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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Biosecurity – Austrian Tunnel Fire – US Elections Recount – David Tua – Cervical Cancer – Skin Cancer – Israel – Bombing – Climate Change – Gisborne Rail

BIOSECURITY: The Biosecurity Minister says the country’s borders are secure following the release of a number of audits highly critical of border control procedures.

AUSTRIAN TUNNEL FIRE: Austrian Authorities say they have almost completed the identification of 170 people killed in a tunnel fire on an Austrian ski train. The majority of the dead were Austrians and Germans.

US ELECTIONS RECOUNT: All the votes in Palm Beach County Florida may now be recounted by hand. After 1% of the votes were recounted by hand as a sample a further 19 votes were found for Al Gore. The county has now announced a full hand recount. A spokesman for George Bush says that Al Gore should admit defeat.

DAVID TUA: The TAB says that the David Tua fight in Las Vegas yesterday was far and away the largest sports betting occasion in NZ ever with around $2.6 million gambled on the fight.

CERVICAL CANCER: The HFA says there is not enough evidence that new cervical screening methods work for them to fund the new technology.

SKIN CANCER: New research shows a big jump in the number of skin cancers to 65,000 a year. The Cancer Society wants more money spent on skin cancer prevention and control.

ISRAEL: The Israeli PM Ehud Barak will meet US President Bill Clinton later today. In the latest violence a 16-year-old Palestinian has died today. bringing the death toll to 206.

BOMBING: British Intelligence has foiled a plot to detonate a huge bomb at an event in London.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Government officials will join many nations in the Hague this week to discuss climate change and the Kyoto Protocol.

GISBORNE RAIL: The Gisborne Chamber of Commerce has launched a plan to keep the railway line to Gisborne open. The Chamber says it has Jim Anderton’s support.

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