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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Petrol Price War – Ferry Breakdown – Privy Council – Prison Cuts – Israel – George Bush – US Elections – Fiji Drug Bust – David Dougherty – Jamie Bulger – Fitter But Fatter

PETROL PRICE WAR: The Motor Trade Association says that many small independent petrol sellers may go broke if the oil price war continues.

FERRY BREAKDOWN: Tranz Rail says it will compensate passengers who can’t travel due to a break down of the Ferry Aratere.

PRIVY COUNCIL: The Attorney General says the end of the Privy Council is inevitable. She says it has become irrelevant.

PRISON CUTS: Prison officers and women’s rights groups say that spending cuts at Christchurch Prisons will lead to an increase in prison violence.

ISRAEL: Israel’s ultra-orthodox Shas party has dealt a blow to Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to run for the Prime Ministership of Israel.

GEORGE BUSH: In the US George Bush has met with Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan. Bush refused to discuss the specifics of his meeting with Mr Greenspan.

US ELECTIONS: 538 US Electoral College delegates will meet today to cast votes for the next President.

FIJI DRUG BUST: Fiji police have made a major seizure of drugs apparently being smuggled out of China.

DAVID DOUGHERTY: The Law Society says the David Dougherty case could set a precedent for other similar cases. Mr Dougherty’s case predates current compensation rules.

JAMIE BULGER: British government officials will neither confirm nor deny they are planning on moving the killers of Jamie Bulger to Australia or New Zealand.

FITTER BUT FATTER: The nation is getting fitter but are still too overweight. A survey has found some improvements in NZ death rates.

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