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Nick Hornby-Howell is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. After finishing high school in Newcastle, Nick studied Sports Media at the University of Canberra.

POSSIBLE PRISON EXPANSION

Glen Innes’ minimum security prison has taken the first steps towards increasing inmate numbers. 220 are currently housed at the site, there’s room for more once more staff is brought in. Two new full time positions have already been created. The Department of Corrections now considering whether to increase the number of Senior Correctional Officers. (no audio)

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HIGHWAY FIRE BREAKS OUT

Local fire crews were kept busy this afternoon by a grass fire on the New England Highway, at Kootingal. RFS and Fire and Rescue crews were needed to contain the blaze, which started around 2pm. It quickly burnt through five hectares, but it was quickly brought under control with most of the flames extinguished within an hour. No homes or buildings were threatened. (no audio)

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FIT AND FIRING HAZLEWOOD CRUCIAL TO ASHES CHANCES

With Bendemeer’s Josh Hazlewood returning to action this weekend, he’ll have a chance to prove he’s ready for a busy summer. Australia’s top-ranked test bowler is confident he can remain injury free, as his side aims to win back the Ashes urn. “The last two summers, we’ve obviously had six Tests and a handful of one-dayers. So, pretty confident in the body that I can get through those games and get through another summer.” Sunday’s clash with Western Australia is the 26-year-old’s first top level match in two months. (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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GLEN INNES DESPERATE FOR PEOPLE TO STEP UP

Despite winning the Group 19 League Tag premiership this year, the Glen Innes Magpies are no certainties to take the field next season. Having only just returned from a year long recess, a disappointing turn out to last night’s Annual General Meeting has put the club’s future in doubt. A plea was put out on Facebook this morning, calling for people to attend the re-scheduled AGM, on Saturday November 25 at the Services Club. Glen Innes hope to form a new committee, to start planning for 2018. (no audio)

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