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News. The new petrol price cop News. The new petrol price cop to

keep a close eye on the bowser over

the weekend, as motorists rush for

cheap fuel. Stawell Gift champion

Nathan Allen to face court on a

steroids charge. The fifth

anniversary of the launch of the

war in Iraq. It is necessary, and

it is just, and with your courage, the battle in the battle in Iraq will end in

victory. President Bush defending his decision to go to war. And

his decision to go to war. And in

sport, a brilliant goal dents

League Melbourne Victory's Asian Champions

Street Right now the markets. How is Wall

Street going after yesterday's

strong performance? It's been a

fairly volatile trading session in

rates. the US., one day after the Fed cut

Wesfarmers to keep Kmart. Wesfarmers to keep Kmart. All the

details shortly. The newly appointed petrol commissioner will

be keeping a close eye on fuel

prices over the Easter long weekend.

The cost of petrol has already

surged in Sydney and Melbourne this

week, nearing the $1.50 mark. There

are warnings fuel prices could rise further over the weekend. Kevin

Rudd says the new petrol price cop

the coming will be monitoring fuel prices over

the coming days, while the ACCC is

threatening to name and shame

retailers who lift prices above the

Singapore oil benchmark. A man has

been stabbed to death and another

seriously injured after an attack

in Sydney's CBD. Both men were

stabbed several times in the upper body outside a shopping centre

early this morning. A

early this morning. A 19-year-old

man died on the way to hospital. A

man in his 20s are in a serious man in his 20s are in a serious

condition. Two men fled from the

scene in a taxi and were arrested a

short time later in a train station.

The Federal Government will seek

clemency for an Australian woman

convicted of heroin trafficking.

She's been sentenced to face a

firing squad in Vietnam. Jasmine

Luong had launched an appeal to try

to get her life sentence reduced,

the court instead upgradeed it to

to smuggle the death penalty. She was trying

to smuggle 1.5 kilos of heroin in

to Australia. Nathan Allen has been

charged with importing steroids. He was arrested in Melbourne just

after appearing add the launch of

this year's race. He was accused of importing nandrolone and

testosterone and he's set to be

provisionally suspended by Athletics Australia. Athletics Australia. Mercedes Corby

has reportedly been ordered to face

a court hearing to determine if

she's helped process proceeds of

crime. The Supreme Court has frozen $280,000 in proceeds from

Schapelle's book, 'My Story'. Schapelle's book, 'My

According to News Limited

newspapers, Federal Police want to

question Mercedes about the funds,

alleging they were paid in to the bank account of her Indonesian bank account of her Indonesian

husband. The man who ploughed in to

six teenagers, killing them near

Mildura, had offered to plead

guilty four times to avoid going to

trial. Prosecutors rejected the

deal. The victims' families now

reading emotional impact statements

in front of Thomas Towle and sentencing. It was another in front of Thomas Towle and his

difficult trip to Melbourne for the

families of the Mildura families of the Mildura crash

victims, telling the court they've suffered posttraumatic stress and victims, telling the court they've

panic attacks after losing their

loved ones. Sharon says she lost

her beautiful daughter to a man who

had an absolute disregard for the law. And another Kerry's lost

Kerry's lost two children. She says

she's plagued by depression. It has

emerged Thomas Towle tried to plead

was guilty four times to the crime he

was eventually convicted of. The

offer rejected in favour of trying

him on more serious charges.

Towle's lawyer says while his

client killed six people, the law

does not put a numerical value on

life and his client should be

sentenced to no more than five sentenced to no more than five

years in jail. The sentence is

likely to be handed down within a

month. The Rudd Government is

dancing on the grave of WorkChoices

and warning that Coalition will

introduce the controversial laws

government. again should it ever return to

hammered home The Prime Minister and his deputy the final nail in the WorkChoices coffin.

Australian Workplace Agreements Today we declare

to be dead and buried. new workplace agreements, the laws banning badly bruised but Coalition members were left with a new motion. after Labor pushed them into a corner employment agreements should ...that statutory individual Australian workplace relations laws. never again be reintroduced into They were furious. to move such a motion. for a Government, for a Government That's why it was put down you silly goose. that Rudd begin the debate, and relished every minute. But Labor had the upper hand that's the three choices. Cover-up, WorkChoices or cower -

The Government closed down debate and forced the vote.

Now they have moved to gag us, on a motion that condemns us. but we have a right to speak That's not a parliament, that's a joke.

the Opposition walked out, In disgust, but their options were limited, they opposed the resolution, and back in the chamber leaving Labor with a delicious line right up to the next election. that's sure to be milked they will reintroduce WorkChoices. They will reintroduce AWAs, Leonie Mellor, Ten News.

As the Tibet crisis worsens, an

Australian tourist has shot video

of Chinese soldiers suppressing the protests.

protests. You are kidding me. The

Sydney man watched for hours as

young Tibetans rose up against

Beijing rule, attacking Chinese businesses. Australia's biggest

trading partner is calling it a

life or death struggle, while

refusing to confirm rioters have

been shot. On the Chinese mainland,

Tibetan exiles have massed in protests which have also been

crushed by the People's Army. It's

the fifth anniversary of the Iraq

invasion and George Bush says any

troop withdrawal will place recent

gains in jeopardy. His comments

have been met with protests across

the US. The President believes his

Iraq has become the troops are winning Iraqi hearts.

Iraq has become the place with

Arabs join with imaurpbs to drive

al-- Americans to drive al-Qa'ida

out. The surgeon dubbed Australia's

Dr Death is still behind bars in

the US. Lawyers for the Australian

Government arguing that Jayant

Patel has significant finances,

enough to flee the US if granted

bail. He did have a small win. bail. He did have a small win. The

judge ordering his prison food be

improved. He's facing 14

manslaughter and fraud charges from

his time at Queensland hospital.

His bail will be reviewed next week.

Sydney's Royal Easter Show opens

today. Around 1.4 million people

expected through the gates over the

next two weeks. One of the big draw

cards will be the equestrian event,

the first to be held before the

outbreak of the flu. A lot of

people will arrive just for the

rides and showbags. The AFL season

starts tonight, two games. Chris

Judd will debut for Carlton against

Richmond in the early match, before

Port hosts Geelong in a grand final

rematch. Footy's finally back and

the first game can't come quickly

enough for Fevola. The troubled

forward fined and on his last

chance but in the Carlton team to

play Richmond. I thought the

penalty was fair and square. I

think we try and help Brendon and

there's also something hanging over

his head. So if you don't follow

the rules at the club. Chris Judd

will make his debut for the Blues.

The Tigers, including The Tigers, including Jordan

McMahon. The reigning premiers have

concerns, Brad Ottens will miss.

Trent West will play his first game.

Three or four changes from Three or four changes from the grand final with Tom coming in and

Ryan will play as well. Port Ryan will play as well. Port

Adelaide selecting a Adelaide selecting a 20-year-old

draft pick. He can play on tall and

small players and a great rebounder

and we're really looking forward to

him. A disappointing night for the

A-League clubs competing in the

Asian Champions League..

Stefan Baga was the man who broke Victory's

Victory's heart. A moment of

brilliance. What a goal! What an

incredible strike by Stefan Baga

snfpt out of nothing. Adelaide

United almost produced their own

classic but Diego's effort was as

close as they came. Krbs mart not

for sale after all? -- Kmart not

for sale after all? Wesfarmers

considered selling the discount

department store but the Perth-based congromerate has

decided to keep the decided to keep the business.

Wesfarmers plans to spend $300

million to improve the retail chain.

Midwest is set to formerly reject

the $1.2 billion takeover bid from

a steel company. The Chinese-backed

company needs to increase its bid

by at least 25% to $7 a share.

Midwest is taking advantage of the

feud between Rio and BHP. The miner

holding out for a better offer,

given the importance of iron ore to

Beijing. National Beijing. National weather for Thursday:

Looking at what's making news in

today's papers - growing links

between Kevin Rudd and two

high-profile Chinese businessmen.

Analysts are predicting yesterday's

share market rally may have legs.

And Adelaide fruit and vegetable

growers say they're being squeezed

out by business by supermarket

giants. Australian businesses after

a $3 billion tax break. Find out why when we come back.

This is Ten's Early News. Easter

petrol pain - warnings that fuel will

will pass the $1.50 mark as the new

petrol price cop vows to keep a

close eye on the bowser. Stawell

Gift champion Nathan Allen charged

with importing steroids. He pulls

out of this year's event. In the US

- the fifth anniversary of the warren

warren Iraq. Protesters calling for

an end to the conflict. Tribute to

a country music legend - a country music legend - Smoky Dawson farewelled at a special

concert in Sydney. The Fed's rate

cut not enough it seems to keep

stocks in the black with talk of a

recession back in the market. The

material sector has fallen almost 5%.

Visa soarsen its Wall Street

listing, how Aussie banks are set to

to reap the rewards. The PM's new

petrol price cop will be watching

the bowser over the long weekend as

motorists are warned that fuel is

hitting the $1.50 a litre mark. Petrol has surged in Sydney and

Melbourne, while there are reports

of shortages in Queensland. Kevin

Rudd says the newly Rudd says the newly appointed

petrol price commissioner petrol price commissioner will be

monitoring fuel prices over coming

days. The ACCC is threatening to came came and shame retailers who lift came and shame retailers who lift prices above the Singapore oil

benchmark. A 38-year-old man has

been pulled from his burning car

after leading police on a high

speed chase through Sydney. The

driver was wanted for speeding. The

chase turned in to a rescue when

the car lost control, the driver

lost control, ploughing in to an embankment and bursting in to

flames. The man received minor

injuries. Stawell Gift champion

Nathan Allen will face court in May

a, accused of importing steroids.

The defending race winner was

arrested in Melbourne. He arrested in Melbourne. He was

accused of importing steroids. He's

now wrain from the event and is --

withdrawn from thevent and is set

to be provisionally suspended. The

Federal Government will seek

clemency for an Australian woman

qibted of heroin trafficking. She's

been ordered to face a firing squad

in Vietnam. She had launched an

appeal to get her life sentence

reduced but the court upgraded it to the death penalty.

to the death penalty. Australian

businesses want a $3 billion tax

break from the Government to deal

with going green. Businesses have

asked for the tax break to help

them adjust to climate change

policy, releasing a submission

before the Maier budget. A cut in

company tax from 30% to 25% by 2010

is suggested. A serial child sex is suggested. A serial child sex

predator is on his way back to the

UK after his release from UK after his release from a

Brisbane jail. But the deportation

has outraged people in Britain who

say he will reoffend. Out of jail

and on his way out of the country,

serial child rapist escorted by

police to Brisbane's international

airport for a flight back to the UK.

I think that Queensland is well rid of

of this man. He's been in and out

of jail since 1965. He's a serial

paedophile. The 61-year-old has a

30-year history of sex crimes

against young boys. And everything

time he was released from prison,

he reoffended. He hasn't lived in

England since he was a child but

Australian authorities decided he

had to go. We have alerted the

British authorities to the fact he British authorities to the fact he

is coming. I understand they're

going to be supervising him. The

English tabloids not so sure. They

fear he'll reoffend once fear he'll reoffend once back in

the UK and child protection

advocatus agree. You have to accept

for some offenders there's no

turning back. There's no way to

cure them or stop them. He will be

placed on a sex placed on a sex offenders registry

in the UK. The PM is demanding a blueprint for victory in

Afghanistan on the fifth

anniversary of the launch of the

Iraq war. Kevin Rudd has sent his strongest signal yet to allied

leaders that Australia's commitment

to Afghanistan is not unconditional.

It's only responsible to remain

militarily engaged in a conflict

where you're putting our men and

women on the line, as if you

believe it is winnable. The PM's

comments came as Angus Houston was

reappointed for another three years. Meantime, President George Bush

says America is now making

significant gains in Iraq that

could be unravelled by troop

withdrawals. His message met by

protests across the nation. Bikers

put the brakes on the morning rush

hour. And a chanting crowd surrounded headquarters in

Washington. Protests are happening

across the country, marking the fifth anniversary of the start of

the Iraq war. Speaking at the Pentagon,

Pentagon, President Bush made

strong claims on the ground. Iraq

has become the place where Arabs

join the Americans to drive

al-Qa'ida out. The war effort was

faltering a little over a year ago

but that changed once the surge strategy

strategy happened? A major

strategic victory. While President

Bush called the recent successes in

Iraq undeniable, critics are still

pushing back hard, demanding an end

to the war. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are renewing their

pledges for a plan to bring the war

to a close if one of them is

elected president. Tony Mokbel is

behind bars in Athens with the

Greek justice minister reviewing

his case. It could take up to two

months for the extradition ordered

to be formerly approved. Mokbel's

lawyers are considering making a

final afeel the European Court of

Human Rights, claiming he won't

receive a fair trial in Australia.

He's facing 15 charges, including

murder. Some of country music's

biggest names have gathered in

Sydney for a farewell concert

honouring Smoky Dawson. Last honouring Smoky Dawson. Last night

was a fitting tribute to the singer

who would have celebrated his 95th birthday.

Dawson died last month after

complications from surgery. The new

Essendon coach, Matthew Knights, is

not showing any nerves in the

lead-up to his home skpu way

coaching debut. Kevin Sheedy's

successor has put the Bombers

through a very tough preseason. I think

think it's the great unknown for all of us. all of us. We understand our young

team won't be intimidated. They'll

play hard and aggressive and take

the game on. What flows from that,

I don't think anyone's sure. Rugby

league's crackdown on head and neck

tackles faced its first test before

the judiciary last night. Todd

Payten was cleared. In 12 seasons

of first grade, Todd Payten of first grade, Todd Payten had

never before fronted the judiciary,

accused of a so-called crusher

tackle. The tribunal took 20

minutes to clear him of a contrary

conduct charge, one of three dished

out. Players' safety should always

be top priority but they have to be a

a little bit realistic. Another

flare-up between Melbourne and the

Warriors. On Monday the Warriors

were twice left waiting by the

Storm. Now the Kiwi club has

refused to allow Brent Tate to help

Cameron Smith over a grapple tackle

charge. The late start would be

petty thing to go on about that.

Another injury blow for Steve Price.

Sidelined for eight weekwise a

hamstring tear, all but ruling him

out of the State of Origin opener.

Massive blow. He's pretty

instrumental in our side, both in

leadership and as an experienced

player and game time he can play

for us. The party is set to

continue today for Pura Cup

champions NSW. The Blues' vitdry

against the Victorians reason --

victory against the Victorians

reason enough for all night celebrations. I will be celebrations. I will be very

surprised if we leave here before

the early hours of the morning. Nick Jewell and Cameron White

showed some fight in the chase of

629 runs but Beau Casson's four wickts seal ad258-run

wickts seal ad258-run win. Record-breaking captain Simon

Katich was the man of the Katich was the man of the match.

Let's go back to finance now. Visa

talks Wall Street by storm. It has.

The world's largest credit card

processor on Wall Street. The

record $18 billion float could

deliver a pretax windfall to

Australian financial institutions. Australian financial institutions.

ANZ, who stands to make ANZ, who stands to make $350

million on its holdings. Westpac could

could be looking at a gross profit

of $200 million

of $200 million and NAB $100 million. Internet giant Yahoo has

increased pressure on Microsoft to

raise its takeover offer. The online

online search engine will try to

convince shareholders it's better

off on its own rather than

succumbbing to the $45 billion

offer. Yahoo has outlined a

positive forecast for the next two

years, promising to increase

revenue by more than 50% to fend

off the deal. The national forecast

on the edge of the Easter weekend:

Front page apologies to the parents

of Madeleine McCann coming up. And the CommSec finance report the CommSec finance report when the Early News

The new petrol price cop to keep a

close eye on the bowser over the Easter

Easter weekend as motorists rush

for cheap fuel. The Stawell Gift

champion, Nathan Allen, to face

court on a steroids charge. The

fifth anniversary of the launch of

the war in Iraq. It is the war in Iraq. It is necessary,

and it is just, and with your

courage, the battle in Iraq will

end in victory. President Bush

defending his decision to go to war.

And in sport, a brilliant goal

dents Melbourne Victory's Asian Champions League campaign.

To the markets now. How's To the markets now. How's Wall

Street going after yesterday's pretty strong gain? It's pretty strong gain? It's been a fairly volatile trading fairly volatile trading session

overnight in the US, one day after the Fed cut rates.

Wesfarmers to keep Kmart. All the

details shortly. The newly

appointed petrol commissioner will

be keeping a close eye on fuel

prices over the Easter long weekend.

The cost of petrol has already

surged this week in Sydney and

Melbourne, nearing the $1.50 mark

and prices could rise further over the

the Easter weekend. PM Kevin Rudd

says the new price cop will be on the

the job over coming days, while the

ACCC is threatening to name and

shame retailers who lift prices

above the Singapore oil benchmark.

Stawell Gift champion and Olympic

hopeful Nathan Allen has been

charged with importing steroids.

The defending Gift winner was arrested in Melbourne arrested in Melbourne after

appearing at the launch of this year's

year's race. Allen is accused of

importing substances, including

nandrolone and testosterone. He's

now withdrawn from the event and is set to be provisionally suspended

by Athletics Australia. A

controversial Sheik has launched a

scathing attack on the Pope. The

outspoken Sheik challenges outspoken Sheik challenges Pope

Bededict to a live debate --

Benedict to a live debate. He said

being a donkey is more useful than

being a Pope. His message is aimed

at those he calls the liars, people

who believe in Jesus's crucifixion

and resurrection. Schapelle Corby's

sister Mercedes has reportedly been ordered

ordered to face a court ordered to face a court hearing.

The Supreme Court has frozen

$280,000 in proceeds from

Schapelle's book. Federal Police

want to question Mercedes about

these funds, alleging that were

paid in to the bank account of her Indonesian husband. It's been

revealed a man whose car ploughed

in to six teenagers, killing them

near Mildura, had offered to plead

guilty four times to avoid going to

trial. Prosecutors rejected the

deal. The victims' families are now reading emotional impact statements

in front of Thomas Towle at in front of Thomas Towle at his sentencing. It was another

difficult trip to Melbourne for the families of the Mildura crash

victims, telling the court they've suffered

suffered post-traumatic tress and

panic attacks. Sharon says she lost

her beautiful daughter to a man who

had an absolute disregard for the

law. This woman said:

This woman lost two children. She

says she's plagued by depression.

It has emerged Thomas Towle tried

to plead guilty four times to the

crime he was eventually convicted

of. The offer rejected in favour of

trying him on more serious charges.

Towle's lawyer says while his

client killed six people, the law does not put a numerical value on

life and his client should be

sentenced to no more than five

years in jail. The sentence is

likely to be handed down within a

month. As the crisis in Tibet

worsens, an Australian tourist has

shot video of Chinese soldiers

suppressing the protests. You are

kidding me. The Sydney man watched

for hours as young Tibetans rose up

against Beijing rule, attacking

Chinese businesses. Australia's

biggest trading partner is calling

it a life or death struggle while

refusing to confirm rioters have

been shot. On the Chinese mainland,

Tibetan exiles have massed in

protests and they have been crushed

by the People's

by the People's Army. Two British

tabloids have issued front page

apologies to Kate and Gerry McCann

for suggesting they were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

They'll also be paying more than $1

million to the Find Madeleine Fund.

For Kate and Gerry McCann, it's an

apology they've wait adlong time to

see, the front pages of the two

newspapers both saying sorry for

defaming the couple. A full apology

was read out, along with

confirmation 550,000 pounds in

libel damages will be paid to the

Find Madeleine Fund. The newspapers

have admitted the allegations were false. These are some of the 100

articles published in the newspapers last year which

contained false allegations about

the McCanns. Now many of these

stories, all of which were based on

no evidence whatsoever, were often

published on front pages with, as

you can see, sensationalist

headlines. Imagine it? Your daughter's

daughter's taken and some idiot

keeps repeating lies about you

being involved. And their whole reputation, their family's reputation, because we're

supporting them in the campaign to

get Madeleine back, it was

completely distressing. My poor

mum's heart was broken half the

time. It's the fifth anniversary of

the Iraq invasion. And US President

George Bush says any troop

withdrawal will place recent gains

in jeopardy. His comments met with

protests across the US. The

President believes his troops are

winning Iraqi hearts. Iraq has

become the place where Arabs join

with Americans to drive al-Qa'ida with Americans to drive al-Qa'ida out. 4,000 Americans have out. 4,000 Americans have been

killed in Iraq since the war began.

The AFL season starts tonight.

There are two games. Chris There are two games. Chris Judd

will debut for Carlton against

Richmond. Port then hosts Geelong

in a grand final rematch. Footy's

finally back and the first game

can't come quickly enough for

Brendon Fevola. The troubled

forward fined and on his last

chance but in the Carlton team Richmond. chance but in the Carlton team play Richmond. I thought the penalty was

fair and square. I think we try and help Brendon and there's help Brendon and there's something

hanging over his head. If you don't

follow the rules at the club. Chris

Judd will make his debut for the

Blues. The Tigers including Blues. The Tigers including former

Bulldog Jordan McMahon. The reigning premiers have injury

considers. Brad Ottens to miss the

grand final rematch. Trent West

will play his first game which is a

good effort and there will be three

or four changes from the grand

final obviously with Tom Hawkins

coming in. Port Adelaide coming in. Port Adelaide selecting

a 20-year-old. He can play on small

and tall players. He's a great

rebounder and we're looking forward

to him. A disapointing night for

the A-League clubs. They were competing in the Asian Champions League:

Substitute Stefan Baga was the man

who broke Victory's heart. It was pretty good.

COMMENTATOR: What a goal! What an incredible

incredible strike by Stefan Baga!

Out of nothing. Adelaide United

almost produced their own classic, but

but Diego's effort was about as

close as they came to breaking the

Wesfarmers has ruled out selling Kmart. They considered offloading

the discount department store after

purchasing Coles but has decided

to keep the business after it

showed steady signs of showed steady signs of improvement.

Global market rallied strongly

following the three quarters of a

percent rate cut by the US Fed

Reserve yesterday. Craig James

joins us live now. The rate cut

brought the first signs of calm to

global market but recession talks

have re-emerged overnight. The Dow

is off over 200 points? There's a

degree of profit-taking that has

set in. We couldn't expect the Federal Reserve by Federal Reserve by cutting interest

rates, would totally solve the

situation. There's a work out to

occur in the US housing market and

that will take in the order of 12

months and there's potential for

more skeletons. The Federal Reserve

may have to cut interest rates

further. More than $48 billion was

injected yesterday but given the

huge sell off in gold, we can

hardly expect our stocks to open in the black? We'll

the black? We'll see a degree of

profit-taking, just like the US.

But considering the gains of over

200 points yesterday, we are going

to see a lot of weakness in the comoddity sector. The greenback comoddity sector. The greenback has

rallied and it's put downward

pressure on commodity prices. Australia's experiencing the

biggest migration boom in history?

This is huge. 180,000 new migrants

came to the country over the came to the country over the last

12 months. That exceeded the

migration booms after the first and

the Second World War. And the

implications for that - if more

people are in the country, more

people spending add retail outlets. Certainly providing extra momentum

for our economy. Thank you for the update. Thank you.

Here's the national picture for

Thursday. Pretty wet in Queensland:

A look at the headlines. Service

stations accused of blocking access

to cheap fuel mid-week, forcing

families to pay a premium at Easter.

A special feature on the Fed's

rescue of the US financial system

and the impact it will have on our

market. The launch of Earth Hour

has been celebrated over the Sydney

Harbour with a release of a light

bulb-shaped hot air balloon. A

fatal double stabbing in Sydney

overnight. Details when the Early News returns. Double demerit points are now in force for the easter long weekend.

A-C-T and New South Police will both be out in force to monitor speeding and seat belt offences, as well as drink driving, licence and registration compliance. A-C-T Police are also urging us to plan and prepare our trips, to prevent fatigue or car problems setting in. Double demerit points will be in force until late

Monday night The A-C-T Government has begun a study, on future sites for local Emergency services bases. The feasibility study aims to determine the best and most cost effective areas to base the A-C-T's fire, ambulance and S-E-S bases, over the next thirty five years. The A-C-T is on par with the national average in our population growth. The A-B-S says the territory's population has grown by ONE POINT FIVE per cent over the year to last September, to three hundred and forty thousand people. Australia's population also grew by ONE POINT FIVE per cent, to TWENTY ONE POINT ONE MILLION.

A community group has been established to oversee the operation of the new A-C-T prison. The group will hold regular meetings with the superintendent and other senior staff at the Prison, to check on the conditions and rehabilitation of inmates. The prison is due for completion later this year. And the National Folk Festival kicks off in Canberra today. About 150 music acts from across Australia and the world will be in town for the five day event, to be based at EPIC and several other venues across the across the city. TO SPORT Hooker Huia Edmonds has been promoted to the Brumbies run on side for tomorrow night's home super fourteen clash against the Cheetahs. Edmonds replaces Saia Fiangaa, who's been rested

Saia Fiangaa, who's been rested to overcome a hamstring strain. Scrumhalf Josh Holmes replaces Patrick Phibbs in Patrick Phibbs in the first fifteen, while lock Peter Kimlin will also make his run on debut. NOW TO THE WEATHER A ridge along the coast is weakening as a trough to the west approaches ... bringing unsettled

conditions and a cooler change Nationally... mostly fine for Sydney today ... a possible afternoon storm for Canberra... a shower or two for Melbourne Locally... partly cloudy and warm for Dubbo ... a late shower for Wollongong ... a shower or two for shower or two for Wagga... wet in Bega Mostly fine for Bathurst... a shower or two for

Batemans Bay ... showers around Goulburn as well Partly cloudy for Mudgee ... mostly fine for Parkes... a storm for Thredbo Looking ahead: Showers and storms developing later tomorrow will most likely hang around into Friday morning... but that is where they should stay. Mostly cloudy conditions are forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday... showers looking to be back on Tuesday (that's the latest from Southern Cross Ten ... stay with us for all your national and local

This is Ten's Early News. Easter

petrol pain - warnings that fuel

will pass the $1.50 mark as the new

petrol price cop vows to keep a

close eye on that bowser. Stawell Gift champion Nathan Allen charged

with importing steroids and

withdrawing from this year's event.

The US marks the fifth anniversary

of the war in Iraq. Protesters have

called for an end to the conflict.

And a tribute to a country music

legend. Smoky Dawson farewelled at

a special concert in Sydney. How's

Wall Street set to close? Unless

there's a significant late rally,

stocks are set to close firmly in

the red after recession talks

entered the market one day after

the Fed cut rates.

Visa soars on its listing on Wall

Street. How the Aussie banks are

set to reap the rewards. The PM's

new petrol price cop will be

watching the bowser over the long

weekend as motorists are warned

fuel will hit the $1.50 a litre

mark. Petrol's already surged this

week in Sydney and Melbourne. And

there are reports of there are reports of shortages

across Queensland. Kevin Rudd says

the new petrol price commissioner

will be monitoring prices over

coming days. The ACCC is

threatening to name and threatening to name and shame

retailers who lift prices above the

Singapore oil benchmark. Stawell

Gift champion Nathan Allen will face court in May accused of

importing steroids. The defending

race winner and Olympic hopeful was

arrested in Melbourne just after

appearing at the launch of this

year's Gift. Allen is accused of importing steroids. He's now

withdrawn from the event and is set to be provisionally suspended to be provisionally suspended by

Athletics Australia. A man has been

stabbed to death, another seriously

injured after an attack in Sydney's

crbs BD. Both men were stabbed

several times in the upper body out

sad shopping centre early this

morning. A 19-year-old man died on

the way to hospital. A man in the way to hospital. A man in his

20s is in a serious condition. Two

men fled from the scene in a taxi.

They were arrested a short time

later at a train station. A serial

child sex predator is on his way

back to the UK after his release

from a Brisbane jail. But the

deportation has outraged people in

Britain, who say he will reoffend.

Out of jail and on his way out of

the country, serial child rapist

Horne escorted by police to

Brisbane's international airport,

for a flight back to the UK. I

think that Queensland is well rid

of this man. He's been in and out

of jail since 1965. He's a serial

paedophile. The 61-year-old has a

30-year history of sex crimes

against young boys. And every time

he was released from prison, he

reoffended. Horne hasn't lived in

England since he was a child but Australian

Australian authorities decided he

had to go. We have alerted the

British authorities to the fact

he's coming. I understand they are

going to be supervising him. The

English tabloids not so sure. They

fear he'll reoffend once back in

the UK. And child protection

advocates agree. We just have to

accept for some offenders there's

no turning back. There's no way to

cure them or stop it. They will

offend for the rest of their lives.

Horne will be placed on a sex

offenders registry in the UK.

Australian businesses want a $3

billion green tax break. Businesses

have asked for the break to help them adjust to climate change policies. They've release

adsubmission before the May Budget.

The Australian Industry Group

suggest as cut in company tax from

30% to 25% by 2010. Five years on,

from the US-led invasion of Iraq,

President George Bush says America

is now making significant gains but

could be unravelled by troop withdrawals.

withdrawals. His message met by

protests across the nation. Bikers

put the brakes on the morning rush

hour. And a chanting crowd

surrounded headquarters in

Washington . Speaking at the Pentagon, President Bush made

strong claims of success on the

ground. Iraq has become the place

where Arabs join with Americans to

drive al-Qa'ida out. The commander

in chief acknowledged a little over

a year ago the war effort was

faltering but says that changed

once the troop surge strategy began.

It has opened the door to a major strategic victory in the broader

war on terror. While President Bush

called the recent successes in Iraq

undeniable and warned about withdrawing American forces too

soon, critics are still pushing

back hard, demanding an end to the

war. Both Barack Obama and Hillary

Clinton are renewing their pledges

for a plan to bring the war to for a plan to bring the war to a

close if one of them is elected

President. The surgeon dubbed

Australia's Dr Death is still

behind bars in the US, bail

refused. Lawyers for the Australian Government arguing that Government arguing that Jayant

Patel has made significant finances,

enough to flee the US if granted

bail. He did have a small win - the

judge ordering his prison food be improved. He's facing 14 manslaughter charges and fraud

charges from his time at a

Queensland hospital. His bail will

be reviewed next week. Two British tabloids have paid paid tabloids have paid paid a hefty

price for suggesting Kate and Gerry

McCann were involved in their daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

The Express and the Daily Star

printing front page apologies to the McCanns for sensational allegations that linked them to

their daughter's disappearance. The

paper will contribute almost $1

million to the Find Madeleine xnd

fund. Some of country music's

biggest names gathered in Sydney

for a farewell concert, for a farewell concert, honouring

Snoky Dawson. He would have celebrated his 95th clebgz -- Snoky

Dawson. He would have celebrated

his 95th birthday. Dawson died last

month after complications from month after complications from surgery.

The new Essendon coach is not

showing any nerves in the lead-up

to his home and away coaching debut.

While it was all fun and games

yesterday, Kevin Sheedy's successor has put

has put the Bombers through a tough

preseason. I think it's the great

unknown for all of us. We

understand our young team won't be intimidated. They're going to play

hard and aggressive. What flows

from that, I don't think anyone's

sure. Essendon plays the Kangaroos

at Telstra Dome on Monday. Rugby

league's crackdown on head and neck

tackles faced its first test last

night at the judiciary. Taurd

Payten was cleared. In 12 seasons

of first grade, Todd Payten had

never fronted the judiciary. The

tribunal took 20 minutes to clear

him of a contrary conduct charge.

One of three dished out in Round 1.

Players' safety should

top priority but again, they have

to be a little bit to be a little bit realistic.

Another flare-up between Melbourne

and the Warriors. On Monday the

Warriors were twice left waiting by

the Storm. Now the Kiwi club has

refused to allow Brent Tate to

help Cameron Smith fight a grapple

tackle charge. From my

understanding, their nose wows a

bit out of joint about the late --

was a bit out of joint about the

late start. That would be petty.

Warriors captain Steve Price

sidelined for eight weekwise a

hamstring tear, all but ruling him

out of the State of Origin opener.

Massive blow. He's pretty

instrumental in our side, both in

leadership and has an experienced

player and game time he can play

for us. It's expected the party

will continue today for Pura Cup

champion NSW. The Blues' victory

against Victoria reason enough for

all night celebrations. In true

cricket tradition, I will be very

surprised if we leave here before

the early hours of the morning.

Nick Jewell and White showed some fight.

fight. But Beau Casson's four

wickets sealed a 258-run win. Simon

Katich was man of the match. To

finance again. Visa taking Wall Street

Street by storm? It absolutely has.

The world's largest credit card

processor soaring 38% upon listing on Wall Street and the record $18 billion float could deliver a

pretax windfall to Australian

financial institutions. Big

beneficiaries are ANZ, who stand to

make $350 million on its holdings.

While Westpac could be looking at a

gross profit of $200 million and

NAB $100 million. Oroton has

recorded a 70% surge in second half

profits. Total sales rising by 7.2%.

It puts the company on track for a

record annual result. Now to today's finance diary.

That's it for finance. Thank you. I

know you've been looking forward to

this. One Australian woman's

magazine, Cleo, has new bachelor of

the year, Jason Dundas crowned the

2008 winner in a black tie ceremony

in Sydney last night. Only can the

25-year-old claim new status. 25-year-old claim new status. He

also walked away with a $10,000

cheque. He's Cleo's 21st Bachelor

of the Year. I can't even remember

when I was a bachelor? Or one of

the year. That's right. Never a

chance I'm afraid. The chance I'm afraid. The national forecast now:

That's it for the Early News. We'll

be back on Monday. Have a happy

Easter. Goodbye for now. Hope the Bunny's good to you.

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