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What the papers say

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The Times

Leicester City Football Club is to start building its planned 32,000 seat stadium next week after US fund manager Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association agreed to provide a 25 year bond to help finance the £38M project.

More than 40,000 passengers a day are sold the wrong train ticket for their journey and many are being overcharged, a survey by the Association of Train Operating Companies has revealed. More than half of wheelchair users are also given the wrong discount.

Black cab fares for evening journeys in London are to rise by 50% under a scheme introduced by mayor Ken Livingstone in a bid to boost the number of cabs at night. The average fare between 8pm and 6am will rise by £4.

The Independent

Electricity pylons may have helped to spread foot and mouth disease, a professor at Bristol university has claimed.

The virus may be electrically charged by power lines as it is carried by the wind, making it more likely to 'stick' to animals.

The Scottish Executive has launched a final consultation on plans for Scotland's first National Park, covering Loch Lomond and the Troussachs. The site boundaries show the park will be bigger than first thought, covering 1,500km

Daily Telegraph

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is to be opened to the public for the first time in more than a decade, after engineers reduced its lean by 510mm.

Virgin Trains offered to take over some of Railtrack's maintenance responsibilities last week to ease pressure on the infrastructure group.

Financial times

Railtrack may be taken to court if it cannot agree a multi million pound settlement with train operator FirstGroup over the continuing post-Hatfield maintenance disruption.

JCB has appointed one of PricewaterhouseCoopers' most senior UK partners as its new finance director, fuelling speculation that could be changing its corporate structure.

The Irish Times

Local fishermen are opposing plans to build a £31M gas fired power plant in County Mayo.

The fisherman are concerned that the water would be polluted by the plant.

The Observer

Levels of smoke particles and sulphur dioxide in London's air have fallen by 95%, according to Bjorn Lomborg, professor of statistics at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Evening Standard

Lambeth Council wants to protect views of the London Eye in London by a similar law to the one which protects those of St Pauls and the Houses of Parliament. This would mean that future development around the site will not be allowed to block views of the Eye.

The Guardian

The high speed £2.5bn train line between Lyon and Marseille opened last week, cutting the journey from Paris to the south of France to just three hours.

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