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I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome.

Sydney teenager to face court,

accused of stabbing his father to

death and critically injuring his

stepmother. Health reform expected

to dominate the PM's meeting with

State and Territory leaders in

Adelaide. More pain for homeowners

- National Australia Bank lifting

its variable interest rate. And a

runway emergency in the US - a

Qantas jet blowing four tyres during take-off.

Finance, though, is first on the

agenda. Wall Street softer on the

open today? It was. Stocks edged lower after US reports showed

housing prices slumped in January and consumer confidence had dropped.

More pain for mortgage holders as

one of the big four banks ups

interest rates independently of the

RBA. I'll tell you which bank and

have all the details shortly. A

16-year-old Sydney boy will face court this morning over court this morning over the

stabbing death of his father, his

mother was also attacked. mother was also attacked. She

remains in a critical condition. An

horrific crime in a quiet street. A

man and his wife allegedly man and his wife allegedly stabbed

by their son. Just such a shock

from such a beautiful family.

You've been to the dinner table and

shared beers. I think everyone's

shocked. It's absolutely shocking.

Nothing ever happens like that. The

first officers through the door

finding a grim scene. A male person

deceased. A fair amount of blood

and a lady needing immediate care

in the premises. Police arrested

the teenager in his front yard. He

was dressed in his school uniform.

He was being aggressive police and was physically He was being aggressive towards

restrained by police and conveyed

to the station. Detectives are

looking through the teenageer's comskpuert

comskpuert diary as they try to

establish a motive -- computer and

diary as they try to establish a

motive for the attack. He was

refused bail. As many as 50,000

new frontline health workers will

be trained under a plan to be put

to today's COAG meeting in Adelaide.

State and Territory leaders are

also expected to sign off on national registration scheme for also expected to sign off on a

health professionals to improve

standards. And we don't want a

person who might be deregistered

one State, able to sneak through

the system in another State. The

Federal takeover of the Murray

Darling will also be discussed with

reports that Victoria is set to

finally sign up to finally sign up to the deal.

Another fatal road crash in country

Victoria. A petrol tanker and car collided. Both vehicles overturned.

The tanker then hit a second car, The tanker then hit a second car,

killing a woman in her 30s.

Thousands of litres of fuel spilled

on to the road. It would bow a

horrific explosion. With the amount

of fuel still in the tanker, it

would be a fairly big explosion.

Four people, including an

18-month-old, were taken to

hospital with non-life threatening

injuries. Testing school students

for drugs has been dismissed and

expensive and ineffective.

on Drugs has found such tests would Research from the National Council

waste more than $350 million a year

The and would have limited accuracy.

The year-long study found no evidence that testing reduced drug

use but it could create a culture

of mistrust between students and

teachers. Despite repeated warnings

about the dangers, another two

people have died on Australian beaches. Queensland's surf

lifesavers are baffled by the latest

latest death - a tourist found

floating in the water fully clothed.

Police add North Stradbroke Island Police add North Stradbroke

off Brisbane will this morning try to determine how a young man

trouned. His body was found

floating in his jeans and T-shirt.

He wasn't in the right attire for a

swim. Lifesavers pulled the victim

to shore and began CPR. The cops

and ambos came, but it was too late.

So many things could have happened

to him. He could have got swept to him. He could have got swept out

by a rip. The treacherous surf

conditions have spread to conditions have spread to northern

NSW. A 35-year-old man was swept

out to sea and drowned at Byron Bay yesterday. It follows the deaths yesterday. It follows the deaths of

two people on the Gold Coast over

the Easter long weekend. A third

was released from hospital after

being pulled from the surf. Police

divers will resume the search for

two students feared drowned off

Phillip Island. The trouble

continues for former AFL player

Wayne Carey. Police say he will

almost certainly face criminal

charges for allegedly assaulting

officers during his arrest in

Melbourne in January. The two

investigators involved in the case

say they intend to press charges

against the 36-year-old. Carey's against the 36-year-old.

already facing criminal charges

over an assault on police officers

in the US. Federal Police will meet

with Tibet supporters today to ensure planned protests against the

Olympic torch relay do not get out

of control. Rallies are planned in

Canberra and Sydney over the next

week. The torch lighting ceremony in Greece has already been

disrupted. We feel that it's now or

never, so we will put a lot of

effort in our campaign and there

will be a big surprise. Federal

Police are focusing on the arrival

of the Olympic torch on April of the Olympic torch on April 24,

when protesters from around the

country will travel to the ACT for

a rally that they claim will be

peaceful. There's been a scare for

hundreds of Qantas passengers on

the tarmac at Los Angeles airport.

The jet blew four tyres when the

pilot aborted take-off after

noticing a warning light go off.

None of the passengers or crew were

injured. The plane was left

stranded on the runway. There's

outrage over a new website outrage over a new website game

which encourages teenage girls to

create the richest and coolest

bimbo in the world. The aim of the

Miss Bimbo game is to win money to

be spent on virtual plastic surgery,

diet pills and clothes. Experts

warn it promotes body image issues

and eating disorders. But the creators say it simply teaches girls

girls about the real world.

Stephanie Rice has added the 400 individual

individual world medley record to

her 200 world mark at the Olympic

swimming trials. A new mark ominous

at the halfway point. COMMENTATOR: Stephanie is 1.35

under world time. The Queenslander

shaving 0.8 off the 11-year-old record

record and just in time, apparently.

I don't know if I would have been

able to hold together mentally for

another day. I've been on the

biggest emotional roller-coaster ride. Boyfriend Eamon Sullivan

qualifying fastest for tonight's

100 metre freestyle final. The AFL

tribunal has set an early precedent

for season 2008. Dean Solomon and

Cam Howat have failed to have their

charges downgraded or thrown charges downgraded or thrown out.

Howat's trip to the tribunal cost

him an extra week. A risky move in the era of set penalties, Dean Solomon ran the gauntlet, contested the charge Booked for rough conduct for this hit on Shane Wakelin, that the Pies defender had moved his head into Solomon's path His bid failed - Solomon will miss the next fortnight. Look, that's the way it goes,

so just got to move on and get back in there in Round 4. Worse news for Richmond's Cam Howat, who chose to contest the two weeks offered to him for this hit on Carlton's Adam Hartlett. Especially after a good win,

he'll be disappointed to miss the game next week. He was hoping to come away with just one match tonight, and now he's got three, so, yeah, it's disappointing for him. Earlier Hartlett accepted his two-week ban for a retaliation strike on Howat. Meanwhile, Essendon will be without spearhead Scott Lucas till the latter part of the season. He's expected to miss three months

The coaching future of Nathan Brown

is in the balance. This follows

reports the club is talking to

Wayne ben. The Bronco's mentor's

response to questions about the

move yesterday was St George was a

great club and a great rugby league

brand. The Dragons chief executive,

Peter Doust, is a close friend of

brourpb. He refused to comment. To brourpb. He refused to comment. To

-- Brown. He refused to

-- Brown. He refused to comment.

Another shock for mortgage holders? The National Australia Bank has

broken ranks, increasing its

standard variable home loan by

another nine basis points. The move

is independent of the RBA and is

the bank's second interest rate

hike in three weeks. It takes

effect today. The average $200,000

mortgage will cost National

Australia Bank customers around an

extra $15 a month. Shareholders are

being urged to launch a class

action against embattled companies,

Centro, MFS and Allco Finance Group,

alleging they failed to give

details about their debt and

liquidity. It could be a serious setback for the companies. Exposing them tosignificant

compensation claims as they

struggle to refinance millions of

dollars in debt. The national weather for Wednesday:

Looking at the headlines in today's newspapers. How indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin chose to

sleep on a luxury boat rather than

in a guest

in a guest house when visiting the

indigenous town of Aurukun. And

more on Stephanie Rice's world

record in the 200 individual med le.

A bit of a gaffe from Hillary

Clinton on the campaign trail.

Details when we return.

This is Ten's Early News. An

overhaul of the health system is

top of the agenda when the PM meets

with State and Territory leaders today. A teenager to appear in a

Sydney court, accused of fatally stabbing his fathers and leaving

his stepmother fighting for life. A

runway scare - a Qantas jet blows

four tyres after aborting take-off

in LA. Stephanie Rice takes another

world record at the Australian

Swimming Championships. Now to the

markets. A bounce in commodities helping Wall Street this helping Wall Street this morning?

Strength from that sector has

helped US stocks edge back in to the black this morning.

Allco shares rally 100%. I'll tell

you why in just under 10 minutes.

Thank you. State and Territory

leaders meet with the PM today with

health reform top of the agenda.

But there's already stern

opposition to a planned national

health registration scheme. Kevin Rudd promised greater cooperation between Federal, State and Territory governments, and as leaders meet today he'll get a chance to deliver. Health is the first cab off the rank - ending the long-running debate over national registration for health professionals. We don't want a person who might be deregistered in one State able to sneak through the system in another State. The national system is one agenda item for discussion at COAG in Adelaide, but there's already concern from doctors. If you have a national registration system, in actual fact there won't be a double-checking when doctors cross borders. At the moment, there has to be a double-checking. The Rudd Government will also ask premiers and chief ministers to sign up to national reporting requirements for public hospitals,

linking the tougher benchmarks to funding. Education and financial reform will also be high on the priorities for the meeting. The PM then turns his attention to Australia's place on the international stage. In a speech tomorrow night he'll outline what he hopes to achieve on his first major trip

since winning the election. Over 17 days Mr Rudd will visit the United States, Europe and China. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

A 16-year-old school boy will face

court today accused of stabbing his

father to death and leaving his

stepmother fighting for life. The

teenager was arrested in his school

uniform on the way to class. The

first officers on the scene shocked

by what they found. A male person

deceased, a fair amount of blood on

the premises and the lady needing immediate care in the premises. Pretty horrific crime scene. Pretty horrific crime scene. His stepmother has undergone emergency

surgery and remains in a critical

condition in hospital. Fire crews

have spent the night trying to

contain a fuel spill after a fatal

crash in country Victoria. A petrol

tanker collided with a car that

caused both vehicles to overturn.

The B-double smashed in to a second

car, killing a woman in her car, killing a woman in her 40s.

The Calder Highway is expected to

remain closed until at least midday.

The housing crisis has hit a new

low with evictions skyrocketing in

some areas. The sheriffs who

repausz people's homes say their

work -- repossess people's homes

say their work has tripled. The sign of tough times.

The bank's message is blunt - it's taken possession, the occupants evicted, the locks changed. in this complex All except one of the townhouses were owned by the same person Peter Trad and wife Diana were renting but received an eviction letter just after Christmas. We had seven days to comply with the letter and we had to empty out the premises, lock it up and leave. Peter says the bank wouldn't speak to him. They only managed to get an extension with the help of their agent. It was virtually impossible to find anywhere to live and, if we didn't have family, we would have been out on the street. Alan Daizli knows the heartbreaking story well. As a Bankstown sheriff, he and his colleagues have the toughest of jobs. They used to evict five people a week. Now it's three a day. We've had circumstances where we have arrived at people's premises and they're still there. no money to go anywhere, not even any means of transport. As difficult as this issue is for home-owners and tenants, the crisis actually goes much further. An increasing number of businesses are now also being evicted, losing their livelihoods, and all because the building owner is in financial trouble. There are also cases of parents losing homes because they guaranteed loans to their children.

Talks overnight have failed to

avert a strike by North Queensland

nurses. Queensland's Health Minister has been accused of

breaching workplace laws. Every

other employer in Queensland is

obliged to follow the workplace

health and safety laws in this

State. Why should the Minister be

any different? Nurses say island

buildings have to be repaired

before Friday to prevent a strike.

Hundreds of Sydney-bound qaupbtds passengers are being stranded in LA.

Their Qantas jet blew four tyres

when the pilot was forced to abort

take-off. He noticed a warning

light go off as he took the plane

down the runway. The tyres blew

when he slammed on the brakes. None

of the crew or passengers were

injured. Hillary Clinton is back on

the campaign trail today and in

damage control. The presidential

hopeful has admitted some of her

recollections about a trip to

Bosnia in 1996 were misstatements.

Hillary Clinton hopes her time on

the campaign trail today will put a

stop to the controversy over her

remark about her 1996 trip to

war-torn Bosnia. Last week Clinton

said she landed under sniper fire

but now she acknowledges that was but now she acknowledges that was a

misstatement. This has been a very

long campaign. Occasionally, I am a

human being like everybody else,

and last week, for the first time

in 12 or so years, I misspoke. Our

video tape shows her greeting

children at the airport, not ducking sniper fire. Political

analysts say this won't spell the

end of Clinton's campaign. It's

like a fish story where the fish

grows every time you tell the story.

Barack Obama is wrapping up his

vacation today but his camp has

been challenging Clinton on her statement. As the Democrats

continue their battle for every

vote in every delegate, John McCain

is putting his focus on the economy. He

He says he wants to look at any

proposal that could help address

the foreclosure crisis. There's

been a 100-car pile-up on an

Austrian motorway. One person was

killed, more than 30 others injured, when

when the vehicles crashed during a

heavy snowstorm. The main motorway

linking Salzburg and Vienna was

closed for most of the day as

rescue workers tried to reach the

victims. Records are still

tumbling at the Olympic swimming

selection trials. Stephanie Rice

added to her 400 individual world

mark with another in the 200 metres.

Stephanie Rice attacked the 200 metres individual medley from the moment she hit the water. By the

halfway turn the record halfway turn the record was

trailing in her wake. Just 9 when

the mark was set, Rice revealed she

didn't know who held the record. She does know.

I'm so glad that my main races are

over because I don't know if I

would have been able to hold

together mentally for another day.

I've been on the biggest emotional

roller-coaster ride. Inspiration coming from boyfriend Eamon

Sullivan, who tore through the 100

freestyle semifinal, just 5/100ths

of a second shy of the world of a second shy of the world record.

Another Commonwealth record in the

women's 200 freestyle and the women's 200 freestyle and the 200

butterfly for the men's as well.

AFL news now and Dean Solomon will miss the next couple of weeks after

being rubbed out by the tribunal

last night. He argued Shane Wakelin

moved his head in to the Dockers'

path at the last moment but the

charge was upheld. The news even

worse for Richmond's Cam Howat. worse for Richmond's Cam Howat. He

will be disappointed to miss will be disappointed to miss the

game and he's got three weeks out.

Disappointing for him. Adam Harlett

accepted a 2-match ban for a

retaliation strike on Howat. Reni

Maitua has been stood down Maitua has been stood down from

first grade after another

alcohol-related incident. Maitua

was spotted at Sydney nightclub at

9:30 on Easter Sunday morning. It

suggests to me he's not 100%

committed to doing his best for

this club. Being out at that time

is not conducive to your best

performance, physically or mentally.

The Bulldogs deny Maitua was

involved in any altercation at the time. Australia's time. Australia's biggest

construction company wins a big

contract? Leighton Holdings has

secured a $795 million contract to

build a pipeline in India. Leighton

Holdings will install more than 200

kilometres of pipelines over the

next three years with work expected

to start in November. Leighton Holdings's

Holdings's current projects are now

worth $3.5 billion. The fluez sent

company shares soaring more than --

news sent company shares soaring.

Shares in Allco have jumped more

than 100%. Allco holds a 16% stake

in Allco Demurlgs Real Estate which was

was awarded a 5-month extension to

repay its debt. A fresh round repay its debt. A fresh round of

rate hikes by the banks independent

of the Reserve Bank could be on the cards. After the National Australia

Bank broke ranks and lifted its

standard variable home loan by

another nine basis points. It's the

bank's second interest rate hike in

three weeks and lift ths three weeks and lift ths variable

rate to 9.36%. NAB says it's necessary to cover the increased

costs it's paying for wholesale

funding but it's now feared the

other big banks will follow suit.

Checking the weather forecast

around Australia:

New hope for breast cancer

sufferers is next. And the CommSec finance report.

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Today, a Sydney teenager to face court, accused of stabbing his

father to death and critically injuring his

injuring his stepmother. Health reform - it's expected to dominate

the PM's meeting with State and

Territory leaders today in Adelaide. National Australia Bank lifting its

variable interest rate. And a

runway emergency in the US. A

Qantas jet blowing four tyres

during take-off.

Finance news. The latest now?

Stocks are staging a mod rlt

recovery this morning with -- moderate recovery this morning,

thanks to strength from the commodity sector.

The CommSec finance report The CommSec finance report coming

up. That in just under 10 minutes.

A 16-year-old Sydney boy will face

court this morning over stabbing court this morning over the

stabbing death of his father, his

mother was also attacked and she

replains in a critically replains in a critically condition.

An horrific crime in a quiet street.

A 57-year-old man and his

50-year-old wife allegedly stabbed

by their son. Just such a shock

from such a beautiful family.

You've shared beers. You've been to

the dinner table. And I think

everyone's shocked. It's absolutely shocking. It's nothing ever happens

like that. The first officers through the door finding through the door finding a grim

scene. A male person deceased. A

fair amount of blood on the premises. The lady needing

immediate care. Police arrested immediate care. Police arrested the

teenager in his front yard. He was

dressed in his school uniform. He

was being aggressive towards police

and was physically restrained by

police. Detectives are looking

through the teenager's computer and

diary as they try to establish a

motive for the attack. The youth

was refused bail and will appear

in the Children's Court this

morning. There's been another fatal

road crash in country Victoria. A

petrol tanker and car collided,

causing both vehicles to overturn.

The tanker then hit another car,

killing a woman in her 30s.

Thousands of litres of fuel spilled

on to the road. It would be a

horrific explosion, with the amount of

of fuel that's still left in the

tanker and the fuel and vapors leaking,

leaking, it would be a fairly big explosion. Four people, including explosion. Four people, including

an 18-month-old, were taken to hospital with nonlife-threatening

injuries. 50,000 new frontline

health workers will be trained.

State and Territory leaders are

also expected to sign off on a national registration scheme for

health professionals to improve

standards. We don't want a person

who might be deregistered in one who might be deregistered in one

State able to sneak through the

system in another State. The

Federal takeover of the Murray

Darling will also be discussed with

reports Victoria is set to finally

sign up to the deal. The family of

football commentator Clinton Grybas

has denied claims he died from

natural causes. The 32-year-old's

body was discovered in his Melbourne apartment in Melbourne apartment in January.

Radio host Derryn Hinch claimed

yesterday Grybas died from a

combination of a heart condition

and a food allergy. The sport broadcaster's mother says that's

not what the Coroner told her.

Despite repeated warnings about the

dangers, another two people have

died on Australian beaches.

Queensland surf lifesavers are

baffled by the latest death - a

tourist floating in the water fully

clothed. Police will this morning

try to determine how a young man

drowned. His body was found

flotding in jeans and a -- floating

in jeans and a T-shirt. He wasn't

in the right attire for a swim.

Lifesavers pulled the victim to shore

shore and began CPR but couldn't

save him. Cops and ambos came but

it was too late. So many could it was too late. So many things

could have happened to him. He

could have been in ankle deep water

and got swep out by a rip. The

treacherous surf conditions have

spread to northern NSW. A man

drowned at Byron Bay yesterday. drowned at Byron Bay yesterday. It

follows the drowning deaths of two people

people on the Gold Coast over the

Easter long weekend. A third was

released from hospital after being

pulled from the surf. Police divers will

will resume the search today for two students feared drowned two students feared drowned off

Phillip Island. There's new hope

for people suffering breast cancer.

A study claims to have found a way

to send aggressive tumours in to a

state of sleep by turning off the

gene that causes them. When tested

on mice, the sleeping cells stopped

dividing and spreading. The tumours

usually treated by chemotherapy.

Federal Police will meet with Tibet

supporters today to ensure planned

protests against the Olympic torch relay

relay don't get out of control.

Rallies are planned in Canberra and

Sydney over the next week. The

torch lighting ceremony in Greece

has already been disrupted. We feel

that it's now or never. So we will

put a lot of effort in our campaign

and there will be a big surprise. Police

Police will be focusing on the

arrival of the Olympic torch on

April 24, when protesters from

around the country will travel to

the ACT for a rally they claim will

be peaceful. There's been a scare for hundreds of Qantas passengers on the tarmac at LA airport. The

jet blew four tyres when the pilot

aborted take-off. None of the 232

passengers or crew on flight 12 to

Sydney were injured. The plane was

left stranded on the runway.

Amazing pictures of a Amazing pictures of a house collapsing in the US. The vacant

house crumbled after it caught fire. Firefighters say they'd never

seen a 3-storey building come down

in such a dramatic way. No-one was

injured. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

being investigated. Stephanie Rice

has added the 200 individual medley

world record to her achievements at the Olympic swimming trials. The

swim was ominous at the halfway point.

COMMENTATOR: Stephanie is 1.35

under world time. The Queenslander

shaving 0.8 off the 11-year-old

record and apparently she did it

just in time. I don't know if I

would have been able to hold

together mentally for another day.

I've been on the biggest emotional

roller-coaster ride. Boyfriend

Eamon Sullivan qualifying fastest

for tonight's 100 metre for tonight's 100 metre freestyle

final. The AFL tribunal has set a

precedent for 2008. Dean Solomon

and Cam Howat have failed to have

their charges downgraded or thrown

out. Howat's trip to the tribunal cost him an extra week.

A risky move in the era of set penalties, Dean Solomon ran the gauntlet, contested the charge and came to a crashing halt. Booked for rough conduct for this hit on Shane Wakelin, the Docker's advocate argued that the Pies defender had moved his head into Solomon's path at the last moment.

His bid failed - Solomon will miss the next fortnight. Look, that's the way it goes, and get back in there in Round 4. so just got to move on who chose to contest the two weeks offered to him for this hit on Carlton's Adam Hartlett.

Especially after a good win, he'll be disappointed to miss the game next week. He was hoping to come away with just one match tonight, and now he's got three, so, yeah, it's disappointing for him. Earlier Hartlett accepted his two-week ban for a retaliation strike on Howat. Meanwhile, Essendon will be without spearhead Scott Lucas till the latter part of the season. with a torn posterior cruciate ligament. Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

It's said to be a late night at the

NRL judiciary. Cronulla's Ben Ross

among many big names facing time on the sidelines. Ben Ross has already shown remorse for this late hit on Cooper Cronk. Tonight he'll have to show the judiciary just why he shouldn't be sidelined for a lengthy period. It was an accident - it totally went wrong. I just hope they see it wasn't intent. Like, why would I want to break...? If I wanted to break his jaw it would have been broken. Melbourne prop Brett White's retaliation is also on the agenda. He'll plead guilty, but is looking downgrade his charge. Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt could have avoided suspension by taking the early plea, but Brisbane insist he's innocent of any charge. It's about justice, I suppose. We believe he's not guilty and therefore he shouldn't have that on his record and he shouldn't be suspended because of it. Manly prop Josh Perry will also front the judiciary, to a grade 1 striking charge. pleading not guilty Rob Canning, Ten News.

The local share market posted its

second biggest rally in two second biggest rally in two months

yesterday, closing more than 3%

higher. Bargain-hunters snapped up

stocks, following signs of

improved business confidence in the

US. Craig joins us live. Can we

expect the same positive mood to

continue today? I think the mood

will beriesinably positive but the

trading actions will be more muted trading actions will be more muted

than what we saw yesterday. The Dow

Jones looks like it will Jones looks like it will finish

flat for the session. Resource

prices, the resource sector looks as though it will get a useful lead.

Gold, oil, base metal prices, you

name it, commodities were rallying

overnight. Should be good for Rio

Tinto. Petrol prices predicted to

fall over the next fortnight? Good

news ahead for motorists. It news ahead for motorists. It was

bad news last week. The petrol

price hovering near record The price hovering near record highs. The Singapore unleaded price has

fallen by $7.50 a barrel over the

last week. That's going to flow through

through to motorists over the next

7-10 days. Prices call fall to 4-5

cents a litre. How's the housing

market looking for 2008? Population

growth is the fastest ibin 18 years.

We've seen the biggest migration

boom in Australia's history. We're

not building enough homes to meet

our population. A lot our population. A lot really

depends on interest rates and that

surprise interest rate hike by National Australia Bank certainly

isn't helping matters. OK. Thank

you for the update. Thank you.

The national weather for Wednesday..

Looking at the newspaper headlines.

New vision for Sydney - the 'Sydney

Morning Herald' reports on the plan

to radically change the city by

2000 30. Centro -- 2030. Centro

could be holding a class action

after allegedly failing to after allegedly failing to disclose information about their debt.

Increasing pressure on Victorian

Premier John Brumby to agree to

this rescue plan for the Murray

Darling when he meets with the PM

today in Adelaide. Also should

school children be drug tested?

Find out when the Early News returns. The A-C-T Government's copping the blame for recent reports of excessive home rental prices. The Government yesterday announced plans to combat rogue landlords, accused of breaching A-C-T tenancy laws by evicting tenants .. .and then charging much higher rates to their replacements. But the Opposition says the move is a smoke screen for the Government's high taxes, poor land supply and planning .... which has led some landlords to lift rents to cover increased costs. A mother and her two teenage sons are standing

trial for a DECEMBER TWO THOUSAND AND FIVE assault in Dunlop. The A-C-T Supreme Court has heard the Kurdish migrants approached a group of anglo saxon neighbours, and neighbours, and became involved in a heated argument spurred by the Cronulla Riots, which occurred just days before. A female victim has told the court, one of the boys spat at her, before his mother punched her twice. The trial continues A-C-T Police figures have shown substantially improved driver behaviour over the easter long weekend. Only 122 traffic infrigement notices were issued between Thursday and Monday ... that's down by nearly two thirds on last easter. Nearly half of the cases were for speeding, while 33 others were charged for drink driving. A-C-T Police say they were pleased to see most local drivers were sticking to the road rules over the traditionally busy Easter break TO SPORT, The Canberra Raiders have made two

changes to their starting line up, for Saturday's home match against the Dragons. Bronx Goodwin has been given another chance to shine at fullback, replacing William Zillman,

who is about to undergo a second knee reconstruction. While Dane Tilse has been promoted to the front row, replacing the injured Scott Logan. Hooker Lincoln Withers will be given until later in the week, to prove his fitness NOW TO THE WEATHER.. The trough causing all this recent wet weather should be heading east today... meaning mostly fine conditions for the rest of the week

Nationally... mostly fine for Sydney... a few showers for Brisbane and Melbourne ... early showers clearing around Canberra Looking locally... becoming fine for Dubbo .... mostly sunny around Wollongong ... a shower or two and 20

degrees for Wagga Fine for Gouburn ... a few showers developing for Batemans Bay ... showers for Perisher as well Maybe showers for Cooma ... becoming fine for Parkes ... fine for Nowra

for Nowra

Looking ahead: That recent spate of wet and unstable

weather looks to be behind us for now anyway... it should be fine and mostly sunny to finish of the week, before a possible shower on Monday. Temps will stick around the low twenties, with overnight

This is Ten's Early News. An

overhaul of the health system on

top of the agenda when the PM meets

with State and Territory leaders. A

teenager to appear in a Sydney

court accused of fatally stabbing

his father and leaving his

stepmother fighting for life. A

runway scare - a Qantas jet blows

four tyres after aborting four tyres after aborting take-off

in LA. Stephanie Rice takes in LA. Stephanie Rice takes another world record at the Australian

Swimming Championships. But now for

the latest on the markets, Kath.

Thank you. US stocks edged lower on

the open after a US report the open after a US report showed

housing prices slumped in January

and consumer confidence had dropped.

After a very strong close yesterday,

our market is set for a relatively

subdued opening. A shock departure

at sapbtd sant. The CEO -- Santos.

The CEO steps down immediately.

State and Territory leaders meet

with the PM with health reform top

of the agenda. There's already

stern opposition to a planned

national health registration scheme. Kevin Rudd promised greater cooperation between Federal, State and Territory governments, and as leaders meet today he'll get a chance to deliver. Health is the first cab off the rank - ending the long-running debate over national registration for health professionals. We don't want a person who might be deregistered in one State able to sneak through the system in another State. The national system is one agenda item for discussion but there's already concern from doctors. If you have a national registration system, in actual fact when doctors cross borders. At the moment, there has to be a double-checking. The Rudd Government will also ask premiers and chief ministers to sign up to national reporting requirements for public hospitals, linking the tougher benchmarks to funding. Education and financial reform will also be high on the priorities for the meeting. The PM then turns his attention to Australia's place on the international stage. In a speech tomorrow night he'll outline what he hopes to achieve on his first major trip since winning the election. Over 17 days Mr Rudd will visit the United States, Europe and China. Brad Hodson, Ten News.

Rescue crews will step up the search today for a Canadian

bushwalker missing near Melbourne. 57-year-old Warren Myer went

walking in the Yarra Ranges

National Park on Sunday and hasn't

been seen since. He shouldn't have

gone alone but sometimes people do

do that when they're very confident. Police are still confident of

finding the experienced bushwalker

alive. A 16-year-old school boy

will face court, accused of

stabbing his father to death and

leaving his stepmother fighting for

life. He was arrested in his school

uniform on his way to class. The

first officers on the scene shocked.

A male person deceased. A fair

amount of blood in the premises and

a lady needing immediate care. His stepmother has undergone emergency surgery. Testing school students for drugs failed to avert a strike by North Queensland nurses. Their protesting against conditions in Torres Strait islands islands after several violent attacks. Queensland's Health Minister has been accused of breaching breaching workplace laws. Every other other employer in Queensland is obliged to follow the workplace health and safety laws in the State. Why should the Minister be any different? Nurses say island buildings have to be repaired

before Friday to prevent any strike.

Hillary Clinton is back on the

campaign trail today and in damage control. The presidential hopeful

has admitted some of her recollections about a trip to

Bosnia in 1996 were misstatements.

Hillary Clinton hopes her time on

the campaign trail today will put a stop to the controversy over stop to the controversy over her

remark about her 1996 trip to

war-torn Bosnia. Last week Clinton

said she landed under sniper fire

but now she acknowledges that was a

misstatement. This has been a very long

long campaign, so occasionally I am

a human being like everybody else,

and last week, for the first time

in 12 or so years, I misspoke. I

want you to meet my little want you to meet my little girl. Our

Our video tape shows her meeting

children at the airport, not

ducking sniper fire. Political

analysts say this won't spell the

end of her campaign but it's a

headache she doesn't need. The fish

grows every time you tell the story.

Barack Obama is wrapping up his

vacation today but his camp has been been challenging Clinton on her

statement. As the Democrats

continue their battle for every

vote and every delegate, John

McCain is putting his McCain is putting his focus on the

economy. The nominee says he wants

to look at any proposal which could

help address the foreclosure crisis.

Hundreds of Sydney-bound Qantas

passengers have been stranded in

Los Angeles. Their jet blew four

tyres. The pilot noticed a warning

light go off as he took the plane down the down the runway. None of the 232

people on board were injured.

Records continue to tumble at the Olympic swimming trials. Stephanie

Rice added to her 400 individual

medley world record mark. Stephanie

Rice attacked the 200 individual

medley from the moment she hit the

water. By the halfway turn, the record

record was trailing in her wake.

COMMENTATOR: Stephanie is 1.35

under world time. Just 9 when under world time. Just 9 when the

mark was set, Rice later revealed

she didn't know who held the record.

She does now. Her second at the

meet. I'm so glad my rain races are over because I don't know if over because I don't know if I

would have been able to hold together

together mentally for another day.

I've been on the biggest emotional

roller-coaster ride. Inspiration

coming from boyfriend Eamon

Sullivan who tore through the 100

freestyle semifinal, just 5/100ths

of a second shy of the world record.

And a Commonwealth record in the

women's 200 freestyle, so too in

the 200 butterfly for the the 200 butterfly for the men's. An

improvement of two seconds in as

many days. Fremantle's Dean Solomon

will miss the next two weeks after

being rubbed out by the AFL

tribunal last night. Solomon argued

Magpie defender Shane Wakelin had

moved his head in to the Docker's

path at the last moment. The news

was worse for Richmond's Cam Howat.

After a good win he would After a good win he would be disappointed to miss this week.

He's got three weeks now. It's

disappointing for him. Carlton's

Adam Hartlett accepted a 2-match

ban for a retaliation strike on

Howat. The NRL future of St George Illawarra's

Illawarra's coach, Nathan Brown, Illawarra's coach, Nathan Brown, is

in the balance following reports

the club is talking to Wayne Bennett. Bennett. His response to questions

abouts his move yesterday, was that

St George was a great St George was a great club and a

great rugby league brand, was

Bennett's response. Peter Doust is

a close friend of Brown's. He's

refused to copt on the matter.

Another shock for home owners? The National Australia Bank has broken

ranks, increasing its standard

variable home loan by another 9

basis points to 9.36%. The move is

independent of the RBA and is the

bank's second interest rate hike in bank's second interest rate hike in

three weeks and takes effect today.

The average $200,000 mortgage will

cost NAB customers around an extra

$15 a month. The shock resignation

of Santos CEO John Ellice-Flint

surprised the market yesterday,

sparking speculation he was pushed.

But Ellice-Flint denies that was

the case and says the move was discussed by discussed by the board. Shares

jumped 35 cents on the news but

eventually closed up 7 cents to

$13.10. David Knox will be

considered for the position, while the company conducts an

international search. There are

fresh fears the plan to rescue ABC

Learning Centres could fall through.

Eddy Groves's plan to sell the US

Eddy Groves's plan to sell the US

operations hit a stumbling block

overnight after the company

overnight after the company failed

to sign off on the deal. The

to sign off on the deal. The sale

of its US operationicise expected

to deliver $750 million to be used

to help pay-off the company's $1.1

billion in debt. Shareholders are

being urged to launch a class

action against embattled companies

Centro, MFS and Allco Finance Group,

Centro, MFS and Allco Finance Group,

alleging they fail to disclose

details about their debts and

liquidity. It would be a serious setback for the companies,

exposing them to compensation

claims as they struggle claims as they struggle to

refinance millions of dollars in

debt. That's the morning in finance

news. The Dow is set to close around 35 points. Terrific. around 35 points. Terrific. Thank

you. Strutting a catwalk,

nerve-wracking enough for anyone

but this Bolivian model

but this Bolivian model is but this Bolivian model is blind.

Denisse Alema is determined to be

the most successful model her

country has produced. The

15-year-old says overcoming her

fear of falling off the catwalk was

certainly the biggest challenge but

now she says she's living a dream,

even though she can't see the

dresses she's modelling. The weather forecast around the nation. Now recapping the morning's top

stories - a Sydney teenager to face

court, accused of stabbing his

father to death and critically

injuring his

injuring his stepmother. Health reform expected to dominate the

PM's meeting with State and

Territory leaders in Adelaide today.

More pain for home owners and

property investors. National

Australia Bank lifting its variable

interest rate. That's it for Ten's

Early News. David and Kim at 9. The

Morning News at 11 and we'll wrap

it up at 5 o'clock. Have a great day. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia. www.redbeemedia.com.au