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HUNTER NPL PLAYERS PREPARE TO CONTEST FUTSAL WORLD CUP

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As Hunter football clubs prepare for the new NPL season, two players are about to embark on a different journey. Lambton’s Hakan Canli and Broadmeadow’s Matthew Hoole will fly to Belarus this weekend, to represent Australia at the Futsal World Cup. 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 »

TEAM EFFORT TO RESCUE INJURED TEEN

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A team effort was needed to get a 15-year-old boy to safety, after he fell three metres down an embankment in the Pokolbin State Forest yesterday afternoon. The teenager, who was attending an army cadets camp, required the help of his friends to carry him up the hill to the waiting Westpac Rescue Helicopter. “There was about 3,000 army cadets out there so we had quite a few and he was from a school in Sydney so all of his school mates helped carry him up so it was a really good effort on their behalf.” He was flown to John Hunter Hospital suffering a suspected broken leg. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

JUNIOR JOURNOS: GRAHAMSTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOL

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Now to our first Junior Journos segment for 2015 with Grahamstown Public School. Students are taking part in a program run by the University of Newcastle, proving it’s never too early to start thinking about your future. Read More »

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ANIMAL CRUELTY

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A 25-year-old man from Kurri Kurri has pleaded guilty to four counts of animal cruelty at East Maitland Local Court today. Nathan Thompson took 11 Bull Terrier cross puppies into bushland off McLeods Road on Wednesday and began hitting them over the head with a rock. The RSPCA found seven puppies later that afternoon, but only one survived. Mr Thompson was given the puppies free of charge by a man who put them up for sale online but couldn’t sell them. He was granted bail and will be sentenced next month. We’ll bring you the full story on NBN News tonight at 6. Read More »

MAL LEYLAND OPENS UP ABOUT LIFE ON THE ROAD

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For decades, the legendary Leyland brothers brought us tales of adventure from the great outdoors. Now, a few years after the sad passing of Mike, his brother Mal has written a book on the hard roads they travelled in the outback, and in their personal lives. Read More »

AFRICAN WILD CATS ARRIVE IN THE HUNTER

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Meet Nia and Amiri, the newest additions to Hunter Valley Zoo. NBN News got a sneak peek of the African Wild Cats, which have been released into their enclosures today. Arriving from Melbourne Zoo, the animals can jump about three metres in the air and each weigh around 20-kilograms. Nia and Amiri are separated at the moment, but will be together in the public enclosure in a few weeks. Keepers at the zoo hope to breed the pair next year. Read More »

PUPPIES BASHED AND DUMPED AT KURRI

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In a shocking case of animal cruelty, seven puppies were bashed and dumped in bushland at Kurri Kurri. The RSPCA was called to the site off McLeod Road at around 5pm yesterday, where they found the tan and white-coloured Bull Arab cross puppies. Five died from critical head injuries, while two were in urgent need of treatment. Sadly, another died on the way to the vet. The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information to come forward, after a witness reported seeing a red Holden Commodore with P-plates at the location. Read More »

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