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The Dominion

Helicopter Crash - Prison Manager - Press Secretary Contracts - Working Hours - Stammered Into Jail - Cancer Inquiry - Petrol Prices - Inside Political Headlines - Editorial: Iraq

HELICOPTER CRASH: The Dominion leads today with a report that two brothers were among four people killed when a Squirrel helicopter crashed on a bush-clad Waikato mountainside near Raglan yesterday.

PRISON MANAGER: The front-page photo shows Arohata women's prison manager Rosemary Fleur Grenfell who intends defending herself against a charge of drink driving.

Also on the front page:

- PRESS SECRETARY CONTRACTS: a report that as Cabinet ministers put the finishing touches to new employment laws, some of the Government's closest advisers are rebelling over their job contracts. 12 press secretaries have written to the PM and Deputy PM complaining that their contract negotiations are not being conducted in good faith;

- WORKING HOURS: a report that a quarter of all men aged between 35 and 54 work 10 hours or more a day, but only 7 per cent of similarly aged women work the same hours, latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show;

- STAMMERED INTO JAIL: a report that a pronounced stutter landed a man in deep trouble in court in Greymouth this week. When remanded in custody till Friday the man said: "Fiff…fank you". The judge jailed him for contempt until he had the stammer explained;

- CANCER INQUIRY: a report that Labour's East Coast MP Janet Mackey revealed last night that she and her daughter were caught up in the cancer scare involving former Gisborne pathologist Michael Bottrill;

- PETROL PRICES: a report that BP triggered the start of a fourth round of fuel price rises since the start of the year by announcing a 3 cents a litre rise for both grades of petrol and diesel from midnight last night.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Strong economy set to boost spending by $850 million;
- Move to sort out migration office;
- Envoy backs currency talk;
- Student loan advice "ignored";
- Early return of Lee's car "okay";
- Beyer tipped to quit as Mayor;
- Nats challence Clark on "no F16 money".

EDITORIAL - IRAQ: Prime Minister reflects public concerns in her remarks on the impact of sanctions against Iraq - but - we should not lose sight of who is responsible for the suffering of the Iraqi people, Saddam Hussein.

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