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Judges On Crime - Drug Testing Appeal - Whooping Cough - Challenge Claim - Dairy Merger – Curry Withdrawal - Ferry Wash - Sex Discrimination - Serbs Not Returning - Yacht Race Inquest - Racism Arrests - More Journos Die - Man Finds Cash

JUDGES ON CRIME: A former chief justice says judges realise they are seen as being soft on crime by the general public. But Sir Thomas Echlebaum says figures show sentences have gotten longer for violent crimes such as rape.

DRUG TESTING APPEAL: . The New Zealand Sports Drug Agency is to appeal a court decision that over-ruled a positive drug test against Olympic swimmer Trent Bray.

WHOOPING COUGH: The Auckland medical officer of Health is warning that a whooping cough epidemic is spreading throughout the region.

CHALLENGE CLAIM: The general manager for Challenge says the Deputy Prime Minister’s claims that the service station chain had been taken over by Mobil has caused the service stations to customers. Mr Anderton has apologised for his claim which he says he now realises is incorrect.

DAIRY MERGER: The Dairy Group has yet to comment on the latest offer of rival dairy company “Kiwi” Group after the two companies earlier failed to merge because they could not agree how much each was worth.

CURRY WITHDRAWAL: A curry and spice manufacturer has begun a nation-wide withdrawal of products after testing showed coriander contaminated by salmonella virus.

FERRY WASH: The Transport Minster Mark Goshe says he is surprised at the extent of the fast ferry wash which residents say is disrupting environment in the Malborough sounds.

SEX DISCRIMINATION: The United States Government has agreed to pay more than half a billion US dollars to settle a sex discrimination case brought 23 years ago.

SERBS NOT RETURNING: The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees on a visit to Serbia has said she does not expect Serbian refugees from Kosovo to return home yet.

LEGAL AID FOR ELLIS: Nearly four hundred thousand dollars of tax-payer funded legal aid has gone the way of convicted child molester Peter Ellis in appealing his conviction.

ECSTASY DEATH: A man who died on Waiheke Island at a dance party had high levels of ecstasy in his blood say Police.

SENTENCE APPEALED: The Appeal Court has been told two men convicted of murdering a Wellington teenager Jeff Whittington should have been convicted of the lesser crime of manslaughter.

INDUSTRY NEW ZEALAND: The Minister for Economic Development, Jim Anderton, says the new Industry New Zealand agency will not have the ability to invest in major projects in the regions such as roads, and irrigation.

YACHT RACE INQUEST: The inquest into the disastrous 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race will today hear evidence about whether the ill fated yacht the Winston Churchill was seaworthy enough to race.

RACISM ARRESTS: Police in London have arrested over 100 people in a series of raids who they suspect are racists and football hooligans

MORE JOURNOS DIE: The number of journalists killed world wide as a consequence of their work increased this year with 34 journalists dying.

MAN FINDS CASH: A man renovating his home on the Brisbane outskirts has found a horde of cash nearly 50 years old in the wall behind the sink and the kitchen The money totalled at over 13,000 pounds which the man handed to police.

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