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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kellie Morgan. Today - pornography pledge - John Howard promises to spend almost $200 million

to clean up the internet. worst serial killers One of Australia's of another brutal slaying. found guilty scores of British tourists injured Terrifying ordeal - smashes their boat in the Arctic. as a glacier And waiting in the wings -

about to take the reins at Qantas. Rio Tinto's former chief Briefly checking the weather. in the mainland centres, in temperature it'll be windy too. and quite often with that change Except for Perth, rain and 16. Now for our first check of finance, for investors on Wall Street? and Kellie, another rough ride It certainly has, Bill. appeared to be calming, Just as the market claims the US credit crisis is spreading

plunging the market into the red. prompted investors to shed equities, Qantas calls in the big guns, When I come back - as its new chief. announcing a former mining boss The Federal Government has promised for every Australian family free Internet filters from predators to protect children and unsavoury online content. announcing the measure The Prime Minister of Christian voters. as he addressed a national audience It was John Howard's big chance to Australian Christians. to make his election pitch is neither Liberal nor Labor. I acknowledge that God

Kevin Rudd also asked to address in Canberra. the gathering of church leaders APPLAUSE Thank you very much Christian welcome. for that very friendly Both leaders webcast of about 100,000 Christian voters, to a national audience The PM offering to safeguard families and offensive online content from Internet predators with an initiative called Net Alert. This $189 million program Australian parents and carers will ensure that to protect their family. have the support they need The Government promising for every Australian family. an Internet filter There will also be a support hotline for schools and community groups. and Internet safety officers Kevin Rudd using his time the pressures on working families. to talk about He says with family impact statements. new government laws should come We would like to do our bit

are properly addressed in ensuring that families in the deliberations of the Cabinet. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. is lucky to be alive A Catholic priest

after having his throat slashed

at a monastery in Sydney. during a break-in in his kitchen, 55-year-old Father Ho Tran, discovered an intruder who proceeded to stab him many times.

narrowly missed his jugular vein. The knife severed an artery and

He defended himself as best he could,

but he's a very gentle person. emergency surgery. Father Tran has undergone His attacker is still on the run. Police are hunting a group of youths in western Sydney. after a rock attack at oncoming vehicles. The youths were throwing rocks were lucky to escape injury Four truck drivers after their windscreens were smashed.

after a near-fatal incident It comes only weeks on life support which left a Sydney woman while travelling in a car. after she was hit by a rock Convicted killer Peter Dupas of murdering Melbourne women. could face more charges Dupas has been found guilty to death a decade ago, of stabbing Mersina Helvargis other unsolved murders. police now re-examining It's taken 10 years to receive justice - of murdering the 25-year-old Peter Dupas found guilty at a Melbourne cemetery in 1997. He will rot in hell! God will pay him! more than 30 times Halvargis was stabbed her grandmother's grave. as she visited Already serving two life sentences

in the late '90s, for killing two women Dupas will never leave prison. to prosecute - For police, it was a difficult case drug smuggler and disgraced solicitor the star witness was convicted

Andrew Fraser.

to reach a verdict, It took the jury nine hours justice has finally been done. police thankful and we are glad it's over. It's been a long and winding road Police are now investigating for several other unsolved murders. whether Dupas is responsible to help other families, If other witnesses can come forward then they really, really should. for a pre-sentence hearing next week. Dupas will return to court with the justice system. My parents aren't going to stop here to support victims of homicide. They are going to continue Ben Lewis, Ten News. have shifted their investigation Portuguese police

British girl Madeleine McCann. to the parents of missing Portuguese newspapers where the family was staying died inside the apartment and was not abducted, or their friends might be involved. and that her parents

emails sent by Kate and Gerry McCann Police have reportedly intercepted and have bugged their phones. have been injured At least 17 British tourists during a trip in the Arctic. a sightseeing ship The group were on board off the Svalbard Islands broke off a glacier, when large chunks of ice smashing into the ship. were seriously injured. A number of people The ship was able to return to port, to fly the more serious to hospital. helicopters on hand French superstar Zinedine Zidane David Beckham could be taking on comes to Sydney later this year. when his new team L.A. Galaxy Talks are reportedly under way team-mates against each other to pit the former Real Madrid on November 27. when Sydney FC take on Galaxy Zidane's most recent headline Italian Marco Materazzi was for head-butting at last year's World Cup final, shameful early exit resulting in his country's and his retirement. have already been sold for the game, More than 45,000 tickets sure to ramp up anticipation. Zidane's involvement Paul Hamilton Adelaide assistant coach has emerged as a leading contender for the coaching job at Essendon. and was one of five candidates interviewed for the vacancy. The merry-go-round continues to turn, Paul Hamilton meeting with Stride Management in Collins Street. And he's emerged as a wild card with a rich history at the Bombers - 105 games in the late '80s and early '90s. He coached Woodville-West Torrens before going to the Kangaroos as an assistant in 2001. Hamilton returned home to Adelaide to join the Crows in '05. Also in demand, Collingwood assistant Guy McKenna. REPORTER: What about yourself, Bluey - any more injuries this week? Been a busy week for you? Are you conducting one now? No, just wondering if you had any more chats this week? Um, yeah, I had a few interludes and a few coffees. Fremantle not on his radar, but he will formally present to Melbourne next week. And he's hoping for a change of luck after missing out on the Saints' top job last year. St Kilda got it wrong last year, in my opinion. Probably in Ross Lyons's opinion he reckons that they got the right call. All the hype surrounding the weekend return of Nathan Buckley has turned into a fizzer - he will wait another week, the skipper's ageing hamstring's holding up. But his toughest fitness test saved until last - escaping the waiting media, and have a look at him go. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Round 22 of the NRL gets under way tonight with the Wests Tigers hosting the Roosters. Elsewhere, Newcastle heads south to face Manly. The Knights admit morale is low over mass changes to the roster, but coach Brian Smith's refusing to take responsibility. That's why I was brought here. The board gave me a clear statement on what they wanted done. The Knights with a tough job ahead to break their 4-game losing streak. Finance now with Kellie, and a new chairman for Qantas?

Bill, former Rio Tinto boss Leigh Clifford will replace Margaret Jackson in November when she steps down from the top job. After 37 years at the mining giant, as chief executive in April. He'll immediately become a director of Qantas and will return from the UK, where he's been based for the past nine years. The market is expected to greet the new appointment with favor with Mr Clifford tipped to be far less controversial than his predecessor, who aligned herself to the failed $11 billion private equity bid

for the Flying Kangaroo. From one executive to another, and Telstra boss Sol Trujillo's annual salary could hit $20 million.

His $3 million-a-year incentive-based increase was announced as the telco posted a whopping $3 billion profit. Telstra's chief executive cuts to the chase at the telco's annual profit results. I like to start first with the punchline, and the punchline is that we are on, we are ahead of plan, again. And ahead the company is by almost 3%, or $3.2 billion. That was marginally higher than the market expected. Sol Trujillo says it was largely the result of a change in communication trends. Fixed phone lines declined in the last financial year but Telstra more than made up for the loss with mobile revenue

from its third-generation Next G network. We said we wanted to be the 3G market leader, and we are. The new digital phone network replaces the soon-to-expire CDMA service. and allows subscribers to check email and watch TV. The market seemed less impressed with the telco's generous new pay structure. That follows a jump in Sol Trujillo's pay packet of about 35%, to almost $12 million. Telstra shares closed about 4% lower. Amber Muir, Ten News. Now for the national forecast. Let's take a look at today's papers. Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' says a 2-year-old girl who swallowed an ecstasy tablet she found on the floor of her family home has been returned to the care of her parents despite concerns for the child's welfare. Rupert Murdoch has revealed News Corp's net profit has risen by a record 22%.

The 'Australian' has the details.

First proof the flu epidemic can be fatal to adults. Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' says a father of three has died after developing flu-like symptoms. Three cold cases re-opened as a Victorian serial killer's found guilty of yet another when Ten's Early News returns. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - claims a Victorian man who mutilates women after killing them is now Australia's worst murderer. Driveway horror - a baby girl fighting for her life after being run over outside her family's home in Perth.

'Endeavour' crew members check the shuttle for damage ahead of tomorrow's International Space Station arrival. And in sport -

John Daly is the leader early on day one at the US PGA. Time for another check of finance and Kellie, we know it's been a rough day for Wall Street, how did it end up? It's been another shocker, Bill. The US market suffering a triple-figure slump reminiscent of last week's sell-off. Bill, we'll cross to the US for more on the plunge when I return shortly. Convicted killer Peter Dupas could face more charges of murdering Melbourne women. Police are looking at several unsolved murder cases after Dupas was found guilty of the 1997 murder of Mersina Helvagis. The 25-year-old was stabbed more than 30 times her grandmother's grave. while visiting

He will rot in hell! God will pay him! two life sentences. Dupas is already serving A baby girl's fighting for life in the family driveway in Perth. after being run over suffered massive head injuries 1-year-old Sherneil Woods

after her aunty reversed over her. just... just painful, For my sister to see her baby, Especially for us, Pretty painful. Especially being her only daughter. It's believed the woman was unaware behind the vehicle. the baby had wandered of television personality Ernie Dingo The younger brother and two other relatives in northern Western Australia. have been killed in a highway crash were on the way to a funeral The three men and crashed into a road train. when the driver lost control 100km south Carnarvon. The tragic accident happened Ernie Dingo's brother Murray Hill Dwayne and Kingsley Whitehurst, and two other relatives, were travelling to a funeral and slammed into a road train,

killing them instantly. were taken to hospital Three other men in the car with moderate injuries. serious leg injuries. The truck driver suffered has torn a family apart. The devastating news and that was very hard We lost Mum a few years ago, and now to lose a brother, it's... it'll take its time. A special response team has flown to the crash scene to investigate the accident. Police again reminding people to drive safely. where we have multiple fatalities In a case it really does drive home to us the dangers of being out there on the road, particularly if you're driving at high speeds. ERNIE DINGO: He was one of those boys in town who loved his Mullewa Football Club, loved his footy, always loved a laugh. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. Queensland's former emergency services minister

has been charged with two counts of assault. A month ago, Pat Purcell admitted he abused two staff members, but said it was purely verbal. But an investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission found otherwise. He's now been charged with assault. days after the alleged incident. He quit the Beattie ministry

If found guilty, up to $500,000 in superannuation. it's thought he could lose has moved to safeguard families The Prime Minister and offensive online content. from Internet predators He's announced Net Alert, of a free Internet filter with the offer for every Australian household. This $189 million program will ensure that Australian parents and carers

to protect their family. have the support they need a support hotline There will also be

for schools and community groups. and Internet safety officers A terrifying ordeal on a ship in the Arctic. broke off a glacier, Large chunks of ice smashing the boat and injuring many on board. Thousands of miles from home, in one of the most extreme environments on the planet, a dream trip that nearly ended in disaster. Those with serious injuries have been airlifted to the Norwegian mainland. Many others are being treated on the remote island of Spitsbergen. contacted the BBC to say: large chunks of ice Passengers have described

falling from the glacier to threaten to swamp the vessel. causing a series of waves tourist destination during the summer The Arctic has become a popular pounds and offer spectacular scenery. cruises can cost many thousands of the 'Alexey Maryshev' were British, All passengers on board with a Russian crew. According to police, to a towering glacier. the ship had sailed very close The authorities have confirmed from passengers over the coming days. they will be taking more statements A British Army helicopter during a training exercise, has crashed killing two people. The chopper came down in bushland in North Yorkshire near a large army base. 12 people were on board the Sea King Helicopter. 10 died instantly, the rest were rushed to nearby hospitals. It's still unclear what caused the crash. Stuart Appleby and Geoff Ogilvy are the best of the Australians midway through the first round of the year's fourth golf major, the US PGA championship. Ogilvy in the clubhouse at 1 under par

while Appleby helped his cause with this long birdie putt on his third hole of the day. set the early pace, 1991 champ John Daly carding 3-under.

by Englishman Graeme Storm. He's since been passed for world number one, Tiger Woods. While there were few highlights He carded 1 over for the round. Newcastle admits its team morale is at an all-time low because of mass player changes. is refusing to take responsibility, Coach Brian Smith saying he's merely following orders. A man under siege. for where he's taking the club. Brian Smith making no apologies Smith well aware of the effects playing roster are having. drastic changes to the Knights' That's why I was brought here.

The board gave me a clear statement on what they wanted done, and whilst it's not a happy job, when you want to be happy, you're hiring, if you want to be sad, you're firing.

Fullback Milton Thaiday the latest casualty - forced into retirement at just 27 after being offered a reduced contract. The club admitting the team is at a low point, but it's not surprised. It's probably not unexpected - have a huge injury toll, you lose four games in a row, some players that have been around for a long time leaving the club.

do affect morale. Those sorts of things I think it's manageable. The thing is though, for the Knights. And it doesn't get any easier tonight to face Manly. They're off to Brookvale Oval Victoria Murphy, Ten News. West Coast midfielder Michael Braun The 29-year-old conceding period of his time in the game. I'm absolutely devastated myself, but my family, my fiancee, and angry and upset that not just have been dragged through the mud.

legal action. Braun is still considering Let's take another look at finance to pass on that rate hike? and Kellie the banks have been quick That's right, Bill. Four of Australia's biggest banks the Reserve Bank's rate rise. are today tipped to pass on ANZ and St George The Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, standard variable rates by 0.25%, will all lift their

the fourth mortgage loan jump passing on the increase yesterday The National Australia wasted no time less than 48 hours after the RBA decision. is at 8.32%, It's standard variable to a $200,000 home loan. adding around $33 extra a month jobs figures And stronger-than-expected have reinforced market expectations the Reserve will again raise rates in October to rein in inflationary pressures. a near 33-year low of 4.3% in July, In July, unemployment stayed at

with 21,800 jobs created. a 4.4% jobless rate, Economists were tipping would be seeking work estimating that 30,000 single parents

under the Government's work reforms. in early trading Thursday, Wall Street has plunged over 270 points at one stage. the Dow Jones slumping With more, Alexis Christoforus joins us live from Wall Street. Alexis, the US markets have endured an erratic few weeks. What's behind today's plunge?

The forecast around Australia:

John Howard makes a multimillion-dollar pledge to porn-proof the Net. That's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Making headlines - pornography pledge - John Howard promises to spend almost $200 million to clean up the Internet. worst serial killers One of Australia's of another brutal slaying. found guilty

scores of British tourists injured Terrifying ordeal - smashes their boat in the Arctic. as a glacier And waiting in the wings -

about to take the reins at Qantas. Rio Tinto's former chief Briefly checking the weather. in the mainland centres, It's warming up and quite often with that change in temperature it'll be windy too. Except for Perth, rain and 16. Time for a look atfinance, for investors? and Kellie, the day not looking great Unfortunately no, Bill. When trade opens this morning it's expected to follow the lead of Wall Street which suffered a triple-point slump. When I come back - stronger-than-expected job figures. We'll cross to CommSec with further details. The Federal Government has promised free Internet filters for every Australian family to protect children from predators and unsavoury online content. The Prime Minister announcing the measure of Christian voters. as he addressed a national audience It was John Howard's big chance to Australian Christians. to make his election pitch I acknowledge that God is neither Liberal nor Labor.

Kevin Rudd also asked to address in Canberra. the gathering of church leaders APPLAUSE

Thank you very much Christian welcome. for that very friendly Both leaders webcast of about 100,000 Christian voters, to a national audience The PM offering to safeguard families

from Internet predators and offensive online content with an initiative called Net Alert. This $189 million program will ensure that Australian parents and carers have the support they need to protect their family.

The Government promising an Internet filter for every Australian family. There will also be a support hotline and Internet safety officers for schools and community groups. Kevin Rudd using his time to talk about the pressures on working families. He says

new government laws should come with family impact statements. We would like to do our bit in ensuring that families in the deliberations of the Cabinet. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. There's been a positive spin on the Federal Government's workplace laws. by business groups has warned A report commissioned

that interest rates will rise and more than 300,000 jobs will be lost if the reforms are ditched, a promise which has been made by Labor. The study also finds that a reverse to IR laws would cut real average wages by up to $780 a week. Security plans for the upcoming APEC summit in Sydney could be thrown into chaos with reports President Bush will arrive earlier than expected. The American leader plans to fly in two days before the conference begins with the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. The change is expected to further disrupt the city, adding tens of millions of dollars to the cost. Convicted killer Peter Dupas could face more charges of murdering Melbourne women. Dupas has been found guilty to death a decade ago, of stabbing Mersina Helvargis police now re-examining other unsolved murders. It's taken 10 years for Mersina Halvagis's family to receive justice - Peter Dupas found guilty of murdering the 25-year-old at a Melbourne cemetery in 1997. God will pay him! He will rot in hell! Halvargis was stabbed more than 30 times as she visited her grandmother's grave. Already serving two life sentences for killing two women in the late '90s, Dupas will never leave prison. For police, it was a difficult case to prosecute - the star witness was convicted drug smuggler and disgraced solicitor Andrew Fraser. It took the jury nine hours to reach a verdict, police thankful justice has finally been done. It's been a long and winding road and we are glad it's over. Police are now investigating whether Dupas is responsible for several other unsolved murders. If other witnesses can come forward to help other families, then they really, really should. Dupas will return to court for a pre-sentence hearing next week. My parents aren't going to stop here with the justice system. They are going to continue to support victims of homicide. Ben Lewis, Ten News. Gunmen has stormed a restaurant in Canada shooting dead two people and injuring six others. The two men opened fire at a late-night Chinese restaurant in Vancouver. Police arrived to chaotic scenes, bodies were strewn across the room and chairs and tables upturned. They're searching for the gunmen. have been injured during a trip in the Arctic. The group were on board a sightseeing ship off the Svalbard Islands when large chunks of ice broke off a glacier, smashing into the ship. A number of people were seriously injured. The ship was able to return to port, helicopters on hand to fly the more serious to hospital. Adelaide assistant coach Paul Hamilton has emerged as a leading contender for the coaching job at Essendon. The former Bombers defender flew into Melbourne yesterday, and was one of five candidates interviewed for the vacancy. The merry-go-round continues to turn, Paul Hamilton meeting with Stride Management in Collins Street. And he's emerged as a wild card with a rich history at the Bombers - 105 games in the late '80s and early '90s. He coached Woodville-West Torrens before going to the Kangaroos as an assistant in 2001. Hamilton returned home to Adelaide to join the Crows in '05. Also in demand, Collingwood assistant Guy McKenna. REPORTER: What about yourself, Bluey - any more injuries this week? Been a busy week for you? Are you conducting one now? No, just wondering if you had any more chats this week? Um, yeah, I had a few interludes and a few coffees. Fremantle not on his radar, but he will formally present to Melbourne next week. And he's hoping for a change of luck after missing out on the Saints' top job last year. St Kilda got it wrong last year, in my opinion. he reckons that they got the right call. All the hype surrounding the weekend return of Nathan Buckley has turned into a fizzer - he will wait another week,

the skipper's ageing hamstring's holding up. But his toughest fitness test saved until last - Ian Cohen, Ten News. Round 22 of the NRL gets under way tonight with the Wests Tigers hosting the Roosters. Elsewhere, Newcastle heads south to face Manly. The Knights admit morale is low over mass changes to the roster, but coach Brian Smith's refusing to take responsibility. That's why I was brought here. The board gave me a clear statement on what they wanted done. The Knights with a tough job ahead to break their 4-game losing streak. Finance now with Kellie. Stronger-than-expected jobs figures have added to speculation the Reserve Bank will again raise rates in October to rein in inflation. With more, CommSec's Martin Arnold joins us live. Martin, the Government's basking in the figures showing unemployment at a near 33-year low. But will this translate to another interest rate rise come October?

We expect Wednesday's rate hike by

the Reserve Bank to be the last

this year. There were some strong

jobs figures in July and the better

news was that it was driven by a

boosting full-time jobs. We're not

seem excessive wage growth at the

moment and the Reserve Bank will moment and the Reserve Bank will be

happy with that. We do get a

further insights into wage pressures

pressures in next week's economic

data. Shareholders will get bigger

dividends now, always farmers go

through. Was farmers has tried to convince his shareholders of the

benefits of the deal. They'll

receive a dividend of around $2 and

that compares favourably to the

current dividend of 45. And finally,

had you expect market react to the

new Qantas chairman? Very

favourably. He's up and experienced

Adelaide. He used to be the CEO of

Rio Tinto. There's a transition Rio Tin o. There's a transition Rio Tinto. There's a transition

period where he warm work with the

current board for Qantas at until

November. If the market will look

favourably on that. There will Now for the national forecast. In the 'Sydney Morning Herald', the gospel according to John. As mentioned, the PM used a church conference to unveil a multimillion-dollar campaign to clean up the Internet. The 'Advertiser' says Adelaide Bank's managing director, Jamie McPhee, has orchestrated a $4 billion merger with Bendigo Bank. And more great news for soccer fans - Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' says French superstar Zinedane Zidane could be heading down-under to play for Sydney FC

against his former Real Madrid team-mate David Beckham. A baby critical after being run over by a car. The details - and more - when Ten's Early News returns.

THE A-C-T PROPERTY COUNCIL HAS WELCOMED THE

CONSTRUCTION OF THE A-N-U'S NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION BUILDING IN CIVIC. THEY SAY THE SIX-STOREY COMPLEX WILL EASE THE BURDEN ON RENTAL ACCOMMODATION IN THE TERRITORY, BY TAKING MORE STUDENTS OUT OF THE PRIVATE MARKET. THEY ALSO SAY THE COMPLEX WILL HELP THE ONGOING REVITALISATION OF THE WESTERN HALF OF THE CITY. CONTRUCTION KICKED OFF YESTERDAY, AND IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN EIGHTEEN MONTHS. THE A-C-T OPPOSITION HAS THROWN IT'S SUPPORT BEHIND TEACHING AUSTRALIAN TEXTS IN LOCAL SCHOOLS. THEY SAY HOME-WRITTEN LITERATURE CAN OFFER STUDENTS A GREATER APPRECIATION OF AUSTRALIAN

HISTORY, BELIEFS AND CUSTOMS. THEY'RE ALSO CALLING ON LOCAL TEACHERS TO LEAD THE CHARGE, AND USE MORE AUSSIE BOOKS IN CLASS READING THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT'S LIVE IN CANBERRA PROGRAM RETURNS TO SYDNEY TODAY, TO ATTRACT MORE SYDNEY-SIDERS TO LIVE AND WORK HERE. REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE PRESENT AT THE THREE-DAY COUNTRY WEEK EXPO, TO SELL EMPLOYMENT AND LIFESTYLE LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS THE TERRITORY. TO SPORT, AND THE CANBERRA RAIDERS HAVE MADE A FORCED

RE-SHUFFLE, TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOSS OF CAPTAIN ALAN TONGUE. GLENN TURNER'S BEEN MOVED TO LOCK, WITH EITHER NEVILLE COSTIGAN OR JOE PICKER TO BE DRAFTED INTO OR JOE PICKER TO BE DRAFTED INTO TURNER'S SECOND-ROW SPOT. FORWARD MICHAEL WEYMAN WILL FILL THE FINAL BENCH POSITION. NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER ... A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE IS EXTENDING OVER NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES, WHILE A DEEP LOW PRESSURE TROUGH LIES TO

PRESSURE TROUGH LIES TO THE SOUTH OF TASSIE ACROSS THE NATION, MOSTLY FINE FOR MELBOURNE, WINDY IN SYDNEY AND CANBERRA, FINE AND SUNNY IN DARWIN CANBERRA, FINE AND SUNNY IN DARWIN AND THE ALICE PARTLY CLOUDY IN WAGGA TODAY .. SUNNY IN DUBBO .. SUNNY IN DUBBO .. AND FINE BUT WINDY IN ORANGE AND WOLLONGONG WINDY ALSO IN BATHURST AND BOWRAL HIGHS OF 16 .. SLIGHTLY COOLER AND 15 THE 16 .. SLIGHTLY COOLER AND 15 THE TOP FOR BATEMANS BAY .. SNOW SHOWERS IN THREDO .. SUNSHINE BY WINDY IN NOWRA AND MUDGEE LOOKING AHEAD TO THE WEEKEND.. AND POSSIBLE LATE SHOWERS IN THE CAPITAL TOMORROW HIGHS OF 15 .. // OF 15 .. // THE CHANCE OF MORE SHOWERS SUNDAY .. // AND MOSTLY FINE MONDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) Down to business - 'Endeavour' crew members check the shuttle for damage ahead of tomorrow's International Space Station arrival. And in sport - John Daly is the leader early on day one at the US PGA. Victorian police will step up investigations into several murder cases where convicted killer Peter Dupas is the prime suspect. The triple murderer could go down as one of the nation's worst serial killers. Ten reporter Ben Lewis joins us live from Melbourne. Ben, now Dupas has been linked to several unsolved murder cases?

That's right. Police say Peter

Dupas is the prime suspect in three

more murder cases. They've already

reopened one of those cases that of

and 95-year-old woman was stabbed

to death in her nursing home. The

other two cases being looked at our

that of a 31-year-old woman stabbed

to death in 19993, and a 47 Your

woman was put to death while

sunbathing on a beach in 1987. Peter

Peter Dupas has been found guilty

of murdering Mersina Halvagis 10

years ago. What was a reaction

outside court? The emotional, as

you might expect. They had been waiting

waiting a decade for what they say

he's just as. The mother same she hopes Dupas will rot in hell.

Police say it's been a difficult

prosecution and they're happy the

case is now over. Dupas will appear

in court next week for a pre-

sentence hearing. He's already

serving two life sentences with no

minimum term so he's no going to

get out of prison - - prison in get out of prison - - prison in his lifetime. A 1-year-old baby is fighting for her life in hospital after being run over in the family driveway in suburban Perth. She suffered massive head injuries when she was reversed over by a visiting relative. 1-year-old Sherneil Woods was in the driveway of this Nollamara unit complex when she was reversed over by a Ford Falcon sedan. Behind the wheel was her 21-year-old aunt. just... just painful. The woman had apparently just strapped a 3-year-old child into the back seat and was on her way to court when she reversed out of the driveway and ran over baby Sherneil, unaware the child had wandered behind the vehicle. This neighbour, who doesn't want to be identified, says she often sees children, up to six at a time, playing in the driveway. They don't stop there to look in first to see if anyone's there. And they know the driveway goes that far back. They know there's kids running up and down there all the time.

Police say because the accident happened on private property it's unlikely the driver will face charges. The investigators have spoken to family members, the driver,

who were present at the time. Figures show once a month in WA a child is injured by a vehicle in the driveway of their own home. Sherneil's mother is at her baby's bedside at Princess Margaret Hospital. She remains in a critical condition. TV personality Ernie Dingo is mourning the loss of his brother and two other relatives after a fiery road-train crash in Western Australia. Their car torn apart after drifting to the wrong side of the road and slamming into the truck. Ernie's brother Murray was one of six people travelling in the car on their way to a funeral. We lost Mum a few years ago and that was very hard and now to lose a brother... it'll take us time. The crash happened at Carnarvon in the north of Western Australia. Four others have been injured. The Prime Minister has moved to safeguard families from internet predators and offensive online content. He's announced Net Alert, with the offer of a free Internet filter for every Australian household. This $189 million program will ensure that Australian parents and carers have the support they need to protect their family. There will also be a support hotline for schools and community groups. and internet safety officers The Queensland Government has passed the controversial local government reform bill after a marathon 14-hour debate. The legislation will see local councils slashed by more than half. A tired looking Premier and Local Government Minister emerged from Parliament at 4:00 this morning pleased with the outcome. This is a good day for Queensland because out of it we will end up with much stronger local councils and that's good for then State. It's the longest one-day sitting of State Parliament in 22 years. A terrifying ordeal for a group of British tourists on a ship in the Arctic. Large chunks of ice broke off a glacier, smashing the boat and injuring many on board. Thousands of miles from home, in one of the most extreme environments on the planet, a dream trip that nearly ended in disaster. Those with serious injuries have been airlifted to the Norwegian mainland. Many others are being treated on the remote island of Spitsbergen.

One man whose parents were on board contacted the BBC to say:

Passengers have described large chunks of ice falling from the glacier causing a series of waves to threaten to swamp the vessel. The Arctic has become a popular tourist destination during the summer cruises can cost many thousands of pounds and offer spectacular scenery. All passengers on board the 'Alexey Maryshev' were British, with a Russian crew. According to police, the ship had sailed very close to a towering glacier. The authorities have confirmed they will be taking more statements from passengers over the coming days. The crew on board the space shuttle 'Endeavour' got down to business as they head towards the International Space Station. The 7-person crew are about 300km above South America. They've been using the shuttle's robotic arm to check for any damage during lift-off. 'Endeavour' will arrive at the space station tomorrow. is the best of the Aussies John Senden midway through the first round of the year's fourth golf major, the US PGA Championship.

Senden currently 2-under thanks to this birdie at the 17th. 1991 champ John Daley set the early pace, carding 3 under. He's since been passed by Englishman Graeme Storm. While there were few highlights for world number one Tiger Woods. He carded 1 over for the round. Newcastle admits its team morale is at an all-time low

because of mass player changes.

Coach Brian Smith is refusing to take responsibility, saying he's merely following orders. A man under siege. Brian Smith making no apologies for where he's taking the club. Smith well aware of the effects drastic changes to the Knights' playing roster are having. That's why I was brought here. on what they wanted done, and whilst it's not a happy job, when you want to be happy, you're hiring, if you want to be sad, you're firing. Fullback Milton Thaiday the latest casualty -

forced into retirement at just 27 after being offered a reduced contract. The club admitting the team is at a low point, but it's not surprised. It's probably not unexpected - you lose four games in a row, have a huge injury toll, some players that have been around for a long time leaving the club. Those sorts of things do affect morale. The thing is though, I think it's manageable. And it doesn't get any easier for the Knights. They're off to Brookvale Oval tonight to face Manly. Victoria Murphy, Ten News. Time for our final check of finance and Kellie, the Wall Street plunge isn't a good sign for local investors? That's right, Bill. Wall Street has ended deep in the red, with investors spooked by claims the sub-prime credit crisis is deepening. And the anxiety is expected to spread to Australian investors. Telstra's $3.3 billion profit has failed to impress shareholders. Stocks in the telecommunications giant closed down 19 cents at $4.52 - in two years. the biggest 1-day percentage fall Telstra blamed arbitrary price setting from the competition regulator

for the cautious result, forecasting revenue growth of between 2%-3% over the coming year. Nonetheless, boss Sol Trujillo was one of 260 executives awarded a pay rise. His $3 million-a-year incentive-based increase

could take his annual salary to $20 million. It's looking more likely that a takeover of Coles by Wesfarmers will go ahead. As part of Wesfarmers' $19 billion bid, the company has offered Coles shareholders new options for a mix of cash and scrip,

Coles' shareholders will own 44% of the enlarged group when the transaction precedes and they will be a very big participant in the future growth of Wesfarmers. Wesfarmers has upped the dividend outlook to more than $2 a share for the next two years if the deal goes ahead. And Bill, that's the day in finance. The forecast around Australia: That's it for Ten Early News. Don't forget '9am With David and Kim', the Morning News starts at 11:00am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kellie Morgan. Good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au