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News stand: What the papers say

More than 200,000 litres of industrial waste poured into the the River Dee in north Wales, killing fish and forcing water companies to stop abstracting drinking water. The spill, from a site belonging to rubber and chemicals company Flexsys, is the second to devastate the Dee in two years.

More than 100 people are feared dead following a massive avalanche that hit a tourist resort in southern Russia. A 32km long, 150m deep glacier came crashing down a mountainside on Friday night, smashing a path through the village of Nizhny Karmadon.

Flooding now threatens 3,000 more people after principal rivers the Genaldon and Gizeldon became blocked by ice.

Motorists who fail to pay a £5 daily toll for driving in Central London will have their vehicles impounded. A clamping and removal team will target people who have been sent three or more £80 penalty notices for not paying the congestion charge.

Czech economists estimate damage done by August's devastating floods will cost at least £2.3bn to make good. Indirect costs of the flooding will be far greater, warned the Czech Statistical Office. Economic growth in the Czech Republic is expected to slow from 2.5% to 1.5%.

Investigations have been launched to discover how a nine year old boy came to be working on a Scunthorpe roadresurfacing contract. Passersby were astonished to see the boy wielding an industrial sweeper, cleaning away debris as the roadworks advanced.

Milton Keynes should grow into a city the size of Coventry to help accommodate the south east's growing population, the government has been told.

Consultants appointed by three regional assemblies have drafted an £8.3bn expansion plan, involving construction of 370,000 new homes in Milton Keynes and nearby towns Northampton, Bedford and Luton.

Even though the administrators were called in, the faltering Railtrack last year doubled the pay packages of its senior board directors to just under £3M. Compensation worth £640,000 paid to three directors who left last year and a 40% rise in the package of Steve Marshall, who stood down as chief executive in March, accounts for much of the hike.

Union demands that the private finance initiative (PFI) be scrapped are unacceptable, Gordon Brown warned this week. The chancellor's statement brings the government increasingly close to a high profile showdown with unions over procurement of public services.

The drinking water quality regulator has issued an alarming 'guarantee' that the cryptosporidium outbreak which recently contaminated Glasgow water supplies will happen again unless a new filtration plant is built. There is a 'pressing and urgent need' for a new filtration plant at Mugdock Reservoir, which supplies 700,000 Glaswegians.

Insurance premiums for homes at risk of flooding are likely to rise ahead of normal annual increases by up to 5%.

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