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Civils in the papers today - Thursday 16 April 2009

Police in L’Aquila sealed off the ruins of the student hostel in which eight young people died in the earthquake last week as prosecutors opened an investigation into whether shoddy construction and negligence were responsible for their deaths…

It emerged yesterday that the hostel had been evacuated a week before the earthquake after powerful tremors had terrified the occupants - The Times

The rebirth of Britain’s nuclear power industry moved closer yesterday after the Government announced a list of sites for new reactors. Each of the 11 proposed nuclear power stations, which will be built on sites from West Cumbria to the Kent coast, will cost nearly £4.5bn and have a capacity of up to 1,600MW of electricity, enough to supply two million homes for up to 60 years - The Times

Network Rail is preparing to defy ministers by awarding bonuses to directors amid criticism of its performance and public anger over executive pay. The owner of Britain’s rail system made the case for payouts in a letter sent to trade unuion officials and train companies, seen by the Guardian - The Guardian

The date for a public inquiry into the building of a second runway at Stansted airport will be announced by the end of next month, the Government said. The inquiry was delayed to allow BAA, the owners of Stansted, to consider the implications of a Competition Commission ruling that it should be sold, it added - The Times

Thameslink, the key cross-London rail route, could become the world’s first mainline commuter network to hand most train driving to computers, if upgrade plans get the go-ahead. Managers in charge of the £5.5bn upgrade for Network Rail, owner of Britain’s rail network, believe computer control is probably necessary to ensure reliability on the north-south, cross London route, due to be handling 24 trains an hour from 2015. Computers allow routes to be used more intensively - Financial Times

A parish council is seeking to stop speeding motorists by refusing to fill in potholes. Navestock Parish Council in Essex claims that leaving gaping holes in the roads will force motorists to slow down and provide “original traffic calming measures” - The Daily Telegraph

American scientists are planning to grow vegetables on the Moon to see whether a colony could produce its own food. Paragon Space Development unveiled plans to land mini greenhouses on the Moon that would be capable of growing hardy vegetables from the brassica family, such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage - The Daily Telegraph

Gatwick faces the biggest fall in traffic this summer out of Europe’s top 15 airports, in a further blow to BAA’s attempts to sell the Sussex airport. Data from the Official Airline Guide shows that carriers have cut scheduled capacity from Gatwick by almost 15% year-on -year this summer, partly due to relocating flights to Heathrow after the “open skies” deal that liberalised EU-US services - The Daily Telegraph



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