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National Radio Midday Bulletin

MOSELEY-BRAUN: New American Ambassador Carol Moseley-Braun has made it clear the US expects NZ to buy the F-16’s after she met with the PM for half an hour today.

PRISONERS: One of New Zealand’s longest serving prisoner Dean Wickliffe, 50, has been denied parole again.

BOATS: The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has warned boaties not to leave passengers at the helm following an accident last year.

COUNCIL: The Manakau City Council is considering appealing a High Court decision that the council cannot destroy a dog for simply barking and running after at a postie.

CROP AND FOOD: Crop and Food say the uprooting of a genetically engineered potato crop this year has cost about $430,000 and delayed their work by over a year.

TENANTS: A Tenants group are calling for Housing NZ to give good tenants a one week rent rebate as an incentive for looking after their property.

RANGATIKEI: Eight teams of people are re-counting the Rangatikei ballot which started today at ACT’s request.

GATHERING: Organisers of the Gathering say 1,500 fake tickets may be for sale and many may have been sold already.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: The Ministry of Consumer Affairs are being warned to wise up to their rights over Y2K compliance and computers. Any necessary upgrades after the new year should be free. People should contact the Ministry if concerned.

PRESSURE: International pressure is mounting on Russia to halt their offensive in Chechnya.

SYRIA – ISRAEL: the leaders from the two countries have finished the first round of peace talks. They did not shake hands at the end. Bill Clinton said the two sides had agreed on confidence building measures.

COACH: The new All Black coach will be named this afternoon with many picking a joint coaching appointment.

TEST: The West Indies are 286/1 at the start of the second day.

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