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WATSON: A small hole in the corner of a plastic bag containing hair samples from alleged murder victim Olivia Hope could not be explained by a forensic scientist in the High Court in Wellington yesterday.

SECRET REPORT: Officials would be questioned about how a classified report on Samoa’s assassination became public.

GUT BUG: Health authorities have stepped up their monitoring of the killer gut-bug Vtec to prepare for an epidemic.

FLARE: A cyclist who saw a live army flare on the roadside yesterday to tell police because he did not have a telephone.

ALLIANCE: The Alliance wants to siphon an extra $2.5 billion to fund its economic and social programme.

TVNZ: TVNZ will pay staff extra for working over New Year.

GOVT. AND BOATPEOPLE: Diplomats told the government that a boatload of illegal Chinese immigrants were not heading toward NZ two days before legislation was introduced to put them in detention camps.

RASH SPENDING BAD LOOK: Public confidence in the state sector has been seriously undermined by recent instances of unacceptable spending, State Services Minister Simon Upton said today.

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