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In the papers today - Thursday 19 April

Two of the five members of Metronet, the consortium modernising the Tube have admitted its finances are creaking as costs of the £17bn upgrade escalate.
Atkins warned full-year results would be hit by a £36M loss relating to Metronet. Balfour Beatty said Metronet's finances are 'under increasing pressure' - The TelegraphTwo uranium enrichment plants, a nuclear power station and an atomic defence installation all secretly removed and stored body parts of dead former workers, the government admitted yesterday. Employees from Aldermaston in Berkshire, then the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment and the uranium storage facilities at Capenhurst, Cheshire and Springfields, Lancashire, had vital organs removed and sent for testing - The TimesGovernment scientists in the 1970s and 1980s tested plutonium levels in tissue samples taken from the organs of Sellafield workers to establish whether they were being exposed to the highly radioactive material - The GuardianPort authorities and transport operators are pressing to clear up uncertainties about the financing of road and rail improvements needed to avoid raising the cost of imports and moving goods around the country. The Hutchinson Whampoa-owned Port of Felixstowe has imposed a surcharge of £5.50 on each container arriving, to cries of protest from shippers and hauliers - The Financial TimesWeekly rubbish collections have been ended for households in four out of 10 councils in England, according to Government estimates made public yesterday. The huge increase comes after more than half the councils in England and Wales either switched to collecting waste every other week or announced plans to do so - The TelegraphIn what must be the slowest police chase ever, a nationwide hunt has begun for 47ft narrow boat that has vanished with a holidaymaker at the helm. Skippered by a builder and decorator who hired it more than five weeks ago, the craft was reported missing on 24 March, but has disappeared.The TelegraphAn Australian adventurer emerged from the bottom of a lake yesterday after spending nearly two weeks living underwater, riding a bicycle to generate electricity and using algae to produce oxygen - The TelegraphAmicus and the Transport & General Workers Union, have agreed to set in motion plans that they said could lead to a 'legal merger' with the US-based United Steelworkers Union. The two British unions are merging next month to create Unite, Britiain's biggest trade union with 2.1M members. - The Financial TimesA plan to build a £53M wind farm on a Highland estate took a step forward yesterday when councillors ignored officials' advice and backed the project. British-Dutch developer Infinergy/LZN had applied to erect 22 wind turbines, up to 125m high, with a capacity of 66MW on the Loch-luichart Estate, near Garve in Wester Ross - The Scotsman

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