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FATALITY RAISES QUESTIONS OVER STRETCH OF ROAD

Police will meet with Roads and Maritime Services tomorrow at the site of a fatal accident at Ravensworth, to discuss possible improvements to the stretch of road. A 17-year-old driver died on Friday in a head-on crash with a semi-trailer, it’s the third fatality there in the past 18 months. Meanwhile Operation Safe Arrival wrapped up overnight, with 35 drink drivers detected since the blitz began on Wednesday. 550 speeding infringements were issued, and 30 tickets handed out for seat belt offences.

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OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER ASSAULTED

A man has been charged with punching an off-duty police officer in the face at Hamilton, knocking him to the ground. The 26-year-old officer had stopped his vehicle at traffic lights on Beaumont Street about 3am on Saturday, when a man allegedly sat on his car and bounced up and down. When the officer got out to speak to him, another man allegedly attacked. A 24-year-old has been charged.

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NEWCASTLE GIRL DEVELOPS APP FOR DIABETICS

It’s debilitating and unrelenting, but a Newcastle girl is working to take some control over her type one diabetes… while helping others who share the condition. 10-year-old Zalia Campbell has set out to develop an emergency app, which she believes could save lives. To support Zalia’s campaign, head to the gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/diabetes-emergency-services-app-2u847bsk?ssid=822103288&pos=11

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PASSENGER RECORD FOR NEWCASTLE AIRPORT

Newcastle Airport is marking a milestone, notching up record passenger numbers last month. 113,970 passengers passed through the airport, that’s a two per cent increase on the previous mark, set back in October 2010. Airport management says the month is typically a bumper time, with solid business travel numbers boosted by school holidays, the long weekend and this year, the start of spring racing in Melbourne.

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GREGSON PARK TO GET MAKE-OVER

An important monument to Newcastle’s war veterans is set for some TLC, with the state government granting $47,000 for improvements to the Gregson Park memorial. The Merewether-Hamilton RSL sub-branch will use the money to upgrade flagpoles, and replace lighting and plaques. The branch says the funding will help preserve the monument for many years to come. It’s the first year money has been available under the government’s War Memorials Grants Program.

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PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCHER TAKES OUT HMRI TOP GONG

A pioneer of Public Health Research has been named the Hunter’s Top Researcher. Professor John Wiggers was instrumental in the formation of the Hunter Medical Research Institute, a partnership between the University of Newcastle and Area Health. Much of his work has centred around reducing chronic disease caused by smoking, poor nutrition, alcohol and lack of physical activity. Professor Wiggers has secured millions of dollars in research grants for the area over his career.

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LAKE MACQUARIE MUM FIGHTING BACK AGAINST MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE

In 2014, Lake Macquarie mum Jodie Bell was busy juggling family life with being a school teacher… when she was suddenly told she had two years to live. Diagnosed with the incurable motor neurone disease, Jodie decided to fight back… by raising awareness and vital research funds. That was the birth of Team Jodie, a powerful collective of family and friends that’s about strength, support and most of all, hope. To support Team Jodie, visit www.teamjodie.website

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