Dauphin, Canada
BU Courses Coming to Dauphin
In case you missed it, there's big news for people in the Dauphin area considering post-secondary education.
Brandon University will offer some first-year university courses in Dauphin this fall.
This is a one-year pilot project, but both BU and the City of Dauphin believe there is an opportunity for expansion.
Students will be able to enroll in courses that will act as a stepping-stone for pursuing specific programs.
A local coordinator is to be hired to help with registration and to help students throughout the academic year.
A public information session will be held at 6 in the evening on April 7 at City Hall.
Child Care Gets Election Attention
If there's one thing all of Manitoba's major political parties can agree on, it's the need to do something to reduce the record number of children in care.

Manitoba has one of the highest apprehension rates in Canada and seizes an average of one newborn baby a day.

On Wednesday, the Liberals said they would bring the number down by half to roughly 5,000 by putting more money into supporting families rather than apprehending children.

The Tories said they would give First Nations communities more power to intervene and would support struggling families rather than continue seizing children.

And the NDP promised to carry through on its work to pass customary care legislation, which would place children at risk of apprehension with a family member in their community.

A bill they had proposed on the matter died when the election was called.
Former Churchill CAO Pleads Guilty to Charges Including Fraud
A former chief administrative officer in Churchill, Manitoba has admitted to bilking the town of $200,000 through several different schemes.

Albert William Meijering, 47, pleaded guilty yesterday in Winnipeg to five charges including fraud and forgery.

He is expected to be sentenced this fall.

Meijering is acting as his own lawyer but struck a deal with the Crown that will see him likely avoid a jail sentence provided he pays back all the missing money by the end of June.

Court was told if he holds up his end of the bargain, the Crown has agreed to request a conditional sentence which would allow Meijering to remain free in the community.
Zika Maps Updated
Federal health officials say the mosquitoes that can transmit the Zika virus may live in a broader swath of the US than previously thought.

The Centers for Disease Control posted new maps showing the mosquitoes' range extends into parts of the Midwest and as far north as New York and Connecticut.

The previous maps were about a dozen years old.