer

The driver of a car managed to walk away without serious injury after they rear ended a Greyhound bus' cargo trailer Saturday morning.

Saskatoon Fire Department said they were called to the accident on Highway 16, eight kilometers east of Saskatoon, around 8:18 a.m.

A car had rear ended a westbound Greyhound bus cargo trailer, wedging itself under the trailer and destroying the front end of the car.

No one on the bus was hurt and passengers were transferred to another bus.

More than 20,000 Sask. drivers captured speeding in December

The first month of the photo-radar camera program in Saskatchewan captured thousands of people speeding by the cameras.

SGI had said earlier in the month that nearly 5,000 warnings had been given to speedy drivers. Now the crown has received a full set of data from Xerox, the company gathering the data, which shows a lot more notices will need to be sent out.

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