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(generated from captions) This morning - Tasmanian miners rescuers edge towards two trapped the industry. amid reports one was due to leave Thredbo landslide recovery mission Ambulance officers involved in the head to Beaconsfield to help. killed in Iraq to be held today The funeral of the Australian soldier in his Victorian home town. stress their value to the US economy. And millions of illegal immigrants Checking the weather for today: at finance Now for the morning's first look welcome back Kath Robinson. Thanks, Bill. to a strong manufacturing report Markets are higher in the US thanks estimates from WalMart were released. and better-than-expected sales for a holiday. European markets were closed and finance, Bill. And that's the latest in business two miners trapped in Tasmania. Rescuers are edging closer to the as early as today. There's a chance they'll be rescued has emerged that one of the miners, But as the effort intensifies news Todd Russell, was planning to leave the industry. painstaking work. It is by any measure, of two men, their mates Miners here knowing that the lives hang in the balance. But it is hopeful work too in good spirits. with the trapped miners they offered just three wishes - When asked, water and to get out". They said, "We would like food, The sustenance is now easy enough - being pushed down a plastic pipe. biscuits, water and even medication

Getting them out, more difficult. It may still be two more days. to consider in this There are a lot of issues as information comes to hand and we adjust our plans from the two guys themselves. and that includes feedback The 2-way communication is constant. and any changes. The men describing their surroundings Blasting has been stopped. Instead, a drill is being used location, still 12 metres away. to carefully inch closer to their is arriving all the time. New equipment and expertise cooperation They are receiving fantastic from other mines around the country,

might be. from experts no matter where they Also arriving, family working around the clock to thank the miners to free Todd Russell and Brant Webb. has forgotten Larry Knight, But no-one in this tight community the one dead miner on Thursday. whose body was discovered and it's really, really sad. A man goes off to work and he dies by an entire community. A sentiment well understood Eddy Meyer, Ten News. the Beaconsfield Mine in Tasmania Joining us now live from is Ten reporter Gareth Boreham.

Gareth, what's the latest?

Fear Dome water is getting to the two

men. They have been getting

sustenance tablets and biscuits.

We've heard a report that two men

could be freed this evening. His could be freed this evening.

first accurate? This is his

suggestion 48 hours a player waiting for. across the country Emergency service crews are aiding the Tasmanian rescue. officers left for Beaconsfield. Overnight, four NSW ambulance to the large operations team They'll provide advice and support at the mine. handling extended entrapments. The officers have knowledge in landslide rescue in 1997. They were involved in the Thredbo

of politicising the mine tragedy Kim Beazley has been accused after linking the rescue relations laws. to the fight against new industrial

The Opposition Leader says helped them survive the miners' union-based training away such safety training programs. and he claims the new laws will strip the new laws if it wins office. The Opposition has pledged to tear up at a Brisbane jail this morning Scientific investigators will arrive of an overnight fire. to determine the cause

the maximum security prison Crews were forced to break into

to put the flames out. just after 6:30 Firefighters got the call out but this was certainly no house fire. Sir David Longlands Prison. The blaze was ripping through every window and through the roof. Flames were coming out of razor-wire fences to get in Crews forced to cut through and douse the flames. armed corrective services officers Within minutes police and heavily were on the scene. harm's way Although no prisoners were in for renovations. because they'd been relocated It's on prison grounds. Nobody should have access.

Kate Donnison, Ten News. did not commit suicide The Australian solider to die in Iraq according to post-mortem results. near Private Jake Kovco's wound The results reveal no burn marks was not fired close to his head. which means the gun that killed him Kovco accidentally shot himself Orginally it was reported Private

while handling his gun, the Defence Minister revealing later and accidentally discharged. that the gun was near the soldier to rest in country Victoria today The young private will be laid with full military honours. An inquest into the murder of a boy, accused paedophiles, who was about to testify against a high-profile witness. is to hear from Ian Roberts will testify Former rugby league international with 17-year-old Aaron James Light, that he was friends

in a Sydney paedophile ring, who became caught up before becoming a prostitute. Ron Hoenig says Counsel assisting the coroner, between the Roberts and Light. there was no sexual relationship construction workers at this site Light's body was found by in 2002. have taken to the streets Millions of illegal immigrants to demand greater rights in the US. across the country Hundreds of businesses

as immigrants, mainly from Mexico, were forced to close their doors took the day off in protest. illegal immigrants An estimated 11 million in America's agriculture, clothing play crucial but unrecognised roles and tourism industries. full US citizenship Protesters are demanding to let them jump the queue. but opponents say it's unfair St Kilda-Fremantle fiasco continues The fallout from the St Kilda to make a submission with the AFL Commission directing by 10:00 am tomorrow. to determine a result. The League will then meet in Launceston, After the farcical finish yesterday a marathon investigation at AFL House

historic meeting. has led to tomorrow's charged under the AFL rules The AFL Commission is the body with determining an issue relating to the laws of Australian football like this. The League has interviewed all officials concerned and completed its investigation with blame being apportioned to the timekeeper for not leaving the siren going. He has acknowledged his error and it is now a situation that all the facts must be presented to the Commission. Operations manager Adrian Anderson having enough of the questions yesterday. REPORTER: Do you accept that the AFL.. ...on Wednesday? ...is there going to be another hearing? What was that?

Although it's not the only drama, with St Kilda expected to lodge a complaint over an amazing missing 8 seconds, yet more intrigue on the time clock. Ian Cohen, Ten News. The AFL has dismissed the striking charge against St Kilda forward Fraser Gehrig. No such luck for Lenny Hayes

who copped one match for an attempted strike while Max Hudghton has been fined $2,400 for spitting. Docker Jeff Farmer has a 2-week ban for a high hit on Robert Harvey. Eagle Beau Waters has accepted a fortnight for striking Lion Robert Copeland. And Geelong's Paul Chapman has been reprimanded for hitting Swan Leo Barry. Australia will train for the final time in Sydney today before flying out for Brisbane to take on New Zealand in Friday's rugby league test. Karmichael Hunt was a late inclusion but no such disruptions for the New Zealand squad. Benji Marshall declaring he's fit to play. Oh yeah, it's still there. It feels good. I've done a bit of contact work in the last couple of days and it's feeling pretty good. Just working up to 100% and I'm feeling pretty confident. Marshall says he's not concerned about the possibility of being targeted by the Aussies on Friday night. Finance news and Kath, the RBA Board meets today with news on rates tomorrw? Yes, Bill and there should be some nervous mortgage holders with economists split 50-50

on whether we'll see a rate rise tomorrow morning. Half the market is tipping rates to rise 0.25% to 5.75%. Stronger-than-expected inflation numbers, on the back of high petrol prices, have prompted the rate speculation but some economists say the rising fuel costs have a dampening effect on consumer spending. And those record high fuel prices have forced Virgin Blue to review its fares on a route by route basis. The airline says its fuel surcharge will stay but hasn't followed the lead of Qantas and won't raise fares across the board for the time being.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: Let's take a look at what's making news around the country this morning: 'The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian judges will be forced to submit to more rigorous health checks.

'The Financial Review' forecasts tough times ahead for Australian furniture manufacturers

as cheaper imports and housing downturns 'The Daily Telegraph' is following the amazing ordeal of the Beaconsfield miners who appear set to spend 8 days trapped underground in a cramped metal safety cage. We'll have the latest when Ten's Early News returns. Imagine if everything you liked Introducing the new Mazda6. SONG: # Zoom, zoom, zoom! # Sporty looks, and to top it all off, The very new Mazda6. Now twice as good. No, make that three times. SONG: # Zoom, zoom, zoom! # Welcome back to Ten's Early News. A look at the stories we're following - Tasmania's delicate mine mission. Two trapped workers could be rescued. A post-mortem examination on the Aussie soldier killed in Iraq rules out suicide hours before his funeral. A Commonwealth Bank employee accused of stealing millions from customer accounts

and gambling it away. And in sport - the AFL set to make a ruling on Sunday's controversial draw between Fremantle and St Kilda. Finance news now. Kath, suggestions the mining boom will run out of steam? Well, the warning from Access Economics says commodity prices are likely to peak this year and fall sharply from 2007. The forecaster says while both China and India will remain ravenous consumers of our natural resources, the market will soon be flooded with commodity product as new mines come online. Bill, a completion date for Multiplex's Wembley Stadium. I'll have more on that shortly. Two Tasmanian miners trapped almost 1km underground could be freed today. Rescuers have been in contact with Todd Russell and Brant Webb

since Sunday and have managed to supply them with food and water. The next step is to enlarge a 12m-long access tunnel to the pair. This could be complete later today. There are a lot of issues to consider in this and we adjust our plans as the information comes to hand. The men were trapped after a rock fall at the Beaconsfield mine 7 days ago. Fellow worker Larry Knight was killed. Here's more of what the Beaconsfield mine manager Matthew Gill had to say about the situation at an update last night. We have established permanent contact with the two men and they have received some food and fresh water and they remain in good spirits. We must stress

that the conditions are very difficult and very dangerous and that people should not underestimate the difficulties in getting them out safely. Work is continuing on blasting means to try and get them out. This work has to proceed very carefully to try and avoid any further rock falls. Federal Labor leader Kim Beazley is under fire

for linking the plight of the two trapped miners to the Government's new industrial relations laws. He says that under the new laws workers won't receive the training that has sustained the two men as they wait to be rescued.

As Kim Beazley addressed the May day rally in Brisbane, his thoughts, like those of most Australians, were on the plight of two Tasmanian miners. Our prayers are with you, our prayers are with your families. He then told the rally the men's survival chances had been improved thanks to years of union-based training programmes

now under threat by the Government's new industrial relations laws. They know that if John Howard removes those programmes that he intends to then all workers are threatened. To politicise the tragic mine accident in Tasmania is appalling. The Tasmanian Premier wouldn't buy into the debate. All our efforts at the moment are directed to one purpose and that is to get the guys safely to the surface. Mr Andrews wants the Opposition Leader to apologise.

He says occupational health and safety legislation remains in the hands of the States and Territories, a fact Mr Beazley knows. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. And support for Kim Beazley as Labor Leader has taken another dive. A Newspoll in 'The Australian' newspaper shows Health spokeswoman Julia Gillard and Foreign Affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd as more popular choices. Mr Beazley's support has halved over the last 15 months to 24% while Ms Gillard's has almost doubled to 32%. Mr Rudd has a 28% backing. A post-mortem has all but ruled out suicide in the death of the first Australian soldier in the Iraq campaign. It comes as relatives prepare to farewell Private Jake Kovco at a military funeral in country Victoria today. Since 25-year-old Private Jake Kovco died in Iraq almost two weeks ago,

reports about how he actually died continue to change. To add further fuel to speculations of a cover-up, it's been reported the bullet that killed the Private is missing. It's also believed Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has revealed Australians may have been reposnsible for the blunder that saw the body of Bosnian civilian Juso Sinanovic sent to Australia, instead of Private Kovco's. The Bosnian's body is expected to be collected for repatriation today. Veronica Buck, Ten News. A Commonwealth Bank worker has been accused of stealing more than $10 million from bank customer accounts. It's alleged the man worked as a back office worker at the Colonial Mutual Life division of the CBA and transferred money into his account between 2004 and 2006. He's then believed to have spent $8.5 million feeding a gambling habit at Star City Casino in Sydney. The man was arrested a month ago and will face Central Local Court in Sydney later this week. Thousands of businesses in the US have been forced to shut down today as many of the nation's illegal immigrants take the day off work. US Correspondent Rahni Sadler has more. Rahni, the protest is called 'a day without an immigrant'. How is America suffering?

America is this a suffering a little

today. They make large number of today. They make large number of

workers in Australia. All of the

illegal immigrants have not shown illegal immigrants have not shown up

to work today. These people but

demanding greater rights. demanding greater rights. Washington

is debating tighter border security.

These immigrants want full

citizenship. And a great American

land mark is celebrating an important

birthday today? The Empire State

building was opened 75 years ago. The

building started in 1929. It is

estimated 3.5 million people estimated 3.5 million people visit

the building each year. The outcome of Sunday's controversial draw between Fremantle-St Kilda will be decided by the AFL Commmission tomorrow. A lengthy investigation at League headquarters has led to the historic meeting. The AFL has blamed the offical timekeeper for not leaving the siren going until it was heard by match officals. and it is now a situation that all the facts must be presented to the Commission. The League also confirmed that, for the moment, the draw does not stand as a result. Good news for St Kilda forward Fraser Gehrig with the AFL dissmissing a striking charge against him. No such luck for Lenny Hayes who copped one match for an attempted strike while Max Hudghton has been fined $2,400 for spitting. Docker Jeff Farmer has a 2-week ban for a high hit on Robert Harvey, Eagle Beau Waters has accepted a fortnight for striking Lion Robert Copeland

and Geelong's Paul Chapman has been reprimanded for hitting Swan Leo Barry. The Australian side will have its final training session in Sydney today before departing for Brisbane in preparation for Friday's rugby league test against New Zealand. The last time the trans-tasman rivals clashed the Kiwis won by knock-out. The Aussies hope it will be different this time around. I don't think so mate. See what happens. Karmichael Hunt will wear green and gold

after confirming his allegiances. Much to the bemusement of his opponents. The Kiwis winning the club versus country debate with Benji Marshall risking further injury to his shoulder

by representing. The man himself insists there's no drama. Now Kath with more finance news

and Multiplex sets a date for the completion of Wembley? Yeah, well, kind of Bill. The embattled construction group says the giant Wembley Stadium reconstruction will be mostly finished by the end of June. Multiplex says contractors should be done by the end of next month leaving only final cleaning which means the stadium will be ready by September.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: We'll cross back to Tasmania for an update on the rescue of those two trapped miners. That's when Ten's Early News returns after this short break.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning -

rescuers edge towards two trapped Tasmanian miners amid reports one was due to leave the industry. Ambulance officers involved in the Thredbo landslide recovery mission

head to Beaconsfield to help. The funeral of the Australian soldier killed in Iraq to be held today in his Victorian home town. And millions of illegal immigrants demonstrate their value to the US economy. Another brief check of the forecast:

Now time for finance news.

Kath, how did Wall Street close? If you'd asked me an hour ago I would have said higher but a sell off on the close has seen Wall Street close lower. 12m of rock still separates rescue workers from two miners trapped almost 1km underground in Tasmania. Specialist mining equipment has been brought in to aid the delicate operation at Beaconsfield, near Launceston. There is talk the men could be out sometime today. Joining us with the latest is Ten reporter Gareth Boreham. Gareth, how is the rescue progressing? be relieved but to no

Beer is cautious optimism to the

her. Some her. Some air ambulance officers are

on their way to help. They're from New South

New South Wales

they have a lot of that theory. Many

friends of the miners with the tools

overnight. The death of Lehri has overnight. The death of Lehri has not

been forgotten. Flowers had been been forgotten. Flowers had been left

at the scene. We feel for this at the scene. We feel for this

family. We forget what happened to

family. We forget what happened to him. It is all from us Federal Labor Leader Kim Beazley is under fire for linking the plight of the two trapped miners to the Government's new industrial relations laws. He says that under the new laws workers won't receive the training that has sustained the two men as they wait to be rescued. As Kim Beazley addressed the May day rally in Brisbane,

his thoughts, like those of most Australians, were on the plight of two Tasmanian miners. Our prayers are with you, our prayers are with your families. He then told the rally the men's survival chances had been improved thanks to years of union-based training programmes now under threat by the Government's new industrial relations laws. They know that if John Howard removes those programmes that he intends to then all workers are threatened. To politicise the tragic mine accident in Tasmania is appalling. The Tasmanian Premier wouldn't buy into the debate. All our efforts at the moment are directed towards one purpose and that is to get the guys safely to the surface. Mr Andrews wants the Opposition Leader to apologise. He says occupational health and safety legislation remains in the hands of the States and Territories, a fact Mr Beazley knows. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. And support for Kim Beazley as Labor Leader has taken another dive. A Newspoll in 'The Australian' newspaper shows Health spokeswoman Julia Gillard and Foreign Affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd as more popular choices. Mr Beazley's support has halved over the last 15 months to 24%

while Ms Gillard's has almost doubled to 32%. Mr Rudd has a 28% backing. It's official - petrol prices have hit an all-time high with motorists forking out on $1.34 a litre over the past week. The Australian Institute of Petroleum has warned that things could become worse. The most expensive petrol was in Darwin and Port Headland, in Western Australia, where motorists paid $1.51 a litre. The cheapest petrol was in Brisbane, where the average price is $1.26 a litre. A post-mortem has all but ruled out suicide in the death of the first Australian soldier in the Iraq campaign. It comes as relatives prepare to farewell Private Jake Kovco at a military funeral in country Victoria today. Since 25-year-old Private Jake Kovco died in Iraq almost two weeks ago, reports about how he actually died continue to change. Now a post-mortem has revealed no burn marks near the solider's wound which means the gun that killed him was not fired close to his head. Initially, it was believed Private Kovco accidentally shot himself while handling his gun,

the Federal Government revealing later that the gun was near the soldier and accidentally discharged. To add further fuel to speculations of a cover-up, it's been reported the bullet that killed the Private is missing. It's also believed Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has revealed Australians may have been reposnsible for the blunder that saw the body of Bosnian civilian Juso Sinanovic sent to Australia, instead of Private Kovco's. The Bosnian's body is expected to be collected for repatriation today. Veronica Buck, Ten News.

him. It is all from us here the. Two

men are still at large after a men are still at large after a ram

raid incident in Sydney overnight.

Based doll clothes and bags. Big-car

was a Subaru W R An inquest into the murder of a boy, who was about to testify against accused paedophiles, is to hear from a high-profile witness. Former rugby league international Ian Roberts will testify that he was friends with 17-year-old Aaron James Light,

who became caught up in a Sydney paedophile ring, before becoming a prostitute. Counsel assisting the coroner, Ron Hoenig says there was no sexual relationship between the Roberts and Light. Light's body was found by construction workers at this site in 2002. Millions of illegal immigrants have taken to the streets

to demand greater rights in the US. Hundreds of businesses across the country were forced to close their doors as immigrants, mainly from Mexico, took the day off in protest. An estimated 11 million illegal immigrants play crucial but unrecognised roles in America's agriculture, clothing and tourism industries. Protesters are demanding full US citizenship but opponents say it's unfair to let them jump the queue. The fallout from the St Kilda-Fremantle fiasco continues

with the AFL Commission directing St Kilda to make a submission by 10:00am tomorrow.

The League will then meet to determine a result. After the farcical finish in Launceston, a marathon investigation at AFL House yesterday has led to tomorrow's historic meeting.

The AFL Commission is the body charged under the AFL rules with determining an issue relating to the laws of Australian football like this. The League has interviewed all officials concerned and completed its investigation with blame being apportioned to the timekeeper for not leaving the siren going.

He has acknowledged his error and it is now a situation that all the facts must be presented to the Commission. Operations manager Adrian Anderson having enough of the questions yesterday. REPORTER: Do you accept that the AFL.. ...on Wednesday? ...is there going to be another hearing? What was that? Although that's not the only drama, with St Kilda expected to lodge a complaint over an amazing missing 8 seconds, yet more intrigue on the time clock. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

The AFL has dismissed the striking charge against St Kilda forward Fraser Gehrig.

No such luck for Lenny Hayes who copped one match for an attempted strike while Max Hudghton has been fined $2,400 for spitting. Docker Jeff Farmer has a 2-week ban for a high hit on Robert Harvey.

Eagle Beau Waters has accepted a fortnight for striking Lion Robert Copeland. And Geelong's Paul Chapman has been reprimanded for hitting Swan Leo Barry. Australia will train for the final time in Sydney today before flying out for Brisbane to take on New Zealand in Friday's rugby league test. Karmichael Hunt was a late inclusion but no such disruptions for the New Zealand squad. Benji Marshall declaring he's fit to play. Oh yeah, it's still there. It feels good. I've done a bit of contact work in the last couple of days and it's feeling pretty good. Just working up to 100% but I'm feeling pretty confident.

Marshall says he's not concerned about the possibility of being targeted by the Aussies on Friday night. More finance news now and Kath, Virgin Blue to raise some fares? Yeah, it is Bill, but not all ticket prices will be affected. The airline will review which fares are raised on a route by route basis and has decided against following the footsteps of Qantas, that last week raised prices across the board in the wake of record high petrol prices. And St George Bank is expected to report a first half profit today in excess of $500 million Analysts are expecting earnings to come in between $503 million and $516 million and are impressed the bank has been able to do so well considering its exposure to the property market. Now a look at the weather forecast:

It's time now to check some of this morning's headlines: A funeral later today for the only Australian soldier to die in Iraq we're following that story when Ten's Early News returns.

BUT FIRST, DEFENCE MINISTER BRENDAN NELSON WILL

REPRESENT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TODAY, AT THE FUNERAL OF PRIVATE JAKE KOVCO, JOINED BY DEFENCE FORCE CHIEF ANGUS HOUSTON, AND THE CHIEF OF THE ARMY PETER (LAY) LEAHY. A NATIONAL OUTBREAK OF MEASLES HAS REACHED THE A-C-T. SO FAR THE REGION ONLY HAS TWO REPORTED CASES, HOWEVER A VACCINATION CLINIC HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AT THE A-N-U, AFTER IT WAS REVEALED ONE OF THE CASES HAD BEEN ON CAMPUS. FEDERAL OPPOSITION LEADER KIM BEAZLEY SAYS THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T IN A POSITION TO FORCE PROBLEM PARENTS, WHO RECEIVE WELFARE PAYMENTS, INTO BUYING HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS. UNDER THE PROPOSAL, UP TO A THIRD OF FUNDING COULD BE SET ASIDE FOR BILLS AND HOUSEHOLD NECESSITIES UNDER

A COMPULSORY DEBIT SCHEME. WORK ON THE MAIN RUNWAY AT CANBERRA AIRPORT ISN'T EXPECTED TO AFFECT FLIGHTS DELAYED BY FOG, SOME OF THE LANDING EQUIPMENT WON'T OPERATE THIS WINTER, DUE TO THE DEVELOPMENT. AND, GOULBURN PUNTERS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO WATCH METROPOLITAN RACES ON TELEVISION. "TABCORP" HAS OFFERED TO REMOVE AN INJUNCTION, PREVENTING T-V-N FROM BROADCASTING CITY RACES IN COUNTRY REGIONS VIA AUSTAR. TO SPORT, AND STIRLING MORTLOCK WILL PLAY THIS WEEKEND, AFTER INJURYING HIS SHOULDER DURING THE

SHOWERS CLEARING ON THE SOUTH COAST AND OVER THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE RANGES AND WEST, WEAKENING TOWARDS THE SOUTH-WEST SLOPES A LOOK AT THE CAPITALS NOW, AND A BIT OF CLOUD ABOUT IN CANBERRA, WITH SHOWERS CLEARING FOR SYDNEY AND WET IN MELBOURNE PARTLY CLOUDY FOR DUBBO, BECOMING FINE ALONG THE COAST, WITH A CHANCE OF A SHOWER FOR A COOL DAY IN ORANGE PARTLY CLOUDY WEATHER FOR BATHURST, AND BECOMING FINE FOR BOWRAL AND THE BAY THE SUN SHOULD COME OUT FOR PART OF THE DAY IN MUDGEE, WITH SHOWERS FOR THE SNOWYS AND, THERE'S A POSSIBLE SHOWER ACROSS THE REGION If they survive all of this, are they ready to face the biggest challenge of all - your kids.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. A look at the stories we're following: Tasmania's delicate mine mission. Two trapped workers could be rescued by this evening. A post-mortem examination on the Aussie soldier killed in Iraq rules out suicide hours before his funeral. A Commonwealth bank employee accused of stealing millions from customer accounts and gambling it away. And in sport - the AFL set to make a ruling on Sunday's controversial draw between Fremantle and St Kilda. Two Tasmanian miners trapped almost 1km underground could be freed today. Rescuers have been in contact with Todd Russell and Brant Webb since Sunday and have managed to supply them with food and water.

The next step is to enlarge a 12m-long access tunnel to the pair.

This could be complete later today. There are a lot of issues to consider in this and we adjust our plans as the information comes to hand. The men were trapped after a rock fall at the Beaconsfield mine 7 days ago. Fellow worker Larry Knight was killed. Specialist equipment is being used in the rescue of two Tasmanian miners trapped almost 1km underground. Ten Reporter Gareth Boreham is at Beaconsfield and joins us now live.

Gerry come-on they have been reports

that Todd Russell was going to that Todd Russell was going to be a

security dad because of his security dad because of his concerns

about safety. Has the union made any

further comments on the safety of the

mind? The union and management mind? The union and management have

been reluctant to address the safety

issues. Once the rescue teams in this

issue will continue issue will continue and the mine's future is under

future is under threat. future is under threat. Former New

South Wales Ambulance officers have

joined the rescue if it. The joined the rescue if it. The extra

person now we provide for more Scientific investigators will arrive at a Brisbane jail this morning to determine the cause of an overnight fire. Crews were forced to break into the maximum security prison to put the flames out. Firefighters got the call out just after 6:30. The blaze was ripping through Sir David Longlands Prison. Flames were coming out of every window and through the roof. Within minutes police and heavily armed corrective services officers

were on the scene. Although no prisoners were in harm's way because they'd been relocated for renovations. Nobody should have access. It's on prison grounds. person now we provide for more

support. They will be no fun for

primary schools today as fire was set The Australian solider to die in Iraq did not commit suicide according to post-mortem results. The results reveal no burn marks near Private Jake Kovco's wound

which means the gun that killed him was not fired close to his head. Orginally it was reported Private Kovco accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun, the Defence Minister revealing later that the gun was near the soldier and accidentally discharged. The young Private will be laid to rest in country Victoria today with full military honours. A high-profile gangland lawyer has spent thousands on home security and hired guards fearing he may be the next target. ABC television reports George Deftros was warned to be wary by police who are eager to prevent any more underworld killings in Melbourne. Mr Defteros faced charges along with alleged gangland boss Mario Condello of an alleged plot to kill three underworld figures. They were dropped last August. A Commonwealth Bank worker has been accused of stealing more than $10 million from bank customer accounts. It's alleged the man worked as a back office worker at the Colonial Mutual Life division of the CBA and transferred money into his account between 2004 and 2006. He's then believed to have spent $8.5 million

feeding a gambling habit at Star City Casino in Sydney. The man was arrested a month ago and will face Central Local Court in Sydney later this week.

alight. Enter two people have been

killed in violent clashes in India.

Police fired bullets and tear-gas to

disperse hundreds of Muslims and

Hindus who battled on the streets.

Tensions between the Tensions between the two communities

erupted when and an Islamic shrine

was pulled down. Muslims reacted

angrily and burnt at least four shops in the The outcome of Sunday's controversial draw between Fremantle-St Kilda will be decided by the AFL Commmission tomorrow. A lengthy investigation at League headquarters has led to the historic meeting. The AFL has blamed the offical timekeeper for not leaving the siren going until it was heard by match officals. He has acknowledged his error and it is now a situation that all the facts must be presented to the Commission. The League also confirmed that, for the moment, the draw does not stand as a result. The AFL has dismissed the striking charge

against St Kilda forward Fraser Gehrig. No such luck for Lenny Hayes who copped one match for an attempted strike while Max Hudghton has been fined $2,400 for spitting. Docker Jeff Farmer has a 2-week ban for a high hit on Robert Harvey. Eagle Beau Waters has accepted a fortnight for striking Lion Robert Copeland. And Geelong's Paul Chapman has been reprimanded for hitting Swan Leo Barry. The Australian side will have its final training session in Sydney today before departing for Brisbane in preparation for Friday's rugby league test against New Zealand. The last time the trans-tasman rivals clashed the Kiwis won by knock-out. The Aussies hope it will be different this time around.

I don't think so mate. See what happens.

Karmichael Hunt will wear green and gold

after confirming his allegiances. Much to the bemusement of his opponents. He came over here when he was 14 The Kiwis winning the club versus country debate with Benji Marshall risking further injury to his shoulder by representing.

The man himself insists there's no drama. Oh yeah, it's still there. It feels good. I've done a bit of contact work in the last couple of days and it's feeling pretty good. Just working up to 100% but I'm feeling pretty confident. Kath's back with our final look at finance news and the Reserve Bank meets today to talk interest rates? Yes, Bill. But economists are split 50-50 on whether we'll see a rate rise tomorrow morning. The suggestion is we'll see rates jump 0.25% to take the cash rate to 5.75%. Stronger-than-expected inflation numbers, on the back of high petrol prices, have prompted the rate speculation but some economists say the rising fuel costs have a dampening effect on consumer spending. And now for a look at the day ahead - And a May day treat for some lucky dogs in China with the world's first theme park designed for pooches. To coincide with the year of the dog, the park's main attraction is an obstacle course. After building up a sweat the canines can cool down in a swimming pool. And a family day out wouldn't be complete without a show bag

or should that be doggy bag to take home.

Now for a look at the national weather and the for the rest of the day:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories: rescuers edge towards two trapped Tasmanian miners amid reports one was due to leave the industry. The funeral of the Australian soldier killed in Iraq to be held today in his Victorian home town. And millions of illegal immigrants stress their value to the US economy. And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. Don't forget 9:00am 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. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au