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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:11

Morning News - April 8

Crown Paints Duffy As Corrupt Senator

The Mike Duffy trial resumes in Ottawa today with testimony expected from a former Senate law clerk who will explain some of the chamber's rules.

The suspended Conservative senator faces 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust and has pleaded not guilty.

Opening day saw Duffy accused by the Crown of skirting expense rules for his own benefit and painted him as an allegedly corrupt senator.

Duffy's lawyer replied with allegations of a conspiracy by Prime Minister Harper's most senior staff to force a senator to repay expenses he never believed were wrongly submitted in the first place.


Great Time To Grab A Book!
The Rotary Club of Dauphin will be busy this week at the local mall.
The club's spring book fair runs from today until Monday.
Club president Kathy Bellemare says there will be a wide variety of books avaliable at the fair.
The club has two book fairs every year, one in the fall and one in the spring.
Bellemare says the proceeds from the fair will go towards various Rotary Club projects.
Honey Industry Is Buzzing

There's money in honey in Manitoba.

Beekeeper Robert Heath says honey is selling for about $2.25 a pound at the moment, and more people are getting interested in the industry.

He says the season is just getting started in the province.

Restocking supplies out of New Zealand and Chile are starting to dwindle and beekeepers who haven't yet purchased additional bees may have to turn to the local market.


Farmers Asked To Ramp Up Dairy Production

Dairy farmers across Manitoba are being asked to increase their milk production in order to keep up with the rising demand for dairy products.

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chairman David Wiens says there's currently a strong demand for butter and cheese.

Wiens says programs being introduced on farms is increasing consumers' confidence in how their products are being made, which is also contributing to the demand.

Wiens says right now there's anticipation the strong demand will last at least until the end of the year.


Officer Charged With Murder In Fatal Shooting

The lawyer representing the family of a black man shot and killed by a South Carolina police officer Saturday says the man may have tried to run from the officer because he owed child support.

Video taken by a bystander shows the officer in North Charleston firing eight shots at Walter Scott as he tries to run away.

An autopsy shows Scott was hit by five of the gunshots -- three of them in the back.

Scott had been stopped for a busted tail light.

City Patrolman Michael Slager is now accused of murder.


Mexican Gold Heist

Toronto-based McEwen Mining says armed robbers stole $8.5-million in gold from a refinery at a mine in Mexico's western Sinaloa state.

The company says yesterday's theft at the mine involved 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds) of gold-bearing concentrate containing about 7,000 ounces of gold.

McEwen Mining says no one was injured and mining operations were not affected.

The crime is being investigated by Mexican authorities.

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