Your morning news snapshot from around the Hunter, regional Australia and beyond.
Anita Beaumont Study strikes a nerve with spread of cancer.
Latika Bourke The Greens MP Adam Bandt has linked the fatal Cyclone Debbie raging across northern Queensland to a proposed new coal-fired power plant saying more people will suffer.
Nassim Khadem Tax fights involving Amazon and Chevron will have major implications for other companies in long-running disputes.
Adam Gartrell, Political Correspondent Malcolm Turnbull has refused to rule out further regulating electricity prices to get a better deal for consumers as energy retailers declared his new inquiry will "bust the myth" there is any price-gouging in the market.
Matthew Knott "This will be giving a free ticket to racism and telling the whole world we don't care about minorities".
Sean Nicholls The Star casino is being threatened with legal action by a prominent Sydney restaurateur
David Wroe, national security correspondent Australian combat aircraft were not involved in an airstrike against Islamic State militants that allegedly killed at least dozens of civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, Defence Minister Marise Payne has said.
Rachel Clun A group of European backpackers who came to Bowen to do farm work are among those taking shelter at the town's high school as Cyclone Debbie barrels towards the Queensland coast.