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Five stories in the news today, April 22

04/22/2015 04:30 EDT | Updated 07/15/2015 05:59 EDT
Five stories in the news today, April 22, from The Canadian Press:

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BUDGET PROMPTS TRUDEAU TO REVEAL SOME OF HIS PLATFORM CARDS

Justin Trudeau is starting to show some of his economic cards now that the Conservative government has laid its election hand on the table. The Liberal leader says he'd reverse the Tories' plan to almost double the maximum amount Canadians can sock away in their tax-free savings accounts. And he promised the Liberals would balance next year's budget if they win the fall election.

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OPENING STATEMENT EXPECTED TODAY AT SAUNDERS TRIAL

It's been more than a year since the body of university student Loretta Saunders was found on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick. Today, the two people charged in her death are expected to hear the case against them in a Halifax court. Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

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LIBYAN STUDENTS IN CANADA CONCERNED ABOUT FUNDING

Some Libyan students at post-secondary institutions in Canada are concerned about their educational futures because their government scholarships are delayed by instability in their home country. The Canadian Bureau for International Education, which administers Libyan funding for students in Canada, says the country has not transferred payments for the 2014-2015 school year.

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DUFFY TRIAL HEARS FROM THE SON OF A KEY PLAYER

The Mike Duffy trial was expected to hear from the suspended senator's friend Gerald Donahue this week but Donohue is recovering at home from a recent hospital stay. The trial in Ottawa instead heard Tuesday from Donohue's son, Matt, who testified that he was a 40 per cent shareholder in the family company. Even so, he said didn't know about his dad's dealings with Duffy and didn't recognize the subcontractors who got payments.

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CHARGE DOWNGRADED AGAINST QUEBEC MAN IN WYOMING CRASH

Authorities have dropped an aggravated vehicular homicide charge against a Quebec truck driver involved in a fiery chain-reaction crash in southeast Wyoming that killed two people. Instead, Alex Dragaytsev, 45, was cited for failure to use caution for hazardous conditions — a charge that carries a $60 fine. A local prosecutor said the Longueuil, Que., man has been released from custody

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