The seven roads choking the NSW economy

Mathew Dunckley and Jacob Saulwick   Audit spotlights transport networks as needing serious attention to cope with a growing population.

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Latest NSW news

Wran's son in court for bigger slice of estate

The estate of former NSW premier the late Neville Wran is estimated to be worth $40 million.

Louise Hall 11:44 PM   The 68-year-old adopted son of former premier Neville Wran is taking his stepmother to court for a larger slice of the late Labor giant's estimated $40m estate.

'Once in a lifetime opportunity'

David Borger of the Sydney Business Chamber.

Melanie Kembrey and Matt Wade 1:30 AM    One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.

Call for ban on track work for major events

Trackwork should not occur during major events, tourism advocates say.

Jacob Saulwick   The state's tourism lobby says work on the rail system in Sydney should not occur during major events such as the Vivid festival.

'Green' light bulb moment for councils

New LED street lights will save western Sydney councils an estimated $21 million over 20 years.

Lucy Cormack 4:48 PM   Nine Sydney councils are getting ready to turn off the lights – 13,000 of them – to save more than $20 million.

Child grooming charges after police sting

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Lisa Visentin 4:09 PM   A 54-year-old man has been charged with child grooming offences in Newcastle after an undercover police sting operation.

ICAC action on Macdonald 'invalid'

ICAC did not have the power to mount a prosecution against former NSW minister Ian Macdonald, a court has ruled.

Michaela Whitbourn 2:29 PM   A court has ruled that the Independent Commission Against Corruption invalidly commenced criminal proceedings against disgraced former Labor mining minister Ian Macdonald.

Callan Park: It's 'demolition by neglect'

Balmain MP Jamie Parker has called on the minister to take action, saying the government has left the 60 hectare harbourside site in limbo.

Deborah Snow   Uncertainty about the future of Callan Park is set to intensify following Sydney University's refusal to rule out the withdrawal of its College of the Arts from the area.

'We are going to smash her'

Murder victim: Colleen Deborah Ayers.

Louise Hall 1:52 PM   Ice user Michael Duffy replied 'Yeah OK' when Colleen Ayers' murderer told him, 'We are going to smash her", a court has been told.

Walsh Bay revamp gets green light

An artist's impression of Walsh Bay's new culture and arts hub.

Kate Aubusson   A multimillion-dollar plan has to transform Walsh Bay into a world-class arts precinct has been given the green light by the NSW government.

Plan to remove nurses from nursing homes

Jocelyn Hofman, a registered nurse from the Blue Mountains, is concerned changes to nursing laws could be dangerous for residents in nursing homes.

Amy Corderoy   Jocelyn Hofman has faced a lot in her career. But after nearly 30 years looking after nursing home residents, she is scared.

Wintry burst on the way for Sydney

Hold on: one rough day before conditions settle again.

Peter Hannam   A blast of wintry weather will most likely make Friday a wet one in Sydney.

Another Darwin trailblazes for the species

Chris Darwin, great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, at Sydney Opera House for the TEDx talks...championing the cause of endangered species.

Lucy Cormack   The great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin failed biology in school, but now has a passion for the environment.

Shoppers evict the home brands, except at Aldi

Discounter Aldi has won the loyalty of customers with its private label products.

Esther Han   Our love of major food chains doesn't extend to their in-house brands. Well, mostly.

Power companies to challenge price cuts

Household bills savings could be reduced if the power companies' appeal is upheld.

Sean Nicholls   Deep cuts to how much NSW electricity customers can be charged over the next four years - which promise to deliver annual savings of up to $300 on household bills - will be appealed by state-owned power companies.

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Secret report warns of light rail fatality risk

An artist's impression of the city leg of the planned eastern suburbs light rail line.

Jacob Saulwick   Sydney's new tram line from the city to the eastern suburbs is projected to cause more than one fatality a year, according to secret research commissioned by the state government.

Husband denied bail in cold case

Killed: Rita Caleo and her brother Dr Michael Chye.

Louise Hall   Mark Caleo, the man accused of masterminding the stabbing death of his wife Rita Caleo and the shooting death of her brother Michael Chye 25 years ago, has been denied bail in the Supreme Court.

Government scrambled after power report

Premier Mike Baird at the NSW parliamentary committee hearing into electricity privatisation last week.

Nicole Hasham   An expert report critical of the Baird government's power privatisation triggered a "fair degree of angst" in Premier Mike Baird's office, according to text messages that reveal the damage control deployed following the politically explosive findings.

ICAC wants 'quick resolution' of question about powers

Findings against mining mogul Travers Duncan may be overturned.

Michaela Whitbourn   The ICAC will not fight an application for the High Court to hear a challenge to retrospective laws passed to shore up its powers.

Few Australians warned of screening risks 

Many women are not told that while a mammogram could save their life, it could also lead to potentially invasive unnecessary treatment.

Amy Corderoy   Few people screened for certain cancers are being informed of risks from potentially dangerous treatments.

Urban school goes country and students love it

Pittwater High year 10 students Penny Fraser and Jason Beard with the school's chickens.

Eryk Bagshaw   They do things differently at Pittwater High where an electric fence separates classroom from paddock.

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Water taxis banned from Vivid

Lance Jones , owner of Majestic Water Taxi, says it's absurd that water taxis are to be barred from from the inner harbour during Vivid.

Jacob Saulwick   Catch public transport to the Vivid Festival this weekend - but don't plan on a water taxi.

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Highlights

Let the axe throwing begin

It was a long and hard-fought battle, but the team behind Australia's first urban axe throwing venue can finally don lumberjack shirts, raise hatchets and let the lobbing commence.

First Australia-grown crop of medicinal marijuana to be planted

The first Australian-grown crop of medicinal cannabis will be exported from Norfolk Island from 2016.

The five charts that show why 2015 is going to be a scorcher

The world remains on course for another record hot year with the first four months of 2015 setting a new high for temperatures and more signals indicating the emerging El Nino event will be a strong one.

Aboriginal 'fighters' dying before land claims solved as backlog grows

More than three decades ago Ernie Gordon's father made a claim over a parcel of dusty scrub land in outback New South Wales.

The Block, the violence and the feud blocking Mick Mundine's vision

Violence and intimidation, claim and counter-claim. Rick Feneley reports on the ruins of The Block and a divided Aboriginal community.

Jobs after politics need far more scrutiny

The system designed to oversee the ministerial code of conduct seems reasonable – but it comes with a loophole.

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Police seize guns, drugs and cash

Police arrest six people in a series of raids across Sydney overnight, seizing drugs, firearms and approximately $100,000 cash.

Labor MP slams Paramatta growth plan

Parramatta is too congested as it is, and plans for more development will only make it worse says Labor MP Ed Husic.

Sydney says Aloha to Polynesian canoe Hokule'a

Traditional Polynesian canoe Hokule'a entered Darling Harbour on Tuesday, the wind-powered vessel's latest stop on its 47,000 nautical mile journey around the world.