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Hayley Dodd murder suspect plans to fight charge: report

12:08 PM   The convicted rapist serving time in a Queensland jail who has also been charged with the 1999 abduction and murder of West Australian teenager Hayley Dodd says he's innocent.

Rescued 'stolen' puppies homeless, charges laid after house search

The pups are as young as just four or five weeks old, but it has been suggested they were stolen to trade for drugs.

Emma Young 11:56 AM   Police have charged four people after searching a home in Alexander Heights on Wednesday, but are still searching for the owners of two puppies, believed stolen, that they found there.

Seabird erosion: stalemate threatens to tear a community apart

The scene where Turner Street at Seabird used to be.

Emma Young 11:54 AM   A governmental stand-off lasting a decade is poisoning a West Australian coastal community as residents search for someone to blame for the sea stealing, night by night, closer to their homes.

Police lay charges after dogs sniff out hiding spots in Leeming, Ascot

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Emma Young 11:49 AM   Anyone hiding from police will need a better spot than bushes or atop a water tank, Dog Squad canines Rumble and Storm proved on Thursday night.

Record number of cruise passengers through Fremantle ports

A record number of tourists are passing through Fremantle Passenger Terminal, aboard cruise ships like the Queen Mary.

Brendan Foster 11:12 AM   It appears West Australians are ditching hoping on a plane for their next sojourn and are choosing to spend more time holidaying on the high seas.

Nathan Charles: I control cystic fibrosis, it doesn't control me

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James Mooney 11:03 AM   Up to 40 tablets a day is what it takes to help treat cystic fibrosis, with 65 Roses Day falling on Friday highlighting the impact of the lung condition.

WA's horror road toll grows: two dead, another critical

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Emma Young 10:27 AM   A man and woman are dead and another young woman is in critical condition after three crashes outside Perth over the past two days.

Perth expert: farm to plate apps may change the way we shop

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Ray Sparvell 9:28 AM   Tracing the origins of food has become increasingly important to consumers in WA. And an app that does just that may have us turning to our smartphones in the supermarket aisles.

WA watchdog begins inquiry into high-rise fire risk

The Docklands Lacrosse apartment building fire in Melbourne last year

Leanne Nicholson 8:55 AM   Flammable cladding, which is believed to have sparked a high-rise inferno in Melbourne, could be contained in buildings erected in Western Australia during the past decade.

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Margaret River

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Ray Sparvell 7:41 PM   A motorcyclist in his 20s was killed on Thursday afternoon in a collision with a tree at Baudin about 240km south of Perth.

Pups rescued in raid on Mirrabooka home

The pups are as young as just four or five weeks old, but it has been suggested they were stolen to trade for drugs

Ray Sparvell 7:37 PM   Police want to reunite two stolen puppies with their mum and their human family after they were rescued during a raid on a house in the northern suburbs on Wednesday.

New Elizabeth Quay centrepiece footbridge locks into place

An artist's impression of the new bridge at Elizabeth Quay.

5:09 PM   A key feature of Perth's new Elizabeth Quay development is being locked into place and creating Western Australian history in the process.

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Kalgoorlie wheelie bin murder: Scared prostitute helped clean up

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5:01 PM   A prostitute who lived with a man accused of murdering a drug dealer was so scared she helped clean up the victim's blood and flesh.

The debt monster has awoken: WA Labor

MarK McGowan and "the debt monster" make an impromptu visit to the Fairfax Media offices

Brendan Foster 3:11 PM   If you see a blue monster eyeing off your wallet in downtown Perth, don't be alarmed: It's just Labor's new debt monster trying to feed his insatiable appetite.

Safety Bay beach cops millions of litres of sewage

Millions of litres of sewage have flowed into water at Safety Bay beach.

Emma Young 3:01 PM   The overflow of more than an Olympic pool's worth of sewage into the water at a Safety Bay beach is "inexcusable," says Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Rowland.

Gina Rinehart court case: Bianca Rinehart appointed as trustee

Bianca Rinehart will take control of the family trust, a Sydney court has decided.

2:59 PM   Mining magnate Gina Rinehart's eldest daughter Bianca will take control of the multi-billion dollar family trust following the family's long-running legal battle.

Bookmaker pays out on Fyfe Brownlow win

Fremantle is firmly ensconced at the top of the ladder after eight rounds.

Brendan Foster   A bookmaker has decided to pay out on Fremantle wunderkind Nat Fyfe winning this year's Brownlow Medal even though the AFL season in only just over a third of the way through.

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Mesothelioma 'miracle' man Barry Knowles lives to tell his tale

Given a year to live because of mesothelioma, Barry Knowles has thrived through another five.

Leanne Nicholson   Barry Knowles is the Perth man who has been described as a medical miracle and defied the odds.

WA... the most expensive state to renovate

WA is the most expensive state to renovate.

A long-held belief among West Australian home owners has been confirmed as fact, with pricey tradies making it the most expensive state to renovate.

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Lone Wolf gang member arrests could dismantle WA chapter

Lone Wolf motorcycle gang member arrests could dismantle their WA chapter, police say.

Brendan Foster   Four outlaw motorcycle gang members have been charged after holding a 29-year-old man at gun point.

Perth records lowest minimum temperature for 2015

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Emma Young   Perth city shivered through its lowest minimum temperature yet for 2015, dropping to 3.7 degrees at 6.47am on Thursday morning.

South Perth death: man charged with murder after body found

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Emma Young   Police have charged a man with murder after a body was discovered in a South Perth unit on Wednesday.

WA searchers closer to finding meteorite

An artist's impression of a huge meteorite striking Earth 65 million years ago.

Scientists at Curtin University have narrowed to 10km the area where it believes a meteorite that flashed across WA skies may have landed.

WA man who fatally pushed nighclub hugger found not guilty

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A nightclubber who fatally pushed another patron to escape an unexpected hug has been found not guilty of unlawful assault causing death.

Emergency services at Indonesian consulate after report of white powder

Leanne Nicholson   Emergency services have been called to the Indonesian consulate in Perth to determine the identity of what is believed to be a white powder located at the building.

Mystery WA lotto player wins $30 million

The Aussie fell sharply overnight.

Ray Sparvell   Somebody in WA woke up $30 million richer on Wednesday morning - or, to be more accurate, 10 people woke up $3 million better off.

$1.8 million Inter Dominion Series comes home to Gloucester Park

The Inter Dominion Series returns to Gloucester Park in November.

Ray Sparvell   The Inter Dominion pacing series returns to its spiritual home of Gloucester Park in November 2015 for the $1.8 event and return to its traditional format of three heats and a grand final.

Extradited accused murderer in WA court

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A man who was extradited from NSW to face a murder charge in Western Australia has appeared briefly in court.

Travis Mills murder: five suspects in WA court

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Five people accused of murdering Perth father Travis Mills, whose body was found in the boot of a burnt out car, have appeared briefly in court.