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GAV’S WEATHER: NICE TO HAVE RAIN ON THE GROUND

The local region was largely cloud affected with showers mostly confined to the coast while the swell will begin to ease along with the strong SE winds. The wet weather will continue to contract north into QLD with only a few isolated showers to fall on the northern NSW and SE QLD coasts. Cyclone Gita is now beginning to make its way towards NZ as ex Cyclone Kelvin moves towards the Nullabor. Things will dry back out inland.

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JETS REWARDED WITH MATILDAS SELECTION

W-League Jets Emily van Egmond and Hannah Brewer, have been rewarded for their great season with Newcastle by being selected in the 22-player Matildas squad for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal. The Aussie side has been grouped with Norway, China and the host nation, and will kick off the tournament with a game against the Norwegians on March 1. Post-cup, the Matildas will return home to continue preparations for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.

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41 YEAR OLD CHARGED AFTER FRAUD INVESTIGATION

Charges have been laid following an investigation into counterfeit money being used across several Port Stephens suburbs including Lemon Tree Passage and Salamander Bay. A 41-year-old man presented himself to Nelson Bay Police Station on Monday morning where he was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and breach of bail. He will face Raymond Terrace Court on Tuesday.

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MAN CRITICAL AFTER NEWCASTLE STABBING

A 47-year-old man has been taken to John Hunter Hospital after being stabbed in the neck and arm in the Newcastle suburb of Bar Beach. Police were called to a Light Street address around 8:30 on Monday night after reports a man had been stabbed. He remains in a critical condition in hospital while police continue to investigate the circumstances.

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