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Don't be surprised if the Thompson Nicola Regional District gets more aggressive when it comes to attracting new business to the area.

The wheels are in motion to get the T-N-R-D's economic development office back in business.

Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta says about 80-thousand dollars was left over after the T-N-R-D scrapped it's economic development function after Kamloops bowed out and formed Venture Kamloops.

Ranta says recommendations will be made to the board and the new program would be web based.

(With files from CHNL)

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The City's top law makers will be back at the Council table tomorrow night.

Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says there are no delegations at the meeting, but four bylaws are on the agenda.

The meeting is, as usual, at 7 o'clock in City Hall Council Chambers tomorrow night.

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Allan Schoenborn, the man who killed his three children in Merritt, has withdrawn his request for escorted leave from the psychiatric hospital where he is being detained.

The B.C. Review Board earlier approved Schoenborn's request for supervised day passes but decided to re-examine that decision after it was revealed the children's mother lives in Port Coquitlam, where the hospital is located.

Through his lawyer, Schoenborn said he was withdrawing the request because he did not want to cause any further hardship to his wife, who discovered the bodies of her children in her Merritt home three years ago.

Schoenborn's lawyer, Scott Hicks, says Schoenborn was assaulted in the hospital after news reports about his last review board hearing, and has now been moved to a more secure unit of the hospital.

Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness for killing the children three years ago.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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The City of Merritt Recreation Programmer from Leisure Services is heading up another Easter Extravaganza this weekend.

Felicity Peat is extending the invitation to families in the City to join in a fun day on Saturday at Rotary Park starting at 11 a.m.

There's also an Easter event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Aquatic Centre with a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, games, crafts and prizes.

Call the Civic Centre for more information at 250-315-1050 or the Aquatic Centre at 250-378-2061.

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Last night's All Candidates Forum was a good opportunity for voters taking advantage of this weekend's Advanced Poll to further make up their minds on who they want to vote for.

Liaison Officer with Elections Canada, Bruce Forward, says the advanced polls are being set up at the Merritt Civic Centre now with voting tomorrow, Saturday and Monday from 12 noon until 8 p.m.

The regular poll set for Monday, May 2 is also at the Merritt Civic Centre.

The polls will be open on election day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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