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MCVEIGH DEATH PENALTY: A federal judge has denied Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh a stay in his execution. The case will now head to the Supreme Court, probably before the end of the week.

UK ELECTIONS: The leading candidates in the UK elections have done all they can, now it is over to the voters. In a last minute poll the Labour Party of Tony Blair has an 11% lead, smaller than in many earlier polls. Voting in the UK will take place as police patrol riot scarred streets in Leeds.

MONTANA WINES: The independent directors of Montana Wines will today consider what remedy they want to seek from Lion Nathan for its breach of share trading rules.

HARTNER CONSTRUCTION: Geoff Bayley says unsecured creditors of Hartner Construction will be disgusted with a decision by the Securities Commission not to appoint a statutory manager to the collapsed construction company.

FIRE SERVICE: Talks get underway at the Fire Service today to find a settlement of a decade long employment contract dispute.

EAST TIMOR: The registration of 10s of thousands of refugees is underway in Indonesian controlled West Timor. Refugees are being given the opportunity to return to East Timor if they wish.

SWEDISH FIRE: A fire in an industrial zone in Stockholm which started in an auto-paint shop is burning out of control. Up to 20 are feared dead.

PROWLER HUNT: A squad of detectives is hunting a prowler in Wainuiomata who has broken into three houses in the last week.

ATV SAFETY: The Transport Minister Mark Gosche says he will not legislate to control the use of ATVs on farms. A recent death has led to calls for better safety standards in the use of the four wheel motorbikes.

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