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Renee Fedder is a journalist and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle. She has worked for the company for the past three years, since completing a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle.

WEATHER: SATURATED SATURDAY BEFORE MARVELLOUS MONDAY

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It was a very wet Easter at times, but as expected, it all blew over allowing us to dry out before the long weekend’s end. We squeezed in a great day before a big line of storms made its way across the west this afternoon. This is a pre-frontal trough. The front behind it has lots of cold air wrapped up in it. This will make sure the Autumn weather roller coaster stays on track. Get ready for some cold nights and cooler days. Once the front moves through we won’t see much rain. It will be clear and cool across the region until costal showers develop at the end of the week. Read More »

MAGNUSSEN CLOCKS FASTEST 100M FREESTYLE TIME

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Port Macquarie swimmer James Magnussen has shrugged off criticism of his coaching switch, to claim the fastest 100-metre freestyle heat at the national championships. The 23-year-old clocked 48.76 seconds to top qualifying for tonight’s semi-finals, ahead of Cameron McEvoy with 49.07 seconds. Magnussen was the first to admit before the meet he was unsure how fast he would race, following a back injury and new training regime under new mentors Mitch and Lach Falvey. “It feels like the championships are just starting for me,” he said after his heat. “I blew off the cobwebs a bit this morning, I feel good.” Meanwhile fellow Port Macquarie athlete, Matt Banting, has been knocked out of the RipCurl Pro at Bells Beach this morning. Banting took on Australian veteran surfer Joel Parkinson in round three and narrowly missed his two-wave total of 14.84. Read More »

THIEVES STEAL $12,000 MOTORBIKE

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A Lake Macquarie resident has released CCTV footage, in the hope of catching two men who stole his motorbike. The brazen theives can be seen scoping out the property at Wyee Point Marina at around 7:30am on Good Friday. They then reverse their black Mitsubishi, which is towing a trailer, on to the front yard, before loading up the $12,000 Yamaha motorbike and driving off. Both men were wearing dark-coloured hooded jumpers, one with a visible print on the front and back. Anyone with information should contact police. Read More »

DOYALSON CRASH CLAIMS ANOTHER YOUNG LIFE

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A nine-year-old boy has lost his fight for life, after a car crash at Doyalson on Saturday. A Holden Astra and Toyota Hilux collided on Wyee Road just after 5pm in heavy rain. The boy was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, along with his eight-year-old sister, but sadly both passed away. A 12-year-old boy, as well as four women aged between 31 and 61, were taken to John Hunter Hospital and are in a stable condition. Read More »

FATAL STABBING ON CENTRAL COAST

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal stabbing on the Central Coast. Just after midnight, police were called to a licensed premises on Main Road at Toukley, where they found two men aged in their 20s with stab wounds. Police allege the men were injured during a fight with four other patrons. Both were treated by parademics, but the 28-year-old went into cardiac arrest and later died. A 25-year-old man remains in a serious condition at Gosford Hospital. A 20-year-old man has been arrested and is assisiting police with their inquiries. Read More »

STRONG START FOR TOURISM OPERATORS IN PORT STEPHENS

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Tourism operators in Port Stephens have experienced a strong start to the Easter long weekend. Despite predictions of wet weather, visitors have flocked to the region, with most accommodation already booked out. Read More »

ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE IN HUNTER SCHOOL

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A Hunter father says more needs to be done to protect children living with a disability in schools, claiming his six-year-old, who has severe Dyspraxia, was mistreated. It comes a day after shocking allegations emerged about the treatment of a 10-year-old Autistic boy in Canberra. Read More »

RSPCA PLEASED WITH LUCKY’S PROGRESS

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The sole survivor of a shocking animal cruelty case in the Hunter is improving in leaps and bounds. But while Lucky is progressing well, the RSPCA says she’s not completely in the clear. Read More »

A YEAR ON: MIXED RESULTS FOR BRANXTON BUSINESSES

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Branxton businesses have reported mixed results, a year after the town was bypassed by the Hunter Expressway. While some are thriving, others have seen a steep decline in trade. Read More »

MARITIME UNION RALLIES AGAINST BP’S DECISION

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Around 50 members of the Maritime Union rallied in Newcastle today, against BP’s decision to retire one of its fuel tankers. The union is concerned about moves to replace the Australian ship’s workers with foreign labour. Read More »

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