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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Ansett Sale – Russian Election - Standard and Poors – Doomsday Cult – Bloody Sunday – Kirsty Bentley – Primary Healthcare – Gay Stalker – Y2k Commission – Ian Drury

ANSETT SALE: One of the investors in the Ansett NZ deal says the airline will be NZ owned. Sir Clifford Skeggs says that NZ ownership was one of the reasons he contributed to the purchase.

RUSSIAN ELECTION: New Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun looking at his new government. Putin said he was in a hurry to set out his economic plans. Critics complain that Putin was leveraged into power. Liberals fear authoritarianism.

STANDARD AND POORS: Finance Minister Michael Cullen says that NZ’s economic performance will keep it in Standard and Poor’s good books. This is a fiscally prudent government, Dr Cullen says.

DOOMSDAY CULT: Authorities in Uganda say they have found another mass grave involved in the Restoration of the 10 Commandments Cult.

BLOODY SUNDAY: Hearings have begun into the Bloody Sunday killings in Northern Ireland on Jan 30th 1972. 14 men were shot in the incident.

KIRSTY BENTLEY: The head of the Kirsty Bentley homicide inquiry says a $50,000 reward for information will be withdrawn this weekend.

PRIMARY HEALTHCARE: One of the countries largest community health organisations says patients will benefit if the government implements a bulk-funding system for primary health care.

GAY STALKER: A woman whose conviction for stalking her female partner has been quashed on appeal says the police charged her out of fear of lesbians and gays.

Y2K COMMISSION: The Y2k Readiness Commission will close shortly. Basil Logan says NZers spent $2 billion on the problem and this is why there were no problems.

IAN DRURY: Punk icon Ian Drury has died of cancer aged 57. Author of “hit me with your rhythum stick”.

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