Weather: Rain at times in Newcastle 20 and Scone (both 20 degrees) as well as Toronto, Nelson Bay, Maitland and Raymond Terrace (all 21 degrees).
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Beachwatch: High chance of rain during the morning and looks like the better waves will be during the afternoon with freshening offshore winds on the forecast. Swell is slowly dropping from the south south east at 0.8m to 1.2m. Wind from the north north-east before turning west at 10 to 15 knots. Low tide for the dawnpatrol causing some close outs.
POLL THE Coalition state government has quietly abolished a Hunter-based board it set up after the 2011 election to guide 20 years of the infrastructure development in the region. Read more.
METFORD couple Kay and Glenn Barber were retired and halfway through a trip around Australia when they found out their 15-month-old granddaughter had been taken into care by Family and Community Services. The Barbers are part of a growing number of Hunter grandparents and relatives caring for a loved one’s child. Read more.
STRESS caused by the loss of habitat is beginning to have a real effect on the health of koalas in Port Stephens, carers say. Read more.
THEY are the text messages that the prosecution say point to a killer. But black humour, expressions like “comes in threes” and even predicting which aged-care resident might be next to die are commonly used in nursing homes as a “coping mechanism” to deal with the constant stress of being around death, Newcastle Supreme Court has heard. Read more.
AT this time of year, Morisset Mowers and Chainsaws is usually flat out. But not this year. Proprietor Jason Miles said a problem with his phones threatened to send his business to the wall. Read more.
HOME-grown Mark Jones is a step closer to securing his dream job of coach at the Newcastle Jets. Read more.
PHOTOS WITH undoubtedly expert timing the Shaolin Warriors are bringing their dynamic kung fu production back to Newcastle. But fans better be as fast as lightning, with the spectacular to perform just one show, at Civic Theatre, on Thursday night. Read more.
PHOTOS LAYNE Beachley just couldn’t help herself. “How on earth am I meant to work and focus under these conditions?” she asked via Facebook. Read more.
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► CENTRAL WEST: NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says a new report released in Orange on Tuesday revealed 28 patients were underdosed in the Central West by Dr John Grygiel from 2006 to 2013.
The report however did not establish a connection between the underdosing and the subsequent death of 14 patients treated by Dr Grygiel in Orange and Bathurst. Read on.
► CENTRAL COAST: In the lead up to her death, school teacher Amanda Carter, 46, told a friend that her ex-fiance had "gone past the non-accepting stage and is entering the angry stage". Then one night in May 2010 real estate agent Ricardo Francis Herman Dasilva, 66, crept into her bedroom and bludgeoned her to death - to the point where she was unrecognisable. Read on.
► WIMMERA: Horsham’s Incident Control Centre has confirmed flooding in the Wimmera River is moving downstream having peaked at a number of areas.
The centre’s Melissa Douglas said flash flooding might still occur as a band of rain moves across the Wimmera. Read on.
► ORANGE: An Orange man allegedly caught with up to $67,000 worth of cocaine in a luxury car after he was stopped for speeding was on bail for a serious violence charge, Wagga Wagga Local Court has heard. Read the full report.
► CHAMBERS FLAT: A 19-year-old Chambers Flat man has been arrested for incest, perjury and perverting the course of justice offences.
The man was taken into custody on Tuesday in relation to the investigation of the murder of Tiahleigh Palmer. More here.
► HUNTER: Couple Kay and Glenn Barber were retired and halfway through a trip around Australia when they found out their 15-month-old granddaughter had been taken into care by Family and Community Services. More here.
► HENTY: Soaking rain throughout the Southern Riverina and strong commodity prices will help draw strong crowds to the 53rd annual Henty Machinery Field Days. Read on.
► GUNDAGAI: A truckie has emerged victorious in a legal battle with the Highway Patrol on Friday after he was wrongly pinged with a $669 fine. Wayne, who chose not to have his surname revealed, has warned motorists to double check their fines after a Gundagai magistrate reversed an infringement issued by police that was “riddled with inconsistencies”. More here.
► Senator Derryn Hinch has hit back at allegations by his former partner that he is "back on the booze" five years after a life-saving liver transplant
On Sunday night, his ex-partner Natasha Chadwick made the claim on Twitter. More here.
► An electrical fault is likely to have started a fire in the engine bay of a bus that burst into flames on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and caused traffic chaos in the city during rush hour last week, safety investigators say. More here.
► The number of Indigenous Australians dying on the roads is similar to the rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, and three to five times the national average, an international conference was told on Monday. Read the full report.
► Three men stuck on Uluru were rescued on Tuesday morning after delicate 11 hour operation.
The three Australian men, all aged 23, first got into trouble about midday on Monday, when they veered off the designated pathway into a restricted zone and became stuck in a crevice. More here.
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LONDON: The criminal investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has pinpointed the exact launch site of the missile that brought it down, a source close to the investigation says. Read on.
UNITED NATIONS: The world has been waiting for the day the United Nations put forward a plan on how to deal with the year-long global migrant crisis. With bated breath, we all waited for a moral compass, guidance on how to solve the world's worst people displacement since World War II. The day arrived, but sadly without much of a concrete plan or a binding blueprint. More here.
NEW YORK: Australia's humanitarian refugee intake will be set permanently at almost 19,000 per year and will now include a component of Central Americans under a series of pledges offered by Malcolm Turnbull in New York overnight. Read on.
USA: Actress Angelina Jolie has filed for a divorce from actor Brad Pitt, her husband of two years and romantic partner since 2005, her lawyer said on Tuesday, signaling the end of one of Hollywood's most glamorous and powerful couples. More here.
On this day
1621: King James I of England gives Sir Alexander Sterling royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia
1922: US President Warren G. Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
1937: J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published by George Allen and Unwin in London.
1949: Chinese Communist leaders proclaim People's Republic of China
1949: Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones
1954: 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned under Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson
Facts supplied: onthisday.com
The faces of Australia:Genni Kane
For lovers of Australian country music, the multi-award winning band Flying Emus is one of those iconic bands that entertained us all during the late 1980’s.
Up front and centre was Millthorpe singer Genni Kane whose strong effortless voice lifted the tunes above the standard country fare.
The Flying Emu’s disbanded in 1991 but Genni has kept on singing, whilst simultaneously taking on the extended family life. Read her story.