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MCDONALD’S MANAGER HAILED A HERO

A man accused of holding police at bay for more than eight hours at a McDonald’s outlet near Port Macquarie, has been refused bail. 49-year-old Sydney man, Dennis Borg, faced court this morning charged with a string of firearm offences. Meanwhile, a customer who was inside the restaurant, says a McDonald’s manager should be given a bravery award for his actions.

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STARVING GIRL TRIAL NEARS END

The Supreme Court trial over the death of a seven-year-old girl near Newcastle in 2007, has been told the father was not responsible for looking after the child in the weeks leading up to her demise. In his closing submissions, defence counsel, Mark Austin, said the man failed his child, but was not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

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PACIFIC HIGHWAY CLOSED AT GRAFTON

The Pacific Highway north of Grafton on the New South Wales north coast will be closed for days, and possibly weeks, following a landslip that has undermined a 70 metre section of road. Engineers are assessing the damage and only local traffic is being allowed through.

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MP’S STATE BUDGET WISH LIST

Health funding and extra money for upgrades to the Pacific and Oxley highways are on top of one mid north coast MP’s wishlist for tomorrow’s state budget. Peter Besseling says he’s concerned that regional areas won’t get their fair share of funding.

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LEARNING HOW TO UNTANGLE WHALES

As the annual migration of whales continues along the north coast, the National Parks and Wildlife is ensuring it’s ready to help any that get into trouble on the way. A group of rangers has just completed specialised training, learning how to untangle whales from ropes and nets.

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