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(generated from captions) She's kind of a business woman, public servant, which of couse in Canberra we can all relate to and she kind of falls into this world, that she completely finds bizare. It's funny, it's weird, it's a dream Eggs for breakfast, cup of tea, vitiamins, walk to the bus stop, catch the bus for work. Matha waits and steps up to the curb ready to catch the bus, Matha waits, steps into the road. If you have a news tip you'd like to share, you can email us at cantips@wintv.com.au I'm Peter Leonard, from the news team, thank you for watching WIN Television. Good night.

Sad return - colleagues of Private Kovco back home from Iraq.

It's tough to lose a mate. A waste of time - a report finds police sniffer dogs are next to useless in finding drugs. Shooting rampage - a gunman opens fire in a Canadian college. He shot the people right next to us. Price gouging -

Telstra charging schools extra if they opt for other phone companies. We have really been bullied into going back to Telstra. This program is captioned live. Good evening. It was with a mixture of relief and sadness that soldiers returning from Iraq were welcomed home by loved ones this afternoon.

Jake Kovco, the Australian private shot with his own gun, should have been with them. Instead, his widow was at Sydney Airport

thanking his comrades for their support, They were fired on, some were wounded, and, worst of all, they lost one of their own - Security Detachment number 9 back from Baghdad. Come on, sweetheart. Hello, hello! 110 came back. It should have been 111. Private Jake Kovco was shot dead inside his barracks in April. It's my job to bring them all back and I didn't. But he was certainly in my thoughts today. Private Ray Johnson was in the room when Kovco was shot. He told the inquiry into Jake's death he didn't see what happened even though he was sitting less than a metre from Kovco when his gun went off. I can't actually talk about that sort of stuff, So, um - but I'm doing alright. I'm more concerned about Shelley. Shelley Kovco cut the loneliest figure. She should have been welcoming back her husband. Instead, she turned up to thank his mates for their support and admire their new-born children. It's tough to lose a mate - more than a mate, a brother. That's extremely tough, but these soldiers are resilient, they're staunch and they look after one another. Six months in Baghdad - a tour they will never forget - some, for all the right reasons. Yeah, it's my first baby, words can't explain, can't explain a beautiful wife and a beautiful little baby boy. The soldiers are back as the Kovco inquiry enters its final stage - closing statements next week, with a final report into the death of Jake Kovco in two months time. Mark Burrows, National Nine News. Convicted child killer John Lewthwaite faced court today and pleaded 'not guilty' to the charge of indecent exposure which landed him back in jail earlier this month. But he may walk free soon, because his parole hearing will take place before the new charge is dealt with. It's been seven years

since John Lewthwaite travelled in a prison truck. Today he arriving at court

wearing convict greens and a scowl on his face.

Lewthwaite pleaded 'not guilty' to wilful and obscene exposure on Wanda Beach last month. A statement of facts tendered to the court alleges the arresting officers watched for more than an hour, taking photographs, as Lewthwaite walked around these sand-dunes naked. When they eventually approached him, he allegedly said he'd been sun-baking and hadn't noticed the children and couples nearby. Although his bail's been continued, the 50-year-old remains behind bars, at least until a parole hearing at the end of the month. Lewthwaite, last month, breached his lifetime parole last month for the murder of 5-year-old Nicole Hanns when authorities failed to find him a suitable home, away from children. Victims' advocates are worried he'll be released again is heard next month. before the current charge is hea d next month. It's a possibility, but I don't think it's a probability - purely and simply on the basis that the requirement of the parole authority are to ensure that the community is not put at risk. The Government says he should remain in jail. Sean Fewings, National Nine News. A new report has raised serious questions about the use of police sniffer dogs? to uncover drug use. The Ombudsman says they're virtually a waste of time because they rarely catch anyone with anything.

When drug detection dogs first hit the streets five years ago they were heralded by the Government as its latest weapon in the fight against crime.

But the Ombudsman has condemned the patrols as an expensive exercise of 'sniff and miss' - with an embarrassing number of misses. They are harassing young people on trains, at their concerts and their Big Day Outs. The report found, over two years, there were: But the Government has defended the dogs - arguing they are an effective deterrent. This is part of the armoury that's available to police to ensure there's an interruption to supply.

And the Opposition agrees. When you're in a night club, and the dogs turn up at the front door, the fear of God goes through everyone involved in the drug trade that's in the night club. But the Ombudsman questioned: The report found little evidence to suggest the dogs deterred drug dealing, or enhanced perceptions of public safety.

But other critics say they had a much higher strike rate of humiliating innocent people. They feel intimidated, they feel violated. Adam Walters, National Nine News. Investigators have carried out an autopsy on the body of conservation campaigner, Doris Owens, who was found dead in her holiday home near Sussex Inlet. But they won't say what killed her. The 69-year-old had complained about being threatened in her regular fights to save the environment. A gunman has gone on a shooting rampage at a Canadian college,

killing one student and injuring 20 others. Armed with three guns, the attacker was still hunting for victims when police found him and shot him dead. As word of the shooting spread across campus, so did the panic. The gunman, with a mohawk and dressed in a black trenchcoat and army fatigues,

walked into Montreal's Dawson College and opened fire. It was a machine gun. He shot the people right next to us and we were all running and we were hiding in the bushes

He then entered the cafeteria, picking off his victims as they cowered on the floor - some of the drama caught on a mobile phone video camera. It was random. No, he wasn't seeking anybody out at all. The cafeteria was packed with students having lunch.

At least 20 were injured. More than 12 are in hospital and it's feared the death toll could rise. Eight patients are in critical condition. Police were on the scene in just six minutes - the gunman shot when he refused to surrender his three firearms. After an exchange of fire between the suspect and policemen the suspect found dead later on. Investigators are now trying to establish the motive for the shooting. It's not known if the gunman was a student at the college, but he lived in Montreal, and police are searching his apartment, hoping to find out what drove him to this crime. Christine Spiteri, National Nine News. A Sydney BASE jumper has fallen to his death while jumping in Mexico. 25-year-old Adam Gibson, seen here jumping in Malaysia, hit rocks after plunging off an 800m canyon. Investigators in Mexico can't say whether his chute failed to deploy. He's now the second Australian to die in the extreme sport in the past four months. Police have just found Steve Vizard's former bookkeeper who vanished this morning.

His court case was suddenly adjourned because he failed to show up. Roy Hilliard is accused of stealing $3 million from Vizard

and was due to complete his evidence today but his lawyer told the court he couldn't find or contact his client. Police checked Hilliard's home, but there was no sign of him. Then, late this afternoon Hilliard turned up at a hospital in country Victoria The accountant has attempted to take his own life on four occasions

after legal action was taken against him. A week after being given the death penalty Bali Nine drug mule Scott Rush has launched a campaign to have his sentence overturned. Darwin lawyer Colin McDonald - accompanied Rush's parents as they visited their son in jail. They say he's absolutely petrified - his mother reading a prayer she'd written for him. May the life of our son and the other young Australians be spared. The lawyer will argue for a review on the grounds that Rush's punishment is disproportionate to his role in the crime. Two of the so-called persons of interest in the Diane Brimble case say they've been receiving death threats. Both men say their families have suffered during the course of the inquest. A builders' labourer - Dragan Losic is a big man. Do you plan to tell the truth today? Since the inquest began, he's received bag loads of hate mail. Asked about meeting the mother-of-three

on the first night of the cruise, Losic said... Another of the eight men of interest, Peter Pantic, who denies taking degrading photos of Mrs Brimble, told the Coroner if he had his time over again, he would have called for help sooner - the moment it was realised, she had no pulse. Instead he went back to his cabin to sleep while Mark Wilhelm and Leo Silvestri showered and dressed Mrs Brimble. Only then, an hour later, was a doctor called.

has received hate mail, Mr Pantic claimed that he too has ceived hate m il, one letter saying... Allison Langdon, National Nine News. There was an important victory today for Sydney motorists. Workers were out early this morning, re-opening the lanes on William Street which had been closed to force cars into the Cross City Tunnel.

It's the latest

in a series of disastrous road changes that are being reversed. In the news ahead - crowds start queueing to be a part of the memorial for Steve Irwin.

And the Aussie rocker's close call at superstardom.

A memorial service for Peter Brock will be held on pit straight at Mount Panorama next Tuesday. The 11 o'clock service is being organised by Bathurst council and will coincide with the state funeral in Melbourne.

It will be a night on the street for this crowd,

already queueing for tickets to Steve Irwin's memorial service. It's being held at Irwin's Australia Zoo, but only 3,000 tickets will be made available tomorrow. They can be bought at three outlets including the zoo itself. Channel Nine will broadcast both Peter Brock's and Steve Irwin's services live next week. Telstra has been accused of putting the squeeze on the already over-stretched finances of our schools. It's cutting line-rental discounts for schools which sign up to other phone companies. Managing cash-strapped schools is a tough business. So, when principal Cheryl McBride found a way to slash $2,000 off the school's telephone bill - she thought she was on a winner. We were able to to re-direct some of those hard-earned funds

away from paying telephone bills into kids learning programs. It was a simple strategy - ditching Telstra for Optus,

and 150 schools quickly followed the lead. The savings are quite dramatic - some schools are saving up to 45% on their calls. But Telstra pulled the plug, punishing schools that jumped ship by doubling their discounted price on line rentals.

We offer line rentals at a loss anyway in the market place,

We simply can't offer those sorts of discounts to anybody, if we're not making any sort of profit on the calls. At Sarah Redfern Primary the bills soared, and the principal was left with no choice. We have really been bullied into going back to Telstra. I don't believe that public schools should be penalised just to improve the bottom line for Telstra. Calls for Telstra's majority shareholder, the Federal Government, to step in have been dismissed and it's highly unlikely the telco will back down if it means giving its competitors an advantage. Damian Ryan, National Nine News. The Australian rock-and-roll hopeful Toby Rand has missed out on his chance to lead an American band. Finishing third in the TV show 'Rockband Supernova',

by Canadian Lukas Ros i he was beaten to the job by Canadian Lukas Rossi But Rand's dream of American success is not over, only deferred. So, I'm just gonna stay here, work it out, and see if there can't be a career for me here, somewhere. As Lukas Rossi took his first performance with the band which includes Tommy Lee, Rand was about to begin talks with record producers, hoping to set up a deal for his current band in Melbourne. In the space of 50 years, television has fuelled the entertainment revolution. Peter Harvey looks back on how, at the touch of a button, we moved into an age where movies, music, comedy and drama were beamed directly into our homes. From serious men in dinner suits, to half naked amateurs hoping for their moment in the sun - television has embraced every trend, every fashion, in the quest to entertain.

Thank you very much. You can now hear me in stereo. The best and brightest became as familiar as the man next door. Many of those early stars were to show great staying power - surviving almost every leap in technology. Their shows evolved too - the variety style of 'In Melbourne Tonight', led to the madcap humour of 'Hey Hey,It's Saturday'.

'The Mavis Bramston Show' began a fine tradition of political satire. And 'Bandstand' led to 'Countdown',

which opened the door for the MTV generation. Bob Geldof was a musician who knew the power of television. # Free the world.. # Using satellite link-ups, his Live Aid concerts reached a television audience of 1.5 billion people. By the '70s, television found a sure-fire hit - the soapie. 'Number 96' relied heavily on shock value. Indeed, its descendants seem positively tame by comparison. The small screen was the first stomping ground for many an Australian who would later make it on a wider stage.

Sometimes, it's the ocker Aussie that appeals the most - Once a rigger on the Harbour Bridge, Paul Hogan got his break on 'A Current Affair'. From there, it was an apparently easy step to Hollywood and a worldwide audience. Call that a knife? That's a knife. Peter Harvey, National Nine News. And a reminder - there'll a special presentation marking 50 years of television news on Monday night at 7:30pm, hosted by Brian Henderson.

Time's running out to get your entry in for Lotto's $22 million Saturday Super Draw. $22 million! How big is that?!

So hurry and get your entries in today.

In rugby league, the Roosters have held talks with former premiership winning coach Chris Anderson. But as the club searches for a replacement for Ricky Stuart, it admitted it would be happy to do a deal with Wayne Bennett. Chris Anderson and his manager walking into a meeting

with high profile Roosters board member Mark Bouris. Anderson is a former premiership winning coach, but was sacked by the Sharks three years ago before turning his hand to coaching rugby union. Now he's hoping to get a start at the Roosters and Bouris is clearly impressed. He's done everything, at every level. He also impresses as an older head, very mature.

I think he'd bring a lot to our club. Despite today's hour-long meeting with Anderson, the rumour about Wayne Bennett joining the Roosters just won't go away. Bouris gave an insight into the Roosters thinking. I'd be happy with if Wayne Bennett would be happy with us

but I don't think that's where it is so we'll have to wait for the due course of time. On the eve of tomorrow's finals match against Manly, Dragons coach Nathan Brown put an end to speculation

that Mark Gasnier will overcome a hip injury and play. There's been no change, and no miracle cure so he won't be playing. The Eagles have also suffered a blow - centre Steve Bell has been ruled out with a foot injury,

despite pleading to play. Meanwhile, Knights hooker Danny Buderus is fuming that his dangerous throw charge wasn't downgraded

at last night's judiciary hearing. counts for nothing in the end, Obviously, a good record counts for nothing in th end,

so, you know, I'm pretty disappointed. Luke Quigley will take Buderus's place against the Broncos on Saturday night. Danny Weidler, National Nine News. Even on his best behaviour and on his 37th birthday, Shane Warne is trouble again because he didn't duck quick enough. The Australian is sporting a shiner after being decked in a county game for Hampshire. Slower reflexes, bad execution or just unlucky.

Warne was split by a ball that struck between the grill and helmet. The damage was immediately apparent, worse still - inflicted by fellow Aussie bowler Matt Mason. Warne was patched up on site, the wound requiring three stitches. His looks were intact earlier in the day when the great spin bowler was awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to cricket from Southampton University.

You can call me Doctor, professor, anything you like. The guys I think will be calling me the professor today for sure. Warnie an academic - now there's a twist. Ahead of the World Match Play Championship, Tiger Woods spent time with some of Britain's best young golfers, his influence rubbed off almost straight away. Coming off five successive victories, including two majors, should have Tiger on top of the world,

but losing his father this year still weighs heavily.

If I remember anything about 2006 it's loss, I lost my best friend. There's not much of him, but 35-year-old Italian Benito Carbone is hoping to make a big impression with Sydney FC as a possible replacement for Dwight Yorke. His attitude is - he doesn't want to waste anybody's time, particularly his, he's desperate to do well.

Four trial games will determine

whether he is worth taking on. A seemingly innocent act by a ball boy has caused mayhem in Brazil. At a regional tournament, a strike at goal just misses, but watch the ball boy - he picks up another ball and ever so casually kicks it into the goal area. From that point on, confusion reigned. The goalie couldn't believe it when the referee awarded the goal.

The whole place went off, including the commentators. The referee is now facing suspension for failing to concentrate.

The ball boy is still trying to figure what the fuss is all about.

It's classic. It's one of the best

and tonight on the and tonight on the 'Footy Show',

Mat Rogers and Harry Kewell.

After the break - the Commsec finance report

and Jaynie with the weather details celebrate 50 years of Channel 9. Then, the stars get together to c lebrate 50 y ars of Channel 9.

In finance - whitegoods maker Electrolux is shedding 500 jobs and moving part of its operations overseas. On the markets - Media stocks rose as Parliament began debating new media ownership laws. And resource stocks recovered more ground.

Thank you, Mark, and good evening.

Some gorgeous weather out there, but of course that means no rain for a while but from our last down pour you'll be pleased to know that Warragamba Dam's level has increased 1.3%, making it a total of 42.1% and we may even see that rise over the next few days.

High cloud is weeping across NSW

tonight, ahead of a very weak front. tonight, ahead of a very weak front.

No rain for the State but the No rain for the State but the

overnight temperatures could be

kept up. An odd shower on the

north-eastern coasts. On the slopes, north-eastern coasts. On the slopes,

maybe a light shower on Friday but

no snow for the weekend. Ideal

conditions for skiing with sunshine

and reasonably light winds.

We mentioned earlier that television is turning 50 and today, there was a party to help celebrate. Almost every star you could imagine from Channel Nine

gathered in Crows Nest, to salute the small screen. It was great to see so many old faces such as 'The Sullivans' Paul Cronin and Lorraine Bailey who helped pioneer TV drama... ..when you boys were in short pants. Bert and Don were back together again along with enough sports commentators to fill a small stadium. And, of course, it was good to catch up with a few legendary news men. And, in true television style, we're told lunch is still going.

That's National Nine News for this Thursday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre www.auscap.com.au Tonight - the real story behind Naomi Robson's arrest that Channel Seven won't be telling you. At six years of age, WaWa has been condemned to death. Plus - the greedy council charging an outrageous fee

to wave the Australian flag. Also, the mother fighting to go to school to keep her son out of trouble. And Princess Diana's butler reveals more about her secret life. This program is captioned live. Hello, I'm Karl Stefanovic, welcome to A Current Affair. Those stories tonight. Plus - Australia's young tycoons reveal the secrets of their success. But first - TV presenter Naomi Robson is in hot water in Indonesia. She was arrested in the troubled province of West Papua after being caught with an illegal visa. Naomi and her crew were busted trying to do a follow-up story on the exclusive report 'A Current Affair's Ben Fordham did for '60 Minutes' earlier this year. It was about a 6-year-old boy whose life is under threat from a tribe of cannibals. Here's part of the story Naomi won't be bringing you. West Papua, just a few hundred kilometres north of Australia, but it could be a different planet. Down there is the largest expanse of rainforest outside the Amazon, and that's where we're going.

At first sight, it may seem primitive, but take a look at this for a piece of engineering.

Mate, have a look at this! We're in completely unknown territory. We stumble upon a hunting party of men who insist we come to their village. We can go up? Yeah, yeah. They look friendly, huh? Hello. Looking around these astonished faces, it's clear they've never seen anything like us. They're as fascinated by us as we are by them. And, then, for me, the most chilling moment of our journey -