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Nearly 70 percent of Albertans voted

EDMONTON—An unofficial turnout shows nearly 70 per cent of Albertans voted in Tuesday's provincial election ‚Äî the highest in decades.

Elections Alberta said about 2,615,000 people in Alberta were registered to vote.

Deputy chief electoral officer Drew Westwater said the unofficial turnout was 69.9 percent, based on numbers crunched by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Alberta still planning to release bear cubs this fall

EDMONTON—Alberta Environment says two black bear cubs being rehabilitated will be returned to the wild by mid-October despite concerns that it is too early.

The Cochrane Ecological Institute, a non-profit wildlife facility, took in two cubs after the province lifted a ban in the spring that had been in place since 2010.