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MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OVER RAYMOND TERRACE HOUSE FIRE

A 69-year-old man has been charged with murder, after a woman’s body was found in a burnt out house at Raymond Terrace over the weekend. Fire crews were called to the home on Rosemount Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning, extinguishing the blaze, before discovering the 76-year-old’s body inside. The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court in September. It’s believed the incident was domestic violence related. WATCH MORE: GRANDMOTHER KILLED IN SUSPICIOUS FIRE BOMBING AT RAYMOND TERRACE

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FUTURE OF MORE THAN 200 HUNTER MINE WORKERS UNDER A CLOUD

The future of more than 200 employees at Yancoal’s Austar Mine in the Hunter Valley is under a cloud, after the company announced it will stand down and where possible re-deploy much of its workforce. It comes as Yancoal awaits the outcome of legal proceedings in relation to two prohibition notices issued earlier this year. In a statement CEO Reinhold Schmidt said “We have worked to redeploy the majority of the Austar workforce to the Ashton, Abel and Moolarben underground mines in the interests of providing continued employment for our people.” A skeleton crew will continue to work at the site near Cessnock, in a care and maintenance capacity.

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PHOTO GALLERY – 2018 NHRU – MEREWETHER CARLTON V WANDERERS

In Round 12 of Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union, Nelson Bay scored a big win over University, while Maitland dominated Beaches. Singleton inflicted more pain on Lake Macquarie, while at Townson Oval Wanderers got up over rivals Merewether. Full Results: Maitland 46 def 19 Southern Beaches Merewether Carlton 10 def by 29 Wanderers Nelson Bay 48 def 0 University of Newcastle Singleton 55 def 15 Lake Macquarie Hamilton Hawks had the bye

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MAN RESCUED AFTER BECOMING TRAPPED UNDER QUAD BIKE

A 70-year-old man is in hospital with multiple injuries after a quad bike accident north-west of Tenterfield last night. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the property near Back Creek around 3pm after family members reported him missing. It’s understood he was trapped for several hours, before he was treated at the scene then flown to Gold Coast University Hospital.

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59-YEAR-OLD PEDESTRIAN INJURED NEAR TWEED HEADS

A 59-year-old woman remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital, after she was hit by a car on the New South Wales Far North Coast. Emergency services were called to Minjungbal Drive at Tweed Heads South at around 8 o’clock last night, following reports a pedestrian had been struck by a ute. It’s understood the driver left the scene without stopping. The woman was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering head and leg injuries. Police are now hoping to speak with the driver of a late model white single-cab ute, with a steel tray. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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