We don’t yet have gas price predictions, this week. However, the price of gas in New Brunswick went down by 2.7 cents a litre, last night. Diesel there dropped by 2.3 cents. The minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is now $1.14.5 cents. Diesel now goes for a minimum of $1.05.3 cents a litre on the Island.
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The Liberal government is expected to present a balanced budget this afternoon that many believe will lay the groundwork for a provincial election call within days. In a pre-budget address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce last month, Finance Minister Randy Delorey promised a modest tax cut to small businesses and a greater effort to slash red tape. The small business income tax rate is due to rise to $500,000 from $350,000. The Canadian Press is reporting the budget will contain $2.4 million in annual funding for two medical programs that would lead to the hiring of an extra 50 doctors a year. Delorey is due to deliver his budget address at 1:15 this afternoon.
A 40 year-old Gardiner Mines man charged with the first degree murder of his common-law partner is due back in court on Friday after a brief court appearance today. At that time, Richard Wayne McNeil is expected to have a lawyer. McNeil was arrested at the scene after police found the body of 33 year-old SaraBeth Forbes in the couples’ home on Tuesday of last week. Forbes worked as a teacher’s aid at Tompkins Elementary in Reserve Mines, and her son Devon goes to the school. McNeil is being held in custody to await his next court appearance.
Eskasoni RCMP say the body of a man from the community who was reported missing in December has been found. They add they got a call from someone in Eskasoni who said they discovered the remains of Camillius Alex near Mountain Rd. in Eskasoni. The 79 year-old was reported missing on December 15th. Ground Search and Rescue volunteers from all over the province, along with other volunteers, a helicopter and police dogs searched for Alex over five days after he was reported missing. Police called the search off after they said dense brush and a significant amount of snow hampered the effort.
Regional Police say the search for a missing woman is underway in Sydney after her burned vehicle was found in a wooded area off Cossitt Heights Drive. Police add 59-year-old Debbie Ann Hutchinson was last seen on April 14. She was reported missing Monday by her family, who told police they haven’t been able to contact her. Investigators found her burned vehicle yesterday in Cossitt Heights. Despite this, they add there’s nothing specific to indicate foul play at this point. Hutchinson is described as 5’ tall, weighing 95 pounds with brown eyes and graying hair. Police say anyone with information on her whereabouts or the burned vehicle is asked to call the police general number or Crime Stoppers.