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In the papers - Friday 9 November

The ghost of Concorde has been enlisted to help justify a third runway at Heathrow and an extra 500 flights a day over London...

The supersonic fleet was sent to museums in 2003, but it is being included in the Department for Transport's comparisons for noise levels at the airport. One Concorde flight produced as much noise disturbance as 120 Boeing 757s, according to the DfT's method of calculating noise - The Times

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott's £2.2bn plan to bulldoze tens of thousands of homes to smarten up areas in the North of England has had little impact and "heightened stress", the public spending watchdog says today - The Times

International Power has posted a strong set of third quarter results and said it was considering developing wind power in the UK. The company recently bought farms in Italy and Germany but so far has not developed in the UK because of planning difficulties – Daily Telegraph

Airports operator BAA has sold its minority interests in six Australian airports – Melbourne, Launceston, Perth and three small airports in the Northern Territory for £340M – Daily Telegraph

Politicians and the media have a right to criticise the funding and running of the London Olympics without being braded "anti-2012", according to British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan. Olympic 2012 board member and Conservative former sports minister Moynihan said: "We all want to make the games a success. But we need to be transparent and listen, and reflect public opinion to make sure these are a very great Olympics." - The Financial Times

Developers in Bucharest are complaining it is hard to find the labour for their building sites due to mass emigration to western European states like the UK. Wage growth in the construction sector has outpaced overall wage inflation, with workers earning 50% more than a year ago, according to Diwaker Singh, a Bucharest real estate developer - The Financial Times

Local authorities have demanded greater power over bus operators after warning that the local transport bill published yesterday paves the way for unpopular road-pricing schemes while hampering bus service changes requested by the public. The Conservatives also attacked the bill, warning that it threatens "another stealth tax on motorists" by allowing pay-as-you-drive schemes whose proceeds could flow back to the Treasury - The Guardian

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