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REED MOVES UP IN AMERICAN SUPERCROSS SERIES

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Kurri’s Chad Reed has moved into outright fifth in the American Supercross Series, following a dramatic round in Florida. Reed qualified second fastest for the 20-lap final, but ran seventh early. The Australian managed to avoid several crashes, before the tight, twisting track eventually got the better of him. But the former world champion recovered to finish fifth, with American Ryan Dungey claiming the victory. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR HUNTER HURRICANES

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It was a great weekend for the Hunter Hurricanes men’s side in the National Water Polo League, winning back-to-back games against the Drummoyne Devils at Lambton Pool. Following Saturday’s one-goal win in a penalty shootout, the home side started well on Sunday. Daniel Robinson was on target to give Hunter the early lead. Mitch Baird got in on the act, as the Hurricanes began to add to their advantage. In a game that featured plenty of rough stuff, and a refereeing error, the hosts eventually hung on to win by one. Read More »

FINALS TIME FOR TOWNSVILLE FIRE

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Hunter basketballer Suzy Batkovic is hoping it’s a case of third time lucky in the WNBL grand final. Suzy’s Townsville Fire have lost the past two deciders to Bendigo and this Sunday they’ll meet in the decider again. Read More »

LEES TO SEND THREE RUNNERS TO WYONG

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Hunter trainer Kris Lees will send three runners to the opening heat of the Provincial Series at Wyong on Thursday. Selectify is likely to be his best chance in the $100,000 race over 1350 metres, despite drawing barrier 11. The third of five heats will be held at Broadmeadow on Wednesday March 18, with first, second and third in each heat qualifying for the $300,000 Provincial Championships Final at Randwick on April 11. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

CHILD IN HOSPITAL WITH MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE

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A child is in a serious condition at a Hunter hospital after contracting meningococcal disease. It’s the first case of the disease for the Hunter New England health region this year. People should seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as pain in the legs, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin colour. Later symptoms may include high fever, headache, neck stiffness and a rash of reddish-purple spots or bruises. Public health physician Doctor David Durrheim says while meningococcal can be serious, in most cases, early detection and treatment result in a full recovery. Read More »

TOP START FOR RUSSELL IN V8 DEVELOPMENT SERIES

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Novocastrian Motorsport’s Aaren Russell has made a flying start to the V8 development series, finishing on the podium in round one at Adelaide. Read More »

TILLEGRA DAM PROJECT BITES THE DUST

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Around 6,000 hectares of land, previously purchased for the scrapped Tillegra Dam project, is set to be sold off. Hunter Water has appointed Elders real estate to head the sale, with parcels of land to be sold via expressions of interest over a seven-week campaign. Minister for Natual Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries says it shows the project has well and truly been put to bed. “There can be no stronger sign to the people of Dungog that there will never be a Tillegra Dam than for Hunter Water to no longer own the land,” he said. Dungog mayor Harold Johnson hopes the sale is a turning point in revitalising the community and economy. Read More »

FATAL STABBING IN CESSNOCK

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A 48-year-old man has died after being stabbed at Cessnock this morning. Police were called to a home on Edgeworth Street at around 1am, where they found the man with a number of wounds. Officers started CPR, but he died at the scene. Police say a short time later, a car lost control and rolled into the crime scene they’d established. They found a 50-year-old man with multiple wounds. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition. Police believe the two incidents are linked. Read More »

GLENCORE TO CUT 120 JOBS ACROSS NSW

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The slowdown in the coal industry is again set to impact on Hunter jobs. Glencore, which has eight mines in the Hunter, is to cut production by 15 million tonnes this year. The reduction comes on top of Glencore’s recent three week shutdown and reflects a current oversupply of coal and low prices. Australia’s largest coal producer, Glencore expects around 120 jobs will be lost across its New South Wales operations, with discussions underway with the mining union and workers. Read More »

NEW ROLE FOR THE HUNTER’S LEAH POULTON

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She retired from playing for New South Wales last week, but Hunter-bred cricketer Leah Poulton has indicated she’s contemplating featuring in the first-ever women’s Big Bash series next season. “It’s definitely happening so exciting for women’s cricket. It could be something I’ll be involved in so we’ll wait and see how it all pans out.” For now she’s concentrating on her new role as the state’s female pathway manager. “It’s something I’m really excited about. Staying involved in cricket, coming back to Newcastle, getting young talented girls through the ranks to play for NSW and hopefully Australia.” (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

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