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TRUCK ROLLOVER NORTH OF NARRABRI

Traffic remains heavy on the Newell Highway north of Narrabri, after a truck rolled earlier this morning. Emergency services were first alerted to the accident at around 6:30, after reports a truck carrying almonds had crashed. The road-train coming to rest across both lanes of the highway. The highway has since re-opened.

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KURT FEARNLEY WINS THE DON AWARD

Kurt Fearnley has cemented his status as one of Australia’s greatest sportspeople of all time, last night becoming the first Paralympian to win The Don Award. I recognise tonight that I am the first within our Paralympic movement to hold up this prestigious award. But I have no intention of self-congratulation. I have to point back behind me to the generations of proud men and women with disabilities who allowed me to become the person and athlete that you see fit to receive this award. The Don recognises an athlete judged to have most inspired the nation. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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YELLOW-BELLIED SEA SNAKE WASHES UP ON NEWCASTLE COASTLINE

Wild weather saw an unexpected visitor at Newcastle’s Cowrie Hole this afternoon, as a yellow-bellied sea snake washed ashore. A member of the public noticed the creature and called police. Sea snakes aren’t commonly found this close to land, with the professional catcher saying it looked exhausted. It’s being cared for at a local vet surgery, before being released back into the ocean.

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GAV’S WEATHER: MORE RAIN TO COME

Significant rain is headed for the north coast this weekend, while further west it will remain dry. The system which has delivered extreme conditions to Queensland will move south, affecting north coast communities. Onshore winds will make sure conditions along the coast remain, cool, cloudy and wet. Expect more storms across South East Queensland. A rain band during the middle of next week will bring some relief for struggling farmers.

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NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES COMMUNITIES ON FLOOD WATCH

An updated flood watch has been issued for a number of river catchments across Northern New South Wales, following several days of significant rain, and the forecast of more showers. Areas likely to be affected include the Orara, and Bellinger Rivers, with minor flooding likely from Sunday onwards. Flooding is no longer expected on the Wilsons River. More rainfall is expected over the next few days. Detailed Warning: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/flood/floodwatch1.shtml

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POLICE APPEAL AFTER ARMIDALE SHOOTING

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward, after a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg at Armidale. It’s understood the man was approached by two other men on Niagara Street at around 2 o’clock on Thursday morning, when he was shot in the thigh. He was taken to Armidale hospital, where he remains in a stable condition. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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DOMINO’S PIZZA’S LISMORE STORE RE-OPENS

Domino’s Pizza has re-opened its Lismore store, after it was earlier this week closed when a disgruntled ex employee took to social media, sharing a number of images from inside the store. Isaac Wilson posted the photos of the Lismore business in a local community group, saying he took the action because of the public health risk and his frustration with “poor management”. The images show filthy work spaces, mouldy cheese, as well as pale-coloured prawns and a mop left in dirty water. In a statement a spokesperson for the company said, “we have since been busy auditing, cleaning and training all team members in relation to food safety standards.” “There is absolutely no excuses when it comes to anything other than the highest of standards when it comes to food safety and store cleanliness.”

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DRAMATIC POLICE PURSUIT IN THE NORTHERN RIVERS

Two children have escaped uninjured, after a dramatic police pursuit in the state’s north in which a Ford Ranger rammed multiple police cars. Officers attempted to stop a vehicle on River Street at Ballina just before 11 o’clock last night, but the car accelerated away. It’s alleged the 25-year-old driver, who was wanted for serious offences in Queensland, called Triple 000 during the pursuit to make threats towards police. The pursuit was called off due to safety concerns before the car was spotted further south at Lismore. A second began on the Summerland Way just after 1am, with the Ford Ranger reversing into a highway patrol vehicle before ramming a second police car. One of the vehicle’s narrowly missed an officer who was attempting to lay road spikes. The 25-year-old man was arrested after a short struggle and two children, …

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