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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fewer Maritimers Attending College At Home

Fewer students from the Maritimes are choosing to stick around and study on the east coast.

That's according to a new report by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission which says over the last ten years the number of Maritimers enrolled in the region's universities decreased by 12-percent while the number of Canadians from outside the Maritimes increased by 28-percent and the number of international students doubled.

Commission C-E-O Mireille Duguay says Maritime Universities are maintaining their numbers by attracting more students from outside the Maritimes.

Pig Virus Prevention Measures Encouraged By Gov't

The government of New Brunswick working with NB Pork to minimize the impact of a disease that could potentially devastate the province's multimillion-dollar pork industry.

While the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is highly contagious among piglets, it doesn't pose a risk to human health or safety. 

Provincial Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries Minister Michael Oslcamp says while it hasn't been detected in the province yet, the department has been working with pork producers since last fall to raise their awareness and boost their bio-security practices to prevent the spread of disease.

The first confirmed case of the disease in the Maritimes was in Prince Edward Island.

Investigation Into Rothesay Shooting Underway

The RCMP are now in the process of gathering and analyzing evidence in a fatal shooting involving a Rothesay Regional Police officer. 

That's according to Constable Damien Thériault who tells CHSJ News they are now interviewing witnesses to establish what actually happened during the incident on Friday evening around 7:00 when a 26-year-old man, reportedly armed with a knife, died after being shot outside a home on Shipyard Road as officers were responding to a violent domestic dispute.

William David McCaffrey was a nursing student at U-N-B Saint John.

Thériault says it's impossible to say when their investigation into the incident might be completed.

NB Artist Molly Lamb Bobak Passes Away

One of the province's most well-known and celebrated artists has passed away. Molly Lamb Bobak died yesterday at the age of 95.

Born in 1920 just outside of Vancouver, she joined the Canadian Women's Army Corp in 1942 and became the first woman to be named as an official Canadian War Artist. She moved to Fredericton with her husband Bruno in 1960.

She has received Honorary Doctorates from Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University and received the Order of Canada in 1995 and the Order of New Brunswick in 2002.

There will be no funeral or public memorial service at her request. Her family plans to have a private gathering at a later date.

Man Assaulted By Roommate On East Side

A man taken to hospital with head injuries after being assaulted by his roommate. 

The incident happening on Grandview Avenue and City Police say the man was struck with a weapon but were unable to say what the weapon was. 

His roommate is facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Rollover On Courtenay Bay Causeway

Saint John Police believe alcohol was involved in a early morning rollover on the Courtenay Bay Causeway. 

The rollover happening when the driver hit the median. Police say he hurt his hand so badly in the crash it will likely need surgery. No one else was hurt in the incident. 

Police were asking drivers to avoid the westbound lane of the causeway as emergency crews cleared up the scene.