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Hunter roads: All Hunter roads are clear this morning.
Hunter trains: There is a good service on the Central Coast and Newcastle line and the Hunter line.
Hunter weather: Cloudy with rain for Newcastle (20 degrees), rain in Raymond Terrace (18 degrees), rainy day in Maitland (18 degrees) and a wet and rainy day for Scone (18 degrees)
Hunter beachwatch: After a near perfect spring day to start off the new season it’s all going out the window for today. We’ll have mainly onshore winds, overcast skies and more than a few showers. The wind will be east to north-east but may head more to the north later in the day. The swell is from the south-east around half to one metre with the northern ends having the better conditions. Around town try Newcastle, Bar Reef, The Cliff, North Dudley and Redhead. Down south try Frenchmans, North Catho and Soldiers. At Port Stephens try Samurai and Birubi. If you’re keen for a swim most beaches will be okay but it is cool in. The water temperature is 16 degrees.
►SAVE our Rail were trying to “save our parliament”, lawyers for the group have argued.The group is seeking to have theCourt of Appeal judgement in favour of the governmentset aside,along with an order that the community group pay the government’s legalcosts, thought to be more than $800,000. More here.
►HE was the Catholic bishop whose term in office started in 1995 with two of the Hunter’s most notorious paedophile priests, was dominated for16 years by “quite explosive local problems of historical abuse”, and ended with his request for early retirement, exhausted by the struggle within his own church. More here.
►EVEN having a parishioner walk in on him while he was abusing an altar boy was not enough to stop serial paedophile Vince Ryan, the Royal Commission has heard. More here.
►CHARLESTOWN residents are fighting the installation of a 31-metre Optus mobile phone tower they say is “completely inappropriate” for a suburban streetand potentially dangerous for human health. More here.
►It’s only been a few days, but most of the bricks have been laid, the tiling is done, the internal walls are up and the kitchen has been installed.There’s no question that this year’s Build for a Cure House is being built with love. More here.
►Christie Dawes has been there and done it all before but the 36-year-old from Merewetherwillarrive in Rio this Sunday in career-best form. More here.
►LABOR have accused NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklianof “putting a brake on economic development in Newcastle for a century” by putting a cap on container ships at the city’s port. More here.
►FOR Brooke Osland, there is no higher compliment than when someone asks where she bought her dress. More here.
►PRESSURE is mounting on the state government to reopen the iconic Bogey Hole, with Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp accusing the government of denying a “rite of passage” for a generation of Novocastrians. More here.
►IT took less than five minutes to lift the final span of the Market Street walkway from its perch of 30 years to the ground on Thursday. More here.
►UNIVERSITIES need to ensure they bring their support services to students in need, instead of waiting for pupilsto seek help, according to visiting scholar Professor Jacqueline Stevenson. More here.
►THE Royal Commission has heard that bishop Michael Malone intervened to stopa priest later convicted for paedophilia being appointed as principal of St Francis Xavier College in 1997. More here.
►He isn’t the biggest in the dojo, but seven-year-old Daniel James has all the makings of a prodigious martial artist. More here.
► A small rural lobby group has called on the state government to intervene in the development application process for aseniors’ living project at Berry Parkit believes should have gone before the Joint Regional Planning Panel. More here.
►Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore has defended councillors accused of sitting on their handsduring the limbo council merger period. More here.
►A fire that destroyed a home at Weston on Wednesday night is being treated as suspicious. More here.
► A NATIONAL survey could aim to determine the size of the recreational fishing take. More here.
►THE sun shone bright down on Westlakes Netball Association’s courts on Saturday where semi-final action was beingheld. More here.
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►NEWCASTLE: TheRoyal Commission has heard that bishop Michael Malone intervened to stopa priest later convicted for paedophilia being appointed as principal of St Francis Xavier College in 1997.Although he did this, he told the commission he did not report the priest, Brother Dominic, to the police, and left it to others to deal with. Read more
Bishop Michael Malone leaves Newcastle Courthouse on Thursday after giving evidence.
►ALBURY:A womanhas been charged with murder after a man was stabbed to death in West Albury on Thursday.Police found Scott Dickinson, 48, dead in his Hibiscus Crescent home about 5.25am after receiving a triple-0 call.
Items are removed from the home.
►WAGGA: The city will absorb a significant blowto its highway patrol resources amid revelationstwo of the city’s police motorcycle units willbe removed from the region.
Two motorbikes will be relocated to the South Coast.
►BALLARAT:Wendouree MP Sharon Knight will table a petition calling for a school bullying inquiry in state parliament.Ms Knight said on Thursday she would table the petition currently being circulated around Ballarat by aconcerned parents group in the Legislative Assembly.
Wendouree MP Sharon Knight.
►TAMWORTH:A policeofficer convicted of perjury and fabricating evidence after an incident in a police cell almost seven years ago has been handed a suspended jail sentence.
Convicted: Sergeant Anthony Kirk, pictured in November, 2013, receiving a bravery award from NSW Police. Photo: Great Lakes Advocate
►TASMANIA: Recreational fishers have hit out at a draft report by theProductivity Commissionrecommending the introduction ofsaltwater recreational fishing licences to Tasmania, labelling the proposal a cash grab.
►KATHERINE: All votes received for the Division of Katherine will be counted for a third time on Monday.The NT electoral commission will conduct recounts in thedivisionsdefined as close, with less than 100 votes separating the leadcandidates. Read more
The ALP’s Sandra Nelson leads by 39 votes.
National news►The Turnbull government suffered an embarrassing setback just as MPs were preparing to fly home on Thursday afternoon, losing its first vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Senior ministers including Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Social Services Minister Christian Porter were absent from the chamber, allowing Labor to defeat an adjournment motion.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Canberra on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
►He’s risen tonational attention as theChinesebusinessman who forked out for Senator Sam Dastyari’s travel bill.But the story ofMinshen Zhuis far bigger than just the NSW Labor powerbroker.
Dr Zhu is a man with links to the communist government in China, helping trigger renewed debate about political donations and the rising importance of Chinese money in Australia. Read more
Dr Zhu with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2015. Photo: TEI
►A planned concert seriesglorifying the life of Chairman Maohas been cancelled in Sydney and Melbourne after strong backlash within the Chinese community prompted police concern over public safety were it to go ahead.
The tribute to MaoZedong, marking the 40th anniversary of his death, touched a raw nerve among many Chinese-Australians, whose families suffered under the former Communist Party’s brutal legacy, with the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward contributing directly to the deaths of tens of millions. Read on
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— ABC News (@ABC) September 1, 2016Onthis daySeptember 2, 1945: Japan surrendered to theU.S.aboard theUSS Missouri, ending World War II. The war ended six years and one day after it began.
The faces of Australia: Judy MartinJUDY Martin was just 16 or 17 when she started working as a nurse at Inglewood hospital. Today,at the age of 70, Ms Martin is bidding farewell to her decades-long joband retiring.
Ms Martin’s mother worked as a cook at the hospital, so she began working there too. Read more
Nurse Judy Martin is retiring, more than 50 years after she began working at Inglewood hospital. Picture: GLENN DANIELS