EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.
1. #APRIL JONES: Police in Wales have begun another day of searching for five-year-old April Jones who has been missing since Monday. Investigators have until just before 5pm to question Mark Bridger, who has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
2. #HEROIN: Two people are in a serious condition in hospital in Cork after exposure to a strong batch of heroin. The HSE has issued a warning to drug users, while medical workers have also been told to be on the look out for signs of overdose.
3. #SCHOOLBOOKS.IE: The National Consumer Agency says it’s received around 250 queries in relation to problems with Schoolbooks.ie. A number of parents have told their stories to TheJournal.ie, and some have gone to the Small Claims Court in order to get refunds for books that never arrived.
4. #COURT: A man is due before Dublin District Court this morning in connection with the murder of John Wilson in Ballyfermot on 8 September. the suspect will be charged over the shooting. Another four men who were arrested on Wednesday are still being held.
5. #ABORTION: Catholic churchgoers will be greeted with anti-abortion messages this weekend with the launch of the church’s pro-life campaign, according to the Irish Times. Meanwhile the British health secretary Jeremy Hunt has backed a 12-week legal limit on abortions, halving the limit from 24 weeks. The Guardian reports that there is concern that the move could see women rushing into abortions they might later regret.
6. #EXTRADITION: Radical cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are being extradited from the UK to the US to face terrorism charges. The five were put on planes to Connecticut and New York last night, reports the BBC.
7. #IPHONE: Workers at a factory in China which manufactures iPhones have gone on strike after Apple demanded stricter quality controls for the iPhone 5 handsets. Engadget reports that there were some injuries in a dispute between line workers and quality control inspectors.
8. #NORRIS: The Irish Times has today printed an extract of David Norris’ autobiography A Kick Against the Pricks in which the senator and former presidential candidate reflects on the controversial campaign. He also describes the circumstances surrounding the release of one of theletters he wrote asking for clemency for his former partner Ezra Nawi in Israel.
9. #GERRY RYAN: Meanwhile the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror reports today on a book written by the partner of the late Gerry Ryan Melanie Verwoerd in which she writes that they were planning to get married. It’s also been revealed that Ryan, who died in 2010, is to be inducted into the PPI Radio ‘Hall of Fame’.