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National Radio 5pm Bulletin

David Dougherty – Oil Price War – Dangerous Road – Tranz Rail Ferry Problems – Asbestos Scare – George Bush –Plane Crash

Note: This bulletin is posted in place of the usual midday radio bulletin report….

DAVID DOUGHERTY: Cabinet has decided to compensate David Dougherty for wrongful conviction. The previous government declined compensation. The Minister of Justice says Mr Dougherty must be compensated and apologised to. Cabinet has not decided yet how much compensation to pay.

OIL PRICE WAR: The countries major oil companies have been locked in a price war today with a four cents a litre drop in prices over the country. BP matched Shell’s falls and Shell then dropped prices further. BP says it will not surrender market leadership without a fight.

DANGEROUS ROAD: An accident investigator and a widow whose partner died in an accident on SH1 north of Wellington have described to an inquest how dangerous the road is between Plimmerton and Paekakariki.

TRANZ RAIL FERRY PROBLEMS: Tranz Rail’s ferry Aratere has been withdrawn from service following faults found in all four engines. Some truckies carrying stock have been disrupted.

ASBESTOS SCARE: Auckland City Council has been accused of being too slow to act on an asbestos dump site in Penrose. Friends of the Earth say the council should have been keeping a closer eye on the dumped material.

GEORGE BUSH: The US President Elect has begun a post-election mission to Washington hoping to mend fences. He has also announced a security adviser and Secretary of State. In Washington he will talk to Alan Greenspan.

PLANE CRASH: A light plane has crashed North of Auckland.

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