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Welcome to Ten's Early News. Shades

of underbelly - the brother of

Lewis Moran has been shot at

outside his home in Melbourne. The

nation mourns the loss of another

soldier in Afghanistan as the

Government admits it's likely we'll

be asked to send more troops there

soon. Stephanie Rice leads the

charge at the Australian Swimming

Titles in her first competitive

meet since the Beijing Olympics.

The Commonwealth Bank is working on

a plan to give laid-off workers a

mortgage holiday. Don't pack the sunscreen just yet.

Heading the news today - a member

of the notorious Melbourne

underworld family has dodged a

hitman's bullet outside his hope

last night. Desmond Moran was

sitting in a Mercedes coupe in his

driveway when a man wearing a

balaclava approached and shot

through the windscreen. The next

two or three I thought that we'll

be dead. I think he thought I was

driving the car and I wasn't. The

gunman fled the scene. Dead mnd is

the last Moran stand -- Desmond is

the last Moran standing. A house

believed to be linked to a Sydney

underworld figure has been raided.

The home in Punchbowl was searched

for close to two hours last night.

It's thought to be involved with

the murder of Abdul Darwiche at the

weekend. It's been revealed an

Australian soldier killed in

Afghanistan this week became a

soldier just days ago. He was shot

when his troops and himself were

attacked by the Taliban in Tarin

Kowt. They were engaged by a group

of around 20 Taliban insurgents. We

are forever in the debt of this

brave soldier who has given his

life. The whole nation mourns his

death. The name of the soldier has

not been released and his family

has requested privacy. The senate

vote on the alco-pops tax bill has

been stalled. The Government has

promised tougher alcohol advertising standards but Mr

Fielding remains unimpressed. This

is just a joke! Stand up to the

alcohol giants in the industry. Dehook alcohol advertising from

sports. Do it now! The Greens and

Independent Senator Nick Xenaphon

will now support the bill after the

Government pledged an extra $50

million to tackle alcohol abuse.

Kinglake has reopened despite fears

bushfire tourists will invade the

community. So far most visitors

have come to lend a helping hand.

After being locked off from the

outside world for 5.5 weeks, road

blocks were finally lifted. The

devastation a shock to those seeing

it for the first time. You don't

realise - you see pictures in the

paper and every but when you see it,

boy. 45 lives and more than 500

homes in the town were lost on

Black Saturday. Get a full

appreciation of the needs of the

people. Mary's husband offering the

services of his tip truck. That's

something we can do. Whether they

want it or not, I don't know. Fears

the town would be inundated by

bushfires. Mostly friends and

family coming to help. Authorities

are continuing their appeal for

outsiders to show respect. Don't be

asking questions when they go in to

the local coffee shops and where is

this and that road? You'd be

reliving it for those particular

people. Queensland's Premier has

been forced to defend an election

advertisement which personally

attacks the Opposition's Deputy

Leader. Mark McArdle is demanding

an apology for this ad. It goes

with a question of character and

good judgment. These are legitimate

questions. This goes right to the

door of the Premier. This says a

lot about the Premier and her

character. Both leaders are

expected to campaign in the State's

south-east today. Josef Fritzl has

been forced to watch the video

testimony of his daughter on the

second day of his trial for incest

and murder. 42-year-old Elisabeth

and her six children have been in

hiding since being released from

their dungeon. Fritzl listened

attentively and was photographed

for first time after yesterday,

covering his face with a blue

folder. He's pleaded not guilty to

murder and the enslavement of his

children. Actress Natasha

Richardson is in a critical

condition after being severely

injured in a skiing accident in

Quebec. Her husband reportedly

rushed to his wife's bedside from

Toronto where he was shooting a

movie. Nick D'Arcy and Stephanie

Rice have been the standout

performers on day one of the

Australian Swimming Championships

in Sydney. 21-year-old D'Arcy now

has an anxious wait to see if he'll

be allowed to go to the world

titles in Rome. of the swims of the opening day, Nick D'Arcy produced one the swimming do the talking. COMMENTATOR: Darcy lets He's qualified for Rome - if he'll be able to go we still don't know but he's done the job.

his sentencing next week. Darcy's celebrations tempered by for assaulting Simon Cowley. He could be jailed its toll on me emotionally. Was very serious and did take like that makes it all worth it. but just to come and do a time booked her seat on the plane. Swim queen Stephanie Rice since Beijing She may have been to a party of two but she knows how to win. the 200m individual medley Rice taking out

in the 200m freestyle. and finishing second

It's been hard to get back in to it

because I've never been this unfit

before. The NRL will today review

two separate alcohol-related

incidents which occurred over the

weekend. Brett Seymour is under

investigation for his behaviour

while allegedly intoxicated at a

Sydney nightclub on Sunday. Those

reports followed Roosters' Jake Friend being charged with

high-range drink driving. He's been

fined $10,000 by the club but has

been allowed to play this weekend. Nick Stevens has successfully

downgraded a striking charge at the

AFL tribunal but a prior offence

means he will still miss the

opening two round of the season. ready to roll the dice. Nick Stevens arrived at the tribunal And in the end, it came up evens, still found guilty of striking with the Carlton midfielder but convincing the panel with Fremantle's Nick Suban his contact was an unintended open hand

to reckless. and the charge was downgraded But already with a week's ban for Round 1 from last year, he will now be out until Round 3. fight the charge and get off it I was very confident that I'd

as I said earlier, but it's disappointing, an open-handed push it was definitely and that's just the way it's gone. accepted a reprimand Melbourne's Clint Bartram forceful front-on contact. after pleading guilty to making they have the cap in hand - As for Port Adelaide, forced to hit the AFL up emergency handout. for a multi-million dollar

A 7-figure sum would be on a

perannum basis. So we can get

everything sorted out and prosper

in the future. West Australian

batsman Adam Voges admits he may

never be selected for Australia

again after making himself

unavailable for the upcoming

one-day series against South Africa

because it clashes with his wedding.

The Aussies are preparing for the

third Test in CapeTown and Hussey

says he hopes Voges will get

another chance. That's great for

him and I hope there's definitely

other opportunities for him to play

for Australia. Obviously you only

get married once. South Africa

coach Mickey Arthurs says he expect

Australia to keep the same XI as in

the first two Tests. Good morning.

Which bank will not kick us out of

our homes if we lose our jobs? The

Commonwealth Bank. CBA's boss told

a business lunch in Melbourne he

was working on a plan to freeze the

mortgages of people who lose their

jobs in the recession. It wouldn't

mean we would be let off paying the

money back, it would be more like a

loan holiday. The bank would freeze

repayments for six months or a year

to let people get on their feet.

The bank would expect to be paid

all the deferred amount plus

interest. We shouldn't expect the

Government to throw extra cash at

us in the May Budget. Economists

say another interest rate cut is

likely next month. Financial

markets believe the Reserve Bank

will cut the cash rate by at least

a quarter of a percent. The bank

almost gave us another cut last

month but decided to wait and see

how the economy was doing. We might

get a clue about the RB arbs's

thinking when its assistant

governor delivers a speech in

Sydney tomorrow. Unexpected surge

in February housing starts has led

Wall Street higher again today:

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Headlines every 15 minutes. Police

in Sydney swoop, raiding the home

of a suspect in their hunt for the

killer of a local Lebanese drug

lord. The brother of a murdered

gangland figure becomes an

assassination target in Melbourne.

Austrian Josef Fritzl forced to

listen as his daughter tells the

world about her 24-year incest

ordeal. Police have raided a house

in Sydney believed to be linked to

the murder of an organised crime

figure. 37-year-old Abdul Darwiche

was gunned down in front of his

family at the weekend. Officers

spent more than two hours searching

the house at Punchbowl last night

but found only a small quantity of

drugs. There are fears Melbourne's

gangland war is about to reignite

after a member of the notorious

underworld family dodged a hitman's

bullet last night. Desmond Moran was

was sitting in the car in his

driveway, after a man wearing a balaclava shot through the

windscreen but missed his target. I

thought I was dead. I thought he

would have fired five or six shots.

Police are on the hunt for the

gunman. Desmond's brother and his

two nephews were killed in the

gangland wars. The latest

Australian soldier to be killed in

afghan stan became a father just a

couple of -- Afghanistan became a

father just a couple of days ago.

They were engaged by a group of

about 20 Taliban insurgeants. We

are forever in the death of his

brave soldier who has given his

life. The whole nation mourns his

death. The name of the soldier has

not yet been released. Foreign

Minister Stephen Smith says he

won't be surprised to get a request

from President Obama to send more

troops to Afghanistan but he's

refused to say what his response

would be. Mr Smith told the ABC the

situation in Afghanistan had

reached a strategic stalemate and a

review of international operations

was needed. We haven't received a

request from the US administration.

We won't be surprised if we receive

one. We will judge that request. We

will make our judgment on that

request on its merits if and when

we receive it. Mr Smith says it's

in Australia's national interest to

continue our military commitment in

Afghanistan. The one Senator

threatening to defeat the alcopops

tax has been given more time in the

hope he changes his mind. The

Government has relented but it

hasn't swayed Steve Fielding. Holding out, Senator Steve Fielding is the lone crossbencher who's still not happy with the Government's deal on the alcopops tax. What a joke, what a basket case. I'm sorry, this is just a joke. Stand up to the alcohol giants and the industry. Dehook alcohol advertising from sports. Do it now. No ban but the Health Minister has agreed to tougher advertising standards. There's also $50 million more for tackling alcohol abuse, enough to get the Greens and Independent Nick Xenophon

back on side. This is the best that could be gotten out of a very serious series of negotiations. A final vote on the bill due tonight was unexpectedly called off, one explanation is that Senator Fielding will take the extra time to reconsider his position. Without the legislation, the $300 million collected so far will have to be refunded to distillers. What kind of values compels the Leader of the Opposition to give a tax break to multi-national companies that are selling sugary drinks to teenage girls?

Road blocks isolating the fire-ravaged Victorian town of

Kinglake have been lifted. Visitors

have been allowed to see the

devastation for themselves. Most

have come to lend a hand. That is

something that we can do but where

whether they want it or not, I

don't know. Fears the town would be

bombarded by bushfire tourists went

largely unrealised but authorities

are still appealing for visitors to

be respectful. Queensland's Premier

has been forced to defend an

election advertise want which personally attacks the Opposition's

Deputy Leader. Mark McArdle is

demanding an apology. It's a

vicious attack on the Opposition's

Deputy Leader. A former client of

Mark McArdle's company targets his

past involvement in a failed

investment scheme. Anna Bligh

should be apologising for this

absolute disgusting campaign she's

now running. But she won't. It goes

to the question of good character

and judgment. This goes right to

the door of the Premier. This says

a lot about the Premier and her

character. That she is prepared to

sanction these ads. The Premier

made a whirlwind trip to Cairns

yesterday for a 20-minute press

conference. Labor has dominated

the seat for more than a century.

Terrific job. It's a seat they've

continued to take for granted in

that time. Lawrence Springborg was

also in North Queensland with just

four days to the election, both

leaders will campaign heavily in

the State's south-east today. Three

quarters of a million dollars will help South-East Queensland's

tourist industry stay afloat.

Images of blackened beaches were

beamed across the world, costing

tour operators tens of thousands of

dollars in cancellations. The

marketing campaign is designed to

entice visitors back to popular

beaches in the lead-up to Easter.

Josef Fritzl has been forced to

watch the video testimony of his

daughter on the second day of his

trial for incest and murder.

42-year-old Elisabeth and her six

children have been in hiding since

being released from their dungeon.

Fritzl listened and allowed himself

to be photographed after covering

himself with a blue folder

yesterday. He's pleaded not guilty

to murder and the enslavement of

his children. Three00 Latvians have

marched through their capital. The

march was met by a large number of

protesters outraged the former

soldiers and their descendants were

allowed to display their support

for the SS unit's Nazi heritage.

90% of Latvia's pre-war Jewish

population was exterminated during

the war. Nick D'Arcy has cruised to

victory in the 200 metres butterfly

in Sydney. 21-year-old D'Arcy won

in Australian record time, but

celebrations were tempered by his

sentencing next week where he could

be jailed for asoughting Simon

Cowley. It was very serious and it

did take its toll on me emotionally.

To do a time like that makes it all

worth it. Stephanie Rice booked her

seat on the plane to the Rome world

titles. For the second week in a

row, the NRL has been forced to

switch its focus off field. One

player has been charged with

high-range drink driving while

another is being investigated after

an alleged alcohol-fuelled incident

at a Sydney nightclub. The 4-match

ban for Brett Stewart has failed to

deter two players from the dangers

of alcohol. The Roosters' Jake

Friend yesterday charged with

high-range drink driving.

Considering all the circumstances,

including his very serious remorse,

his contrition, we've imposed some

penalties we think will help his

rehabilitation. That included a

$10,000 fine but he's still been

named for the weekend. The NRL will

review the decision today.

Cronulla's Brett Seymour in some

strife. His club has launched an

investigation in to his behaviour

after an alcohol-related incident

at a Sydney nightclub on Sunday

evening. Ben Ross will be gone for

the rest of the season. A ruptured

disc in his neck has been revealed.

We're hoping he will be fine. Ross

will be replaced this weekend. A

mixed night for Nick Stevens at the

AFL tribunal. His season won't

start until Round 3. The one-week

suspension will stand but the panel

agreed with the defence that the

Blues' vice-captain's strike was

reckless but not intentional.

Obviously very disappointed with

the outcome but I guess it got

downgraded. Stevens was already

missing Round 1 due to a ban from last season.

Bank stocks which have led the way

on Wall Street for the past week

took a breather overnight but tech

stocks kept the market positive.

Here with the details is Juliana

Roadley. Another session of gains,

better than expected housing

figures - there's still an

optimistic mood about, isn't there?

There is. The US indebs is getting

back on the winning track today.

Investors happy to buy back in to

the tech stocks. 22% it is up for

new homes being built in the US.

The oil price closing at the

highest level since December,

boosting the energy sector. The Dow

is up 121 points and the Nasdaq up

by 41. How is our market shaping

up? It is boosted once again by

more gains in the banks. The rating

agencies are saying the Aussie

banks are among the 30 safest

around the globe. It will continue

to rally our markets. Unfortunately,

the miners might be held back by a

bit of weakness coming through in

the base metals and the gold price.

Thank you. Thanks.

Just ahead - the Irish show

everyone how to celebrate St Pat's

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Top stories every quarter hour.

Dodging a bullet. The brother of

gangland war victim Lewis Moran

shot at outside his Melbourne home.

Tributes flow for the ninth

Australian soldier killed in

Afghanistan. The Government admits

we may be asked to send more troops

there soon. Nick D'Arcy breaks a

national record at the Australian

Swimming Championships but will

have to wait to see if he's off to

the world titles. The Commonwealth

Bank is working on a plan to give

laid-off workers a mortgage break.

A member of a notorious underworld

family has dodged a hitman's bullet

outside his home. Desmond Moran was

sitting in a car when a man wearing

a balaclava approached and fired a

shot through the windscreen. Thiguy

comes flying out of nowhere and

then, bang, a shot. I think he

thought I was driving the car and I

wasn't. The gunman fled the scene.

Desmond is the last Moran left

standing from the gangland wars

after his brother, Lewis, and two

nephews were murdered. A house

believed to be linked to a Sydney

underworld figure has been raided

by police. Officers searched the

home at Punchbowl for close to two

hours last night. It's thought to

be linked to the murder of Abdul

Darwiche at the weekend. The

37-year-old was shot dead in front

of his wife and children. It's been

revealed an Australian soldier

killed in Afghanistan this week

became a father days ago. The

soldier was shot when his group was

attacked by the Taliban north of

Tarin Kowt. They were engaged by a

group of around 20 Taliban

insurgents. We are forever in the

debt of this brave soldier who has

given his life. The whole nation

mourns his death. The name of the

soldier has not yet been released

and his family has requested

priefbgacy. The Senate vote on the

cal opops tax bill has been stalled

with -- alcopops tax bill has been

stalled. The Government has promised tougher alcohol

advertising standards but Mr

Fielding is still unimpressed. This

is just a joke! Stand up to the

alcohol giants in the industry.

Dehook alcohol advertising from

sports. Do it now! The Greens and Independent Senator Nick Xenaphon

will now support the bill after the

Government pledged an extra $50

million to tackle alcohol abuse.

Kinglake has reopened despite fears

bushfire tourists will invade the

community. So far most visitors

have come to lend a helping hand.

After being locked off from the

outside world for 5.5 weeks, road

blocks were finally lifted. The

devastation a shock to those seeing

it for the first time. You don't

realise - you see pictures in the

paper and everything but when you

see it. 45 lives and more than 500

homes in the town were lost on

Black Saturday. This woman and her

husband came to donate what they

could. Get a full appreciation of

the needs of the people. Mary's

husband offering the services of

his tip truck. That's something we

can do. Whether they want it or not,

I don't know. Fears the town would

be inundated by bushfire tourists

went largely unrealised. Most of

the visitors - friends and family

coming to help. Authorities are

continuing their appeal for

outsiders to show respect. Don't be

asking questions when they go into

the local coffee shops and where is

this and that road? Because you'll

be reliving it for those particular

people. Queensland's Premier has

been forced to defend an election

advertise want which personally

attackathise Opposition's Deputy

Leader. Mark McArdle is depanding

an apology for this ad. A former

client of Mark McArdle's company

targets his past involvement in a

failed investment scheme. Anna

Bligh should be apologising for

this disgusting campaign she's now

running. But she won't. It goes to

the question of character and good

judgment. These are legitimate

questions. Both leaders are

expected to campaign in the State's

south-east today. Actress Natasha

Richardson is in critical condition

after being severely injured in a

skiing incident. The 45-year-old

British-born actress is the

daughter of Vanessa Redgrave. Her

husband, leen Neeson, reportedly

rush -- Liam Neeson, reportedly

rushed to her bedside. There's no

better place to be on St Pat's Day

than in the heartland of the

Emerald Isle. Thousands of

colourful street performers,

marching bands and a few cheeky

leprechauns entertained the crowd,

as did the Guinness. Nick D'Arcy

and Stephanie Rice have been the

standout performers on day one of the Australian swimming

championships in Sydney.

21-year-old D'Arcy now has an

anxious wait to see if he'll be

allowed to go to the world titles

in Rome.

Nick D'Arcy produced one of the swims of the opening day, taking out the 200m butterfly in an Australian record time. COMMENTATOR: Darcy lets the swimming do the talking. He's qualified for Rome - we still don't know if he'll be able to go but he's done the job. Darcy's celebrations tempered by his sentencing next week. He could be jailed for assaulting Simon Cowley.

I've done my best. There's not much

more I can do. Swim queen Stephanie Rice booked her seat on the plane. She may have been to a party of two since Beijing

but she knows how to win. Rice taking out the 200m individual medley and finishing second in the 200m freestyle.

It's been hard to get back in to it

because I've never ben this unfit

before. I've been able to give a

lot more now. The NRL will today

review two separate alcohol-related

incidents which occurred over the

weekend. Brett Seymour is under

investigation for his behaviour

while allegedly intoxicated at a

Sydney nightclub on Sunday. Those

reports followed Roosters' Jake

Friend of being charged with

high-range drink driving. He's been

fined $10,000 from the club but

will be allowed to play this weekend. Nick Stevens has

successfully downgraded a striking

charge at the AFL tribunal but a

prior offence mean he'll still miss the opening two rounds of the season. Nick Stevens arrived at the tribunal ready to roll the dice. And in the end, it came up evens, with the Carlton midfielder still found guilty of striking but convincing the panel his contact with Fremantle's Nick Suban was an unintended open hand and the charge was downgraded to reckless. But already with a week's ban for Round 1 from last year, he will now be out until Round 3. I was very confident that I'd fight the charge and get off it but it's disappointing, as I said earlier, it was definitely an open-handed push and that's just the way it's gone. Melbourne's Clint Bartram accepted a reprimand after pleading guilty to making forceful front-on contact. As for Port Adelaide, they have the cap in hand - forced to hit the AFL up for a multi-million dollar emergency handout.

In terms of a 7-figure sum, that

would be on a per annum basis for

the next three years until we get

the stadium deal sorted out so we

can prosper in the future. West

Australian batsman Adam Voges admit

he may never be selected for

Australia again after making

himself unavailable for the series

against South Africa because it

clashes with his wedding. The

Aussies are preparing for the

thirst Test and mike Hussey says he

hopes Voges gets oorts chance in

the green and gold. That's great

for him. I'm sure there will be

other opportunities - I hope there's definitely other

opportunities for him to play for

Australia. You only get married

once. South Africa coach Mickey

Arthur says he expects Australia to

retain the same XI. Belinda Heggen

with finance. Which bank is

promising to give a little holiday?

Where do I sign up? A holiday of

sorts but not the type where you

bring your book and your bikinis.

Ralph Norris told a business lunch

in Melbourne he was working on a

plan to freeze the mortgages of

people who laws their jobs in the

recession. It wouldn't mean we

would be let off paying the loan

altogether. The bank would freeze

repayments. Ultimately, the bank

would expect to be paid all the

deferred amount plus interest. We shouldn't expect the Government to

throw extra cash at us in the May

budget but economists say another

interest rate cut is likely next

month. Financial markets believe

the Reserve Bank will cut the cash

rate by at least a quarter of one

percent. The RBA aul ghost gave us

another cut last -- almost gave us

another cut last month. To the markets now:

Still ahead - ever dreamed of

flying to work like the Jetsons,

well, you can now? Everyone could

soon be driving the latest space car. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON... FIRST UP, SUFFERERS OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, AND MEDICAL EXPERTS, ARE VISITING THE CAPITAL THIS WEEK ... THEY WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TO COMMIT MORE FUNDING, TO HELPING FIND A CURE. THE GROUP OF VISITORS, WANTS THE COMMONWEALTH, TO MATCH THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS, WHICH THE M-S SOCIETY HAS RAISED AMONG THE COMMUNITY.

THE M-S SOCIETY SAYS, IT NEEDS MORE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, IF IT'S TO FIND A CURE FOR THE MOTOR NEURON DISEASE. A CANBERRA MAN, WHO WAS SHOT BY A LOCAL POLICE OFFICER, DURING A VIOLENT OUTBURST IN CHAPMAN, IS SUING FOR COMPENSATION. JONATHON CROWLEY, HAS BEEN LEFT A QUADRIPLEGIC, AFTER HE WAS SHOT IN THE NECK IN TWO THOUSAND AND ONE. THE MENTALLY ILL MAN, ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED SEVERAL PEOPLE WITH A MARTIAL ARTS STICK, BEFORE POLICE WERE CALLED, AND HE WAS SHOT. TO SPORTS NEWS, AND BRUMBY, MARK CHISHOLM SAYS, HE'LL BE RIGHT TO PLAY THIS WEEKEND, DESPITE EARLY REPORTS OF INJURY CONCERNS. CHISHOLM, IS RECOVERING FROM A KNOCK TO THE HEAD, WITH GUY SHEPHEARDSON, POSSIBLY SIDELINED, WITH A STOMACH INFECTION. BUT BOTH PLAYERS, HAVE HEADED TO SOUTH AFRICA, FOR THE BRUMBIES MATCH, WITH THE JOHANNESBURG LIONS THIS SUNDAY. AND THE RAIDERS, HAVE NAMED THEIR SQUAD, AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND'S CLASH WITH THE SYDNEY ROOSTERS. COACH DAVID FURNER SAYS, THE SIDE PLAYED A GOOD GOOD FIRST HALF OF FOOTBALL, BUT HE SAYS, THEY'LL BE LOOKING TO LEARN FROM THEIR ROUND ONE LOSS TO THE TIGERS. TODAY'S WEATHER... NOW HAVING A LOOK AT

OVER THE BIGHT, MOVES INTO FINE WEATHER - AS A HIGH PUSHING ANY APPROACHING THE TASMAN SEA TODAY, THE SOUTH. FRONTAL ACTIVITY AWAY TO NOW - FINE AND SUNNY FOR LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION TODAY - AND MOSTLY SUNNY CANBERRA AND MELBOURNE BRISBANE CONDITIONS FOR SYDNEY AND ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH CHECKING WHAT'S HAPPENING EXPECTED TODAY - 25 THE TOP WALES - PLENTY OF SUNSHINE ORNAGE FOR THE GONG - 23 FOR BATHURST AND GOULBURN - A 25 DEGREES ON THE WAY FOR 14 WINDY DAY FOR PERISHER WITH NOWRA - 28 FOR PARKES - SUNNY AND 27 FOR MUDGEE AND

AND 13 FOR THREDBO PARKES - FROST THEN SUNNY FOR THREDBO

LOOKING AHEAD - WE CAN EXPECT FINE SUNNY DAYS HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND -

WEEKEND - TOMORROW - WE'RE HEADING FOR A TOP OF 27 AND WE SHOULD REACH 29 ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY .

Headlines every 15 minutes. Police

storm a house unSydney overnight,

looking for a suspect in the murder

of a local Lebanese drug lord. The

dark underbelly of Melbourne shows

again. The brother of a murdered

gangland figure becomes an

assassination target. Josef Fritzl

forced to listen as the daughter he

kept in a dungeon for 24 years

tells her story. Police have raided

a house in Sydney believed to be

linked to the leader of an

organised crime figure. Abdul

Darwiche was gunned down at the

weekend. Officers spent more than

two hours searching the house at

Punchbowl last night. But found

only a small quantity of drugs.

There are fears Melbourne's

gangland war is about to reignite

after a member dodged a hitman's

bullet overnight. Desmond Moran was

sitting in a car in the driveway of

his home when a man wearing a

balaclava approached and fired a

shot through the front windscreen

but missed his target. I thought I

was dead. He would have fired five

or six shots I would have thought.

Police are on the hunt for the

gunman who fled the scene. The

latest Australian soldier to be

killed in Afghanistan became a

father just days ago. Australian

leaders have paid tribute to the

fallen digger. The soldier was shot

when a patrol was attacked by the

Taliban north of Tarin Kowt. They

were engaged by a group of around

20 Taliban insurgents who were

using small arms fire and

rocket-propelled grenades. We're

forever in the debt of this brave

solgwhoor has given his life. The

name of the -- soldier who has

given his life. The name of the

soldier has not been given. Steven

smit says he won't be surprised if

to Afghanistan. he gets a call to send more troops

We haven't received a request from

the US administration. We won't be

surprised if we receive one. We

will judge that request, we will

make our judgment on that request

on its merits if and when we

receive it. Mr Smith says it's in

Australia's national interest to

continue our military commitment in

Afghan stamp. -- Afghanistan. Steve

Fielding has been given more time

in the hope he changes his mind for

the cal opops bill. is the lone crossbencher Holding out, Senator Steve Fielding

with the Government's deal who's still not happy on the alcopops tax. I'm sorry, this is just a joke. What a joke, what a basket case.

Stand up to the alcohol giants and the industry. Dehook alcohol advertising from sports.

Do it now. No ban but the Health Minister has agreed to tougher advertising standards. There's also $50 million more for tackling alcohol abuse, enough to get the Greens and Independent Nick Xenophon back on side. This is the best that could be gotten out of a very serious series of negotiations. A final vote on the bill due tonight was unexpectedly called off, one explanation will take the extra time is that Senator Fielding to reconsider his position. the $300 million collected so far Without the legislation, to distillers. will have to be refunded compels the Leader of the Opposition What kind of values multi-national companies to give a tax break to to teenage girls? that are selling sugary drinks

The Greens are now locked in after

the Government agreed to make minor

changes. Roadblocks in Kinglake

have been lifted. Visitors have

been allowed to see the devastation

for themselves. Most have come to

lend a hand. That's something that

we can do but whether they want it

or not, I don't know? Fears the

town would be bombarded by bushfire

tourists went largely unrealised.

Authorities are still appealing for

visitors to be respectful.

Queensland's Premier has been

forced to defend an election advertisement which personally

attacks the Opposition's Deputy

Leader. Mark McArdle is demanding

an apology. It's a vicious attack

on the Opposition's Deputy Leader.

A former client of Mark McArdle's

company targets his past

involvement in a failed investment

scheme. Anna Bligh should be

apologising for this absolute disgusting campaign she's now

running. But she won't. It goes to

the question of character and good

judgment. This goes right to the

door of the Premier. This says a

lot about the Premier and her

character that she is prepared to

sanction these ads. The Premier

made a whirlwind trip to Cairns

yesterday for a 20-minute press

conference. Labor has dominated

the seat for more than a century.

Terrific job. Pleased it's come

over the line. It's a seat they've

continued to take for granted in

that time. Lawrence Springborg was

also in North Queensland with just

four days until the election, both

will campaign up to the last minute.

The Austrian jury has been offered

counseling to help them deal with

the horrific evidence in the Josef

Fritzl case. He cannot run from

justice but he's still trying to

hide. For a second consecutive day,

Josef Fritzl used his legal file to

shield his face. If anything today,

he held it still tighter. In the

corridor outside the court room, a

photographer did manage to capture

a picture of Fritzl with his face

finally visible. The young

prosecutor is countering that. To

replicate the cellar, she has told

the jurors not just to use their

imagination but their very senses.

Asking them to smell items taken

from the basement, turning off the

court room lights to give them a

hint of the darkness. And also the

prosecution has that astonishingly

brave witness, someone we've never

seen and who is not even here -

Elisabeth Fritzl herself. She is

spending the trial in a nearby

clinic, shielded from the media.

Elisabeth's harrowing account is

finally over. Within 48 hours a

father who raped and brutalized her

will know his fate. The auto

industry is out to prove a little

bit of imagination and an up to

date power pack will see it through

these tough economic times. This

electric George Jetson-style

vehicle is actually a 3-wheeled

motorcycle. It looks like it's

about to take off and it almost

could. It maximises aerodynamics

and speed. So the shape was

designed by the wind. The Aptera

will go on sale in the US later

this year for around $30,000. Well,

what a turn around. Nick D'Arcy has

cruised to victory in the 200

metres butterfly in Sydney.

21-year-old D'Arcy won in

Australian record time but

celebrations were tempered by his sentencing next week where he could

be jailed for assaulting Simon

Cowley. It was very serious and it

did take its time emotionally but

just come and do a time like that

makes it all worth it. Swim queen

Stephanie Rice booked her seat on

the plane to the Rome world titles.

For the second row in a week, the

NRL has been forced to switch its

focus off field. One player has

been charged with high-range drink

driving, while another is being investigated after an alleged

alcohol-fuelled incident at a

Sydney nightclub. The 4-match ban

to Manly's Brett Stewart for being

intoxicated has failed to deter two

players from the dangers of alcohol.

The Roosters' Jake Friend yesterday

charged with high-range drink

driving. Considering all the

circumstances, including his very

serious remorse, his contrition,

we've imposed some penalties we

think will help his rehabilitation.

That included a $10,000 fine but he

has still been named to take on the

Raiders. The NRL will review the

decision today. Brett Seymour also

in some strife. His club has

launched an investigation into his

behaviour after an alcohol-related

incident on Sunday evening. It

follows news the Sharks have lost

prop Ben Ross for the remainer of

the season. He'll undergo spinal

surgery today. We're all praying

for him that he'll be fine and

hopefully he will be. Ross will be

replaced this weekend. A mixed

night for Carlton's Nick Stevens at

the AFL tribunal. The midfielder's

season won't start until Round 3

despite having his striking charge

downgraded. The one-week suspension

will stand but the panel agreed

with the defence that the Blues'

vice-captain's strike was reckless

watt not intentional. Very

disappointed with the outcome but I

guess it got downgraded. Stevens

was already missing Round 1 due to

a ban from last season. And

Victoria's cricketers have

celebrated in style after clinching

the Sheffield Shield. It was just

reward for a team which didn't drop

a point in a season of domestic

dominance. Very proud of this team

and it's been a great year. It's

great to top it off. White was

named the man of the match for his

century in Victoria's first innings.

Bank stocks which have led the way

on Wall Street for the past week

took a breather overnewt but tech

stocks kept the market positive.

Juliana Roadley is here with the

details. Another session of gains

on Wall Street, better than

expected housing figures. There's

still an optimistic mood about,

isn't there? There is. The US is

getting back on track. Investors

happy to get into technical stocks.

The surprising jump in new homes

being built in the month of

February, up by 22%, boosted by the

demand for apartments which was up

by 83%. This is really rallied the

building, the DIY stocks today. The

oil price closing at its highest

level since December 1. The Dow up

140 points and the Nasdaq now up by

45 points. Give us more good news -

how is our market shaping up? We

hope we can hold on to those gains

from yesterday where we closed up

2.9% higher or 96 points. We got an

upgrade for our banks yesterday. A

ratings agency said the Aussie

banks were amongst the 30 strongest

around the globe. Our market is set

to open up 20 points higher.

Hopefully we won't see too much reduction coming through in the

gold stocks with the gold price off

by a bit. That's the day in finance.

Good to see the whole finance crew

with smiles on their faces for a

change. Thanks.

Recapping - the brother of

Melbourne gangland war victim Lewis

Moran has been shot at outside his

home in Melbourne overnight. The

nation mourns the loss of our ninth

soldier in Afghanistan as the

Government admits it's likely we'll

be asked to send more troops there

soon. Police in Sydney swoop,

raiding the home of a suspect in

their hunt for the killer of a

local Lebanese drug lord. And

that's it for Ten's Early News. See

you bright and early tomorrow

morning. Have a great day.

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