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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: EASTER LOOKING GOOD

PHOTO: Di Morton snapped Bulahdelah pre-dawn.  The Easter forecast is looking very nice. Light winds and mostly sunny skies with comfortable temperatures. The chance of showers along the coast is incredibly small with only Monday being likely to produce an actual decent shower.

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ALLEGED DRUG DRIVER IN COMA AFTER RAMPAGE ON GOLD COAST

A man who allegedly went on a high-speed rampage on Queensland’s busiest highway remains in an induced coma, despite being due to face court. Vito Virzi, 35, was placed in an induced coma due to his level of drug intoxication while allegedly driving in excess of 200km/h on the M1 on Monday. Terrified witnesses filmed the car speeding on the wrong side of the road before a man was tackled to the ground by police at Gaven. Police allege Mr Virzi sped southbound on the M1 from Ormeau, forcing other cars off the road before eventually running out of petrol. “We were terrified, especially because when he came past us he was centimetres from our car (and) travelling that fast,” witness Emily Barr said. Officers used pepper spray and deployed a taser in an attempt to control Mr Virzi. Four …

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CHEAP FUEL AT EASTER? NRMA SAYS HOP TO IT.

It’s the weekend for Easter egg hunts – and the NRMA is urging Hunter motorists to also be on the lookout for cheap fuel. Maitland and Newcastle are currently among the top five cheapest places in the state to buy unleaded, with Maitland averaging around $1.15. But the NRMA says anyone hitting the road for the long weekend should buy as early as possible, as prices are expected to increase. Fuel costs at key stops on the north and south coast have already gone up.

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NEWCASTLE’S CRUMBLING ICON

Newcastle’s iconic Nobby’s headland is slowly starting to crumble…with the Port Authority of New South Wales investigating significant erosion under the lighthouse. The famous cliff face has been the subject of a number of rockfalls in recent months. The Port Authority, which controls the site, says it’s speaking with local stakeholders to determine the next cause of action.

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