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BHP BACKFLIP?

BHP Billiton won’t drill for coal on the rich agricultural floodplain at Caroona. The company has narrowed its exploration area, but landholders who continue to block the company’s access to a property say it doesn’t give them any certainty. There are fears underground water supplies could still be affected.

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BORAL MILL WORKERS UNITE

The fallout continues from Boral’s decision to close its timber mill at Walcha. Union members employed at the company’s Koolkhan plant near Grafton are threatening industrial action, demanding it reverse its decision within the next seven days.

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UNI SCORE CARD

The University of New England has scored top marks in a new study of regional universities. The Good Universities guide has scored UNE well above average in a number of key performance areas. The Armidale uni was given top ratings for graduate satisfaction, indigenous participation, teaching quality and entry flexibility.

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MISSING PERSONS APPEAL

National Missing Person’s Week has prompted calls for any new information surrounding the disappearance of two men in the New England region. The whereabouts of Armidale’s William Roach, and Barry Stubbs from Glen Innes, remain a mystery.

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TOUGH TIMES AHEAD

It’s been a difficult start to the financial year for many businesses in the New England. After more than a decade of strong economic growth, experts warn businesses that don’t adapt to technology or manage staff effectively will suffer.

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