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: Partly cloudy with a sunny afternoon in Newcastle (21 degrees), partly cloudy day with sunshine in the afternoon for Raymond Terrace (22 degrees), partly cloudy with sunshine coming through in the afternoon in Maitland (23 degrees) and a partly cloudy morning clearing with sunshine in the afternoon in Scone (20 degrees).
Hunter beachwatch: A partly cloudy day with freshening offshore winds and a small low pressure system to form in the Tasman to the South. Swell will start off from the East then swinging to the South at 1 to 1.5m.Winds are out of the N/W at 10/15kts tending S/W by the afternoon. All beaches are sanded up and shallow low tide banks. Good clean conditions for the early surf and tide going high mid morning to suit the shorebreaks. Check The Alley,South Bar,Cliff and Dixon.Up at Port Stephens,One Mile and Samurai. Try Dudley,Redhead,Frenchmans and Catho to the South. Onshore with tide low for the late after work surf.Clean and clear if in for a swim. Nobbys,Bar Beach and Nobbys are patrolled.Water temp 17c.
► THE futures of the Bogey Hole and the former bowling club site in King Edward Park will become clearer when the state government makes a funding announcement on Monday. More here.
► A teenage boy has described holding his bleeding cousin in his arms and promising him he wouldn’t die, after the 15-year-old from Windale was stabbed in the abdomen at Caves Beach on Saturday night. More here.
► Souths have ended a 27-year premiership drought with a 21-12 win over Macquarie in the 2016 Newcastle Rugby League grand final at Hunter Stadium on Sunday. More here.
► More than 1000 brave souls stepped onto the churned earth of the arena, grabbed the reigns of bull and horse, and held on for dear life at the weekend’s Stroud Rodeo. More here.
► A high-ranking Nomads bikie from Newcastle has been charged with trafficking $750,000 worth of ecstasy from Darwin to Sydney. Police from the State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad were acting on a tip-off when they intercepted a freight package travelling between the two states, discovering three kilograms of MDMA. More here.
► Three weeks ago a concrete slab was the only indication of the frenetic activity that was about to unfold on a block of land at Billy’s Lookout Teralba. More here.
► HUNTER fans of 90s pop have been urged to save the date next Valentine’s Day, after four European groups added Newcastle to their national tour. More here.
► EVEN when Renae and Michael Meyers’ late daughter Jorja-Rose was at her sickest, they can’t remember her ever crying.
Mrs Meyers said doctors suggested when Jorja-Rose was just eight months old that she may have mitochondrial disease and warned her parents they were unlikely to light her first birthday candle. More here.
► The owners of a popular coffee house in inner city Newcastle have branched out to The Levee. But the move has been in the pipeline for a while. More here.
► Staff have lost their jobs at Lindeman’s after its owner Treasury Wine Estates announced it would close the cellar door and its 1843 Harvest Café at Pokolbin. More here.
► Dom Punch’s dream has been to drive again since he suffered a severe spinal injury a year ago. That goal could become a reality for the 28-year-old through a modified, wheelchair-accessible van. More here.
► KATE McDowell with co-artistic directory Nikki Kennedy of Crack Theatre will bring a festival of edgy arts and performance to This is Not Art (TiNA) in Newcastle this month. More here.
► THE passions of an eclectic group of artisans will fill a vacant Nelson Bay in the school holidays. More here.
► HELICOPTERS are being used to make aerial inspections of TransGrid’s high-voltage power lines across Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast. More here.
► SHOAL Bay Holiday Park has upgraded its safari tents. The holiday park is now taking bookings for stays in its eight new safari tents which Rebecca Smith, the business development manager for the Port’s beach side holiday parks, said offered a “comfortable camping experience”. More here.
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► HUNTER: A teenage boy has described holding his bleeding cousin in his arms and promising him he wouldn’t die, after the 15-year-old from the Hunter was stabbed in the abdomen on Saturday night.
The boy then picked up his cousin up and carried him along an alleyway towards some nearby homes to seek help. Read the full report.
► WIMMERA: River flooding is expected to peak on Monday morning after rain eased off over the weekend and water was diverted to multiple lakes.
With catchment areas soaked and many lakes full, the region is at risk of further flooding if heavy rains return later this month. More here.
► VICTORIA POINT: A man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava robbed a Victoria Point petrol station on Saturday night.
The man threatened a 21-year-old employee with the knife, demanding money from her. Read on.
►ALBURY: A woman who had her head smashed into concrete three or four times at an APCO service station wants to remain friends with her assailant.
Court proceedings have prevented Akashia Sharram Bunker, 23, and the victim from contacting each other. But Albury Local Court has heard they hope to resume their friendship once it’s legal to do so. Read on.
► MAITLAND: Dom Punch’s dream has been to drive again since he suffered a severe spinal injury a year ago.
That goal could become a reality for the 28-year-old through a modified, wheelchair-accessible van. But that van comes with a price tag in the six figure range. More here.
► BATHURST: The biggest time of the year – Race Week – is getting ever closer and Bathurst Regional Council has now announced the guide to off-track events.
The popular Supercars driver and transport parade will take its usual route up William Street to Kings Parade, kicking-off a jam-packed week on Wednesday, October 5 at 11.30am. More here.
► PORT STEPHENS: Veterinarian Donald Hudson has always found time to treat koalas over the past 20 years and the results speak for themselves.
In the past four weeks alone he’s operated three orthopedic surgeries on koalas in his Noah’s Ark clinic, all of them destined for release. More here.
►Black Caviar is a proud mum once again after giving birth to Snitzel filly in the Hunter Valley on Saturday. Read on.
► A simple band of gold found in a Perth street has sparked a major Facebook search to find the wedding ring's owner.
Facebook user Tony Croce sparked the search after he found the ring on the road in North Perth near Coles. Read on.
►More than one in five NSW coal mining jobs have gone since employment peaked four years ago, the industry body Coal Services has revealed.
A summary of statistics for the 2015-16 financial year also shows the number of coal mines in NSW has fallen from a modern peak of 62 in June 2010 to 40 in June 2016. Read on
► Two NSW members of the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Nomads, have been charged with trafficking $750,000 worth of ecstasy after a tip off that the drugs were being flown as freight on a flight between Darwin and Sydney. Read on.
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NEW YORK: An explosion in New York City neighbourhood Chelsea has injured dozens of people.
According to police reports, the explosion occurred on 23rd Street around 8.30pm on Saturday, September 17. More here.
RIO: Iranian paralympian Bahman Golbarnezhad has died following a cycling crash, Iran's national Paralympic committee has announced.
Golbarnezhad was competing in the men's C4/C5 road race when he lost control and crashed into the asphalt, breaking his neck. He was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital, but the 48-year-old later died. More here.
SINGAPORE: As Red Bull driver Max Verstappen approached turn 3 of Singapore’s Marina Bay circuit, he could never have suspected what would by lying on the road in front of him. Take a look.
On this day
1870: Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until January 28 1871)
1893: New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote
1985: Mexico City 8.1 earthquake kills 12,000 and injures 40,000
1986: US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients
Facts supplied: onthisday.com
The faces of Australia: Rhys Thomas
Rhys Thomas was given three months to live, but almost three years on he is alive and recovering well thanks to a medical breakthrough lauded as a “penicillin moment” for cancer treatment.
Since being diagnosed with melanoma in October 2013, the New Lambton father-of-three and anaesthetist has been participating in a clinical trial for a new class of cancer drugs that work through immunotherapy. Read the full story.