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Thursday, September 28th 2017

Greater Moncton Weather: (Extended forecast HERE)

Today: A few showers ending this morning...Maybe a thundershower early this morning...then sun & clouds.  High 22.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low plus 4 with risk of frost.
Tomorrow: Sun & clouds. High 12.

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Gas prices are down almost 3¢ this morning...falling from a maximum of $1.15.3 yesterday....to $1.12.6 today. Diesel is up a cent...and furnace oil is up 1.1¢.

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The Moncton Fisher Cats are New Brunswick Senior Baseball champions! Moncton beat Fredericton 2-1 last night at Kiwanis Park and win the championship series 4 games to 2!

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According to survey results New Brunswickers think we're healthier...but we're probably not. The Canadian Community Health Survey is done by Statistics Canada and they asked how people feel their health is...58% say it's very good or excellent...that's up 3% from the same survey a year ago. Buuuut...some other questions on the survey reveal that we might feel better...but we're doing the same amount or more unhealthy things. The same amount of people are drinking and smoking...heavily. The number of people who said they did 150 minutes of exercise in a week is down four percent to 47.5 percent...and the number of us who say they eat vegetables on a regular basis is down to about 25%.

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A package containing contraband nicotine patches was seized by guards at Dorchester Penitentiary seized  last week, according to the Corrections Canada on Wednesday. 128 patches with an estimated value of $12,800 were confiscated "as a result of the vigilance of staff members." Canadian Prisons have been under a smoking ban since 2008. Guards in Alberta have previously suggested nicotine patches should also be banned because inmates smoke them by mixing the ingredients with tea leaves or orange peels and rolling them in paper.

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Hugh Hefner, who published the first issue of Playboy in 1953, has died at age 91. When Hefner began what he described as a men's lifestyle magazine, states were still allowed to ban contraceptives and the word ``pregnant'' was too risque for ``I Love Lucy.'' By the 1970s, the magazine had seven-million readers and had helped usher in the sexual revolution. Playboy says Hefner died of natural causes surrounded by family at his home last night.

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Canadian telecom giant Bell wants the federal government to block our access websites that stream movies and tv shows...and they want the penalties for Canadians who access those piracy sites to be a lot harsher...like maybe jail time! Lawyers for Bell say that Canada is a haven for those websites and the people who use them and run them...A representative for Bell says "People are actually leaving the regulated [TV] system, not just because they want to watch Netflix but because they want to watch free content."  Critics call the request "radical and its overreaching". According to Bell...Canadians made 1.88 billion visits to piracy sites last year.

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Netflix is set to invest more than half-a-billion dollars in Canadian content as part of the federal government's new cultural plan. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly will unveil the comprehensive overhaul during a speech today in Ottawa. A government source says it includes a deal that will see the U-S streaming giant spend at least 500-million dollars on Canadian programming over the next five years.     The plan is being dubbed a ``creative economic strategy,'' designed to update the approach the government takes to encouraging Canadian content production.

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The Toronto Blue Jays lost to Boston 10-7 last night at Fenway. The Jays open their final series of the season tomorrow in New York.

Get all the scores HERE.

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Don Cherry is criticizing media coverage of athletes kneeling during the playing of national anthems. In a post on his verified Twitter account, the hockey commentator takes aim at what he calls the ``left wing media'' for alleged hypocrisy. He says former N-F-L quarterback Tim Tebow was criticized for kneeling to pray after scoring a touchdown. But he says African American football players are being praised as ``heroes'' for kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice.

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