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Hunter roads: All Hunter roads are clear this morning.
Hunter trains: There is a good service on the Central Coast and Newcastle line and major delays the Hunter line. Passengers travelling on the Hunter Line are advised to allow plenty of additional travel time due to urgent track equipment repairs at Maitland. Passengers should listen to announcements and check indicator boards.
Hunter weather: Mostly sunny with a possible chance of showers in Newcastle (21 degrees), mostly sunny in Raymond Terrace (22 degrees), sunny day with possible showers in Maitland (24 degrees) and a mostly sunny day with a chance of showers and a thunderstorm in Scone (23 degrees).
Hunter beachwatch: Nice and clean with some fun looking peaks at just about all locations, Little inconsistent but will be worth getting wet for. Winds forecast to head around to the southwest then to the southeast later in the morning – Daniel Mason
►Vera Crebert was 87 when her family reluctantly decided to place her into an aged care facility. She was the much loved matriach of an enormous family – with nine children and nearly fifty grandchildren – but even with many willing pairs of hands, the toll of providing around-the-clock care at home was proving too much. Within a few months of moving into SummitCare’s nursing home at Wallsend in late 2012, she was dead. More here.
►NEWCASTLE Jets are optimistic that an injury to Ben Kantarovski’s problematic right knee, which forced the home-grown utility from the field on Saturday night, will not be long-term. More here.
►HUNTER-owned 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist has been retired to stud. Owners Australian Bloodstock, theHunter syndication companyProtectionist took to international prominence, had long abandoned hopes of running theseven-year-old entire in the Melbourne Cup this year but were aiming to race him on Tuesday(AEDT)in thegroup 1 of Grosser Preis von Bayern (2400 metres) in Germany. More here.
►A BULL rider has been flown to John Hunter Hospital sufferingserious head injuries after being kicked in the head by one of the beast’s at a New England rodeo. A Hunter Westpac rescue helicopter spokesman said the 21-year-old wasbelieved to have been kicked by the bull at Guyra on Saturday night. More here.
►PHILIPPA Colelough describes straight-talking blogger and author Constance Hall as the older sister many women didn’t realise they needed. “Constance is saying the things that for so long we have been ashamed to say,” said Ms Colelough, a mother of four from Maryland. More here.
►A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. More here.
►YOU could feel the buzz in the air. DenmanOval filled with people from near and far on Saturday, eagerto watchthe Denman Pig Races. More here.
► THE state government is expected to back down on key partsof its controversial plan to expand the Cessnock jail, with Cessnock MP Clayton Barr saying the government is “likely” to close the main entrance to the facility. More here.
► Joy and nostalgia filled the air at the last ever Jazz in the Vines festival. More here.
► THE annual Christmas lights spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens, at Pokolbin, will be switched on next Friday night (November 4). More here.
►DAY 2 action from the Fire and Rescue NSW State Firefighter Championships, at Norah Head, has been fast and competitive, living up to the event’s reputation as“the Olympics of firefighting”. Wyong station commander Captain Jamie Loader said the championships comprise15 events which test “the skills, processes and equipment that firefighters rely on” in real-life scenarios. More here.
► A shark-tracking buoy has been placed off Lake Macquarie’sRedhead Beach. The buoy will be used to monitor the movements of acoustically tagged sharks along the NSW coast. More here.
►IT wasn’t the fastest aircraft in the air this afternoon, it wasn’t the most agile, and it didn’t perform a single trick manoeuvre but, make no mistake, Felix the Black Cat was the star of this show. More here.
►Port Stephens MP Kate Washington was one of six Hunter MPs to meet with charity organisations last week to discuss the challenges faced by not-for-profit groups and the people they support. More here.
► MURRAY’S Craft Brewing Company has confirmed it plans to level and rebuild its cellar door at Bobs Farm after fire ripped through it on October 14. Despite firefighters’ best efforts the cellar door, including kitchen, were extensively damaged. More here.
Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.
► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.
► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.
► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.
► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.
► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.
► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.
► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.
► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.
►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.
National weather radar Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News
International news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.
► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.
►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.
It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.
Faces of Australia:Betty ShepherdAS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.
Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris
This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.
Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.