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Opposition transport spokesman Ken Travers resigns from shadow cabinet

Leanne Nicholson 2:28 PM   Outspoken and colourful West Australian opposition transport spokesman Ken Travers has resigned from shadow cabinet.

Aldi's plans for a discount supermarket in Fremantle on shaky ground

A number of shops along South Street in Fremantle would have to be bulldozed to make way for the $4.2 million mega supermarket.

Brendan Foster 2:25 PM   German retail giant Aldi's aggressive WA push has hit a snag with Fremantle council recommending its plans for discount supermarket be kyboshed because it not 'sensible urban design'.

WA Labor's Debt Monster YouTube clip removed over GoT copyright claim

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Brendan Foster 2:24 PM   It appears WA Labor's "Debt Monster' has bitten off more than he can chew after a YouTube clip featuring the giant muppet had to be taken down because it breached copyright.

New $31 million mental health unit opens at Sir Charles Gairdner

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Emma Young 1:54 PM   Mental Health Minister Helen Morton on Wednesday opened a new $31 million mental health unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Liberal backbencher Murray Cowper voices opposition to sale of WA TAB

The impending sale of the WA TAB isn't being welcomed by everyone within the Liberal Party.

Bob Maumill 12:30 PM   Liberal Party backbencher Murray Cowper is the latest government member to criticise the Barnett government's decision to sell the WA TAB.

Band of thieves take Aston Martin on northern suburbs crime spree

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Emma Young 10:53 AM   Police are hunting a group of men who rampaged through the northern suburbs between Monday and Tuesday, burgling homes and stealing cars including a 2011 black Aston Martin.

Police search Midland house, seize drugs, fireworks, weapons

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Emma Young 10:49 AM   Police have seized methylamphetamine, fireworks, a knuckle-duster and flick knife, pepper spray, cannabis, cash and drug paraphernalia from a home in Midland.

Boy, 17, stole taxi after threatening driver with bottle: police

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Emma Young 9:58 AM   A 17-year-old boy who allegedly threatened a Perth taxi driver with a smashed bottle and stole his car will appear in court.

Perth Zoo's giant check on Marloo the red kangaroo

Marloo the red kangaroo during his treatment.

James Mooney 8:11 PM   A trip to the doctors might be commonplace for some, but when you're Australia's largest land marsupial, you've got to call in the experts.

Jetstar carrying FIFO workers turns back

A Jetstar plane carrying FIFO workers was forced to land after fears over fumes in the cabin.

6:36 PM   A charter plane carrying 87 people has been forced to make an early landing near Tom Price in the Pilbara region after fears of fumes filling the cabin.

Two Karratha brothers arrested after incident with an off-duty police officer

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Brendan Foster 6:34 PM   Two brothers from the north-west of WA have been charged by police after allegedly assaulting an off-duty police officer and a member of the public on Monday.

Man with fake moustache stole puppy from Malaga pet shop: owner

The footage shows the moustached man leaving the store with the puppy.

Emma Young 4:48 PM   A Malaga pet store owner says despite a man wearing a fake moustache, his theft of a puppy on Saturday was serious business.

Private boat rescues missing 19-year-old spearfisher off Wickham

Teenager Steven Saylor, pictured here with girlfriend Natalie Jarvis, went missing on Monday afternoon

Emma Young   A 19-year-old spearfisher swept away from his boat by strong currents in the state's north-west on Monday has been found alive.

Gunman threatens Bindoon hotel staff

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Emma Young   Detectives are investigating after a gunman threatened staff at a Bindoon hotel late on Monday night.

Suspicious fire causes $200,000 in damage at abandoned Beckenham house

Queensland Police Service has been ordered to pay $1800 in legal costs to a woman who successfully argued she did not see police who tried to intercept her.

Emma Young   A suspicious fire at an empty house in Beckenham on Monday night has caused about $200,000 in damage. 

Visa overstayers in WA court over assault

The victim and the alleged offenders are considered 501 detainees - people who have had their visa cancelled under section 501 of the Migration Act.

Two New Zealanders and a Fijian accused of assaulting a man at an immigration detention centre northeast of Perth are due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Rescue helicopter, ground emergency services race to Mogumber crash

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

Emma Young   The RAC rescue helicopter has flown a man in his 60s to Royal Perth Hospital with upper body injuries after his utility hit a tree in Mogumber, north of Perth near New Norcia.

Dark side of WA's humpback whales

The film crew had been tracking a pregnant whale along the Kimberley coast for weeks.

They wait in the dark straining their ears for the blowhole blast, ready to shoot.

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Gary Adshead: Were you offended by Adam Goodes' on-field war dance?

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Gary Adshead   Why, in the round of footy created to celebrate Aboriginal players and their contribution to making the game great, is it so offensive when one of the best Indigenous players of all time celebrates a goal with a war dance?

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Detectives charge man over death of father-of-two in Seville Grove

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Emma Young   Detectives have charged a 36-year-old Seville Grove man with unlawful assault causing death, after a disturbance in the suburb allegedly resulted in the death of a 45-year-old father of two.

Perth weather: Cold fronts come stormin' in

The winter storms are on their way.

Candice Barnes   It didn't take long for Perth's first winter rains to hit the gauges, with wet weather moving over the metropolitan area on Tuesday.

Machete-wielding men rob, threaten staff at Bunbury petrol station

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Emma Young   Detectives are investigating after two men brandishing machetes robbed a Bunbury service station on Sunday afternoon.

WA mental health crisis nurses to aid cops

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Nurses given limited police powers as part of proposed mental health teams would only be called out for crisis intervention, the West Australian police commissioner says.

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Fire guts small takeaway food and fish and ship shop in Bullsbrook

Doo Duck Inn Takeaway was 'totally gutted' by the blaze.

Emma Young   A fire has gutted Doo Duck Inn Takeaway Foods in Bullsbrook, causing $500,000 in damage.

Danny Green and Anthony Mundine square off...on Facebook

Danny Green and Anthony Mundine after their bout in 2006.

Simon White   If Danny Green and Anthony Mundine do end up fighting each other again it will have to be a decent bout to be more entertaining than their social media interaction over the WA Day long weekend.

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Man's body found in Seville Grove after reports of disturbance

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A 36-year-old man has been arrested after a man's body was found at a home in Seville Grove.

Esperance sea search: body of missing man found off Chapman's Point

Surfer Rob Hewlett made a desperate attempt to save the man.

Alex Riddell, Kristin Macfarlane & Haley Baker   Police have found what they believe is the body of a man who went missing near Esperance on Friday afternoon, just off Chapman's Point where he fell into the water.

New mental health co-response powers still going ahead in WA

Helen Morton talks to reporters on Sunday.

Alex Riddell   The state government says it is continuing to work on a new mental health proposal that would see nurses have co-response powers with police officers for mental health patients.

Police seek Ocean Reef flasher

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Joondalup Detectives are investigating an incident in Ocean Reef on Saturday morning, in which a man approached an 18-year-old woman and committed an indecent act.

Sea search continues for missing man

Chapman Point near Esperance, where a man is still missing.

Adrian Beattie   A team of police divers will join the search for a man missing in the ocean off Esperance.