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In the papers - Wednesday 2 April 2008

British Airways is sending thousands of suitcases by lorry to a warehouse in Milan because its staff at Heathrow are unable to cope with the backlog of at least 20,000 bags that missed flights from Terminal 5...

... Bags belonging to passengers on domestic flights are being driven to Manchester and Scotland, where they will be sorted, screened and dispatched eventually to their owners - The Times

Councils are spending more on compensating people for injuries and damage to vehicles caused by potholes than they are on repairing them, a survey has found. Fewer holes were filled last year in England and Wales than in the previous year - 854,000 against 944,000. Councils paid £53M in compensation and spent £12M handling claims in 2007, compared with £52M on fixing potholes - The Times

Plans for a grand procession of the Olympic torch through Terminal 5 this weekend have been ditched for a more low-key entry to Britain as Heathrow's newest arrivals hall remained mired in chaos. Organisers of the London leg of the torch relay on Sunday have decided to route the Olympic flame through the Royal Suite, which is used by the Queen - The Times

Gordon Brown led opposition yesterday to calls from a heavyweight Lords committee for a cap on non-European Union immigration. He lined up with prominent business figures in rejecting suggestions from the Lords Economic Affairs committee that record numbers of immigrants have had little or no impact on the economy - The Times

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has outlined a new corporate structure in a response to increased competition within the international nuclear decommissioning industry. UK Atomic Energy Authority, which comes under the Department for Business and Enterprise, is setting up a series of subsidiaries to take on different aspects pf its work - The Guardian

Mobile barriers collectively known as the Moses project are under construction across three channels accessing the Venice lagoon to protect the city's churches and piazzas from flood tides. Two of the barriers, which rise from the sea bed at high water, are protected by breakwaters which have inadvertently given Venice an instant barrier reef that boasts 150 species of fish, sea creatures and colourful algae - The Guardian

Hilary Benn, the environment secretary, will claim today that profiteering energy companies will be required to spend nearly £1bn a year over the next three years to help individuals fight climate change, twice the amount required under previous schemes. Benn will argue that everyone has to do more to fight climate change in their everyday lives - The Guardian

Copper pipes and wiring found in many homes are now more valuable than the homes themselves. Across the country thieves are stripping empty houses of the copper, aluminium and brass in their plumbing and heating systems to take advantage of the crashing property market and soaring price of scrap metal, much of which is sold to China and India - The Daily Telegraph

Ferrovial is in negotiations with JPMorgan Asset Management to sell the George Best Belfast City Airport as part of its efforts to reduce its debt burden of more than £24bn. Ferrovial is the owner of the embattled British Airports Authority, which operates the Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports, as well as Heathrow - The Independent

Plans for 100 "green neighbourhoods" will be laid out today by Hilary Benn, environment secretary,as the government face criticism for failing to cut carbon emissions from Britain's old housing stock. Mr Benn will invite areas to enter a national competition to become green neighbourhoods, which would have to commit themselves to rapid cuts of 60% in emissions to help the UK meet its environmental targets - The Financial Times

The Thorp nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Sellafield has restarted commercial operations three years after it was closed following a radioactive leak - a development that should ease the funding crisis at the government's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant, or Thorp, at the nuclear complex in west Cumbria, is a large source of income for the owner NDA, which is responsible for cleaning up the UK's nuclear reactor sites and dealing with radioactive waste - The Financial Times

Metronet the collapsed London Underground maintenance and upgrade contractor, yesterday took a significant step towards leaving administration after resolving a dispute over £3.4bn contract to supply new trains and signaling - The Financial Times

National Grid has agreed to sell its Ravenswood power station in New York to TransCanada, the Calgary-based gas group, for $2.9bn (£1.47bn) - The Financial Times

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