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Winnipeg First-Degree Murder Trial in Progress
The first-degree murder trial of a man accused of shooting a suspected drug dealer and wounding another man in a Winnipeg restaurant is underway.

Devin Hall is accused of killing Jeffrey Lau in the 2012 attack and attempted murder of another man.

Prosecutor Cindy Sholdice told the jury that a masked man stormed into the Salisbury House Restaurant and opened fire with a handgun, hitting Lau six times.

A friend of Lau's who can't be identified due to a publication ban was hit in the arm and ankle, but survived. 
Relocation of Bipole III Transmission Line A Possibility
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is leaving the door open to relocating a hydro transmission line to a region that includes protected areas managed by First Nations communities.

Pallister says Manitoba Hydro is reviewing the planned route for the line and will make the decision.

The provincial Crown corporation originally wanted to build the line down the east side of Lake Winnipeg, but was ordered by the former NDP government to reroute the line far to the west.

The west line would be much longer and cost much more, but would respect the wishes of some First Nations communities on the east side that want the land protected from development.

That protection was put into law in 2011, and the area is being considered by UNESCO as a potential world heritage site.

Pallister says he has to examine what is best for all Manitobans, and feels that some First Nations would like the transmission line.
Dozens Killed, Nearly 100 Wounded in Iraq
Two suicide attacks in and outside the Iraqi capital have killed 27 people and wounded more than 60 today.

The deadliest attack happened in a commercial area of a majority Shiite neighbourhood in Baghdad, where at least 15 people were killed and 35 wounded.

The other attack -- a car bombing -- happened at an Iraqi army checkpoint north of Baghdad.

The so-called Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Baghdad attack.
Senate Votes to Amend Bill C-14
The federal government's controversial assisted-dying bill has hit an expected hitch in the Senate.

Senators voted last night 41 to 30 in favour of an amendment to Bill C-14 that would allow suffering Canadians who are not near death to seek medical help to end their lives.

The vote knocks out a key element of the Trudeau government's proposed law on medically assisted dying -- which is that a person's natural death must be ``reasonably foreseeable.''

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has already signalled the Liberals are unlikely to accept such an amendment.

The near-death proviso in the bill has been widely condemned by legal and constitutional experts who maintain it renders the legislation unconstitutional and flies in the face of last year's Supreme Court ruling.
Catalyst Credit Union Recognized for its Marketing Initiatives
A couple of awards for Catalyst Credit Union.
The local credit union has received an Achievement in Marketing Excellence Award for its mobile app campaign, and an Achievement in Marketing award for its community newsletter.
The awards were given out on May 30 at the 2016 Strategic Marketing Conference in Ottawa, a two-day event for credit unions and cooperative suppliers across Canada.
30 Achievement in Marketing Excellence Awards were given out, along with 53 Achievement in Marketing awards and one best in show.
Some South African Firefighters at Fort Mac Heading Home Over Wage Dispute
Some of the 300 South African firefighters working on the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta are leaving early.

An Alberta government spokesman says there is a wage dispute between the firefighters and the South African government and some of the firefighters refused to work yesterday.

The province says it has a contract with South Africa and if there is a disagreement, it is between the firefighters and their government.

One firefighter says they're being paid $50 per day -- a Canadian firefighter says he makes $27 an hour.

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