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TRUCK CRASH CAUSES MAJOR DELAYS ON THE PACIFIC HIGHWAY

Motorists travelling on the Pacific Highway experienced significant delays today as emergency crews worked to salvage an overturned truck near Kundabung. The highway was closed in both directions from about 8:50 this morning, after a prime mover transporting furniture rolled. The 52-year-old driver and his male passenger were travelling from Melbourne to Brisbane, and suffered minor injuries. They were treated by paramedics at the scene. Police are still investigating what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. (No audio)

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BODY FOUND IN COFFS CREEK

Police are tonight no closer to understanding what happened to a 19-year-old man found dead in Coffs Creek. They recovered the body around 4pm yesterday, after his partner reported him missing on Monday morning. “We can’t rule out anything at this stage, our investigations are ongoing and one of those issues will be looking at whether the death is suspicious or not, it’s just too early to say at this stage.” Det Insp Darren Jameson. The man was last seen at a party on Boultwood Street on Sunday night.

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POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN NURSING HOME DEATHS

Police have identified a suspect over the deaths of two nursing home patients in the Hunter Region last October. A man and woman in their 80s died after being injected with insulin at the Summitcare nursing home in Wallsend. A third patient was also admitted to hospital with the same symptoms but survived. Police say they are working on a motive.

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POLICE SHUT DOWN PILLIGA PUBLIC AREAS

Police have this morning closed public land surrounding Santos’ coal seam gas site in the Pilliga Forest. Community members have been told that all visitors to the usually public areas in the Pilliga State Forest and Bibblewindi State Forest must move on – or be faced with fines of more than $2000. This action follows the arrest of more than 80 people at Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek site on Monday. [VISION ONLY, NO AUDIO]

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CITY GETS SCHOOLED ON EDUCATIONAL FUTURE

A team of urban design experts will tonight discuss the future of the university – and the region – at City Hall. The Newcastle: City in Transition forum features Californian architect Emily Marthisen, who has previous experience in planning university cities. Organised by the uni, the meeting will discuss its CBD campus, and other ways to enhance education in the city.

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