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Should we take children to restaurants or leave them at home?

Brendan Foster 1:37 PM   To dine out with toddlers or to not dine out with toddlers: that is the question. And the answer is just as complex.

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Melbourne socialite Brynne Edelsten facing WA drug charge over MDMA

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1:05 PM   Melbourne socialite Brynne Edelsten has been charged with possessing the prohibited drug MDMA.

Consumer watchdog warning as Perth man, 81, loses $110K to ATO scam

An 81-year-old Perth man has become the latest victim of the ATO scam/

Leanne Nicholson 12:17 PM   An 81-year-old Perth man nursing his ill wife has become one of the latest West Australian victims of the ATO scam, losing $110,000 to fraudsters.

WA ambulance ramping ban: Patients could end up on corridors, unions warn

New regulation could lead patients to misuse ambulance services to guarantee admission to hospital within 30 minutes.

11:59 AM   A ban on ambulance ramping at Perth hospitals could simply shunt patients into corridors, the paramedics' union says.

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WAFL poser: what happens to Seven and Nine war if West Perth reaches grand final?

West Perth won't part with its Channel Nine sponsorship without a fight.

Ray Sparvell 11:57 AM   Challenging form by the West Perth football club has the potential to create one of the biggest showdowns of the season: between local television channels Seven and Nine.

Kwinana Freeway north reopened after Baldivis crash injures two people

A baby girl suffered just minor bruising when she fell from a second storey balcony.

Emma Young 11:45 AM   Two people were critically injured in a car crash just before 6am on the Kwinana Freeway north in Baldivis.

Belmont counterfeiter caught red-handed making $50 notes, police claims

Police seized more than 200 fake notes in various stages of completion, 81 completed fake notes, three laptops and three printer-scanners.

Emma Young 10:18 AM   A counterfeiter was arrested after police claim they caught him red-handed making $50 notes and seizing more than $14,050 in fake notes from a Belmont house.

Dumped Palmer United Party candidate in WA court

8:38 AM   Dumped Palmer United Party candidate Teresa van Lieshout is scheduled to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with failing to comply with a police request.

Jury out in WA 'threesome' murder trial

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8:36 AM   A jury will continue deliberating the case of a former fly-in fly-out worker accused of murdering a man who had a "threesome" with his girlfriend.

First look at the monster wave that smashed surfer at Gracetown

Justin Holland takes on the monster waves off the coast of Gracetown

Ray Sparvell 8:07 PM   Here's a first look at the monster six storey wave that shattered the leg of champion paddle boarder, Justin Holland, on Saturday.

Margaret River visitors swell with the big waves

Big wave surfers flocked to Margaret River to ride the monster waves.

Ray Sparvell 8:03 PM   A once in a decade swell along the south-west coast last weekend was matched by an equal swell in visitor numbers to Margaret River.

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Five-car pile-up brings Kwinana Freeway southbound to a standstill

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Emma Young 7:06 PM   Police are on the scene of a five-car pile-up on the Kwinana Freeway southbound in Jandakot.

Is 'Sam' from Perth? Global search to identify woman with amnesia

'Sam' was found in South California suffering from amnesia. She has vivid memories of Perth, in particular Cottesloe

Leanne Nicholson 6:26 PM   Do you know 'Sam'? A global search is on to identify a woman with amnesia found in the United States who has memories of Cottesloe.

Ballajura mum pleads for financial counselling lifeline

Rebecca says she and her husband would be in greater financial difficulty without the help of the Salvos.

Ray Sparvell 6:23 PM   A Ballajura mother who will give birth to her second child in four weeks has called on Premier Colin Barnett not to scrap the financial counselling lifeline to WA battlers.

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Report: Good times about to end for WA property market

Reports suggest the property investment bubble in WA is about to burst

Leanne Nicholson 5:33 PM   West Australian property investors, it was great while it lasted. It may not be quite doomsday, but according to a leading national analyst, it looks like the good times in Perth's housing market are about to come to an end.

Police charge three over armed attack on Busselton Caltex

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Emma Young 5:01 PM   Detectives have laid charges after two masked people armed with a machete and claw hammer robbed Busselton Caltex earlier this month.

Seville Grove 'loud party' kill charge upgraded

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4:34 PM   A fly-in fly-out worker is facing an upgraded charge over the death of a father-of-two in Perth's south.

$2.1 million Lotto win cures Canning Vale mum's blues

An assortment of lucky numbers delivered a $2 million payout for a Perth mother.

3:55 PM   A $2.1 million Lotto win has proved the perfect cure for the blues for a Perth mother.

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Man targets lone women on quiet Byford roads

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Emma Young   Mundijong Police are warning Byford residents to be on guard after reports of a man attempting to convince women to get into his car in the suburb.

Perth cat Miss Alex survives being 'partially skinned' by unknown offender

Miss Alex had to undergo emergency treatment.

Emma Young   A pet cat partially skinned alive by an unknown offender has survived and undergone emergency treatment at a vet.

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WA prison officers want full smoking ban

Despite smoking being banned inside WA's prison buildings, it is still allowed in outdoor areas.

West Australian prison officers are calling for a full ban on smoking on jail grounds, saying the state is lagging behind the rest of the nation.

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Surfer Justin Holland breaks leg after riding Gracetown monster wave

Tow-in surfing to ride the monster waves in WA's decade swells.

Ray Sparvell   A champion paddleboard surfer cheated death thanks to his best friend and a high-performance wetsuit when his leg shattered after a 18-metre monster wave crashed over him in Gracetown on Saturday.

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Armed hold-up terrifies lone staff member at Currambine cinema

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Emma Young   Police are hunting two men who held up Grand Cinemas in Currambine armed with a gun late on Sunday night.

New Barnett charges puts Maylands pensioner on breadline

WA Premier Colin Barnett apologised to Palmyra homeowners

Ray Sparvell   A Maylands pensioner who lives on toast and Vegemite and salad rolls doesn't know how he will survive after he is hit with new state government cost of living charges from July 1.

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WA party death accused in court

Perth police charged the man.

A fly-in fly-out worker who allegedly caused a man's death after an argument about a loud party is due to face a Perth court today.

Teens attacked by youths and adults at Yangebup

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Ray Sparvell   Four teenagers were confronted by up to 14 people at a bus stop in Yangebup on Saturday before they were allegedly assaulted and robbed.

Esperance detectives charge two, warn drug dealers

Police alleged that packets of methamphetamine were left behind after 'partying' at a resort.

Ray Sparvell   Esperance detectives have arrested three people on 14 methamphetamine charges in three days and warned dealers they had them in their sights.

The Lakes: Motorcycle accident victim flown to hospital

The RAC Rescue Helicopter is rushing to Mogumber, north of Perth near New Norcia.

Ray Sparvell   A man has been flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the RAC Rescue helicopter following a motorbike crash on Great Eastern Highway, near the intersection of Great Southern Highway, in The Lakes.   

Police dog nabs Bunbury taxi driver punch offender

The ride-sharing company Uber has been defending its drivers in court.

Ray Sparvell   A man who allegedly punched a 60-year-old taxi driver in the face on Saturday was later cornered by a police dog in Carey Park, Bunbury. 

Street fight party shut down in Ballajura

Alcohol is responsible for millions of dollars worth of health problems every year.

Ray Sparvell   Just 60 minutes turned a run-of-the-mill party into an out-of-control one at Ballajura on Saturday night with 50 people fighting in the street.