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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: DANGEROUS WEATHER SYSTEM DEVELOPING

PHOTO: Calm before the storm at Tuncurry, snapped by Judy Butler.  The cloud cover remains thick over north eastern QLD as ex Cyclone Debbie moves inland. A front has passed the SE delivering a strong southerly change and will collide with the tropical air mass moving down from the north. The a big front moving in from the south and X Debbie are going to collide making for some big storms and heavy down pours. This rain will begin to make its way across the NSW QLD border affecting most of the NBN broadcast region tomorrow into Friday. The low may then re strengthen as it passes over the Northern Rivers to find the warm waters of the Coral and Tasman. Residents in NE NSW should prepare for more severe weather.

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OVER 1000 ECSTASY PILLS FOUND IN BROADMEADOW

More than 1000 ecstasy tablets and three firearms have been seized, after a house was searched at Broadmeadow. Police allegedly found drugs including ecstasy and methylamphetamine, as well as firearms and what’s believed to be a pill press machine, when they searched the property on Teralba Road at Broadmeadow, just after 9am yesterday. It’s also alleged a hydroponic set up was also found in the garage of the house and 41 cannabis plants were seized. A 44-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences including the commercial supply of drugs, cannabis cultivation and firearms offences. He’ll face court today.

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POLICE HUNT FOR ARMED ROBBER

Police are on the hunt for a man who held up a restaurant on the Central Coast last night. The man entered the eatery on Liamena Avenue at San Remo at about 8pm and threatened staff with a knife before stealing cash and leaving. No-one was injured in the incident. The man is described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 170cm tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a white jumper and black tracksuit pants.

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WALLSEND UNIT SPRAYED WITH BULLETS

PHOTO: Bullet holes can be seen in four windows of this Wallsend unit.  Up to 26 shots have been fired into a unit at Wallsend overnight. Emergency services were called to the apartment on Longworth Avenue at about 11.40, following reports of gunfire. Police have been told a number of shots were fired into the unit, but no-one was injured. Forensic officers were examining the crime scene this morning.    

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NEW GUIDELINES FOR PFOS CONTAMINATION

Researchers say Port Stephens red zone residents should be buoyed by new guidelines for dealing with PFOS and PFAS contamination. Five years in the making, the document includes contributions from the government and private sector, and could form the basis for new policies in dealing with chemical spills, like that at RAAF Base Williamtown. It includes how to assess potentially-contaminated sites, and mitigate risks associated with them. “It allows or it enables consulters, regulators and also owners of contaminated sites to take into consideration what are the potential pathways that can lead to those risks”, says Professor Ravi Naidu CRC CARE CEO.

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STAMFORD PUTS HIS PAWS UP FOR RETIREMENT

Newcastle’s best-known guide dog was the centre of attention today, to mark his retirement. Stamford, the golden lab, has shared the spotlight with his musician owner, Matt McLaren, for 10 years. His retirement party at a Carrington hotel, which doubled as a fundraiser for Guide Dogs New South Wales, was open invitation – and the cake certainly got the seal of approval. With his harness now off, Stamford was also free to receive plenty of well-earned pats.

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ICONIC STACKS TO DISAPPEAR

The Central Coast’s iconic Munmorah Power Station stacks will disappear for good this weekend, when a controlled detonation is carried out. The levelling of the two 155 metre chimney’s is the next stage in the removal of the former power plant. The structure will be completely gone by August next year, and the site will be re-purposed for community use. In its heyday, the station supplied up to 40 per cent of the state’s energy. It was retired in 2012 due to high running costs.

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LITTLE ENVIRONMENTALISTS COUNT DOWN TO EARTH HOUR

You’re never too young to learn about the environment, according to students at Lake Macquarie Educational Preschool. The centre powered off at midday to observe Earth Hour. 8.30 Saturday night will mark 10 years since Australia’s first Earth Hour event, which encourages people to reduce their carbon footprint, by switching off their lights for 60 minutes.

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