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Big thunderstorms set to hit northern WA

The large lightning bolt seems to be striking frighteningly close to Perth city buildings.

Ray Sparvell 3:44 PM   Big thunderstorms are forecast between Isrealite Bay to Newman and they could bring damaging winds, large hail and a risk of flash flooding.

WA Police claim biggest drug seizure in five years

Some of the haul seized by police.

James Mooney 3:14 PM   State and Federal Police have seized 12 kilograms of methamphetamine in a bust which authorities describe as the 'biggest of its kind in Western Australia in the last five years'.

Michael Wright's 'secret' daughter Olivia Mead no gold digger, judge says

Student Olivia Mead, 19, outside the West Australia Supreme Court.

David Baker 2:51 PM   The "secret" daughter of mining heir Michael Wright is by no means a "gold digger" and deserves far more from his speculated $1 billion fortune.

Islamic preacher Junaid Thorne in Perth court over fake ID

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2:49 PM   Self-proclaimed Islamic sheik Junaid Thorne has appeared briefly in a Perth court accused of using fake identification to board a flight.

Perth property prices likely to drop as sales listings jump by 50 per cent

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Steve Holland 2:26 PM   Perth’s property market is displaying “unusual” signs with almost 50 per cent more properties up for sale this week compared to the same time last year.

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Stockland to support WA volunteers' care of displaced kangaroos

'Landlocked' kangaroos in Ellenbrook

Rashelle Predovnik 1:49 PM   A developer has extended an olive branch to volunteers who were left to foot the bill for joeys displaced during their move of 200 kangaroos north of Perth.

Maddington man turns himself in for New Year’s Day sex attack on teenager


12:19 PM   A man wanted for the sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman in Kelmscott on New Year's Day has turned himself in to police.

Machete bandit and thugs target ute driver at Warnbro beach car park


11:01 AM   Police are searching for a machete-wielding bandit who robbed a man while he was sitting in his Holden ute at a beach car park.

'What? This old thing?': Who's most likely to fib about shopping


Leanne Nicholson 10:08 AM   We know we shouldn't. Deep down we know it's wrong, a little deceptive and it's going to cause us grief (if we get caught) but who among us has not caved in to that guilty secret purchase?

Dine-and-dash couple return to Bunbury restaurant to pay bill after online campaign

Mojo's Restaurant posted this photo of the couple on their Facebook page.

9:41 AM   A young couple wanted over a dine-and-dash at a West Australian restaurant have returned to the eatery and settled their $230 bill after they were shamed on social media.

Four women employed by Perth drug clinic on drug charges


Brendan Foster 11:17 PM   Four woman volunteers from the WA Substance Abuse Association have been charged by police for selling drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine.

WA shamed by new crime statistics

Liza Harvey has defended the latest crime statistics

Ray Sparvell 8:38 PM   Damning new statistics have shamed WA as the worst state nationally in seven of 10 major crime categories.

From chicken to charcoal: Fireys called to Bedford restaurant blaze

Smoke was seen billowing from the roof Chicken Treat restaurant on Beaufort Street.

Candice Barnes 8:37 PM   Firefighters have been called to a blaze at a fast food restaurant in Bedford.

WA teachers call for $136 million in school repairs

Medina Primary School, Perth

Ray Sparvell 8:24 PM   Teachers want the government to fastrack school repairs to avoid a potential tragedy in the classroom.

Cyber cops increasingly turning to Facebook 'snitch'

Police are increasingly turning to social media sites to catch criminals

Ray Sparvell 7:40 PM   The news that an Exmouth drink-driver was charged by police after a Facebook video post of his erratic driving highlights the growing role of social media in fighting crime.

Former WA minister Ljiljanna Ravlich quits politics

Ljiljanna Ravlich with her partner, former Labor leader Eric Ripper.

6:53 PM   Former education minister Ljiljanna Ravlich is retiring from West Australian politics.

Rescue chopper diverted from FSH after after landing sign-off failure


Nicole Cox 6:17 PM   EXCLUSIVE: Rescue helicopter forced to land at Jandakot Airport during an emergency airlift in the latest bungle for new hospital.

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Michael Wright's 'secret' daughter Olivia Mead wins $25 million

Michael Wright left Olivia Mead a $3 million trust, which she could access when she turned 30. A judge has awarded her $25 million.

Brendan Foster 6:07 PM   The teenage daughter of late mining heir and Voyager Estate founder Michael Wright has been awarded $25 million after challenging his will.

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Perth weather: Sweet relief from humidity forecast


Ray Sparvell   You know it's unreasonably humid when your Groodle loses the curl out of his coat.

Life and death in WA's Wheatbelt: a farmer’s struggle

The challenges facing John Shadbolt and son Gerard in Mukinbudin are typical of those confronting many Wheatbelt farmers.

Steve Holland   If the heat isn’t the first thing that gets you, it will probably be the silence.

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Pedal power for pop-up cinema in Victoria Park

Nicole Kidman, star of BMX Bandits and cyclists at its screening

Nicole Cox   Victoria Park's own 'BMX bandits' will take to pedal power to screen a free outdoor film at a people-powered pop-up cinema in March.

Perth hens in war of words after entertainment 'cock up'

Get Bucked Entertainment unconcerned by negative reviews.

Paul Entwistle   A war of words has erupted on social media after a group of Perth women on a hen's night claim they were shafted by entertainment providers.

Jill Meagher and Saori Jones: A tale of two deaths

Saori Jones, Jill Meagher

Tony Buti   Jill Meagher's killer, a stranger, got life in prison. Saori's Jones' killer, her husband, got five years. How WA is playing a part in this injustice.

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Record number of overdoses as heroin epidemic hits WA


Nicole Cox   WA is in the grip of a heroin epidemic, with paramedics responding to a record number of narcotic deaths and overdoses in recent months.

Police looking for Kelmscott sex attacker


Police are chasing information over the sexual assault of a 18-year-old woman in Kelmscott on New Year's Day.

Suicide fears in regional WA as farmers struggle to make ends meet

Photos of country WA, Mukinbudin. Pics: Steve Holland

Steve Holland   Disturbing suicide rates in Western Australia, particularly in remote and rural regions, have prompted concern from support groups across the country and local communities.

WA Angels lingerie football team struggles for numbers after split between players, owner

West Coast Angels coach J.R Rogers with two possible recruits Jessica Harper and Molly Kelly and current quarterback Leah Werner.

Brendan Foster   The future of a lingerie-clad gridiron team in Perth is hanging by a thread after only six players turned out to the tryouts last weekend.

Perth executive Larry Lopez on innovation, success and working with the best

Larry Lopez will share his expertise at this year's WAtoday Entrepreneur and Innovator Awards.

It’s a long way from the United States, but for the past eight years Larry Lopez has brought his Silicon Valley experience to Perth to help local entrepreneurs shine.

Hunt on for Rottnest Island quokka killers


Leanne Nicholson   They have been dubbed the happiest animals in the world and have the cutest little faces but that has not stopping quokkas from being the victim of a shocking killing spree on Rottnest Island.

Healthway head may have rolled....but now time for awards

Dr Rosanna Capolingua resigned from her position at Healthway.

Ray Sparvell   In a week when the chairwoman and the board of Healthway have been loaded into the tumbrel (the cart that transports prisoners to the guillotine) it takes audacity to announce the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.