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Airforce Sweetener - DNA Tests Reports - Peter Ellis - PM Off To Chile - US Presidential Campaign - Student Protest - Alan Bond - Virgin Sues Non-Existent Airline For Name

AIRFORCE SWEETENER: The Airforce has been forced to find a million carrot to keep its senior pilots. $25,000 payments being made to flying instructors to get them to stay. Airforce says it is not a morale issue. The pilots presently get paid around $65,000 each and commercial jobs are attractive. National Party says the pilots are wanting to leave because of the end of the F16 deal.

DNA TESTS: A forensic laboratory botch up is being blamed for DNA tests that found that a Christchurch man was in two places at once. DNA evidence from the man was found at two Wellington murders that other evidence showed he wasn't at. Contamination at ESR is blamed for the mistake. ESR says that it shows that it will have to be very careful. Another report found that older methods of DNA testing were responsible for the acquittal of serial rapist Peter Howe.

PETER ELLIS: Phil Goff will announce tomorrow whether there will be an inquiry into the Peter Ellis case.

PM OFF TO CHILE: The PM is on her way to Chile tonight and will discuss with the Chilean government the fate of General Pinochet. Helen Clark says, "I am sure it will come up, and I am sure that the new government will want to address it." 72 cases of abuse of Human Rights have been laid against the General in Chile. Clark's mission is primarily related to the inauguration of the new Chilean President.

US PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: The race to be the next president of the US has come down to a race between George Bush and Al Gore. Now the two contenders can expect every aspect of their lives to come under scrutiny. Gore has been accused of being boring. However during the primary campaign he seems to have relaxed. George Bush wants to follow in his father's footsteps to the White House. Bush's best attribute appears to be the fact that he is not a Democrat. A dirty campaign is expected.

STUDENT PROTEST: Auckland students are protesting about not getting student loans. Students kept out of WINZ offices by walls of police. In Wellington Westpac a student was threatened with having his bank account closed. Auckland Students closed down K- Road.

ALAN BOND: Alan Bond is to be released from prison - but too late to watch the Americas Cup.

VIRGIN SUES: Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is suing a Christchurch company - Virgin Pacific Airlines - for the use of the name Virgin. The airline doesn't yet have any planes however. Meanwhile Branson is expanding into Australia.

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