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Samantha Long is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle, she's previously worked in Tamworth and on the Central Coast. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle in 2015 and joined NBN at the end of 2015.

TODDLER’S CONDITION UNABLE TO BE CONFIRMED

John Hunter Hospital has been unable to confirm the condition of a three-year-old girl, who was pulled unconscious from a small backyard dam in the Hunter Valley yesterday. Five ambulance crews were called to the Greta property at around 2pm. Paramedics treated the toddler at the scene, before she was rushed to hospital. (*****)

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‘OCCUPATION’ SEQUEL TO LAND HERE IN THE HUNTER

A touch of Hollywood is officially bound for the Hunter, with producers confirming the sequel to Aussie film, Occupation, will be shot here. Location scouts spent time at Wangi Wangi last week, taking particular interest in the old power station. While details of the shoot are under wraps, filmmakers are looking for two Hunter stars to fill cameo roles. Production is expected to start within six weeks, while Occupation itself opens in the US today. (VISION ONLY)

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STOCKTON BEACH TO REMAIN OPEN DESPITE ASBESTOS CONCERNS

Stockton Beach will remain open, despite suspected asbestos washing ashore. It’s unclear where the debris is coming from, but it’s likely from a decades-old dumping site, exposed by recent wild weather. Residents say they have been clearing the beach daily, finding material believed to be asbestos. Newcastle Council staff are now undertaking daily inspections of the beach and removing any items that could pose a risk to the public. People are being urged not to remove material themselves.

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DROUGHT RECEIVES NATIONAL ATTENTION ON TODAY SHOW AGENDA

It’s a crisis which is impacting a large portion of the NBN News viewing region – 53% of NSW is currently in drought, while many other areas are classified as drought affected. We have covered several stories surrounding the drought, this morning the issue was given national attention – with The Today Show discussing the drought’s impacts during its morning Agenda segment. North West local, Lucy Gallagher, was one of two featured in the chat, see below for the full video:

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POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP TO IDENTIFY PASSED AWAY HOMELESS MAN

Police are appealing for public help to identify a man, whose body was discovered in bushland at Charlestown. Emergency services were called to bushland off Charlestown Road on Tuesday afternoon, after reports a body was found near a tree. Officers established a crime scene and commenced investigations. The man hasn’t been identified, and his death is not being treated as suspicious. He’s described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 50s, and approximately 162cm tall. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black hoodie, tight black skinny jeans, and skate shoes. It’s believed he was homeless and frequented the Warners Bay, Charlestown, Cardiff and Kotara South areas. He was usually seen drinking a coffee, carrying plastic shopping bags, and often seen wearing plastic bags on the inside of his shoes.

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GOOD SAMARITAN GIVES LIFT TO COP AND HIS PUP DURING POLICE PURSUIT

A good Samaritan has helped officers arrest two people during a police pursuit on the state’s Mid North Coast yesterday. Just before 9am, a Ford Festiva was spotted allegedly speeding while heading south on the Pacific Highway at Columbatti. The allegedly stolen vehicle continued to head south, reaching speeds in excess of 180km/hr. Police laid road-spikes near the Kundabung rest area, but the offending vehicle did a U-turn and started heading north. The vehicle allegedly smashed through a farm gate on Mingaletta Road, where it continued along a dirt track before smashing through another two gates. Police lost sight of the vehicle due to the boggy conditions of the track. A man driving a 4WD saw the police car bogged and stopped to assist. The officer, a police dog and his handler, all jumped into the 4WD and continued along …

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