Weather: Showers in Newcastle, Raymond Terrace, Nelson Bay (all 22 degrees), Wallsend (23 degrees) and Toronto (24 degrees).
Beachwatch: We’ll see a fair bit of cloud, there’s the chance of a few showers and there’s a gale warning in place so it’s not looking all that inviting for the beach. The wind will be north to north-west before heading to the west later while the swell is from the east around half to one metre. Wave conditions should be nice and clean but many beaches will stru ggle to break on the morning high tide. Around town try North Stockton, the Cowrie Hole, Newcastle, The Cliff, Merewether, Dudley and Redhead. Down south try Hams, Catho, Frazer Park and Soldiers. At Port Stephens try Samurai and Birubi. Most beaches will be good for a swim but it is safest to stick to the flag ged areas. The water temperature is 17 degrees.
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
CONSTRUCTION is set to resume on the waterfront in Newcastle’s Honeysuckle precinct for the first time in a decade, with the NSW government agreeing to a plan for three new apartment buildings. Read more.
Newcastle apprentice jockey Samantha Clenton was facing surgery in a Sydney hospital next week after sustaining “crushed” vertebrae and a fractured collarbone in a second shocking race fall inside five months. Read more.
MARK Jones waited 15 years to coach the Newcastle Jets. It took the proud Novocastrian just two games to win his first game in charge. Read more.
THE all-conquering leadership team from Michel’s Patisserie, Toronto, has revealed plans to expand into China.Read more.
PHOTOS: Revellers gathered to support Dom Punch at the George Tavern for Punchy’s Carpark Party on Saturday. Read more.
SOLDIERS Point couple Nik Tyson and Kate Jackson will place their faith in one another in the Eastern Creek supersprint on Thursday.Read more.
PHOTOS: MORE than 5000 Color Run participants have descended on Tulkaba Park, Teralba, to be doused in a rainbow of powder for what has been billed as the “happiest five kilometres on the planet”. Read more.
ONE man is dead and another has been charged with dangerous driving after the 20-year-old fell from the back of a utility at Mungo Brush, north of Hawks Nest. Read more.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► LOTTAH: A man has been shot dead and another is in custody after a dispute between neighbours, police say. A 65-year-old man has been charged with murder after a 45-year-old man was found dead on a property at Lottah, near Weldborough. More here.
► BALLARAT: When Goliath ran after a cat no one expected the two would still be together when they were rescued from a Buninyong drain three hours later. But that’s exactly what occurred to the eight-year-old jack russell on Sunday morning. More here.
► WAGGA WAGGA: A costly report explaining why council’s former planning director left Wagga under a corruption cloud has been suppressed for four months. Wagga’s new mayor Greg Conkey has conceded the city’s residents have been “let down” by secrecy shrouding former high-ranking council official Andrew Crakanthorp’s controversial departure. More here.
► PORT FAIRY: Fisherman Daniel Hoey has seen great white sharks in the area before, but never this close up. The owner and operator of Salty Dog Fishing Charters in Port Fairy was chartering a private booking last Thursday when he was forced to fend off a shark with a humble broom after it sunk its teeth into his boat motor. More here.
► RICHMOND: Two Queensland families holidaying in the remote outback town of Richmond have together uncovered an exceptionally rare skeleton of a 100 million-year-old fish with an incredible swordfish-like head and monstrous teeth. More here.
► BENDIGO: A police sergeant has described an incident involving two Eaglehawk brothers over the weekend as the “closest brush with death” he has seen in four decades in the force. More here.
► MUSWELLBROOK: A Hunter Valley man working in his backyard shed has survived a bite from a death adder, one of the world’s most venomous snakes. More here.
► YEOVAL: The heroic and selfless actions of a passing motorist saved the lives of a father and son after their vehicle crashed into a tree on the Renshaw McGirr Way at on Saturday. More here.
► ALBURY: A District Court judge has sharply rebuked vandals who attacked the car of a man caught with child abuse photographs. Chris Hoy, SC, said there simply was “no room in our society” for such vigilante behaviour. More here.
► BATHURST: A farmer will have to foot the $1000 bill to remove asbestos dumped on his property by a driver who crashed through his fence. More here.
► Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been drawn into a deepening row between the country's two most senior lawyers after he was asked to confirm the government's chief legal adviser ticked off on a controversial bill allowing terrorists to be held in jail beyond their sentence. More here.
► Cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos has launched an attack on Labor's choice of former union official Kimberley Kitching to replace Stephen Conroy in the Senate, saying she had been referred for "further investigation" by the Heydon royal commission into union misconduct. More here.
► Women under the age of 25 gain little benefit from Pap smears according to a study that supports the federal government's decision to scrap cervical screening in younger women. More here.
► Almost 80 per cent of Australians think governments should insist that all new housing developments contain dedicated affordable housing, according to a new survey. More here.
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► BANGKOK: The coronation of Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be delayed more than a year as Thais mourn the death of their long-reigning king, Bhumibol Adulyadej. More here.
► TAIPEI: When Chinese tourists come to Taiwan, they don't go out at night. They stay in their hotel rooms so they can watch the talk shows, and marvel at the spectacle of citizens openly criticising and questioning their leaders: an entertainment not widely offered in mainland China. More here.
On this day
The faces of Australia: John and Gloria Moore
JOHN and Gloria Moore pledged their commitment to each other 70 years ago during a wedding ceremony in Wollongong.
The date of their nuptials was October 12, 1946.
In that year, Ben Chifley was the Prime Minister, The Overlanders, starring Chips Rafferty, was released, the bikini debuted in Paris and Tupperware was introduced in the US. Read more here.