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TRIGGER FOR PREMATURE LABOR

While the birth of a baby should be a time of celebration it can also be very stressful, particularly if the child is born prematurely. Now researchers in Newcastle believe they’ve discovered the main trigger for early labour in otherwise normal pregnancies.

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MIND MATTERS:THE EARLY YEARS

The early years lay the foundations for life, and there’s increasing evidence about how crucial it is to get children off to a good start. There’s so much for them to learn, more than just walking and talking, and their social and emotional development can actually help steer their future mental health. In this story for our Mind Matters series, we head into the playground.

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CHURCH GIVES AWAY FREE CARS

It’s not often cars are just given away for free, but that’s exactly what one local Church has done to help improve the life of two lucky Central Coast families. The cars were provided, along with one year’s free registration.

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HOT DEBATE OVER SCONE ENERGY PARK

The residents of Scone in the upper Hunter say they’ll continue to fight plans for a renewable energy park on the outskirts of the town. The council will lodge a submission with the New South Wales Department of Planning, outlining issues it wants addressed before a decision is made.

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WYONG SHIRE BOOSTED BY MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

Wyong Shire is set to receive a injection into the local economy and a boost to local employment, following the approval of two multi-million-dollar developments. A $200-million aged-care facility at Kanwal, along with the Klumper development at The Entrance worth $250-million, both have the go ahead.

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WINTER WONDERLAND IN THE BARRINGTONS

You didn’t have to be in Thredbo or Perisher to see snow today, The Barrington Tops received its first decent falls for the winter. If you’re planning on heading up, allow three hours from Newcastle, via Gloucester. Outside Gloucester expect a winding mountain road into the Barrington Tops National Park. The dirt road turns to mud and slush with melting snow and sleet and can become icey as temperatures drop toward evening. Plan to be off the mountain before dark. On the way up it’s also advisable to stop in at the Gloucester Visitors Centre, just off the main street, or the National Parks Office in town to check on conditions before heading up to the snow. Fuel-up and pack some extra warm, dry clothes for the trip home. Expect to get your car muddy and shoes wet. Cold temperatures …

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