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RFS BATTLING BLAZE NEAR CESSNOCK

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The Rural Fire Service is working to contain an out-of-control bushfire at Neath, near Cessnock. The blaze has been burning since mid-morning in the vicinity of Carrs Street. Several streets have been closed and residents have been told to activate their bushfire survival plans. We’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand. Read More »

DRIVER UNINJURED AFTER ROLLING TRUCK

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Emergency services are at the scene of a crash south of Byron Bay, where a truck driver has rolled his vehicle four times. The crash happened along the Pacific Highway at Knockrow at around 2pm. It’s believed the truck driver is stable. Motorists traveling in the area can expect signficant delays. We’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand. Read More »

TODDLER BITTEN BY DOG AT NORTH BELMONT

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A toddler will undergo surgery at John Hunter Hospital today, after she was bitten by a dog at Lake Macquarie. The 2-year-old girl was with her parents in the backyard of a friend’s home at North Belmont when she was bitten at around six o’clock yesterday. She suffered injuries to her eye, as well as cuts to her forehead and right arm. Police say the dog has been secured and council rangers are assisting them with their inquiries. Read More »

NINE STAFF TO GO FROM ABC NEWCASTLE

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Up to nine jobs will be lost from Newcastle’s ABC radio station, as part of the public broadcaster’s move to offset federal funding cuts. The station will be downgraded from metro to regional, which will include cuts to local programming. Carol Duncan’s midday radio show will be among those axed. It comes as the ABC’s managing director, Mark Scott, today announced 400 jobs will go from its workforce as it adjusts to losing $254-million in federal funding over the next five years. We’ll bring you the full story in tonight’s NBN News at 6. PHOTO: Thanks to Dan Cox for this photo of NBN News talking with the ABC’s Carol Duncan.   Read More »

MAN ASSAULTED IN WEE WAA

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Police are appealing for information following a serious assault in the north west yesterday. A 28-year-old man was walking towards Rose Street at Wee Waa at around 12:30am, when he was punched in the back of the head, by a person who hasn’t been identified. He was taken to Wee Waa Hospital before being transferred to Tamworth Base, with a fractured skull, fractured cheekbone and bruising. Anyone who can assist police with their inquiries should contact Crime Stoppers. Read More »

LUCKY ESCAPE FROM SERIOUS KOORAGANG CRASH

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A nasty accident¬†along one of Newcastle’s biggest traffic bottlenecks has resulted in a car flipping onto its roof. Two vehicles were travelling in opposite directions along the Tourle Street bridge at Kooragang Island before they collided. Two people in the overturned car were initially trapped, but no-one was seriously injured. The incident caused major traffic delays. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

FORMER ARTIST’S HOME GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

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The Broadmeadow home that once belonged to Newcastle artist Lola Rose was today auctioned off, with proceeds going to the RSPCA. The Denney Street property was left to the animal rescue organisation, following the 89-year-old’s death last year. The hammer falling on a tad over $400,000. (Notes: audio in parts) Read More »

MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER OF LISMORE TEEN

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A Casino man has been charged with attempted murder, after allegedly stabbing an 18 year old girl in the head and chest overnight. Police say a violent scuffle broke out between the pair outside Lismore City hall, shortly after 1am. A passing taxi driver stopped to help the woman, and called police. An officer drove her to Lismore Base hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery. The 22 year old man was later arrested in Casino, after a police pursuit ended with his car bursting into flames. He’ll front court tomorrow. Read More »

PAVILION REVAMP NEXT ON CARDS

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After several failed attempts to rejuvenate Merewether and Newcastle’s iconic bathing pavilions, council has taken a new approach. A decision on their future is expected within months, to complement the recent renovation of the Merewether Baths. Read More »

ACCUSED MURDERER REFUSED BAIL IN PORT MACQUARIE COURT

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A woman has been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in a car on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. The 38-year-old is accused of stabbing the victim, before he drove his car off the road. Read More »

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