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In the papers today - 27 July

An endangered snail that almost prevented construction of the A34 Newbury bypass is now extinct despite developers promises to protect it, campaigners said yesterday.
Desmoulin's whorl snail, a mollusc no bigger than a match head, became the unlikely hero of protesters when it was discovered living a quiet life in the path of the planned bypass 10 years ago. The Highways Agency was given permission to move the snails to a specially-constructed site two miles away. It promised to protect the snails at a cost of £250,000The TelegrpahCentrica, the owner of the British Gas Brand, is set to cause fresh outcry today by announcing new price rises for its 17 million domestic customers. The company, Britain's biggest energy supplier, is expected to put up gas prices by 12% and electricity prices by 9%. The latest increases come on top of a 22% rise in tariffs for gas and electricity in February IndependentThe National Grid urged electricity companies for the second time in just over a week to increase power generation to avoid a shortage as air conditioners are cranked up to beat the heatwave. Power companies have switched off some of their generators - as demand for electricity in summer is lower - to carry out maintenance. Power companies have brought some of their generation capacity back into operation yesterday which enabled the national grid to withdraw its demand by midday The TimesRelated links:Today's top stories

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