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MAN STABBED DURING WALLSEND HOME INVASION

A man’s been injured during a terrifying home invasion at Wallsend. The 27-year-old was stabbed in the shoulder during a fight with a man, who’d made his way into the Close Street home. It all happened just before 9pm, with the offender running from the scene. He remains on the run – police say he’s around 185 centimetres tall with a solid build. The victim was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

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SWANSEA BAKER NAMED WOOLWORTHS’ BEST

If you’re partial to baked Easter treats, you’ll be pleased to learn some of Australia’s best hot cross buns are made right here in the Hunter. At Swansea Woolworths in fact, where Michael Brodie has been named the food giant’s best baker. Last week, he competed in Sydney against 1,600 others to take the tasty title of National Master Baker. His hot cross buns are filling shelves in the lead-up to Easter, among the 63-million Woolies expects to sell this season. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY INTO EMERGENCY LANDING

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has begun an investigation into yesterday’s emergency landing at Newcastle Airport. Smoke was detected in the cockpit of a Virgin Australia passenger plane about half an hour into its flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney. The aircraft diverted to Williamtown and landed without incident, two people were treated for minor smoke inhalation. As part of the investigation, the bureau will interview the flight crew, obtain an engineering report and gather additional information. A report will be released by June.

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FANS GET MORE THAN BARGAINED FOR AT SPRINGSTEEN CONCERT

Whether it was the pre-concert tempest or the electrifying performance itself, Bruce Springsteen’s Hunter Valley show has taken social media by storm. Fans have shared the experience of taking cover at Hope Estate as a hailstorm rolled in late Saturday afternoon. The clouds cleared in time for the main show – The Boss taking the stage for a powerhouse three-hour performance. It was the final show of the Springsteen tour, and most likely one of the more memorable.

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LOWER HUNTER COUNCILS GO GREEN

The Lower Hunter is going green, with the rollout of a kerbside collection service for household garden organics. Cessnock, Maitland and Singleton councils are joining together to offer the service, in addition to general waste and recycling. “It’s something that people in the three areas have been asking about for such a long time so next month it’s going to be a reality,” said Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore. 60-thousand bins are being distributed, and the councils hope the initiative will significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Organics collection will begin on Monday, March 6. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CUSACK READY TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

The Hunter’s new senior representative in the state government says she’s keen to “get cracking” in the role and will visit the region later this week. MLC Catherine Cusack tweeted the remark this morning along with the hashtag “Hunter rocks”, before being sworn in this afternoon as Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Education. She takes over from Scot MacDonald, whose portfolio responsibility has moved to the Central Coast. Ms Cusack, who lives at Lennox Head on the far north coast, will visit the Hunter on Thursday and Friday to meet local leaders.

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FATALITY RAISES QUESTIONS OVER STRETCH OF ROAD

Police will meet with Roads and Maritime Services tomorrow at the site of a fatal accident at Ravensworth, to discuss possible improvements to the stretch of road. A 17-year-old driver died on Friday in a head-on crash with a semi-trailer, it’s the third fatality there in the past 18 months. Meanwhile Operation Safe Arrival wrapped up overnight, with 35 drink drivers detected since the blitz began on Wednesday. 550 speeding infringements were issued, and 30 tickets handed out for seat belt offences.

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