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The Christchurch Press

SENTENCING LAWS yesterday the government annouced a range of new sentancing laws - which will implement tougher sentences for the worst offenders and more lenient for mercy killings, or after years of abuse.

EGG SCAM A poultry farmer has been fined $35,000 plus court costs over a labeling scam.

STRAIGHT A TEACHER Christine O'Brien has been awarded an Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Award.

DEKA 43 stores will close with the loss of 1,500 jobs thoughout the country.

BLAKIE Timothy David Taylor has been remanded in custody without plea. He will appear at a pre-depositions conference in the Christchurch District Court on April 19.

Inside political stories:

- Debate on spouses heats up
- Free speech stifled in Rankin withdrawal - MP
- Shipley concerned at relations with Aust
- Tax law change too complex, say MPs
- Hunt rules out imported timber for Beehive

Editorial: Necessary controls
Sport: Disease found in Middle East
World: Sinclair - all class as top guns fire

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