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Hunter may become home to 21 new  mines

Mike Baird at Drayton South Mine project site in Drayton.
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Peter Hannam 6:34 PM   The Baird government may have to decide on as many as 21 new coal mines or expansion projects in the Hunter Valley in coming years, juggling competing interests from other industries and local communities squeezed by the growth.

Knox teacher worked in schools after arrest

Chris Fotis after giving evidence leaves the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse on Tuesday.

Rachel Browne 1:32 PM   After failing to appear at the royal commission's inquiry into Knox Grammar School, former teacher Christopher Fotis has been apprehended and gives his evidence. 

The plan to honour Richie Benaud

The Parramatta City Council is preparing a report on the possibility of opening a museum dedicated to cricketer and commentator Richie Benaud.

Melanie Kembrey 3:52 PM   Parramatta Council is considering opening a Richie Benaud Museum, similar to the well known Bradman Museum.

The spend-happy generation 

Generation X has been pinpointed as the biggest contributor to the near-record national debt on credit cards.

Esther Han 3:40 PM   They owe the biggest amounts on credit cards, but Australians aged 35 to 54 are the least likely to pay off their balance in full each month, new research shows.

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Australians traumatised at Bali 9 deaths

Condemned Australians Andrew Chan and  Myuran Sukumaran will likely face execution by Indonesian firing squad on Wednesday morning.

Amy Corderoy 6:17 PM   Many Australians may feel distressed and even traumatised by the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, a leading psychologists says.

'It isn't liked when people raise issues in this union'

At the hearing: Russell Wilson agreed that union members were victimised if they spoke up about concerns.

Anna Patty 5:25 PM   The Royal Commission hears a union member was "sent to a psychiatrist" for raising concerns about the Electrical Trades Union.

Kids win trip to big smoke for  attendance

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Colin Stafford,11, from  Palm Island at Bondi Icebergs with other school children as part of The Cathy Freeman Foundation. 28th April 2015
Photo Dallas Kilponen

Julie Power 6:31 PM   Only a few years ago, 11 year-old Waisie Miller's perfect attendance at Palm Island's Bwgcolman​ Community School would have been rare.

Fred Nile assured pokie reforms are in play

 Fred Nile at the Legislative Assembly nominations on March 12.

Sean Nicholls   The horse trading between the Baird government and the Reverend Fred Nile is under way, with gambling policy first up for grabs.

Nightmare on Parramatta Road

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How Gloria racked up a debt of thousands

Case study Gloria Taylor. Wesley Report into financial hardship reveals there has been a seven per cent increase in the number of New South Wales households who are experiencing financial stress. Gloria Wesley at home who is a client of Wesley services.
Photography Brendan Esposito.
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Rachel Browne 8:38 AM   One crisis and Gloria Taylor found her family spiralling into debt. Her family is among a million in NSW spending more than it earns.

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ACCC rejects claims that shoppers will suffer

Rod Sims, head of the ACCC, spoke at the International Chamber of Commerce's roundtable on competition policy in Sydney.

Esther Han   Supermarkets' claims that shoppers will be charged higher prices and be deprived of new stores under a proposed change to misuse of market power rules are false, the competition watchdog boss says.

Union official says ALP loan wasn't discussed 

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Anna Patty   The assistant secretary of the Electrical Trades Union, Paul Sinclair, has told the royal commission into trade union corruption that a decision by his organisation to loan the NSW ALP $500,000 in 2010 was never discussed by the union executive as required under the union's rules.

At least 50 ICAC findings in doubt 

Crown Prosecutor, Margaret Cunneen, SC. The Cunneen case concerned one of the meanings of "corrupt conduct" in the ICAC Act.

Michaela Whitbourn   At least 50 findings made by the Independent Commission Against Corruption over the past decade have been thrown into doubt.

Man dies after falling from 12th floor 

Help: Firefighters could respond.

Patrick Begley 11:59 PM   A man has died after falling from the 12th floor of a building in Sydney's east on Monday morning

Was there another Ivan Milat crime?

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Georgina Mitchell   Ivan Milat allegedly shot someone decades before the notorious backpacker murders.

Police car allegedly driven by handcuffed man

The scene at Ashtonfield after a house was hit by a police car allegedly driven by a handcuffed man on Sunday.

Dan Proudman   A man handcuffed and in the back of a marked police car has allegedly been able to clamber over to the driver's seat for an unsuccessful attempt at freedom.

ETU faces royal commission into trade unions

The front page of the Electrical Trades Union newsletter depicting Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a Nazi.

Anna Patty   The royal commission into union corruption is expected to scrutinise a loan the NSW Electrical Trades Union made to the Labor Party five years ago.

Academic cleared of anti-Semitism 

University of Sydney vice-chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

Peter Munro   The University of Sydney has cleared a prominent academic of anti-Semitism but still threatened him with the sack in relation to an ugly protest at its main campus. 

Retired brigadier to lead storm recovery

Retired Brigadier Darren Naumann has a big task ahead him in the wake of the NSW storms.

Sean Nicholls   Retired Australian Army Brigadier Darren Naumann has been appointed to lead the recovery of the storm ravaged Hunter and Central Coast.

Highlights

The spend-happy generation leading the way in credit-card debt

They owe the biggest amounts on credit cards - and they're the least likely to pay off their balance in full each month.

Antonia Kidman's former husband dies in New York

Angus Hawley's death is the second tragedy in less than a year for the high-profile family.

D-Day looms for Baird over ICAC

Premier Mike Baird could face a backlash within his own party if he agrees to anti-corruption chief Megan Latham's request to give ICAC more teeth.

Man-bags a must-have

Of the two man purses Fernando Barraza​ owns, only one comes in lurid green leather with pony-hair polka dots. His other "murse​" is more demure. Then there are his tote bags, messenger bags, laptop bags, gym bags, overnight bags, backpacks and a bright-coloured coin purse.

Will climate change mean worse storms for NSW?

Probably the last thing politicians and disaster-hit communities want to think about is whether climate change will make tempests more frequent and more intense.

Anzac Day: What's on in Sydney and NSW

Your guide to commemorating Anzac Day around Sydney and NSW.

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Hail batters Sydney

Heavy rain and hail blanket large areas of Sydney on Anzac Day afternoon.

Hunter region devastated by floodwaters

Aerial vision shows the devastating damage left behind by the April storms in the Hunter region, where flooding and property damage were still widespread on Wednesday. Vision courtesy of the Newcastle Herald.

The sea foam of Stormageddon

Sydney resident Sylvia Freedman talks about the moment she awoke to a sea of foam whipped up by the #sydneystorm at Avoca Beach on Wednesday morning.