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(generated from captions) Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Today, Relief arrives, vaccine, Queensland to receive the horse flu but some owners have been left out in the cold.

Mounting anger, country, midwifes to join protests across the miscarriage ordeal. following a woman's horrific Burma bloodshed, foreigner to die, a Japanese tourist the first crackdown continues. as the violent military

And in sport, with just one change Port Adelaide arrive in Melbourne for tomorrow's AFL Grand Final. Taking a look at today's weather, with James Boyce, Time to check finance now and James a flat day on Wall Street. Good morning Georgie,

higher this morning, US stocks are trading moderately because of mixed economic data, energy stocks. but a jump in oil prices did lift When I come back, troubled African oil investment. Woodside pulls the plug on it's Horse flu vaccinations will arrive in Queensland and NSW today.

industry are angry their views But, horse owners outside the aren't being heard. were out, Strict bio-security measures

and washing hands. everybody disinfecting their shoes turned up, About 400 angry horse owners outside the racing industry. a united front for owners to combat the spread They met to discuss ways We are all in this together,

worth millions to the economy, The non-racing industry is have been affected with horse flu. and a significant number of horses and lose millions of dollars. While we sit here CLAPPING overnight for the racing industries, While about 40,000 vaccines arrive with no assistance. these people are left and dads and kids We're talking about ordinary mums

want to be sure who have a direct love of horses and handled properly. the way this affects them is being

in Sydney next week. through the country will begin Ian Callinan. Headed by former High Court judge road, the Pacific Highway, Australia's deadliest stretch of upgrade, will receive a massive $1 billion wins the election. if the Howard government roads package, The sweetener's part of a $5 billion as John Howard tries to boost support dual carriageway by 2016, The highway will be upgraded to a in the last year alone. 25 people were killed on the road in a Labor government. who would be the Treasurer take the key portfolio, He says Wayne Swan would and Julia Gillard would stick with Industrial Relations.

that won't last. But the Coalition believes

faces a similar question, The Howard Government become Prime Minister. should Peter Costello around the country today, Midwives will join forces a 'hot' election topic, They're hoping to make the issue tragic miscarriage following Sydney woman Jana Horska's in a hospital toilet. should be left alone, I think that no woman a miscarriage, whether they're having whether they're giving birth, to do that. they shouldn't be left alone

The current system is failing them Another woman has come forward treatment at the hospital, claiming she suffered similar two years ago. Australian troops in Afghanistan with Taliban fighters, have again tangled to date. in one of their heaviest clashes No Australians were hurt, enemy came off second best. but the Defence Department says the hook into the Taliban - Australian soldiers Todd - 50 rounds of rapid... fire.

to establish police outposts A reconnaissance patrol turning into a wild shoot-out. Prep your boys up. Let them know been f-----g hit twice one bloke's already of his f-----g flackie. in the backplate It's estimated the joint Australian-Afghan force. a force of 50 Taliban engaged

At the height of the battle, Apache helicopters were called in break contact. to help the Australians I think we were probably outnumbered we put in a maximum amount of fire but essentially, on the day, and suppressed the enemy to attack us. so they couldn't come forward

The Defence department says suffered heavy casualties. the Taliban in the 4-hour engagement. No Australians were hurt troops in the Tarin Kowt area. It's not the first contact for these Over the last few months, these young Australian soldiers by the Taliban. have been repeatedly tested they've responded magnificently. On every occasion,

follows a recent incident in Iraq, The combat

were attacked. where Australian soldiers GUNFIRE Murray McCloskey, Ten News. foreigner to be killed A Japanese journalist is the first as the Burmese military continues its crackdown

on anti-government protesters. in efforts to end the violence. sanctions on the country Australia has strengthened its

one change each, Geelong and Port Adelaide have made

preparations this afternoon Both side's will wrap up their at the MCG. with a light afternoon run

enemy territory with little fanfare. Port Adelaide arrived in Yeah, it's all good. youngster Brad Symes, The man of the moment -

just his 20th game tomorrow, The 22-year-old will play are increasingly confident. but the visitors You've got to dare to win. it's also about getting goals, It's not just about stopping them, and doing everything we can to win, so we'll be going out there

that's for sure. down the highway There were different scenes

at home. for Geelong's final training run The only change - of Steven King over Mark Blake - the inclusion remaining the topic of debate. he's been ripped off, I just really reckon would have gone with Blake. I definitely expectations The pressure of the town's getting to one club official. No, we're not. You are being dishonest Dishonest - kidding yourselves. You're kidding yourselves, guys. Where would you like us to go? Off the grass! Is there a roped-off section...? Why don't you go over that side? There's plenty of room over there. There'll be more fanfare today, starting at the Grand Final Parade.

Kelli Underwood, Ten News. Melbourne's prized fullback Billy Slater will line up in Sunday's Grand Final against Manly.

Slater has completed his first full training session since re-injuring his knee during the Storms win over Parramatta at the weekend. Teammate Ben Cross still in doubt, he'll be given until Saturday to prove he's over a hamstring injury. While in the Manly camp, Winger Chris Hick

has declared himself 100% fit after recovering from an ankle injury. In the A-League, Stuart Mushalik has been handed a two match ban by the FFA, after being found guilty of verbally abusing Melbourne defender,

Roddy Vargas.

But the Newcastle Jets defender has been cleared of racial abuse. It had been reported Mushalik called Chilean-born Roddy Vargas 'a black monkey' during last weekends fiery 2 all draw

between Newcastle and Melbourne, a claim Mushalik denied. What was it that Coles has been told to amend the documentation its sending shareholders in relation to Wesfarmers $19-billion takeover. The Supreme Court order, to ensure an independent expert's findings that the offer is finely balanced, and could go either way are known, followed the release of Wesfarmers' annual report. It showed enormous salary rises for executives. The industrial conglomerate turned retailer is paying its chief Richard Goyder $5.3million - $2 million on last year. Its finance director's earnings also jumped

from $1.7 million to $3 million. The Coles takeover will go to a vote on November 7.

NASA launches it latest space mission. The details when Ten's Early News returns.

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This morning - Hospital fury - midwives to hold rallies against a health system they say is falling down around them. Taliban gunfire - Australians on the frontline in the war on terror

under attack in Afghanistan. Lift-off - NASA launches its latest space exploration, an 8-year mission to explore two giant asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. And finals fever - all roads lead to Melbourne for Geelong and Port Adelaide fans, eagerly awaiting tomorrow's AFL decider. all roads lead to Melbourne for Geelong and Port Adelaide fans, eagerly awaiting tomorrow's AFL decider. Finance now with James Boyce, how has Wall Street finished the trading day?

US stocks finished higher this morning, but with new data showing a further slump in the housing sector trading was pretty flat.

When I come back we'll cross to Wall Street for a breakdown of the US markets. Midwives will join forces around the country today, staging protest rallies to highlight the state of the nation's health system. They're hoping to make the issue a 'hot' election topic, following a Sydney woman's tragic miscarriage in a hospital toilet. Since Jana Horska revealed her tragic story at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, others have come forward recounting similar treatment. it's harrowing stories like these which show the nation's health system is failing patients.

I'm quite horrified, actually. should be left alone, I think that no woman having a miscarriage, whether they're giving birth, they shouldn't be left alone to do that.

The current system is failing them on a very fundamental level. Two years ago, Jenny Langmaid was forced to wait hours at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital - staff telling her there were no beds. In agony, she went to the toilet where she miscarried. with this week's bad publicity - that the hospital's management has contacted the 40-year-old to ask if she wants an apology.

Why now? it's in the public domain Is it just because that you're now interested in speaking to me? Health professionals admit the system is under too much strain. Emergency departments too often are just too busy they'd like to give to everybody. to give the service Catherine Kennedy, Ten News.

It's been three months since Queensland health was rocked by the Mohammed Haneef case,

The Federal Immigration Department is investigating more than 30 foreign-trained doctors employed by Queensland Health. It's concerned the state medical board is ticking off qualifications on CVs without checking for visa approvals. The moves comes a month after Gold Coast doctor Mohammed Asif Ali was sacked for lying about his qualifications. A boy has survived an attack by a pack of dingos. Reece Edwards was playing with his three kelpie dogs on the family property near Rockhampton when a dingo pack attacked. He says what happened next saved his life. so they came running in and attacked the dingos and Julie chased one and got bitten on the butt. Julie, Tigger and Four-ex from a few bite wounds and scratches. About 400 angry horse owners outside the racing industry gathered to discuss how they'll deal with equine influenza.

The non-racing industry is worth millions to the economy and a significant number of horses have been affected. But these people have been left with no assistance. Meanwhile, the Queensland and News South Wales racing industry will receive about 40,000 vaccinations today. After taunts from the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd has performed a political backflip. Just days after he vowed no-one was guaranteed a ministerial position if he won government, that's all changed. For months Labor's been accusing the Government of being in chaos over leadership after the election.

Now, it was John Howard's turn. Will it be Julia Gillard? Will it be Lindsay Tanner? Will it be Peter Gareth? CROWD SIGHS Well, it could be. Kevin left the gate open.

No-one, no-one I repeat, is guaranteed to have any position, subsequent to an election. His Deputy, Julia Gillard could by rights demand treasury, she declined to, but seemed to leave her options open. Wayne Swan is not safe from Julia Gillards ambitions. Time to shut the gate. The core members of my economic team will be Wayne Swan as Treasurer, Lindsay Tanner as Minister of Finance,

and Julia Gillard as deputy leader. It's the job I want, and I want that job so that I've got the opportunity, to bring to Australians fair laws. Labor now asking who would take over as Treasurer, when Mr Costello replaces Mr Howard. We'll get around to those things once we're through the election. Paul Bonjiorno, Ten News. Australian soldiers have repelled an attack by about 50 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Combat erupted as the diggers patrolled near Tarin Kowt alongside Afghan army troops.

I think we were probably outnumbered but essentially, on the day, we put in a maximum amount of fire and suppressed the enemy so they couldn't come forward to attack us. The Defence Department says the Taliban suffered heavy casualties No Australians were hurt. NASA has launched it's latest mission to space,

COUNTDOWN: Zero and lift-off.. Delta 2 rocket is gone. Riding on top of a rocket, It hopes to shed some light on the early solar system. Melbourne is buzzing with footy fever this morning, one day out from the AFL grand final. Thousands of supporters are heading to the city from Geelong and Adelaide

with a massive crowd expected at today's Grand Final parade. The lid's officially off at Geelong, 10,000 Cats fans at the side's final hometown training session. Go Cats! Well, I don't think it was like this - no! Fans travelling from as far away as the Northern Territory.

It's great, I'm 14 I get to see a Grand Final. Probably never see one again. Amid the sea of blue and white, a lone Port Adelaide supporter. I'm struggling. Port fans sticking close together in Melbourne, creating a Power only zone at a city hotel. We've loaded up with kegs and even bought some Westend over for those who want it. We'll be making plenty of noise mate, and you've got guys coming from as far as Darwin. And at the mighty 'G, secrecy over Grand Final entertainment. Jet and Natalie Bassingthwaighte going through a full pre-game dress rehearsal, behind closed doors. Ben Lewis, Ten News. Essendon has shocked the footy world by naming Matthew Knights

Police later at his back on the list and Police later at his back on the list and it may not be too long before

before use joined by a team mate

Ben Cross. Then cross is testing

out his hamstring injury. The

things are looking up. Would decide

from there if he King get through

the one game, it well, we go to

play home without a doubt. Doubts

over police later his injured knee.

He is no longer in doubt for Sunday.

This is good news for his Test

jersey aspirations. Man lay with

his some good news for his own with

Chris Hicks fully recovered from an

ankle injury. I had an extra week

off which has certainly helped me

out. The boys had me get through

there the game last week. Victoria Murphy 10 years. Essendon has shocked the footy world by naming Matthew Knights as its new coach. who played 279 games for Richmond, 36-year-old Knights, and has been coaching Essendon's VFL affiliate, the Bendigo Bombers, given an initial three years to fill Kevin Sheedy's boots. Knights was appointed ahead of Hawthorn assiatnt Damien Hardwick.

Murphy 10 years. New figures showed

it there are new job this available

to Australia's. Western Australia

posted the strongest growth

followed by the ACT, Tasmania and

New South Wales. Dire warnings for

the New South Wales housing industries.

Dire warnings for the New South Wales housing industry. One of the country's largest building materials suppliers says it is on the verge of a depression-style crisis. Brickworks, which posted a slight 5% rise in profits yesterday, says the housing downturn would continue as long as rates stayed at current levels. It also predicts residential construction starts will dip nationwide by as many as 148,000.

Time now for our weekly check of what's making news on Wall Street and joining us now live from New York is Alexis Christoforous. Alexis, the greenback continues to fall,

industries. The dollar trade is.

The Federal Reserve will have to

cut interest rates for a second

time this Yapp, are of course

reduce rates will make dollar

assets less attractive to international

international investors. Important

housing figures were released in

the U S overnight. This was not a

pretty picture, new home sales fell

into the basement last month choppy

more then a % to a seven-year low.

more then a % to a seven-year low.

The seven-and-a-half % lower then

last year and this is the biggest

drop in years. G MoT first took to

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GM workers are back on the assembling a while after assembling a while after among other things this deal puts

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force of this is the first four

there car industries. Shares of GM

stock rose 11 % on the news.

'Australian Idol' runner-up Jessica Mauboy has come out on top at the 2007 Deadly Awards. Mauboy beating country singer Troy Cassar-Daley to take out Artist of the Year. The Deadlys honour excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander music, sport, entertainment and community. Midwives to join protest rallies over the nation's health system. That's next. And the CommSec finance report, when the Early News returns

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Queensland to receive the horse flu vaccine, but some owners have been left out in the cold. Mounting anger, midwifes to join protests across the country, following a woman's horrific miscarriage ordeal. Burma bloodshed, a Japanese tourist the first foreigner to die, as the violent military crackdown continues. And in sport, Port Adelaide arrive in Melbourne with just one change for tomorrow's AFL Grand Final. Taking a look at today's weather, Time to check finance now with James Boyce, and a mixed bag on Wall Street.

Good morning Georgie, higher this morning, US stocks are trading moderately because of mixed economic data, When I come back, the CommSec report. About 400 angry horse owners outside the racing industry gathered to discuss how they'll deal with equine influenza. The non-racing industry is worth millions to the economy and a significant number of horses have been affected. But these people have been left with no assistance. Meanwhile, the Queensland and News South Wales racing industry will receive about 40,000 vaccinations today.

Midwives will join forces around the country today, staging protest rallies highlighting the state of the nation's health system.

They're hoping to make the issue a 'hot' election topic, following Sydney woman Jana Horska's tragic miscarriage in a hospital toilet. I think that no woman should be left alone, whether they're having a miscarriage, whether they're giving birth, they shouldn't be left alone to do that. The current system is failing them on a very fundamental level. Another woman has come forward

claiming she suffered similar treatment at the hospital, two years ago. An HIV- positive man who had unprotected sex with three Adelaide women has been jailed for nine years. He infected one of his victims, a mother of two, with the virus. If he didn't believe he'd broken the law, Andre Perenze would have no doubt now. Sentenced to 9 years jail, Perenze endangered the lives

of three of his lovers by having unprotected sex with them, knowing full well he was HIV positive. He tried exhaustively to convince the court, that AIDS doesn't exist, both appeals were thrown out. He'll now spend at least five years behind bars. His lawyer Kevin Borrick argued for leniency because no-one was really killed. He said only one of Perenzies victims contracted HIV, and none are going to die because of medical advancements. for Perenzies prognosis, he says he's suffering side-effects from his treatment, but his health will deteriorate if he stops.

He's also suffering abuse at the hands of his fellow inmates. The Judge could only explain it by saying that Perenzie is unable to come to terms with his illness. Margie McClugh, Ten News. A 21-year-old man has been killed in a horrific car accident

south of Brisbane last night. A sedan and wagon collided head-on crushing both cars and spreading debris across the road. The young male died instantly while a 40-year-old man was air-lifted to hospital and is in a critical condition. Police say wet weather and a hail storm made driving conditions dangerous. Police are investigating a gang war after a teenager was bashed and left for dead in Melbourne's south-east. The 18-year-old was found in a suburban street just metres from a deserted property that police say has been used by ethnic gangs as an unofficial clubhouse. Neighbours were too afraid to help him, fearing for their own safety. I heard the glass break and I just thought it was 13,

The teenager's on life support.

A Japanese journalist is the first foreigner to be killed as the Burmese military continues its crackdown on anti-government protesters. Australia has strengthened its sanctions on the country in efforts to end the violence. The day begins with an intimidating show of force, COMMOTION AND GUNFIRE demonstrators from appearing. but it fails to stop the Within hours the centre of Rangoon is seething with defiant crowds. You'll notice there are no monks here today, overnight their monasteries were raided by the police, hundreds of monks dragged out, beaten and arrested. Then just after 1:00, an ultimatum at the Sule Pagoda. Ten minutes to disperse or the soldiers will use extreme action. GUNFIRE The deadline expires, and the shooting starts. Much of it overhead, but some of these bullets are aimed at the crowds. Later in the afternoon the fighting heads East, the crowds followed by riot crews in their trucks, some of the protestors getting ready to fight back. Geelong and Port Adelaide have made one change each, for tomorrow's AFL grand final. Both side's will wrap up their preparations this afternoon with a light afternoon run at the MCG. Port Adelaide arrived in enemy territory with little fanfare. Yeah, it's all good. The man of the moment - youngster Brad Symes, who replaces the injured Michael Wilson. The 22-year-old will play just his 20th game tomorrow, but the visitors are increasingly confident.

You've got to dare to win. It's not just about stopping them, it's also about getting goals, so we'll be going out there and doing everything we can to win, that's for sure. There were different scenes down the highway for Geelong's final training run at home. The only change - the inclusion of Steven King over Mark Blake - remaining the topic of debate. I just really reckon he's been ripped off, playing all season. I definitely would have gone with Blake.

getting to one club official. You are being dishonest No, we're not. You're kidding yourselves, guys. Dishonest - kidding yourselves.

Where would you like us to go? Off the grass! Is there a roped-off section...? Why don't you go over that side?

There's plenty of room over there. There'll be more fanfare today, starting at the Grand Final Parade. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. Melbourne's prized fullback Billy Slater will line up in Sunday's Grand Final against Manly. Slater has completed his first full training session since re-injuring his knee during the Storms win over Parramatta Teammate Ben Cross still in doubt, he'll be given until Saturday to prove he's over a hamstring injury. While in the Manly camp, Winger Chris Hick has declared himself 100% fit after recovering from an ankle injury. The Australian stock market has outperformed its London and New york counterparts this year, gaining a whopping 15.9%. With more, CommSec's Martin Arnold joins us live.

Martin, the ASX 200 soared to a record close yesterday and some economists are saying it could soon break the 6730 mark. What do you think?

The it certainly at record highs

and it looks like finishing the

years at high targets. If this

trend continues it's going to make

a tiger which was 6600 points by

the end the year look very

conservative. There is likely to conservative. There is likely to be

some residual volatility from there

increase in credit standards

globally. It is likely to be good

news. The Aussie dollar will

overtake the Swiss franc as the 5th

month most heavily traded currency. The Australia dollar trading

accounts for 6.7 % of global daily

turnover. The Swiss franc is about

8%. The Aussie dollar has been very

popular in recent years for a number of reasons. Our interest

rates are higher then other

countries, we also seem good street

in our commodities. There is good

strength in the local economy and

Asian economies which is giving a

boost for the Australian buying dollar. Now for a look at the national weather, There's been a rather large addition to one Serbian community. A local woman has given birth to what may be the world's heaviest baby. She weighs point 7.75 kgs, that's more than double the average size of a newborn. It's the woman's 12th child, and yes, she was born by caesarean section. Now for a look at today's newspaper headlines THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT'S MOVED TO EASE CONCERNS OVER CLEANING STANDARDS AT THE CANBERRA HOSPITAL. THE UNION REPRESENTING CLEANERS AT THE HOSPITAL CLAIMS THEY ARE UNDERSTAFFED, AND WERE STRUGGLING TO KEEP IT SUFFICIENTLY TIDY. BUT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE HOSPITAL'S CLEANING STANDARDS ARE AMONG THE COUNTRY'S BEST, WITH A VERY LOW INCIDENCE OF INFECTION. A THIRTY TWO YEAR OLD WOMAN WILL FACE COURT NEXT MONTH, AFTER AN ALLEGED BAG SNATCH IN WODEN POLICE ALLEGE SHE KNOCKED AN EIGHTY-SIX YEAR OLD WOMAN TO THE GROUND ON WEDNESDAY..

..STEALING HER HANDBAG, BEFORE USING HER CREDIT CARD TO BUY GROCERIES. AN EXPERT INQUIRY WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE A-C-T INTO ROCK THROWING INCIDENTS AT MOVING VEHICLES. THE INQUIRY AIMS TO INVESTIGATE MEASURES TO BETTER PROTECT PUBLIC TRANSPORT, AND WHETHER SPECIFIC LEGISLATION AND POLICE POWERS SHOULD BE INTRODUCED.

A POLITICAL PARTY AIMING TO GIVE A STRONGER VOICE TO LOCAL WOMEN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN CANBERRA TODAY.

THE WHAT WOMEN WANT GROUP WILL COMPETE FOR AN A-C-T SENATE SEAT, TO TRY AND RAISE THE PROFILE OF SOCIAL ISSUES AND THE INVOLVEMENT OF WOMEN IN POLITICS.

TO SPORT AND CANBERRA VIKINGS FULLBACK TIM WRIGHT WILL FIND OUT TODAY WHETHER HE'LL BE AVAILABLE FOR SUNDAY'S A-R-C CLASH AGAINST MELBOURNE.

WRIGHT IS YET TO OVERCOME AN ANKLE INJURY HE SUFFERED LAST WEEKEND NOW TO THE WEATHER...

A RIDGE DEVELOPING TO THE NORTH SHOULD MAINTAIN FINE CONDITIONS OVER THE COMING DAYS AS FURTHER FRONTS PASS TO THE SOUTH. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION NOW - A FEW SHOWERS FOR MELBOURNE AND HOBART - FINE AND WINDY IN SYDNEY - AND PARTLY CLOUDY IN CANBERRA WINDY ACROSS MOST OF OUR REGION .. WOLLONGONG CLOUDY AND 27 .. 26 IN DUBBO .. SOME CLOUDY IN WAGGA AND ORANGE BATEMANS BAY EXPECTING 25 DEGREES .. 22 IN BOWRAL AND BATHURST .. SLIGHTLY COOLER AND 21 IN GOULBURN

SOME CLOUD AND 18 IN COOMA .. MOSTLY SUNNY IN MUDGEE LOOKING AHEAD AND FINE AND PARTLY CLOUDY TOMORROW TOPS OF 14 DEGREES .. WARMING UP SUNDAY WITH A TOP OF 19 .. WARMING UP SUNDAY WITH A TOP OF 19 .. AND A FINE 20 DEGREES ON MONDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE) WWE's back at Red Rooster!

With every Little Red Rooster Meal, you get an awesome new WWE High Roller to customise. Survivor Series Tour tickets. Plus, you could win WWE RAW For WWE action, it's gotta be red. Taliban gunfire - Australians on the frontline in the war on terror

under attack in Afghanistan. Lift-off - NASA launches its latest space exploration, an 8-year mission to explore two giant asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. And finals fever - all roads lead to Melbourne for Geelong and Port Adelaide fans, eagerly awaiting tomorrow's AFL decider. Finance now with James Boyce, a big day on world markets except Wall Street? US stocks finished higher this morning, but only thanks to a jump in oil prices. When I come back a final wrap. Midwives will join forces around the country today, staging protest rallies to highlight the state of the nation's health system. They're hoping to make the issue a 'hot' election topic, following a Sydney woman's tragic miscarriage in a hospital toilet. Since Jana Horska revealed her tragic story at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, others have come forward recounting similar treatment. Midwives say it's harrowing stories like these which show the nation's health system is failing patients. I'm quite horrified, actually. I think that no woman should be left alone, having a miscarriage, whether they're giving birth, they shouldn't be left alone to do that. The current system is failing them on a very fundamental level. Two years ago, Jenny Langmaid was forced to wait hours at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital - staff telling her there were no beds. In agony, she went to the toilet where she miscarried. It's only now - with this week's bad publicity - hospital management has contacted the 40-year-old to ask if she wants an apology. Why now? Is it just because it's in the public domain that you're now interested in speaking to me? Health professionals admit the system is under too much strain. Emergency departments too often are just too busy to give the service they'd like to give to everybody.

Catherine Kennedy, Ten News. Australia could face a climate change disaster if global temperatures rise by just three degrees. A report, by the former head of CSIRO's Climate Impacts Group, suggests icons like the Great Barrier Reef would almost certainly be lost under the scenario. Heat-related deaths would also triple would double. and the frequency of bushfires The World Wildlife Fund has described the report as a wake-up call, stressing the Federal Government should not negotiate any deal which is not intended to cut global emissions in half. Horse flu vaccinations will arrive in Queensland and NSW today. But, horse owners outside the industry are angry their views aren't being heard. Strict biosecurity measures were out, everybody disinfecting their shoes and washing hands. About 400 angry horse owners turned up, a united front for owners outside the racing industry. We are all in this together, They met to discuss ways to combat the spread of the equine influenza in their industry. The non-racing industry is worth millions to the economy, and a significant number of horses have been affected with horse flu. While we sit here and lose millions of dollars. CLAPPING While about 40,000 vaccines arrive overnight for the racing industries, these people are left with no assistance. We're talking about ordinary mums and dads and kids who have a direct love of horses and want to be sure the way this affects them is being handled properly. Public hearings into how the virus entered and spread in Sydney next week. through the country will begin Headed by former High Court judge Ian Callinan.

Australian troops in Afghanistan have again tangled with Taliban fighters, in one of their heaviest clashes to date. No Australians were hurt,

but the Defence Department says the enemy came off second best. No Australians were hurt, NASA has launched it's latest mission to space, COUNTDOWN: Zero and lift-off.. Delta 2 rocket is gone. Riding on top of a rocket, the Dawn aircraft is on an eight year mission into the asteroid belt. It hopes to shed some light on the early solar system. Melbourne is buzzing with footy fever this morning, one day out from the AFL Grand Final. Ten reporter Ben Lewis joins us live from Melbourne. Ben, preparations well under way in both the city and at the MCG?

They are certainly other we are

expecting 80 to 90,000 people to

attend the grand final parade. It's

going to be raining and in

Melbourne today so bring a brolly. Geelong fence and Port Adelaide fans are excited. cats supporters turn up. Geelong is $1.34 at two when the Premiership. Port Adelaide is $3. The Melbourne Storm of course is taking on a manly and the yen RAL final on Sundays. All of the intention would

turn to Craig Bellamy's boys.

in a bid to line up on Grand Final day. Coach Craig Bellamy due to liaise with team doctors on Saturday before giving the green light - but things are looking up. They'll give me all the scenarios and we'll decide from there. But again, he can get through the one game and then needs four weeks' recovery, well, we'll play him, without a doubt. Doubts over fullback Billy Slater's knee a thing of the past - he's completed his first full training session today and is no longer in doubt for Sunday.

And that's good news for Slater's Test jersey aspirations - Kangaroos coach Ricky Stuart one of many interested onlookers at Storm training. Manly with some good news of their own - winger Chris Hick fully recovered from an ankle injury. I had plenty of physio has certainly helped me out. and that extra week off And the boys getting through last week's game is awesome. You know, I'll be 100% for Sunday. Victoria Murphy, Ten News. Rugby, and while the Wallabies travelled to Bordeaux to take on Canada, fly-half Stephen Larkham left hospital with his World Cup future seemingly in tatters. Following surgery and infection Larkham had hoped to play in the semifinals though team officials are now doubtful.

We'll know a little bit more early next week but there's every chance he won't play. Larkham's likely starting replacement is 21-year-old Berrick Barnes. Cricket, and Australian batsman Andrew Symonds has accused India of lacking humility following their Twenty20 World Cup victory in South Africa. To make matters worse the Australians have arrived in Bangalore

for their 7-match one-day series

to see India's cricketers being fawned over by an adoring public. The series starts tomorrow. Finance now with James and a bank fraud lands a prison guard the wrong side of a cell. A former prison guard has been jailed for his role in an internet banking fraud.

The 29-year-old laundered money for overseas con men who stole directly from Australian bank accounts.

Jason Aaron Columbus used to be a prison guard at the Arthie Gorrie Correctional Facility. Now he's set to be an inmate. The court was told the 29-year-old was a mule recruit in an internet fraud scheme. In just over a month last year, almost $40,000 was deposited into his credit union and heritage bank accounts. A third party from overseas had stolen the money

from National Australia and ANZ bank accounts through an internet con. The money was then transferred into Columbus' account. The Commonwealth prosecutor told the court, Columbus would withdraw small amounts,

keep a commission of about 5% and send the rest of the cash in a post pack to Singapore. His defence told the court he first became involved because his partner has substantial debts and was being threatened. Columbus was sentenced to 15 months' jail, to be released after five and has to pay back the $18,000. The victims were compensated for losses by their banks. Summer Burke, Ten News. A quick look at the day's other business news.

That's the finance this morning.

That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Georgina Lewis, bye for now. And I'm James Boyce, good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au

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