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Seven stories in the news today, April 29

04/29/2015 04:26 EDT | Updated 08/04/2015 09:59 EDT
Seven stories in the news today, April 29, from The Canadian Press:

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SENTENCING SET FOR TODAY IN LORETTA SAUNDERS MURDER

A sentencing hearing will be held in Halifax for two people who pleaded guilty to murdering Loretta Saunders, whose remains were found beside a New Brunswick highway. Blake Leggette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and Victoria Henneberry pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder.

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VIGIL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SLAIN SASKATCHEWAN FAMILY

A rural Saskatchewan community will host a candlelight vigil tonight to honour a mother and her three children who were killed in a murder-suicide last week. The bodies of 27-year-old Latasha Gosling and her children — Jenika, Landen and Janayah — were found in their mobile home in Tisdale, northeast of Saskatoon.

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B.C. REVIEW BOARD TO CONSIDER PARTIAL FREEDOM FOR KILLER DAD

The issue of partial freedom for a man who murdered his three children is back before a British Columbia review board today. Doctors at the psychiatric hospital where Allan Schoenborn is being held recommend he be granted escorted day outings. Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible in 2010 for the deaths of his daughter and two sons in their Merritt, B.C., home two years earlier.

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CLOSING SUBMISSIONS TODAY AT DRUG TRIAL OF ROB FORD'S DRIVER

Closing submissions begin today in Toronto at the drug trial of former mayor Rob Ford's driver. Alexander Lisi and co-accused Jamshid Bahrami are charged with cannabis trafficking. Lisi is also charged with possession of a small quantity of marijuana while Bahrami is charged with cocaine possession. They have pleaded not guilty.

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LITTLE EVIDENCE CANADIAN PRISONS ARE BREEDING TERRORISTS

Research by the Correctional Service of Canada suggests federal prisons are not the hotbeds of radical extremism some make them out to be. And, it says compared to other inmates, radicalized offenders are more likely to have moderate-to-high potential for rejoining society. The preliminary findings emerge from an ongoing, multi-year study by the prison service and Defence Research and Development Canada.

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JORDAN'S KING ABDULLAH II VISITS CANADA TODAY

King Abdullah II of Jordan will visit Ottawa today — his third Canadian visit since his ascension to the throne in February 1999. Jordan and Canada are among the allies conducting bombing missions against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets inside Syria. Jordan has also borne a heavy load from Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, and is home to an estimated 625,000 refugees.

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PAN AM GAMES UNIFORMS TO BE REVEALED TODAY

Canadians will get a glimpse today of what the country's athletes will wear on home soil at this summer's Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Official outfitter Hudson's Bay Co. will debut the clothing for the Canadian contingent at an event in downtown Toronto. The Toronto area will host the games beginning July 10.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY ...

— Verdict expected in Dartmouth, N.S., for former Nova Scotia legislature member Trevor Zinck, who has pleaded not guilty to drunk driving.

— Judge-only trial continues in Ottawa for suspended Sen. Mike Duffy. He faces 31 charges, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

— Canada's largest oil sands company, Suncor Energy Inc., releases its results for the first quarter of 2015.

— Statistics Canada releases two studies: Changes in Debt and Assets of Canadian Families, 1991 to 2012 and The Underground Economy in Canada, 2012.