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Georgina Smyth is a web producer and reporter in Newcastle. She studied Journalism at Newcastle University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and worked in local radio for two years before joining NBN in 2013.

WEATHER: SOUTHERLY CHANGE

PHOTO: Di Lymbury snapped the rockpools at Flat Rock, Ballina – reflecting the colours of a stunning sunrise. The southerly change will move up the NSW coast producing good rain while cooling things down for a couple of days. Remaining hot for inland northern NSW but storm will also form helping to ease conditions slightly. The heat will not fully be cleared so therefore it will roll back in by the weekend.

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ELDERLY MAN CHARGED WITH INDECENT ASSAULT

A 79-year-old man will face Gosford Local Court, later this month, accused of indecently assaulting a female employee at a supermarket. The man entered the supermarket on Terrigal Drive at Erina at about 8.30 yesterday and approached the woman before he allegedly indecently assaulted her. The man was arrested several hours later at a house on Karalta Road and charged with assault with act of indecency. He was granted bail and will reappear in court later this month.

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MAN FOUND UNCONSCIOUS AFTER VIOLENT ROBBERY

Police are looking for two men, after a 48-year-old man was robbed and later found unconscious in the Northern Tablelands at the weekend. The man was found unconscious on Kentucky Street, Armidale at about 11.30pm on Saturday, after he was approached by two males, robbed and assaulted. The man was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The first male is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, aged about 17, with dark curly shoulder length hair. He was seen wearing a black mesh singlet with the number 96 on the front, and black shorts with white stripes. The second male is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged about 13, wearing a white singlet, with sandy coloured hair.

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MAN ALLEGEDLY FIRES SHOT THROUGH WINDOW IN MUSWELLBROOK

A 36-year-old man will face Muswellbrook Local Court today, accused of firing a shot through a window, after an alleged domestic violence incident overnight. Police were called to the property on Inlet Road, Bulga, at about 11pm, after the man and a 26-year-old woman had an alleged physical altercation. It’s alleged the man took out a 22 magnum rifle from the verandah and fired a single shot, before removing a second rifle from a safe. The man was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station where he was charged with a string of offences including, intimidation, possess unregistered firearm and arming himself with the intent to commit an offences.

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RESIDENTS AND FANS FIRED UP OVER NEWCASTLE V8 RACE

Newcastle East residents got a taste of life near the V8 track today, with race opponents blasting a recording of roaring engines through the suburb. The impassioned demonstration turned ugly, as Supercars fans clashed with protestors.   A very colourful protest of Newcastle's V8 Supercars race today. Both sides of debate equally passionate. Full story at SIX. @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/COf4YYI3Kq — GeorginaSmythNBN (@GeorgieSmyth) February 3, 2017 Things are firing up at Newcastle V8 race protest, fans clash with residents as engines blare. @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/UixIizxrRL — GeorginaSmythNBN (@GeorgieSmyth) February 2, 2017

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WEATHER: 40 DEGREE DAYS ROLL ON INLAND

PHOTO: Geoff Patchett snapped by backlit clouds and rain storm taken at Wallalong.  The coast from Gosfod to Port Macquarie is the envy of those living inland across the NW enduring the hottest run of temperatures ever experienced. Electricity use is at an all time high as residents do their best to keep properties and businesses cool. The 40 degree days will continue for another week and the cooler southerly winds keeping temperatures down across the Great Hunter and MNC will be replaced by the hot NW wind driving the mercury back into the 30s and 40s over the weekend.

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KRISTEN KEEGAN REMEMBERED AS DRIVEN SPOKESPERSON FOR NEWCASTLE

(PHOTO: Hunter Headline.) Newcastle small business advocate, Kristen Keegan, is being remembered as a driven spokesperson for the region, after she lost her fight to brain cancer. The former CEO of the Hunter Business Chamber (HBC) was also announced as CEO of Dantia, Lake Macquarie City Council’s economic development arm in the middle of last year. Ms Keegan was the first female chief executive of HBC and was outspoken on Newcastle issues including inner city redevelopment, the light rail debate and securing funding for the city. The 46-year-old had a short battle with an aggressive brain cancer and passed away yesterday morning. Ms Keegan’s close friend and former colleague at HBC, Anita Hugo, says she was one of a kind. “She was an inspirational leader whose dedication has left a legacy of great growth and promise for generations to come. …

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