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Helicopter Crashes – Whistle Blowing – Retrial Of Smear Case – Doomsday Cult – Russia – OPEC – Cell Phone Towers – Biodiversity – Irish Clothing

HELICOPTER CRASHES: An experienced helicopter pilot says moves to have power lines marked have stalled over the question of who pays. Yesterday 5 people died when a helicopter crashed into power lines near Manapouri power station. Two inspectors will begin investigating the accident today.

WHISTLE BLOWING: The Government is expected to push through Whistle-Blowing legislation today. The bill gives employees immunity from criminal and civil liability when they expose serious wrong-doing.

RETRIAL OF SMEAR CASE: The lawyer acting for a woman suing the crown for exemplary damages over the misreading of her smear test in Gisborne says she has been granted a retrial.

DOOMSDAY CULT: Another 28 bodies have been unearthed under the floor of a house belonging to a leader of a doomsday cult in Uganda..

RUSSIA: Russian Vladimir Putin has called for National Unity. Speaking at an award ceremony in Moscow the President elect said keep working and stop worrying. Putin will be officially sworn in on May 5.

OPEC: President Clinton says he has received encouraging signals from oil producing countries on how much they will increase oil production.

CELL PHONE TOWERS: Both Telecom and Christchurch City Council say they were wrong not to consult with local residents over the installation of a cell-phone tower in Fendalton. The Chirstchurch Mayor says he would like to put towers on council land.

BIODIVERSITY: The government will release its biodiversity strategy this afternoon. If NZ can’t halt the decline in natural heritage the Kiwi will be extinct within 50 years, say scientists. Halting the decline is estimated to cost $50 million a year.

IRISH CLOTHING: The Irish Rugby Team has signed a uniform supply agreement with Canterbury clothing.

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