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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This morning - prayers answered. He's a miracle working God. A Tasmanian town celebrates. for five days are alive. News two miners trapped underground CROWD CHEERS It was just meant to be! A quick check of the weather now - But first this morning - underground for five days. the survival of two miners trapped as a miracle. It's being hailed by some is now under way A delicate rescue operation reunite them with their families. to bring these men to the surface and of Beaconsfield Families in the small town are overwhelmed at this news. any word from the rescuers. They've been up all night waiting on is at the mine. Ten reporter Jeremy Pudney He joins us now. development. Jeremy, certainly an extraordinary How soon will it be to the surface? until these survivors can be brought we just don't know. Bill, the answer is - and the locals here What mine management is telling us is that they need to be patient. within about 10 or 12m of them They're saying that they've got to rescue tunnel as they dig an emergency increasingly delicate and dangerous. but that operation is becoming

are in fact alive down there Now that they know those survivors they need to proceed very carefully. It's been quite a week for the town. What's the mood like at the moment? The mood is one really of ecstasy. Everyone is thrilled. these miners may not have survived They were starting to lose hope that that they have. and now they're very happy

to spread throughout the town Earlier on, when news started celebrate the discovery. we saw hundreds coming here to

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the minor who didn't survive. We have

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doing it pretty tough to light.

Lerryn night is the miner who died in

the tragedy. As we are waiting on the tragedy. As we are waiting on

word from his work that's. Jeremy Pudney at Beaconsfield. Thanks for that Jeremy. To the people of Beaconsfield this was nothing short of a miracle. He's a miracle working God. On the streets, they celebrated. CROWD CHEERS Russell, one of the two survivors. None more so than the family of Todd They found them. Gonna get them out. ugly big mug. I just can't wait to see him,

also turned to elation. For Brant Webb's family, anguish We never gave up hope he was alive.

allowed to speak to them by radio It's believed the miners' wives were to tunnel towards them. as rescuers continued Vanessa Arthur, Ten News. of the Beaconsfield community The miners are popular members who love their footy to support the families. and yesterday, the AFL rallied shares a special moment 10-year-old Adison Knight in memory of his father Larry of football. and the St Kilda supporter's love was retrieved Thursday. The 44-year-old's body to the mining community His death bringing mixed emotions which is also celebrating. Known locally as 'the big fella', is a popular father of three survivor Todd Russell who plays Aussie rules. rescue team He's also a member of the mine's for the rural fire service. and a long-time volunteer for three generations. His family have lived in Beaconsfield Ecstatic. Just overwhelmed, can't believe it. at Beaconsfield for the past 5 years. Fellow survivor Brant Webb has worked and is from Bundaberg in Queensland. He's the mine's union delegate

Kate Donnison, Ten News. The family of the Bosnian man with Private Jake Kovco's whose remains were mixed up has spoken of their anguish. wasn't sent home The bungle saw Private Kovco's body immediately after his death in Iraq. Juso Sinanovic. Instead, the body of Bosnian civilian and all the pieces put together, Until everyone has been interviewed picture. you never really get a complete Sinanovic's aunt reportedly says as the Kovco family over the mix-up. she feels the same hurt Peter Costello has signalled could send the price of petrol sanctions against Iran into record high territory. Federal Treasurer of scare-mongering. But motoring groups have accused the a painful part of daily life, Filling up the tank has become motorists from the Treasurer today. and there was little comfort for deteriorates in Iran, Let's suppose the situation the petrol price to go up - then you would expect substantially. could go up very, very is talking up petrol prices. That's led to accusations Mr Costello It's the speculators, that are pushing the price up, it's the rumour-mongers is assisting and the Treasurer

in pushing the price up. for drivers in the May Budget. Motoring groups want some relief

What would be the logic in saying are acceptable nuclear power stations in every other country where the uranium is mined? except the one in issues outside his portfolio The Treasurer's interest

about the Liberal leadership, is driving speculation this, his 11th Federal Budget, Mr Costello refusing to say whether

will be his last. every budget time. I get asked these questions whatever you say, Experience has shown me people can always beat up a story. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. And Opposition Leader Kim Beazley in Labor's uranium policy. has signalled a shift the 'Sydney Morning Herald' Mr Beazley has told on new uranium mines lifted. he wants a ban Labor's environment spokesman That's in conflict with Anthony Albanese who doesn't see any need for change.

are a greater priority tougher nuclear safeguards But Mr Beazley maintains

is mined. than limits on where the uranium The AFL has launched an investigation

into the circumstances of yesterday's draw between Fremantle and St Kilda after receiving an official complaint from the Dockers. The Saints levelled the scores after the field umpires failed to hear the final siren. Extraordinary scenes at the conclusion of yesterday's match. Fremantle thought it had won by a point but the game's not over until the umpire hears the siren. COMMENTATOR: The siren has already sounded. They were saying they already heard the siren. Confusion reigned before Saint Steven Baker was awarded a free kick. His behind tied the scores but Chris Connolly was in no doubt about the result. This is unacceptable. We clearly won the game and they're our four points. The Dockers immediately lodged an appeal with the AFL. The Saints lucky to escape with 2 points after trailing all day. The umpire puts his hand up to say it's the end of the game and they confer and they agree on the scores and that's what it is. In another nail-biter at the MCG, Hawthorn snatched victory from Essendon. A Mark Williams goal in the dying stages sealing a 1-point win. He's got it! And Collingwood moved to third on the ladder after blitzing Port Adelaide at the Dome. Barry Levinson, Ten News. Rugby league and New Zealand playmaker Benji Marshall will be targeted by the Aussies in Friday nights test in Brisbane. The Kangaroos went into camp last night and admitted they'll run at Marshall's recently injured shoulder.

REPORTER: Would you go after him? Why not, yeah. Why wouldn't you if he's got a couple of bung shoulders, yeah. Fullback Anthony Minichiello has already passed a fitness test after missing the last two games with his club due to injury. Australia has missed out on the right to host the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh joint bid was successful. New Zealand and Australia were selected to host the 2015 tournament. Meanwhile, Australia's ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed does not agree with Aussie players' calls for less cricket to avoid player burn-out. Australia has a five months break. I don't believe there is too much cricket. Test captain Ricky Ponting has led the fight

for more time off for his players. Now to our first look at finance and it's good morning to Jacinta Hocking. Jacinta, tax cuts on the agenda in the lead-up to the Budget? Good morning, Bill. Well, it could be a bit like waiting to win the lotto. But the country's top business leaders have conceded we might not see significant tax cuts in next week's Federal Budget. The comments come after the Treasurer yesterday said tax cuts were unlikely

because Australian families already pay no net tax. Instead they say we're likely to see tax relief in the form of increased benefits rather than changes to tax scales. If, at the end of the Budget process

after funding initiatives in health and defence that is what we will aim to do. Business groups want the top personal tax rate of 48.5% cut and brought in line with the company tax rate of 30%. Taking a look at the markets now - Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. And for a look at this morning's headlines: More on that tale of survival from Tasmania - two miners trapped are alive. We'll have the latest when Ten Early Morning News returns. G'day mate! You taking out the ga bage? and we found that 80 percent of our waste is a tually recyclable, So, it's good for business and the environm nt. Yeah... Actually, I've got a plant that could do with your help! What have you done... Recycling - it's your business. Thin lips? What a bore. For lips that say a whole lot more... SONG: # Pump up the volume. # ..with new CoverGirl incredifull, a volumising lipstick that pulls outside moisture in so lips stand out. Pump up the volume with incredifull. From easy, breezy, beautiful, CoverGirl.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - euphoria in the tiny Tasmanian town of Beaconsfield as family of two trapped miners learn they're alive. Oh, ecstatic, the whole way through. Rescuers work to bring the pair to the surface possibly by this morning but the operation's delicate. Todd and Brant, by geez, you don't make 'em as strong as this. Agony for the family of the Bosnian contractor whose body was sent to Australia instead of Private Jake Kovko. And in sport - the AFL launches an investigation into yesterday's controversial draw between Fremantle and St Kilda. Now to finance news. Jacinta, there's no holding back the US economy?

Yes, Bill. The American economy grew at the fastest pace in more than two years

over the first quarter. The economy grew at an annual pace of 4.8% per cent in the three months to March which was in line with market forecasts.

Driving the surge was strong business investment up more than 14%, the biggest rise in six years. Consumer spending was also strong, it gained 5.5%. Taking a look at the markets now: And Bill, more soon with CommSec on whether or not we'll see a rate rise later this week. The survival of two miners trapped underground for five days is being hailed by some as a miracle. A delicate rescue operation is now under way to bring the men to the surface and reunite them with their families.

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he meeting her. So I was very scared.

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lives were saved be caused those were

protected. It is unbelievable that

they have survived this long. they have survived this long. To work

to clear the tunnel of continues.

Thoughts of the miner who didn't

survive. We must not forget that

survive. We must not forget that

Hilary's family will be doing it

pretty tough to like it. From despair to jubilation. The people of Beaconsfield have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions these past five days but the town is now on a high after news two miners survived. They found them. They're gonna get them out. The euphoria's bound to last

Here's what the Beaconsfield mine manager Matthew Gill had to say about the situation earlier this morning.

pretty tough to like it. A the pretty tough to like it. A the they

appear to be enclosed Spirit's. We

believe that at no good half. After

we found they were alive, we assessed

via Neath. We at trying to forget

them out as quickly as

them out as quickly as possible. Lee

hour looking at and number of

mechanical means to gain Police were forced to evacuate around 400 people on Saturday it's thought a campfire spread to nearby bushland. So far, there are no reports of injuries or property losses.

The family of a deceased Bosnian man whose body was accidentally sent to Australia in place of Private Jake Kovco has spoken out. They say they understand the Kovco family's anguish over the shocking mix-up. Bosnian civilian Juso Sinanovic, 46, bears little resemblance to 25-year-old Private Jake Kovco. But somehow, their bodies were mixed up in a Kuwaiti morgue

and Sinanovic's remains sent to Australia. Juso Sinanovic died of a brain haemorrhage on April 17 but it's believed his family still haven't been told While it's unknown when Sinanovic's funeral can be held, Jake Kovko will be laid to rest tomorrow with full military honours in his home town of Briagolong in regional Victoria after the coroner released his body for burial. Private Kovko's family forced to deny claims

he and his wife Shelley were having marriage problems before his death. The AFL is looking into the circumstances of yesterday's draw between Fremantle and St Kilda after receiving an official complaint from the Dockers. With Fremantle in front by one point, the Saints levelled the scores after the field umpires failed to hear the final siren But Fremantle coach Chris Connolly was in no doubt about the result. Fremantle has not ruled out taking legal action. mechanical means to gain access. The

entry John Lewis was the first

kangaroo route out last night.

Marshall is now a target. A fitness

test on and then these homes drink.

His roost is kept in a controversial

omission from the team. A good omission from the team. A good mate

of mine and I am sorry he missed out. of mine and I am sorry he missed out. I am sure of

I am sure of he will get some game. Aussie Chris Vermeulen has excelled in wet qualifying conditions in Turkey to take the first pole position of his MotoGP career. While many of the top riders struggled on the slippery circuit, the Sunshine Coast Suzuki rider topped the time sheets

with fellow Aussie Casey Stoner qualifying 7th. This pole position, hopefully, will boost everyone's confidence along with mine. No, I'm really happy. Standings leader Loris Capirossi will start the race from 4th on the grid Now for a look at the weather forecast:

Finance news now - Jacinta, all eyes on the Reserve Bank this week? Yes, Bill. The main focus for the markets this week will be the Reserve Bank's decision on interest rates due out Wednesday and there is speculation we might see the RBA move. Joining me now with more is Juliana Roadley from CommSec.

Juliana, the economists seem quite divided will we or won't we see a rate rise this week? I am sure of he will get some game.

Pilloried out due is no great

Pilloried out due is no great

warriors. It has to look at all

aspects of the economy. We don't

expect any rate rise or financial Juliana, we're moving into the last week of the US reporting season this week, which companies should we be looking out for? expect any rate rise or financial

quarter. Boe looked out for her

autumn hotel, News Juliana Roadley from CommSec. Thanks very much. Bill, more shortly on reports the full Telstra sell-off may be delayed. When Ten's early news returns We cross to Tasmania for more on that tale of two miners surviving underground - for almost a week. Don't go away.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - prayers answered. He's a miracle working God. A Tasmanian town celebrates the news that two miners trapped underground for five days are alive. The survival of two miners trapped underground for five days is being hailed by some as a miracle.

A delicate rescue operation is now under way to bring the men to the surface and reunite them with their families.

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right with him last. It is

unbelievable that they had survived

this long. They're a tough mean. Work

to clear the tunnel to the Ming

continues. Thought of continues. Thought of a miner who did

not survive. We have lost not survive. We have lost amino. not survive. We have lost amino. We must not forget It's been a harrowing week of worry for people of this town.

Can you describe the emotion from last night? It has put enormous strain on the people here. A lot of the locals, if they're not related to the miners involved, they're friends of them or work with them. Since news of surivors has come through, obviously there's been scenes of elation here but there's still a harrowing wait because the rescue crews are saying

there's some time to go before they bring the survivors to surface. There's been a lot of talk about safety concerns at the mine since the collapse, is the future of the mine looking bleak? Well, it's certainly under a cloud. The union that's representing the mine, the AWU

is suggesting there have been safty concerns raised in the past, but everyone has put that question aside for the time being until the survivors are brought to the surface and I think we can expect to hear more about those safety concerns. Such endings are all too rare and understandably, the people of beaconsfield are overcome by emotion. To the people of Beaconsfield this was nothing short of a miracle. He's a miracle working God. On the streets, they celebrated. CROWD CHEERS None more so than the family of Todd Russell, one of the two survivors. They found them. Gonna get them out.

I just can't wait to see him, ugly big mug. For Brant Webb's family, anguish also turned to elation. We never gave up hope he was alive. It's believed the miners' wives were allowed to speak to them by radio as rescuers continued to tunnel towards them. Vanessa Arthur, Ten News. A frantic effort to locate missing miners is also taking place in China after an explosion rocked a coal mine in the country's north-west over the weekend. Authorities say at least 27 people died in the blast but five people are still missing underground. It's not yet clear what caused the explosion that trapped 37 people working in the mine. The Chinese Government is trying to close down a number of small mines that are among the most dangerous in the world. The family of a deceased Bosnian man whose body was accidentally sent to Australia in place of Private Jake Kovco has spoken out. They say they understand the Kovco family's anguish over the shocking mix-up.

Bosnian civilian Juso Sinanovic, 46, bears little resemblance to 25-year-old Private Jake Kovco.

But somehow, their bodies were mixed up in a Kuwaiti morgue and Sinanovic's remains sent to Australia. Juso Sinanovic died of a brain haemorrhage on April 17 but it's believed his family still haven't been told when they'll receive the body. The Bosnian's aunt reportedly says she can empathise with Private Kovco's family and feels the same pain as they do. While it's unknown when Sinanovic's funeral can be held, Jake Kovko will be laid to rest tomorrow with full military honours in his home town of Briagolong in regional Victoria after the coroner released his body for burial. Private Kovco's family forced to deny claims he and his wife Shelley were having marriage problems before his death. Veronica Buck, Ten News. A new national certificate could be introduced for Year 12 students

to cut inconsistencies between States. 'The Australian' newspaper says a Federal Government report has recommended an overhaul of senior study assessments. But rather than bring in a standard, national exam for the students, replacing existing State-based criterias, it points to a rating system. This would allow for across-the-board comparisons.

US President George W. Bush has delivered quite the comedy act in Washington DC. Ten's US Bureau Chief Leisa Goddard-Roles joins us live from Los Angeles. Leisa, what was the President doing?

He was poking fun at himself. Steve Bridges stole the show. Dick Cheney was in his sights.

I saw him walking and I said "Don't shoot". Dick's a good man.

We know Mr Bush mumbles his words. Dramatic 000 calls.

A woman ran over her husband. Witnesses who called for help. They weren't sure what they were seeing. He was injured. He was lucky. She's charged with attempted murder. The AFL has launched an investigation into the circumstances of yesterday's draw between Fremantle and St Kilda

after receiving an official complaint from the Dockers. The Saints levelled the scores after the field umpires failed to hear the final siren. Extraordinary scenes at the conclusion of yesterday's match. Fremantle thought it had won by a point but the game's not over until the umpire hears the siren. COMMENTATOR: The siren has already sounded. They were saying they already heard the siren. Confusion reigned before Saint Steven Baker was awarded a free kick. His behind tied the scores but Chris Connolly was in no doubt about the result. This is unacceptable. We clearly won the game and they're our four points. The Dockers immediately lodged an appeal with the AFL. The Saints lucky to escape with 2 points after trailing all day. The umpire puts his hand up to say it's the end of the game and they confer and they agree on the scores and that's what it is. In another nail-biter at the MCG,

Hawthorn snatched victory from Essendon. A Mark Williams goal in the dying stages sealing a 1-point win. He's got it! And Collingwood moved to third on the ladder after blitzing Port Adelaide at the Dome. Barry Levinson, Ten News. Rugby league and New Zealand playmaker Benji Marshall will be targeted by the Aussies in Friday night's test in Brisbane. The Kangaroos went into camp last night and admitted they'll run at Marshall's recently injured shoulder. REPORTER: Would you go after him? Why not, yeah. Why wouldn't you if he's got a couple of bung shoulders, yeah. Fullback Anthony Minichiello has already passed a fitness test after missing the last two games with his club due to injury. Now Jacinta with more finance and the Telstra sale could be delayed? That's right, Bill. The Government says regulatory uncertainty, especially in relation to Telstra's broadband network, could mean the full sell-off doesn't happen until next year. Finance Minister Nick Minchin says a ruling relating to the phone giant's fibre to the node network would greatly influence the timeline for any sale. The Government is due to hold a meeting to decide on a definitive time frame for the sale next week. Meantime, the former boss of American phone company AT&T John Zeglis, is tipped to join the Telstra board. His appointment is expected to be announced shortly. Now to the markets: Now for a look at the weather forecast: It's time for a look at some of the headlines around the country - When Ten's early news returns

We cross to Tasmania for more on that tale of two miners surviving underground - for almost a week. Welcome back to Ten's Early News.u This morning - from anguish to euphoria. The tiny Tasmanian town of Beaconsfield celebrates as two trapped miners are found alive. Oh, estatic. Rescuers work to bring the pair to the surface possibly by this morning Todd and Brant, by geez, you don't make em as strong as this. Agony - for the family of the Bosnian contractor whose body was sent to Australia instead of Private Jake Kovko. And in sport - the AFL launches an investigation into yesterday's controversial draw between Fremantle and St. Kilda.

The Tasmanian town of Beaconsfield is this morning celebrating the discovery of two miners trapped underground for almost a week. The news came just after 7.30pm last night with families and colleagues saying the men's survival is nothing short of a miracle. Todd Russel and Brant Webb who love their footy and yesterday, the AFL rallied to support the families. 10-year-old Adison Knight shares a special moment in memory of his father Larry and the St Kilda supporter's love of football. The 44-year-old's body was retrieved Thursday. His death bringing mixed emotions to the mining community which is also celebrating. Known locally as 'the big fella', survivor Todd Russell is a popular father of three who plays Aussie rules. He's also a member of the mine's rescue team and a long-time volunteer for the rural fire service.

His family have lived in Beaconsfield for three generations. Fellow survivor Brant Webb has worked at Beaconsfield for the past 5 years. He's the mine's union delegate and is from Bundaberg in Queensland. Kate Donnison, Ten News. The family of the Bosnian man

whose remains were mixed up with Private Jake Kovco's has spoken of their anguish. The bungle saw Private Kovco's body wasn't sent home immediately after his death in Iraq. Instead, the body of Bosnian civilian Juso Sinanovic. Until everyone has been interviewed and all the pieces put together, you never really get a complete picture.

Sinanovic's aunt reportedly says she feels the same hurt as the Kovco family over the mix-up. Peter Costello has signalled sanctions against Iran could send the price of petrol into record high territory. But motoring groups have accused the Federal Treasurer of scare-mongering. Filling up the tank has become a painful part of daily life, and there was little comfort for motorists from the Treasurer today. Let's suppose the situation deteriorates in Iran, then you would expect the petrol price to go up - could go up very, very substantially. That's led to accusations Mr Costello is talking up petrol prices. It's the speculators, it's the rumour-mongers that are pushing the price up, and the Treasurer is assisting in pushing the price up. What he will probably do What would be the logic in saying nuclear power stations are acceptable in every other country except the one where the uranium is mined? The Treasurer's interest in issues outside his portfolio is driving speculation about the Liberal leadership, Mr Costello refusing to say whether this, his 11th Federal Budget, will be his last. I get asked these questions every budget time. Experience has shown me whatever you say, people can always beat up a story. And Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has signalled a shift in Labor's uranium policy. Mr Beazley has told the 'Sydney Morning Herald' But Mr Beazley maintains tougher nuclear safeguards are a greater priority than limits on where the uranium is mined. The AFL is looking into the circumstances of yesterday's draw between Fremantle and St Kilda after receiving an official complaint from the Dockers. With Fremantle in front by one point, the Saints levelled the scores after the field umpires failed to hear the final siren leading to scenes of great confusion. But Fremantle coach Chris Connolly was in no doubt about the result. This is unacceptable. We clearly won the game and they're our four points. Fremantle has not ruled out taking legal action. Rugby league and Benji Marshall will get a tough work-out in Friday night's Test against Australia. Marshall is returning earlier than expected from a shoulder injury.

Thurston is on a plane to Sydney. Aussie Chris Vermeulen has excelled in wet qualifying conditions in Turkey to take the first pole position of his MotoGP career. While many of the top riders struggled on the slippery circuit, the Sunshine Coast Suzuki rider topped the time sheets with fellow Aussie Casey Stoner qualifying 7th. The whole weekend has gone well for us.

Now Jacinta and our final look at finance

And Bill, that's all the day's business and finance.

Time for a look at the weather:

And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. The Morning News starts at 11:00am and we'll wrap up the day in Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au