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Interest Rates – Puppet Clark – Shipley Apologises – Legal Aid – Legionnaire’s Disease – Home Invasion – Everest – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: The Dollar

INTEREST RATES: The Dominion leads today with a report that Bank lending rates are expected to rise, perhaps as soon as today, while the dollar continues to slump, hitting a 15-year low yesterday.

PUPPET CLARK: The front-page photo shows Prime Minister Helen Clark with a new puppet figure of herself at the backbencher pub.

Also on the front page:

- SHIPLEY APOLOGISES: a report hat National leader Jenny Shipley has apologised to anyone who took offence at her comment that Maori and Pacific Islanders “climb in the windows of other New Zealanders at night”.

- LEGAL AID: a report that the legal aid system is facing another multi-million dollar budget blowout;

- LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE: a report that up to seven NZers may have caught potentially deadly Legionnaire’s disease after an outbreak in the Melbourne Aqauarium earlier this month;

- HOME INVASION: a report that the elederly victim of a home invasion at Ohau, near Levin, had since had a stroke as a result of the attack, police said yesterday;

- EVEREST: a report that bad weather is hampering the bid by New Zealander Brede Arless to be the oldest woman to reach the summit of Mt Everest.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Airways sanitised contract, says Peters;
- Labour bill “major nail in coffin”;
- MP lodges complaint over allocation;
- Subsidy ruled out for rural Internet access;
- Dollar blamed as car prices fail to drop;
- Emmissions take on new spectrum;
- Error admitted two weeks later;
- Cloning debate back on agenda.

EDITORIAL – THE DOLLAR: Alarm bells are ringing as the dollar appears in danger of sinking too low.

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