Trains: Passengers travelling on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line to stations on the T1 North Shore Line are advised to allow additional travel time due to earlier signal equipment repairs at Chatswood. Passengers should change at Hornsby for a T1 North Shore Line train to their destination. Passengers should also listen to announcements and check indicator boards as stopping patterns may change.
Weather: Shower or two in Newcastle, Nelson Bay (both 23 degrees); possible shower in Wallsend, Toronto (both 24 degrees); morning fog and a possible shower in Raymond Terrace (23 degrees).
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Beachwatch: The lovely autumn beach weather just keeps on coming with today’s conditions similar to yesterday. The wind will be light south to south-east with the swell continuing to fade and will only be around half to one metre from the south-east. Wave conditions will be glassy but some banks may struggle due to the smaller swell. In the city try the reef breaks at Nobbys, the Cowrie Hole, Newcastle, the Bar to Merewether stretch and Dudley. Down south try Hams, Catho and Frazer Park and at Port Stephens try Samurai and One Mile. Most beaches will be good for a swim. The water temperature is 20 degrees.
THE state government will set aside 30 affordable housing units on the former heavy rail corridor for “key workers” including police, nurses and teachers – but it wants the city’s council to help foot the bill. Read more.
A MAN sentenced to 24 years’ jail for the murder of an elderly Gloucester man after a single punch has had his sentence reduced by more than half after successfully appealing the murder conviction and pleading guilty to manslaughter. Read more.
THE country’s largest King Cobra, Raja, has been measured, weighed and milked for its venom at its Australian Reptile Park home. Read more.
THE NSW government will begin market testing to find a buyer to redevelop The Store building in Newcastle West, but the building’s heritage-listed facade is unlikely to survive. Read more.
A SWATHE of land near Black Hill has been rezoned to make way for a Hunter freight hub and industrial precinct spruiked as a new home for up to 1000 jobs. Read more.
BRIAN Bell will call time on a career in local government spanning half a century in June, when he will retire as Lake Macquarie City Council general manager. Read more.
Car park congestion at Birubi Point could soon become a worry of the past with plans for a transport interchange gathering momentum. Read more.
NEWCASTLE’S light rail system will come with no strings attached, after the NSW government announced the Hunter Street system will be the only one in Australia with a majority wire free line. Read more.
Where to pay your respects this Anzac Day in Lake Macquarie. Read more.
A POPULAR Islington cafe had a surprise visit from an unlikely customer on Tuesday morning. Read more.
ONCE the scourge of the Newcastle defence, former Mariners striker Roy O’Dovonan will now have the chance to be the Jets' saviour in front of goals. Read more.
State of the nation
► Tasmania: Police have so far banned five individual firearms based on their appearance, according to newly-introduced guidelines.
Assistant Commissioner Richard Cowling said following a review of the Sydney Seige in 2014, the nation’s police services agreed to review their own data.
► Wagga, NSW: A mother was told her missing child had been “raped and dumped in the bushes” during a sickening phone call hoax on Easter Monday.
Lisa Moellers spent seven hours desperately searching Glenfield Park for her son Mason Stuart, 9, when an anonymous “creep” sent her into a state of hysteria.
► Jimboomba, QLD: Motorists are being warned to slow down and be extra vigilant in school zones when school returns in Queensland from Tuesday, April 18.
► Northern Territory: NT Police say they have had a lot of questions from the public about where you can and can’t ride quad bikes/buggies.
Police said the basic answer was that any motor vehicle driven in any public space has to be registered.
► Newcastle, NSW: Once the scourge of the Newcastle defence, former Mariners striker Roy O’Dovonan will now have the chance to be the Jets' saviour in front of goals.
O’Donovan has agreed to terms on a two-year deal and is expected to put pen to paper on Wednesday.
► Victoria: A teenager who allegedly assaulted a man in the Ballarat Police Station cells has been charged and remanded into custody.
An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said paramedics were called to the Dana Street cells at midday on Sunday April 9 to treat a man with upper body injuries.
Eye on the weather
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► Bangkok: No visit to Thailand is complete without eating at street stalls. Papaya salads, braised duck, steaming noodles and grilled whole fish are among exciting and bewildering choices.
Ever tried giem ee, the hand rolled noodles doused in long-simmering chicken broth and topped with peanuts, julienned green beans and chicken wings braised overnight?
► London: British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap election, to win a mandate for her vision of a "hard" Brexit.
The election will take place on June 8, assuming she wins a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
"It is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond," the Prime Minister said, in an unusual statement on the steps of 10 Downing Street.
Faces of Australia
WAR-TIME stories and tales about his welcoming nature were all the talk at Neville Davis’ 105th birthday party.
Mr Davis served in World War II and was a Royal Navy bomb disposal officer in Ceylon as the war ended.
He was badly burned by explosives during this time, but was still required to diffuse a bomb washed up on a beach.
► INSTAGRAM: “These days, people want what’s real." @youngparis is a triple threat rapper, dancer, and model who is bringing Congolese style to his music.
His latest EP, "Afrobeats," is a mashup of modern African music that’s equal parts R&B, EDM, and hip-hop. After his father passed away, Paris made the decision to start wearing maquillage — traditional face paint — everyday as a tribute to him.
“It’s my way of keeping him with me wherever I go. I have a very strong culture dynamic, so my goal is continue to instill that self-love in people of color.” Head to @thecut to read more. Photo by: Bryan Derballa, via New York Magazine.
On this day …
1770 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia
1775 American Revolution begins - Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
1909 Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church
1995 Oklahoma City bombing - a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building kills 168 & injures 500
2011 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.