Tuesday Morning News – January 17

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Weather – Cloudy, becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High of 0 and low of minus 5.

Roads –  Highways are bare with wet sections from Sault Ste. Marie to White River.

Local

Council has a Corporate Planning meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

There is a WFSC Board meeting at Wawa Motor Inn Fireside Lounge at 11:30 a.m.

Provincial

    • National Railway Equipment Co. in Capreol is closing, and 24 employees will be out of work on February 28th. The company is citing high gasoline prices, and the high U.S. dollar, forcing the company to make “critical decisions” such as the one to close the Capreol plant. NRE has two plants in Canada and five in the United States. 65 employees at an NRE plant in Paducah, Kentucky, were laid off effective Jan. 31. NRE sells new, refurbished and used locomotives.According to the Financial Post Canadian National Railway Co.’s freight volumes increased 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter, while Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s fell 3.5 percent.
    • Country fans are delighted to hear that on February 1st, Brad Paisley is playing the Essar Centre during his ‘Life Amplified’ World Tour with special guests: Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell! Tickets can be purchased at the Essar Centre Box Office.

National

  • Police say they have taken one person into custody following a series of fires involving the town hall, a school and a police station in a small community on Newfoundland’s south coast. RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe says calls started coming in at about 4:40 a.m. local time today that the Milltown-Head of Bay d’Espoir town hall was on fire. A short time later, calls came in that the local school and RCMP station were also on fire.
  • A Saskatoon man who traded in snacks for lottery tickets has picked up a $5 million cheque for being the sole winner of a Lotto 649 draw last summer. Curtis Mooney jokingly told reporters on Monday that he is 45 and single — “but not for long.”
  • The search for Malaysia Airlines 370 has been called off after three years. Crews have completed their deep-sea search in the Indian Ocean without finding a single trace of the plane.

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