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What the papers say

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THE INDEPENDENT

Selfridges in London will be selling pieces of road at between £40 and £60 next month as household ornaments. The tarmac pieces, complete with red or yellow parking lines, are collectable because they are the Roman artefacts of the future, artists have said.

Student debt has risen so much that many graduates start working careers owing more than £10,000, a survey by NatWest has revealed. NatWest interviewed 2,000 students and discovered that only 15% leave without owing money.

Construction of a £3M Hindu temple started this week in Bradford, funded by £1.5M donations from the local Hindu community. The large donations mean work has begun without a penny of grant aid.

THE TIMES

Almost £30M of public money was spent on the Millennium Dome last year just to keep it standing empty, the National Audit Office has said. It is likely to remain mothballed for a further 12 months, it added.

Victims of asbestos related cancer have rejected 11th hour attempts to settle their claims and halt a hearing in the House of Lords. The three victims rejected £150,000 apiece and said that as they have a test case, the case should go before a court.

Britain's youngest listed building may have to be demolished because it is suffering from 'concrete cancer'. The Express Lift Tower in Northampton, the only lift-testing tower in Britain, is said to be suffering from surface cracking, a symptom of the disease.

A woman train driver is seeking £15,000 compensation for bruising a fingernail at work that later fell off. The ScotRail driver claims she suffered pain and inconvenience and had to take painkillers after she jammed her left hand in a seat. ScotRail is fighting the action.

A stretch of road with four speed cameras for every mile of tarmac is England's most photographed highway. Drivers exceeding the limit on three miles of the A34 from Bloxwich to Cannock in Staffordshire risk being flashed by 12 cameras.

FINANCIAL TIMES

The Football Association may be given more time to finalise delayed plans to rebuild Wembley Stadium.

Originally, the plans had to be finished by 30 April but the government may give an extension.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Airports operator BAA has warned that its landing charges will rise as a result of plans to spend £8.1bn over the next 11 years at London airports.

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale has struck near Plattsburgh, New York.

There are more trees in Scotland than at any time since Robert the Bruce's day in the 14th century, the Forestry Commission has said. The area of woodland has nearly trebled in 100 years, with trees covering more than 17% of the land area.

THE BUSINESS

Babcock & Brown and Morgan Stanley have offered to raise between £20M and £10bn for the government and Strategic Rail Authority to improve the UK rail network. The partners have offered to enhance the government's 10 year plan by paying for a series of extra railway lines.

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