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Police Budget – Asthma Vaccine – Lebanon Resistance – CYF Mistake – Truscott Charged – Lebanon Resistance – CYF Mistake – Truscott Charged – School Terms – Samoan Farmer – Net Hackers – Bush Primary – Lange Defamation –CAA Case – Trade Deficit – Cervical Inquiry – Trial Out - Advertising Breach – Water Rations

POLICE BUDGET: The Acting Police Commissioner Rob Robertson says Police are struggling to stay within their budget because of spending on the failed Incis system. He says Police are spending both on the Wanganui Computer system and on Incis which is causing a budget blowout.

ASTHMA VACCINE: Medical Researchers at Wellington School of Medicine say the tests for an asthma vaccine are promising and want a more extensive study to confirm the result.

LEBANON RESISTANCE: The Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss has condemned Israel's warning-that if attacked by Hezbollah guerrillas, it would set Lebanon ablaze.
CYF MISTAKE: The Child Youth and Family have confirmed that a 14-year-old youth convicted of rape was repeatedly placed in the care of Dean Hiroki, a Mongrel Mob member with a history of rape and sexual assault.

TRUSCOTT CHARGED: An HIV positive Christchurch man has pled guilty to two charges of leaving “isolation without authority”. Christopher Truscott pleaded guilty and was convicted and discharged without paying a fine, because of his debts as a sickness beneficiary.

SCHOOL TERMS - The Minister of Education says changes to the primary school term will make it easier for families to start the new year giving them extra time together. The changes to the system mean children spend less time at home in December and more in early January.

SAMOAN FARMER: A Samoan farmer who gave evidence he was hired to kill the Samoan Prime Minister and the Public Works Minister, doesn't believe he can return to his village.

NET HACKERS: The United States has brought in the FBI to combat hackers who have been bombarding well known internet sites with an onslaught of useless information, preventing users access. Authorities believe anti-capitalist protesters may be behind the cyber-vandalism.

BUSH PRIMARY: Republican George W. Bush has won the Delaware Republican primary against his rival John McCain. Senator McCain did not stand in the region and still managed 25 percent of the vote.

LANGE DEFAMATION: The Court of Appeal is reconsidering a defamation case bought by former Prime Minister David Lange against North and South Magazine, after the Privy Council referred the case back to the New Zealand court.

CAA CASE: A case has been prepared against the Civil Aviation Authority with an aircraft company claiming legal costs against court action the Authority began but never concluded.

TRADE DEFICIT December merchandise trade figures due out tomorrow are expected to show the country’s largest overseas trade deficit ever. The export industry is calling for extra government help.

CERVICAL INQUIRY: A medical expert on the Government’s cervical screening inquiry is standing down because of delays in its start.

TRIAL OUT: A trial in Napier for attempted murder has been thrown out of court when it was revealed that a member of the jury was the wife of a policeman involved in the case.

ADVERTISING BREACH: Travel Agency The Holiday Shop faces two breaches of the Fair Trading Act over prices for NZ-Australia fares it advertised in national newspapers.

WATER RATIONS: The Napier City Council has been forced to ration resident’s water consumption. After tomorrow residents will only be able to water their gardens on alternate days.

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