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LABOR CANDIDATE FOR UPPER HUNTER MARTIN RUSH WITHDRAWS

Martin Rush has resigned as Labor’s candidate for the state seat of the Upper Hunter. It follows an assault allegation levelled against the Muswellbrook Mayor – which he’s categorically denied. The accusation was made in an anonymous letter, sent to Mr Rush’s political opponent Michael Johnsen. New South Wales police say inquiries were made into the matter, and no further action will be taken. A new Labor candidate is to be selected. (VISION ONLY)

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REVERED NEWCASTLE DOCTOR, NEVILLE ROTHFIELD REMEMBERED

Well known Newcastle doctor, Neville Rothfield is being remembered by generations of Novocastrians, following his passing at the age of 96. With a career spanning 71-years, Doctor Rothfield was one of the country’s longest practicing doctors – retiring just two-years ago. He was also one of the city’s first paediatricians, and also treated the last case of polio in Newcastle in the 1960s. Doctor Rothfield passed away over the weekend, and is survived by his four children, and 10-grandchildren. (VISION ONLY)

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WORK TO BEGIN ON BELMONT BOWLING GREENS

Work will begin soon on two new bowling greens, following the recent merger between Belmont Bowling Club and Belmont Golf Club. The greens will be built on a section of the golf course – the occasion marked with a sod turning this afternoon.. The two-clubs joined forces after the sale of Bowling Club in 2017, for $4.8-million. (VISION ONLY)

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HEALTH NETWORK WARNS AGAINST HANDLING BATS

We’re being warned not to touch or handle bats, with seven people in the Hunter region treated for bites and scratches already this year. Hunter New England Health says a recent spate of warm weather has affected the health of bats, prompting people to pick them up off the ground in an attempt to rescue them. The Health Authority warns a bat bite can lead to the deadly (LYE-SAH) Lyssavirus infection. (no audio)

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HUNTER WATER TO BUILD ‘MEDIUM-TERM’ STOCKTON SEAWALL SOLUTION

A temporary solution to part of Stockton’s erosion woes is underway, with Hunter Water building a large sand container seawall. The structure will have 17 sand containers placed along the face of the site. It’s expected to be 100-metres in length once complete. It’s designed to be a medium-term solution, while a long term strategy is developed by Newcastle Council and the State Government. Major storms in January last year revealed an old rubbish dump on land owned by Hunter Water. (VISION ONLY)

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FOUL PLAY RULED OUT IN WOMAN’S DEATH AT COOKS HILL

Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a woman at Cooks Hill on Sunday. The 48-year-old’s body was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs, outside a unit complex on Union Street at around 3.45 yesterday afternoon. Detectives spent much of the night investigating the circumstances surrounding her death – which is believed to be due to an accidental fall. YESTERDAY Police have set up a crime scene in the Newcastle suburb of Cooks Hill after a woman was found dead at the bottom of stairwell, at a unit complex. Officers are now investigating the cause of the 48-year-old’s death.

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URBAN FOOD AND WINE LUNCH A SUCCESS IN MEREWETHER

Food and wine lovers flocked to Merewether beach for a Sunday lunch, featuring some of the Hunter’s best flavours. Newcastle’s Inner City Winemakers and Urban Mess partnered together, creating french and catalonian style meals to match a range of urban wines. “We’re here to have a heap of fun and hopefully Newcastle catches on to that we’re expressing ourselves in this venue, and we hopefully start selling out these events more often.” – Tony Harrison, Urban Mess Chef. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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