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Bank Fees - ACC Changes - Haider Resigns - Maori Issues - Tainui Warriors - Dam Flooding - Package Announced- Nigerian Violence - America’s Cup - Cup Bets - GE Conference – Yleap - Moors Murders - Woman Dead - Wool Prize

BANK FEES: WestpacTrust customers will soon be charged more for transaction costs and credit card bills. A spokesperson for the bank says the move will recoup money the bank has used subsidise the costs of transactions.

ACC CHANGES: Plans to return a Bill re-nationalising workplace insurance to Parliament from a select committee stage has been successful with the Bill remaining basically unchanged. However Government MPs from the minor parties have urged the Government to go further to help small businesses.

HAIDER RESIGNS: The head of the far right Freedom Party in Austria, Joerg Haider, has resigned today, after Austrian newspapers speculated that he might step down to concentrate on his job as a governer of an Austrian province.

MAORI ISSUES: Moves by the Government to strengthen their hand over Government agencies in their quest to narrow the social and economic gap between Maori and European, have been given a luke warm welcome Maori MPs outside of Government.

TAINUI WARRIORS: The Tainui tribe have taken complete control of the running of the Auckland rugby league team the Auckland Warriors, removing two former executives from the board which controls the direction for the team.

DAM FLOODING: The Government says it will not take a position on the silting of the Roxborough dam and it’s effects on the Clutha river until a report detailing the issue comes out. Power company TransAlta admits no legal responsibility for the flooding.

PACKAGE ANNOUNCED: Jim Anderton and Michael Cullen are about to announce an economic development package to help regional areas affected by recent economic policy and population moves.

NIGERIAN VIOLENCE: At least 50 people have been killed in Nigera in religious violence between Christians and Muslims,

AMERICA’S CUP: Team NZ and Prada have begun a long hot wait on the Hauraki Gulf with winds not expected to be high enough until later in the afternoon. If two more days are

CUP BETS: The TAB has taken more than a million dollars on the America’s Cup despite initial opposition from the race’s main sponsors.

GE CONFERENCE: A major international conference on Genetically modified food is underway in Edenborough, Scotland aiming to establish a dialogue between scientists and environmentalists.

YLEAP: The Director of the Y2k Damages commission says the only problem caused today by a leap year involve mechanical disruptions and human error, not computer problems.

MOOR’S MURDERS: One of Britain’s notorious Moors muderers has appeared in court applying for his right to die. Iain Bradey wants to stop prison authorities force feeding him in a hunger strike.

WOMAN DEAD: A woman is dead after a car being pursued by Police in Wanganui crashed into her vehicle.

WOOL PRIZE: And 80 year old South Island farmer has been given an international prize for producing the finest Marino fibre ever measured. He says the prize is a culmination of his life’s work.

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