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LOCK-OUT LATEST

Pubs in Hamilton could soon be forced to adopt the same late-night trading hours as those imposed on licensed venues in Newcastle. Police say while they hope to enter into a voluntary lockout arrangement, they haven’t ruled out taking legal action to get what they want.

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LOCAL HEROES

They’re seldomly recognised for their invaluable voluntary work behind kitchen doors around Australia. But today the spotlight was on the army of volunteers who work for Meals on Wheels, a service which provides much more than a bite to eat.

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POWER STATION WORKERS PLEA

Workers at two Hunter Valley power stations have issued a last minute plea to the government not to sell the state’s electricity industry. They say privatisation isn’t in the public’s interest and are calling on Labor MPs not to bow to party pressure.

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BEIJING GOLD BACK IN THE HUNTER

There were mixed emotions for the Hunter’s Olympians upon their return from Beijing. Some are already planning for London 2012, for others it’s the end of their elite playing days. But all are looking forward to simply having some time off.

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DONORS NEEDED TO STEM BLOOD SHORTAGE

The Red Cross in the Hunter is crying out for blood donors as a national shortage begins to bite. If blood supplies dwindle further, some elective surgery procedures may have to be postponed. Staff at the blood bank say they havn’t seen it this quiet in years. It’s a rare situation, but there is now barely enough blood in storage to meet the demand of the next week.

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POWER PRIVATISATION VOTE

It’s been confirmed four Labor MPs from the Hunter will cross the floor on Thursday, to vote against the Premier’s power privatisation plan. Only two local Labor MPs will support the sell off, while the Liberal Party remains uncommitted.

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SOMETHING IN THE BAY AIR

There was something in the air at Nelson Bay today and thousands of people packed the foreshore to catch a glimpse. Port Stephens proved the ideal setting for the Sky’s the Limit Air Spectacular, as mother nature turned on a perfect winter’s day. The aerobatic display had a little bit of everything to satisfy those with a need for speed. Scale models of some of the aircraft were also on display, but the real thing proved a much bigger attraction.

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