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National Radio Midday Bulletin

NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: The Japanese government is trying to contain the most serious nuclear accident in the country’s history. A leak at a uranium processing plant has injured over a dozen people. Dr Robert White from Auckland University says the plant has a history of accidents and that the operation which caused the accident shouldn’t have been conducted at that plant.

ARREST FOR MURDER: Police in South Auckland have arrested a man for the murder of a Vietnamese woman last year.

EDUCATION: The Minister for Education has signaled more changes to the education system at the tenth anniversary of Tomorrows Schools. He has also released a discussion document.

TIMOR: East Timorese and US State Dept officials have again voiced their concerns over the treatment of Timorese refugees being held in West Timor.

TROOPS: Kiwi troops are out on the streets in Dili – patrolling on foot and in APCs.

QUAKE: An earthquake in Central and Southern Mexico has killed 14 people. The quake measured 7.5 on the Richter Scale and lasted two minutes.

CHECHNYA: Several European countries are calling for an end to fighting in Chechnya. Russia are trying to commit an Islamic uprising in the breakaway state.

DAIRY: The NZ Dairy Company are expected to hear shortly whether High Court action will save them from having to dump up to three million litres of milk per day.

HIKOI: A Maori Anglican bishop says the issues underpinning the Hikoi of Hope still remain. The key issue is inadequate income. Today is the anniversary of the Hikoi and Work For the Dole.

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