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Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

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EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #CJD: The HSE is investigating whether patients at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin may have been operated on with surgical instruments contaminated with the brain disease CJD after a patient was diagnosed with the terminal illness. Patients who may be at risk will be contacted today and a helpline has been opened for anyone with concerns. The helpline number is 1800 302 602.

2. #BANKRUPT: The city of Detroit has become the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy. Detroit stopped making payments on some of its $18.5 billion of debt in June and Governor Rick Snyder says it is now insolvent.

3. #FARE HIKES: Bus, train and tram fares look set to rise after CIE and Luas operators asked the National Transport Authority for permission to increase the price of tickets next year, the Irish Independent reports.

4. #GARDA KILLER: Senior Gardaí have reacted angrily to the news that a man who killed a garda in the 1980s may be eligible for remission after a Supreme Court judgement. The AGSI said a sentence imposed for killing a member of the State’s security forces should never be commuted.

5. #TRAGEDY: A post-mortem is to be carried out today on a 14-year-old boy who died after he was electrocuted on a farm in Limerick on Thursday. The Health and Safety Authority is investigating the incident but no foul play is suspected.

6. #PHOTOGRAPHS: A US police photographer has leaked images of the capture of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in protest at the cover of Rolling Stone magazine which featured the suspected bomber. The images show Tsarnaev emerging from the boat where he was hiding with a red dot from a sniper rifle visible on his face.

7. #CHILDREN AT RISK: Five children were involved in potentially life-threatening incidents after they were sent to HSE-run high-support care centres around the country last year, according to reports seen by the Irish Independent. One child went missing for several weeks while others self-harmed and set fire to their surroundings.

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8. #HOT IN HERRRRRE: Break out the sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses: temperatures are going to get so high across the country today that Met Éireann has issued a weather warning. Yes, really. Temperatures are set to reach between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius today and tomorrow, with the hot weather expected to last into next week.

9. #DISCOVERY: Archaeologists have found a wicker fish trap believed to be around 6,500 years old at a construction site in Dublin city centre. The trap was discovered at the deepest point of the excavation at the Diageo plant on Victoria Quay. The archaeologist who monitors the site says it is a “fantastic piece of archaeology” and “amazing” that it had survived beneath three metres of soil.

(Image: Diageo)

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