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Jacinta Lee is a reporter and producer for NBN News. She previously worked as a reporter and newsreader for radio stations in Newcastle and Canberra, graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Communication in 2017.

GAV’S WEATHER: ANOTHER FINE DAY ON THE WAY

Most of the nation is still sunny and very dry. Another front has passed over the southeast. Some high level cloud streaks its way across parts of New South Wales today, while the north is still clear. Another fast moving front will clip the southwest. Temperatures will remain mild to warm. Yet another front is on its way to the southeast corner of of the nation. Still no significant rain to be seen this winter. Very warm once again today. The southerly moved up the coast and that too had very little impact on temperatures, so another fine warm day on the way tomorrow.

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FOUR FIREFIGHTERS HOSPITALISED AFTER TANKER ROLLOVER

Four firefighters have been injured after their tanker rolled while they were battling a blaze on the mid north coast. Crews were working to contain a grass fire at Caparra near Taree last night when the truck rolled down a hill. All four men were taken to hospital. Two of them, aged 54 and 20, have since been discharged. A 62-year-old man is in a stable condition and is expected to be released within the coming days. While a 71-year-old man has been taken into surgery for an injury to his hand. Fire and Rescue NSW has wished the men a speedy recovery.

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SERIOUS CONCERNS FOR WELFARE OF MISSING GIRLS

Concerns are growing over the welfare of two teenage girls missing from the Central Coast. 14-year-old Melakai O’Connor (pictured left) was last seen around 10.30am on Tuesday, leaving Berkeley Vale High School. She is believed to be in the Berkeley Vale area in the company of another missing teenager, 14-year-old Lillian Bridge (pictured right). Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. SERIOUS CONCERNS FOR WELFARE – MISSING 14 YEAR OLD FEMALE MELAKAI O'CONNOR. Missing from the Glenning Valley. Last… Posted by Tuggerah Lakes Police District on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO PROCURE A CHILD NEAR KEMPSEY

A man has been charged with attempting to procure a child on a train on the state’s mid-north coast. Around 10pm yesterday, an 11-year-old boy was travelling between Taree and Kempsey when he was allegedly handed a note by a 42-year-old man sitting nearby. Police say the letter contained sexual references and threats of violence. The boy told guards on board the train and the man was subsequently arrested after the train stopped at Macksville, and taken into custody. He was refused bail to appear at Macksville Local Court today.

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WHITEBRIDGE DEVELOPMENT HEADS TO COUNCIL

An application for a fourth storey to be added to a controversial development at Whitebridge will go back before Lake Macquarie Council tonight. It comes amid a four-year community campaign over the $23-million Dudley Road development. A residents’ group has accused Fettlers Whitebridge of “exploiting a loophole” in state planning laws to get an extra storey approved. The group will present its argument at tonight’s council meeting.

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GAV’S WEATHER: AN EARLY TASTE OF SPRING

Most of the nation is again sunny and very dry. A front is now passing over the southwest. More frontal activity is on the way but it will only affect the far southeast and southwest corners of the country. This is another strong front for the west but will weaken by the time it reaches us. The fast moving front will sweep across the Bight. Temperatures will increase locally over the next couple of days and strong northwest winds will build on Saturday before the cold southwest winds return on Sunday. The dry weather will continue as an early taste of spring builds over the next two days.

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‘DRESS LIKE A FARMER’ DAY IS A BIG HIT

Around 600 students and staff at a lakeside primary school sent a heartwarming message of hope and support to those in drought-ravaged areas. Eleebana Public held a ‘dress-like-a-farmer’ day, making it a gold coin donation event. Together, the school community raised just over a thousand dollars for drought relief. (no audio)

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FITNESS TRAIL COMPLETE AT WARNERS BAY

According to Lake Macquarie Council, there’s another good reason to visit the Warners Bay Foreshore. Work has just been completed on a fitness trail along almost a kilometre of the lake front. It features multi-bench and sit-up stations and a combination of full-body exercise equipment, designed to cater for all ages and abilities. The foreshore trail is one of several new outdoor exercise installations set up by the council, in the hope of promoting an active lifestyle. (no audio)

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GAV’S WEATHER: SHORT-LIVED RAIN MOVING THROUGH

Most of the nation is again sunny and very dry, with a front now making its way across New South Wales. It’s weakening as it reaches the east coast. Rain from it has maxed out around 10 to 15mm. The front will cross the state overnight, with the totals from this system expected to be small. What’s in behind it though is not what we want. Another large blocking high is going to move in and this will see the return of extremely dry conditions. So the latest weather front and associated rain band will clear overnight and the dry, westerly winds with mostly sunny skies will return for the rest of the week. For the latest weather details, head to: http://www.bom.gov.au/

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