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Inner-city driving Sydney's housing boom

Sydney apartments could be too small

Matt Wade 11:45 PM   High density suburbs on the edge of the CBD are the epicentre of Sydney's housing boom

Metgasco wins challenge to resume drilling

Metgasco wanted to merge with Elk Petroleum to diversify from its troubled NSW assets

Sean Nicholls 11:46 AM   Metgasco has succeeded in having suspension of a major gas drilling project overturned in the Supreme Court, paving the way for a compensation claim against the state government.

Woman accused of cancer scam charged

Elizabeth Edmunds has her head shaved.

Rachel Olding 8:39 PM   Elizabeth Edmonds' husband posted some devastating news on Facebook last year. "Elle" had been diagnosed with aggressive ovarian cancer and only had three years to live.

Clean-up effort under way for flood victims

State Emergency Service crew set off in a flood boat to help residents in Raymond Terrace.

Daisy Dumas 5:52 PM   The clean-up has begun for some - but by no means all - of those affected by the near-cyclonic storm in the Hunter and Sydney region.

Vege prices to rise following floods

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24:  Steve Grima poses for a portrait at his vegetable farm in Horsley Park on April 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Christopher Pearce/Fairfax Media)

Kelsey Munro 11:50 PM   Sydney consumers are likely to be hit with higher prices for leafy vegetables such as silverbeet, shallots, coriander and endive following this week's floods, farmers say.

'If this was Sydney, it'd be all over the radio'

Mr Piccoli said the government had allocated $7 million to improve the physical condition of schools like Walgett.

Julie Power 11:12 PM   NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has agreed to hold an urgent meeting with teachers to discuss the ongoing crisis at Walgett's only high school.  

A 'stupid, weak and gutless person'

Sydney radio host Alan Jones.

Louise Hall 7:48 AM   Former deputy premier Andrew Stoner can claim broadcaster Alan Jones implied he was a "stupid, weak and gutless person", a court has ruled.

Irish tourist free to return home after attack

Patrick Lyttle, right, arrives in court in March to support his brother Barry, left.

Paul Bibby 3:26 PM   An Irish tourist who put his brother into a coma with a single punch outside a Kings Cross nightclub has narrowly avoided jail after a magistrate on Friday granted him a 13-month suspended sentence.

ICAC findings against mogul to be overturned

Travers Duncan.

Michaela Whitbourn   Corruption findings against Travers Duncan and others involved in a mining venture over the Obeid family's farm are to be overturned, following a damaging High Court ruling. 

Employers accused of tricks on DV leave

ACTU president Ged Kearney accused employer groups of using "tricky legal tactics" to reject the ACTU request for domestic violence leave in all workplaces.

Anna Patty 7:29 PM   Employer groups have been accused of using "tricky legal tactics" to avoid new workplace protections for domestic violence leave and family friendly work hours.

The NSW high school that's a hotbed of crime

"It is easy to allocate the money. It is harder to find the people to employ": Adrian Piccoli.

Julie Power   Walgett's only public high school has been left to go to the scrapheap, former principal says.

Sydney University's great dux hunt

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Alexandra Smith   The dux of every NSW school will be guaranteed a place at Sydney University next year under a new scheme to lure bright students who would not traditionally apply to study at the leading university.

ICAC asked to investigate Ombudsman 

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas who is a candidate to replace Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

Nick Ralston   The ICAC has been asked to investigate the NSW Ombudsman's Office and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions over the leaking of information against Nick Kaldas.

Spedding linked to paedophile ring, police say

Detectives arrest Bill Spedding at his Bonny Hills home on Wednesday.

Emma Partridge   Police expect to charge a man questioned over the disappearance of William Tyrrell with his involvement in a paedophile ring and further child sex offences, according to court documents.

'Success' in reducing hospital stays

"Achieved considerable success": Auditor-General Grant Hehir.

Amy Corderoy   People are staying in hospital for less time than ever before, the NSW Auditor-General has found.

Violent flood deaths devastate close-knit town

The inside of Ian and Gloria Berry's unit in Dungog, which had flood waters rise to the ceiling. They escaped, but neighbour Colin Webb died.

Daisy Dumas   A shocked 64-year-old desperately tried to save his mate - "a top little bloke" - from the raging flash flood that tore through Dungog.

Crushed by '45 tonnes of timber'

Two men were killed and another seriously injured when a stack of timber collapsed while being loaded in a shipping container at Wetherill Park.

Rachel Olding   As many as 20 men tried desperately to lift heavy slabs of timber off three contract workers who were crushed in a shipping container in western Sydney on Thursday morning.

Hunter communities begin massive clean-up

Premier Mike Baird inspects flood damage in Dungog.

Daisy Dumas, Kirsten Stoop, Stephen Ryan, Peter Hannam   Premier Mike Baird has flown in to offer his support as towns across the region slowly start to get back on their feet.

Monk extolled at royal commission hearing

Commissioner Dyson Heydon hears opening statements at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption at William Cooper Justice Centre Melbourne.  7/7/2014

Anna Patty   The head of the royal commission into trade unions has provided a rare insight into his personal views by extolling the virtues of old-style unionist Albert Monk.

Woman died for a carton of milk

Gillieston Heights great grandmother Anne Jarmain, who died while driving through floods.

Kirsten Stoop, Stephen Ryan   Her neighbours tried to talk her out of it, but Anne Jarmain was determined to make quick trip into town.

Highlights

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.

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.

Digital age painting wins Gallipoli Art Prize 

it’s fitting that the painting that has won the Gallipoli Art Prize looks like it’s being viewed through a pixelated screen.

Bloodline linked to why bloodsuckers attack 

If mosquitoes love the taste of your blood, you can probably thank your parents for that.

Catastrophe's cost yet to be calculated

Sydney is counting the cost of its storm of the century.

VIDEO

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.

Amazing vision of Bardwell station flooding

CCTV captures Bardwell Park station floodwaters rising over 45 minutes, forcing the partial closure of the T2 Airport line.