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ARNOLD TALKS ABOUT MOVE

Graham Arnold has today addressed the media about his decision to leave the Central Coast Mariners. After three seasons with the club, he’s signed a deal with J-League powerhouse Vegalta Sendai. Today, Arnold said after securing the A-League premiership last season, he’s looking for the next challenge in his career and Asia is one of the best places to achieve that. Arnold says he’d love to fill a few positions at his new Japanese club with Australian players – including rising star Tomy Rogic. Arnold will join his J league outfit in January and believes Aussie quality could be the key to a successful season.

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90 POLICE OFFICERS APPOINTED FOR NORTH COAST

The Police Association of NSW held a press conference this morning to address the ongoing issue of critical staff shortages across the state. Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher announced the appointment of 90 more officers between Port Stephens to the Tweed between now and 2015. “What we are now looking at is staggering police resources from upcoming increases in authorised strengths to be allocated to the North Coast,” Minister Gallacher said.  

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HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN STATE’S NORTH

Police are investigating the discovery of human remains on a property near Kyogle. At about 6pm yesterday police were called to a property on Simes Road, Gradys Creek, about 25km north of Kyogle, following reports that human remains had been found. Police located the remains and established a crime scene. A guard was placed at the scene overnight, with further examination of the area to be conducted today.  

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EXPLOSION TEARS THROUGH TAMWORTH HOME

A Tamworth man miraculously escaped injury yesterday when an explosion tore through his home, just hours after he returned from an overseas trip. After discovering a small fire in the residence, the man went outside to call emergency services… moments later, a gas bottle went up. Nearby residents say they heard a loud bang, before the whole neighbourhood shook. Fire crews were quick to contain the blaze. Forensic investigators will now examine the scene. (Vision only, no audio)

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HUNTER GIVES GENEROUSLY TO TYPHOON VICTIMS

The Hunter is being praised for its generosity as relief efforts ramp up for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Several appeals are underway across the region. If you would like to donate please contact: Filipino Australian Society of the Hunter Valley Inc Boolaroo 4965 8004 0406 505901 (Rebecca Macdonald) Filipino Community of the Hunter Region Mayfield 4967 1245 0423380069 (Virgie Hudson)

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TORRENTIAL RAIN FLOODS ROADS AND CLOSES HUNTER RAIL LINE

First – out of control bushfires, now flooding rain just a few weeks later, it’s no surprise many Hunter residents are on edge. More than 250 millimetres of rain drenched parts of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley since 9am yesterday… and flood warnings are in place for the Paterson and Williams Rivers. Nobbys Head has measured record levels, the most rain in more than 100 years for the month of November.

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WEATHER UPDATE: WILD WEATHER FOR THE HUNTER

Newcastle and the Central Coast has experienced a wild 24 hour period thanks to a small but intense low pressure cell forming just offshore dumping large amounts of rain, up to 250mm at Paterson in the Hunter with gale force winds. Houses were flooded at Carrington and the Paterson/Williams Rivers reached moderate flood levels peaking this evening. The system is weakening now but has wrapped right around its centre driving rain as far inland as Tamworth while triggering storms across the Northern Ranges, North Coast and SE QLD. The low will pull away from the coast tomorrow and conditions will ease further with most of the wet weather clearing by the afternoon. The large swell will continue. A fine couple of days is expected before another rain event developd at the end of the week.

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