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BREAD RISING: Biggest Baker says petrol prices and weak dollar has made them raise the cost of bread by 5 cents a loaf. Kiwi has dropped 30% against the yen in recent months.

MISSILE TEST: US has successfully tested a missile defence system which can shoot down ICBMs. Marshall Islands launch led to explosion over the Pacific. Pentagon officials say the test was successful but some doubts about whether the programme is affordable.

TONGUE BITE: A man whose tongue was biten off in a domestic incident is recovering in hospital. The man was transferred to Waikato Hospital to have his tongue sewn back on.

GREEN POLICY LAUNCH: Green conservation policy launch uses stuffed Kiwi as a symbol. "The Kiwi is stuffed unless we do something", Jeanette Fitzsimmons. Greens calling for end to logging of indigenous forests and is concerned about Hector's Dolphin. Labour says it can work with the Greens. But Greens need to win Coromandle for it to mean anything.

NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: Three workers at Japanese nuclear plant are expected to die of radiation poisoning. The company admits to using illegal procedures. Dilemma for government as confidence in nuclear industry has been seriously undermined.

BIG BLUE SUES: IBM has filed a countersuit against the government over the INCIS project.

FLOOD SCHOOL: Punguru School reopened, children celebrate. Cost $4 million. Government says it is money well spent. Teaching on the Marae over the past ten months has been good teachers and students say.




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