The toll on Parramatta Road

Jacob Saulwick 9:14 PM   Traffic on Parramatta Road will increase substantially when the $15 billion WestConnex motorway is built, as motorists seek to avoid hefty new tolls, a study says.

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Fred Nile assured pokie reforms are in play

 Fred Nile at the Legislative Assembly nominations on March 12.

Sean Nicholls 7:34 PM   The horse trading between the Baird government and the Reverend Fred Nile is under way, with gambling policy first up for grabs.

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.
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Rachel Browne 5:49 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.

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 8:24 PM   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 8:00 PM   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 11:28 AM   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.

NSW storms batter the budget

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24:  Property in North Avoca inspected after tree damage from the storm on April 24, 2015 in Gosford, Australia. Gosford City and Wyong shire have official been declared disaster zones, due to the damage caused by the worst storms to hit the region in decades.  (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Kirsty Needham   The Baird government is considering a natural disaster fund to protect the NSW budget from worsening storm and fire events.

Woman dies after being hit by car

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A woman is dead and an 11-year-old boy is badly injured after they were hit by a car in Sydney's west.

Hail storms batter Sydney

Snowboarding in Newtown.

Georgina Mitchell, Peter Hannam and Pallavi Singhal   Storms hit the Sydney region, bringing hail and damaging winds.

Home buyers out in force despite Anzac Day

A large crowd watched the auction of a house at 56a Newton Road, Blacktown on Anzac Day.

Antony Lawes and Camille Bianchi   The minister in charge of Fair Trading called it 'disrespectful', but that didn't stop sellers from making millions.

Suburban mayhem in the name game 

Whitlam opening the Labor election campaign in Blacktown in 1972: The suburb wanted to honour the connection but was denied.

Eamonn Duff   If your suburb shares its name with another location nationally, there could be a fight to keep it.

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Solar's longest journey

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, flies over Abu Dhabi during preparations for its round-the-world flight.

Peter Hannam   As joy flights go, few would beat the first round-the-world journey by a solar-powered plane, the Solar Impulse 2.

Grenade found in Sydney backyard

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Pallavi Singhal   A grenade has been found buried in a backyard in Sydney's east, with specialist police on site.

Artwork refreshes Paddington Reservoir

Attention-grabber: Kris Torma, managing director of the Axolotl installation, a Vivid-style projection on the walls at Paddington Reservoir.

Melanie Kembrey   After the deluge, a Sydney artist is preparing to transform the iconic space off Oxford Street.

Asbestos clean-up bill $12m for NSW

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Kirsty Needham   While the ACT has allocated $1 billion to deal with Mr Fluffy asbestos, the NSW Government estimates it will cost the state up to $12 million.

Record 30,000 turn out for dawn service

The Anzac Day dawn service in Sydney's Martin Place.

Damien Murphy   A record 30,000 crowd gathered in Sydney's darkened CBD for the Anzac Day dawn service as organisers remembered it as the largest gathering since the days after World War II.

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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.