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What the papers say

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The Economist

America's biggest new rail network since its civil war is on the cards with the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation's plans to refurbish 600 miles of track and build 200 more. The $1.5bn (£1bn) scheme will connect Minnesota to Wyoming's Powder River basin, the country's most prosperous coal region.

The Telegraph

Railtrack adminstrator Ernst & Young appeared to contradict statements made by transport secretary Stephen Byers when it denied it had found the company's finances worse than expected or that the company needed new funds from the taxpayer to keep the railways operating.

Guardian

A Hebridean island is set to become the global capital of renewable energy with advanced plans for the world's largest onshore wind farm acting as a catalyst to attract wave and tital power stations. The £500M project's first stage would see 250 of the world's largest wind turbines towering over thousands of acres of land near Stornoway on the Island of Lewis.

The Natural History Museum's extraordinary collection of insects and plants will be housed in a £50M cocoon of translucent curves, visible through a glass box-like building designed by the Scandinavian architect CF Moller and Partners, the museum has announced.

Peterborough Cathedral was damaged by a fire inside the building that started minutes after it was locked up. 'The organ was badly charred and smoke damage to the cathedral is immense, ' said Cambridgeshire fire and rescue officer Ray McDonnell. The cathedral was saved because the fire was caught before it could spread to the roof.

The Times

Ken Livingstone sacked Norris from the board of Transport for London accusing the former Tory minister of making 'gratuitous attacks' on his policies on London Underground and the inner-city toll.

The European Commission has threatened France with heavy fines for suspending Britain's rail freight link with the Continent. Freight trains through the Channel Tunnel have been at a standstill because the French authorities say they cannot protect the Frethun goods yard at Calais from asylumseekers.

Two people were killed and 21 injured by a tornado that swept through the Mississippi town of Madison in the US. Twelve people were killed by tornadoes spawned by storms across the American South.

Financial Times

The Football Association has completed work on a financial package that will allow it to build the national stadium at Wembley without having to ask the government for more money. The FA needs only the 'tacit support' of the government to convince the financial community that its preferred scheme at Wembley rather than Birmingham is achievable.

Independent

Ireland's prime minister Bertie Ahern has called on the people of Britain to help him to get the Sellafield nuclear plant shut down as a 'danger to the entire population of these islands'.

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