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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Helicopter Crash – Petrol Price Rises – Budget – Moscow On Kosovo – Capital Coast Health – Super Tuesday – Syria – Craccum – Americas Cup – Rats

HELICOPTER CRASH: The police say they are investigating whether their were delays of up to four hours in notifying emergency services that a helicopter which crashed near Raglan was overdue.

PETROL PRICE RISES: The AA is predicting that some sections of the community will be hit hard by petrol price increases. Many people on low incomes may be forced to restrict usage of their cars.

BUDGET: The first insight into what the budget will contain will be unveiled this afternoon. Mr Cullen says that the BPS will contain sign-posts but not price-tags for programmes.

MOSCOW ON KOSOVO: Moscow is warning about fresh tensions in Kosovo, with a grenade attack on Mitrovica. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has asked Security Council members to act.

CAPITAL COAST HEALTH: Capital Coast Health’s business plan shows how the CHE plans to turn a $22 million deficit into a surplus. The savings will be made in the “way” services are provided the CEO says. However staff at the CHE do not believe management.

SUPER TUESDAY: Voting has begun today in the Super Tuesday primary race. This is considered the first national contest in the race to become President.

SYRIA: Syria is undergoing its first major government reshuffle since 1972.

CRACCUM: A number of students at Auckland Student University are moving to sack the editors of Craccum over their publication of articles about youth suicide.

AMERICAS CUP: Americas Cup party hits Wellington today with a ticker tape parade starting at 1.15pm.

RATS: A rat infestation has severely reduced the numbers of yellowheads in the Marlborough Sounds. A population of around 90 yellowheads has been reduced to around 30.

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