Morning Headlines: Tuesday 17th October 2017

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Dangerous Driving Conditions

Driving conditions are especially hazardous in Lapland this morning. Overnight low temperatures have resulted in icy road surfaces especially around Sodankylä, Pelkosenniemi, Savukoski, Enontekiö, Inari and Utsjoki. According to meteorologists, the bad conditions will likely continue well into the morning. There was snowfall in northern and central Lapland in the early hours of the morning, but no snow forecast for the rest of the day as the weather system moves east. There’s about 14cm of snow already around Sodankylä and Kittilä.

Life Means Life

Three out of five Finns believe that life in prison should genuinely be life long, according to a new survey by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group out this morning. One in five said they did not want someone to be sent to prison for the rest of their lives, while the same number said they didn’t have an opinion on it.

New Turku Mayor

The southwest city of Turku has a new mayor. Minna Arve was voted by the city council last night to replace outgoing mayor Aleksi Randell (NCP). Arve is currently working as the Director of Turku Chamber of Commerce.

Prosecutor Trial Begins

The trial begins today for Finland’s former Prosecutor General, who is charged with misconduct after a corruption investigation. Matti Nissinen is accused of awarding lucrative staff training contracts to a company owned by his brother. Nissinen denies the charges. The court process will start this afternoon. Finnish law states that an indictment against the Prosecutor General should be dealt with in the Supreme Court.

Homeless Awareness

Many Finnish charities will mark National Homeless Night tonight, which is part of the United Nations’ Day Against Poverty and Exclusion. In Finland, the emphasis is on reminding citizens that homeless people have a fundamental right to a permanent home. The National Homeless Night has been organised since 2002.

Tuesday Morning Weather
A mixed start to the weather for Tuesday morning according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. There’s some tricky driving conditions in parts of Lapland, while North Karelia and Kainuu have high wind warnings. In southern and central parts of the country expect more rain especially in the afternoon and evening. According to meteorologists, rainfall will continue until tomorrow morning.