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BOY SUFFERS SPINAL INJURY

A 16-year-old boy is recovering in Lismore Base Hospital after being airlifted from Minnie Water, west of Grafton, with suspected spinal injuries. The boy was bodyboarding when he was dumped by a large wave this afternoon Emergency services were called when the teenager complained about the loss of feeling in his legs. His condition is now listed as stable.

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EYE CHECKS FOR OVER 50s

An initiative to help older Australians keep their sight has made its debut in Coffs Harbour. The Vision Van is on an around Australia journey to raise awareness of macular degeneration which affects one in seven people over the age of 50.

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RICHIE WILLIAMSON NEW CLARENCE MAYOR

Newly-elected Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, has declined to comment on claims that he has been told to quit his job as a radio broadcaster in Grafton, because of a potential conflict of interest. Mr Williamson today defeated former mayor Ian Tiley, six votes to three, in a ballot for the top job.

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UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERIES OF STILLBIRTH

16,000 mothers who gave birth at the John Hunter Hospital between 1995 and 1999, have inadvertently contributed to a very important study. Information gathered from thousands of pregnancies is helping researchers to understand stillbirths, and hopefully find ways to prevent them.

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MAN REFUSED BAIL OVER POLICE ASSAULT

A Coffs Harbour man appeared in court today, charged with assaulting a police officer at a rugby league game at Woolgoolga last month. Police allege 19-year-old Nathan Wood kicked a female officer in the head, knocking her unconscious during a brawl at the Group-2 grandfinal. Wood was remanded in custody to appear again in Coffs Harbour Court on the 11th of November. The accused is facing a string of charges. [display_podcast]

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MARINA PLANS

The people of Port Macquarie have now seen plans to give the foreshore a facelift. And while most are very pleased with more plants and seating, there are concerns a multi-storey building at Westport Park wound ruin the landscape.

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