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Dams Closed – Jamieson Killing – Dog Attack – G8 Arrest – Trade Agreement Framework – Job Losses – Liver Pieces – Mall Attack – Maori TV – Chilean Wine – International Students – Campbell Will Play – ADHD Guidelines

DAMS CLOSED: Three dams on the West Coast have been closed down and low lake levels are putting pressure on the national grid. The dams will stay down until there is more rain on West Coast.

JAMIESON KILLING: Police investigating the killing of Marie Jamieson are offering an award of $50,000 for information leading to an arrest. Police also say they will consider immunity from prosecution for witnesses with peripheral connection to the killing.

DOG ATTACK: A Hauraki Plains man is undergoing emergency surgery after being attacked by a pit bull terrier. His injuries are serious but not life threatening. Armed police shot the dog at close range. A woman was also bitten before the dog attacked the man. Police say the dog was known to the local dog control officer.

G8 ARREST: The brother of New Zealander Sam Buchanan, who was arrested during the G8 summit in Genoa, says he is sceptical about claims his brother is unhurt.

TRADE AGREEMENT FRAMEWORK: The Government has a new framework aimed at ensuring international trade agreements meet certain labour standards.

JOB LOSSES: Tens of thousands of jobs have been slashed around the world within the past 24 hours as companies try to deal with the global economic slowdown.

LIVER PIECES: The national liver transplant unit in Auckland has been given approval to do liver transplants using pieces of liver from live donors.

MALL ATTACK: Shopkeepers working in a South Auckland shopping complex where a man was beaten up and later died say burglaries and vandalism is a growing problem in the area and say they now do not feel safe working alone at night.

MAORI TV: There is growing concern about the introduction of English language programmes on the Maori TV service announced yesterday. Associate Maori Affairs Minister Tariana Turia is joining the chorus against English language inclusion. But Mana Motuhake leader Willie Jackson says no one will watch a Maori language only channel.

CHILEAN WINE: A dramatic drop in this year’s grape harvest has cased a Hawkes Bay wine maker C.J. Pask to source sauvignon blanc from Chile to blend with the local product for one of its labels.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: The co-ordinator of support services for English as a second language students at Canterbury University believes secondary schools are being used as a back door entry into New Zealand’s tertiary system.

CAMPBELL WILL PLAY: NZ golf no 1 Michael Campbell has confirmed he will play at next year’s NZ Open at Paraparumu after earlier threatening to boycott the event. He says he feels he’s scored a minor victory, with promoters allowing club members under 16 free entry.

ADHD GUIDELINES: Guidelines have been released by the Ministry of health on how to deal with attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

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