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NEWCASTLE LOCKOUT LAWS TO REMAIN IN PLACE

Newcastle’s ‘last drinks’ and lockout laws will remain in place, with the state government handing down its decision following an independent review. Three changes to the city’s licensing conditions were ultimately agreed to by the Office of Liquor and Gaming. One will see only venues trading after midnight required to employ an RSA marshall from 11pm. 14 venues were examined by the review, which was handed down in April.

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DASHCAM EMERGES OF HUNTER CRASH

Police are reviewing dashcam of a crash involving a ute and a motorbike on the New England Highway at Hexham. It happened on the morning of Saturday, the 18th of August, as several vehicles moved off from traffic lights. The utility changes lanes, forcing the motorbike off the road and continues on while other drivers rush to help the rider. The motorcyclist was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where he was able to give police a statement.

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UPDATING NBN NEWS

Updating #NBNNews A university of New South Wales staffer facing a terrorism charge, after a notebook was found allegedly containing a hit list of names, locations and links to ISIS – the disturbing details at six. Australia’s Catholic leaders vow to end the cover-up of child sexual abuse but steadfastly refuse to break the seal of confession. Scott Morrison touches down in Jakarta for his first prime ministerial talks with Indonesia’s president. Peter Dutton again accused of misuse of power – as details emerge of a another case involving a foreign nanny. A bus and a semi-trailer collide in New Mexico, killing at least four people. The toll is expected to rise, with dozens injured. A North Coast father and son duo make history, both recording a hole-in-one in the same round at the Lismore Workers Golf Club. And the …

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GAV’S WEATHER: RAIN CLEARING

A fine Saturday in on the way for Northern New South Wales, as cloud and an associated rain band clears overnight. The strong front crossing New South Wales is delivering some rainfall, but expect it to clear for a fine start to the weekend. Winds on Saturday will be warm from the north, before swinging around to the south west. Fathers Day will be fine across much of the region.

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MAN CHARGED WITH TERROR OFFENCES IN SYDNEY

A Sri Lankan man has been charged with terrorism-related offences in Sydney, following an investigation by police and security agencies. The 25-year-old was arrested by members of the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team at Kensington in Sydney’s East, at around 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Following investigations, police searched a unit at nearby Zetland, seizing a number of electronic items. Police have moved quickly to assure the community there is no information to suggest a current or impending threat. Anyone with further information is urged to contact the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

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LEMBKE LOSES BAIL BID

Accused cocaine smuggler, Craig Lembke, will likely remain in custody for another 12 months, after failing in his latest bid for bail. The 48-year-old’s application was refused in the Supreme Court. Lembke is accused of transporting 700-kilos of cocaine, worth an estimated $245-million, on a yacht from Tahiti to Lake Macquarie. His trial is set down for September next year.

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