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GOSFORD SEXTING SCANDAL REIGNITES MOBILE PHONE DEBATE

The debate on how old children should be before they have access to mobile phones has been reignited by a so-called ‘sexting scandal’ at Gosford Selective High School. Four year eight students could face child pornography charges after using a mobile phone to film themselves taking part in a sexual act, before forwarding the video to classmates.

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STARVING GIRL COURT

A Supreme Court jury has heard that a young girl found dead at a house north of Newcastle, in November 2007, had at times been given drugs by her mother to help her sleep. Medical professionals today described how the mother appeared stressed about her daughter, who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Her parents are on trial for murder.

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COASTAL COMMUNITIES REMAIN ISOLATED

While the flood crisis in northern New South Wales is easing, some communities on the state’s coast remain isolated. Floodwaters are slowly receding around Kempsey, but exhausted SES volunteers have another busy night ahead of them. They’ve spent today ferrying supplies to thousands of people in small villages, still cut off by floodwater.

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HEALTH MINISTER VISITS PORT

Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s long-awaited expansion may be included in the June state budget. State Health Minister John Della Bosca indicated the project was a key priority, but he fell short of committing any funds during a visit this afternoon.

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BEACHES COP A POUNDING

And heavy surf has made mountains out of sand dunes on the mid north coast. The largest tides seen this year, caused extensive erosion to many beaches. Coffs Harbour’s Park Beach one of the worst hit. The main walkway to the sand now hangs precariously off a four metre high cliff. At the height of the strong southerly system, offshore buoys recorded waves as high as 14 metres. Onshore, six metre high surges crashed into the northern wall, dislodging several 14-tonne boulders. [display_podcast]

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THE COST OF FLOOD DAMAGE

Pictures have emerged of the north coast town of Yamba, which remains isolated as a result of the flood crisis. The road into nearby Maclean has reopened, while work is underway to repair the Pacific Highway, north of Grafton. And as the mop-up continues, communities are only starting to realise the true cost of the flooding. [display_podcast]

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