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WEATHER: RAIN ROLLS IN ACROSS THE REGION

PHOTO: Snapped by Steve Passlow at  Little Redhead Beach. The rain ramped up across the NW today but the heavy falls have still be patchy. There was a solid rain band that made its way across the Plains from Narrabri, Manilla, Bundarra on the Tablelands to Coffs, Wooli on the coast. Constant light rain fell on the Hunter. For the Gold Coast it was all about the sunshine today. We have another day of high humidity, cloud and periods of rain across NSW. The system is still moving slowly and the rain band will linger across the coast over the weekend. The patchy rain periods will continue to come and go across the North West over the next 24 hours.

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WEATHER: MORE RAIN ON THE WAY

This is a very interesting week of weather with a big system set to move across the region. Isolated showers and storms are developing today. A trough will stall and this will allow a moisture feed to run along it and this will produce big totals on Wednesday, especially for the Hunter Valley and North West. Follow up falls will continue into Thursday and Friday, before the system clears inland for the weekend. The coast will continue to receive rain showers and a fresh southerly maintains the wet weather.

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WEATHER UPDATE: BIG RAIN FOR INLAND AUSTRALIA

October was hot. The hottest on record for Australia in fact but it will be a huge turn around for November. A succession of rain events are going to draw tropical moisture down from the North-West and spread it across the land beginning from tomorrow, hitting southern NSW before spreading across the state next week. We will start to see increased cloud with more showers and storms developing across the Hunter Valley and North-West tomorrow afternoon. Rain will begin to move in on Sunday and there be more to follow all week. The Hunter and North-West will receive most of it, smaller totals will be accumulated across the northern NSW coast and South-East QLD will receive almost nothing in comparison.

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ROSEANNE BECKETT ASKED TO PAY COSTS BY NSW STATE GOVERNMENT

Two months after former Taree woman Roseanne Beckett was awarded more than $2.3-million for her malicious prosecution, the state is now saying she should pay its costs. Ms Beckett, formerly known as Roseanne Catt, spent 10 years behind bars for soliciting the murder of her ex-husband Barry Catt. Her conviction was quashed in 2005 and she successfully sued the state in August this year. Barrister John Maconachie QC today told a costs hearing at the Supreme Court in Sydney that despite her success she should pay the state’s costs. Ms Beckett, however, has vowed to continue fighting

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URGENT MEDICINE RECALL FOR CHILD PAIN RELIVERS

An urgent medical recall has been issued for a number of child pain relivers, which could be a choking hazard. In some batches of the Amcal, Pharmacy Care and Guardian Ibuprofen and Paracetamol products, small fragments could break off the bottle and be swallowed The products are: Two batches of Amcal children’s paracetamol elixir for 1 to 5 years (batch numbers FA4329 with expiry date 06/2016 and FA4403 with expiry date 07/2016) Two batches of Amcal children’s paracetamol suspension for 6 to 12 years (batch numbers FA4306 with expiry date 05/2016 and FA4423 with expiry date 08/2016) Three batches of Amcal ibuprofen suspension for children (batch numbers IA50251 with expiry date 08/2017, IA50252 with expiry date 08/2017 and IA50705 with expiry date 11/2017) One batch of Amcal cetirizine oral solution for 1 to 12 years (batch number IA50736 with expiry …

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WEATHER: STORMY THURSDAY

PHOTO: Matthew Fordham snaps a dark cloud at Maitland.  It’s a big afternoon of storms with numerous fronts making their way across northern NSW. One cell produced a tornado near Bundella in central west NSW. All this activity is due to a developing low. Its centre passed over the Hunter this afternoon allowing the sun to shine before a strong storm front swept in from the south across the Valley causing heavy down pours. The low will deepen tonight and powerful southerly winds will move quickly up the coast. The low will be pushed offshore so the winds will ease during Friday afternoon and the inclement weather will clear for the Hunter, Central Coast and NW for the weekend. The northern NSW coast and SE QLD will see a couple of small isolated showers still push through. There is another …

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POLICE URGE BUSINESSES TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FAKE MONEY

Police are reminding business owners to be vigilant of counterfeit money, after a 72-year-old man was allegedly found to be using fake notes on the Mid North Coast. It’s alleged the man was using a prohibited currency at a licensed premises in Evans Head on the weekend. He was later charged with knowingly using counterfeit money, he’ll face Ballina Local Court next month. Meantime, police say businesses can tell the different between authentic and fake notes by checking the security window’s Federation Star or a scrunching the note and flattening it out to see if it is polymer.

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