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Logging In Court - Golden Handshake - Drug Mixing - Auckland Fog - Goldie Theft - Rugby Time Keeping - Retail Sales Up - Chaudhry In Meeting - US Forest Fires - Us Forest Fires - Whangapaeroa Murder Trial

LOGGING IN COURT: The argument over the Government’s decision to ban all cutting of West Coast Rimu Forests is again under scrutiny at the High Court.

- GOLDEN HANDSHAKE: The National MP Murray McCulley has issued a claim supporting his claim for a golden handshake for a public employee of Local Government New Zealand.

- DRUG MIXING: The Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education says people who use combinations of two powerful drugs is incredibly dangerous, after three people collapsed from mixing ecstasy, and fantasy at an Auckland nightclub.

- AUCKLAND FOG: The heavy fog at Auckland airport, which has stopped many flights this morning, has just lifted.

- GOLDIE THEFT: The police are carrying out forensic tests on the now returned Charles Goldie painting to see who stole it from the Auckland War Memorium museum.

- RUGBY TIME KEEPING: The chief executive of the Auckland Warriors believes that the controversy surrounding this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup game wouldn’t have happened if rugby union had the same time keeping system as rugby league.

- RETAIL SALES UP: Retail sales continued to grow to the month of June with the strongest sales in food retailing and motor vehicle services.

- CHAUDHRY IN MEETING: The deposed Fijian Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry will meet the Prime Minister and Forieign Minister Phil Goff at the beehive this afternoon.

- US FOREST FIRES: Weary fire fighters are battling the dozens of fires spreading across the United States, with soldiers and services from Canada being drafted in to help the often inexperienced crews.

- GE INQUIRY: The chair of the Royal Commission of Genetic Modification has asked the around 150 people attending the meeting to focus on rational debate rather than on political point scoring.

- WHANGAPAEROA MURDER TRIAL: The man accused of murdering a Whangapaeroa woman has denied making up a story of visiting a cannabis plantation on the morning of a murder.

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