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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Cancer Inquiry – Israel – F16s – Police Budget – Mozambique – Fire Contracts – Team NZ Parades – Minimum Wage – Piha Drowning Feared – Chatham Nuclear Monitoring Station

CANCER INQUIRY: 12,000 women whose cancer slides were examined by Gisborne Pathologist Michael Bottrill will find out this week what the results are from the recheck of their smear slides. 10,000 are expected to be pleased to hear their slides are clear.

ISRAEL: The Israeli cabinet has voted unanimously to withdraw from Southern Lebanon by July 2001.

F16S: Two reports on the F16s deal are due to go to the government today. A treasury report is not expected to show any significant costs in pulling out of the deal, and in fact we are expected to make money on the exchange rate on our deposit. Derek Quigley’s report is also expected to be given to cabinet today but a decision is thought to be a week off.

POLICE BUDGET: Minister of Police George Hawkins is expected to be discussing a $20 million budget blowout with police today.

MOZAMBIQUE: The President of Mozambique says a relief project in his country will need to last for months to save his people from starvation. Most of the country’s maize crop has been destroyed and 80% of cattle have died in the flood.

FIRE CONTRACTS: Firefighters and Fire Service management are about to begin stalled employment contract talks again.

TEAM NZ PARADES: Christchurch Mayor Gary Moore says he is thrilled that Team New Zealand will go to Christchurch on Thursday or Friday.

MINIMUM WAGE: Increases in the minimum wage come into effect today. The increases are of 7% for youth and adult rates. Minister Laila Harre says that if there are any employment effects from the rise then they will be very small.

PIHA DROWNING FEARED: A team of police are searching for a swimmer who has gone missing off Piha beach – they fear the worst.

CHATHAM NUCLEAR MONITORING STATION: Matt Robson says that NZ’s new Nuclear Test Monitoring Station is the most high tech of 80 around the world.

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