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Prime Minister Tony Abbott in flying visit to Perth to hand over $499m

Leanne Nicholson and Brendan Foster 1:56 AM   Western Australia is to be handed a $550 million windfall from the federal government which appears to be a make good for a drop in its GST allocation as a result of plunging iron ore revenue.

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Kings Park to undergo controlled burns for research

Prescribed burns will take place at Kings Park for the first time in 30 years.

Emma Young 6:34 PM   The plume of smoke to curl up from Kings Park on Thursday will follow three decades of restraint by the park's authority.

Aigle chief Tony Poli splashes $13.5m on stalled Port Geographe

Tony Poli has emerged as a white knight for the stalled Port Geographe development/

Jonathan Barrett 4:52 PM   Tony Poli back in the investment game, splashing out $13.5 million for long-stalled - and once seaweed infested - Port Geographe development.

Margaret River winemaker buys vineyard through crowdfunding

Ben Gould with his one of his sons in the vineyard.

David Prestipino 4:45 PM   The natural wine movement continues to gather momentum in the west, with a passionate organic winemaker purchasing a vineyard in Margaret River this week thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that began last Christmas.

Water dangers in remote WA communities

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4:07 PM   The quality of drinking water in remote Aboriginal communities often fails to meet Australian standards with dangerous levels of E. coli and uranium in some places, the WA Auditor General says.

Perth Uber driver's court case adjourned

Sukhwinder Singh leaves court after his case was adjourned.

Alex Riddell 1:53 PM   A Perth Uber driver accused of illegally using his vehicle as a taxi has had his case adjourned so he can seek more legal advice.

War on 'rogue' crocodiles escalates in WA's Kimberley

Payday weighs all of 300 kilograms and was captured at the Fitzroy River after being considered dangerous to humans.

Steve Holland 1:02 PM   An increase in croc sightings in the Kimberley has prompted worried authorities to step up their efforts to stop the salties threatening locals and tourists.

Police seize 100 kilograms of explosives from a car in Northam

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10:05 AM   Police have seized 100 kilograms of explosives from a car in Northam on Tuesday afternoon.

Two jewellery stores robbed in southern suburbs

The officer will appear in court May 5.

Brendan Foster 9:45 AM   Two jewellery stores were robbed in the southern suburbs on Wednesday morning.

'Suicide' roster veteran says current FIFOs 'spoon fed' in WA's Pilbara

Mining veteran Ray Price worked 12-on, one-off at Telfer in WA's Pilbara during the 1990s.

Ray Sparvell 8:16 AM   A mining industry veteran reckons today's crop of FIFO workers have it too easy and a 12 and one shift is "no problem, if you want to work".

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WA government seeks to finalise Bell Group case

The collapse of Alan Bond's Bell Group led to a long-running legal case.

Legislation aimed at finalising the nation's most expensive and longest-running court case will be introduced to the West Australian parliament.

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'Sleep-deprived addict' strangled dealer, WA Supreme Court hears

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​A sleep-deprived addict "snapped" and strangled her dealer when she couldn't get free drugs, a Perth trial has heard.

Kehlet disappearance: police expand search in prospector mystery

Jennie Kehlet and Raymond Kehlet

Emma Young   Police will this week expand the search investigating the death of Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of his wife Jennie in the remote WA goldfields.

Esperance rescue: Stranded yachtie 'too busy' to be worried

Peter Cook's yacht stranded on rocks on Miles Island, near Esperance.

Kristin Macfarlane   Lesmurdie man Peter Cook was battling high winds and rough sea conditions in a bid to keep himself and his yacht safe, but worried? He was too busy for that.

Baby ashes stolen in Noranda burglary

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Brendan Foster   A family has been left distraught after thieves stole the ashes of a baby from their home in Noranda on Monday.

WA Labor: Colin Barnett 'maxes credit card' with rush for $8 billion loan

The WA opposition says the $8 billion loan being sought by the Barnett government constitutes financial mismanagement.

Ray Sparvell   Premier Barnett has been accused by the state opposition of  "maxing out the credit card" by rushing an urgent bill into parliament on Tuesday to borrow another $8 billion.

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Food guru roasts 'freezer to fryer' roadhouse food

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Mundrabilla roadhouse. Photo Emma Wynne

Ray Sparvell    WA food ambassador and gourmet caterer, Don Hancey, has slammed highway road food as 'freezer to the fryer' tucker and put the blame squarely on roadhouse operators.

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'We don't discriminate': Taxi industry campaigns against Uber

Perth taxi drivers are planning another protest against Uber at the Perth Airport.

Emma Young   West Australian taxis are not only a safer option than ride-sharing app Uber but are more democratic, according to Taxi Council of Western Australia chief executive Joanna Lockyer.

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WA cop pleads not guilty to Channel 7 Cousins leak

First class constable Daniel Jamieson has pleaded not guilty to leaking confidential information to Monique Dirksz

A 29-year-old Perth policeman has pleaded not guilty to sharing information with a journalist about the arrest of disgraced ex-AFL player Ben Cousins.

Perth shivers as mercury plunges

People in Gingin were most in need of a warming cup of tea this morning with the mercury plunging to a chilly 0.5C.

Ray Sparvell   Perth shivered through its first cold snap of the season on Tuesday with the mercury plunging to a minimum of 4.4 degree in Perth  and 1.7 degree at Jandakot.

Man falls from building on St Georges Terrace

Emergency services were called to the Perth CBD after a man reportedly fell from 895 Hay Street.

Brendan Foster   A man has fallen off a building in St Georges Terrace.

Two school buses torched in suspicious Midvale fire

One of the buses destroyed by fires

Brendan Foster   Two buses have been destroyed by a deliberately lit fire in Midvale on Tuesday morning.

Lloyd and Corryn Rayney exchanged 'uncivil' emails in marriage breakdown

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​Corryn and Lloyd Rayney exchanged accusatory and uncivil emails after the breakdown of their marriage, his phone tapping trial has heard.

Police officer in court over disclosing Cousins arrest secrets to journalist girlfriend

First class constable Daniel Jamieson has pleaded not guilty to leaking confidential information to Monique Dirksz

The Perth policeman charged over leaking confidential information about the arrest of Ben Cousins to a Channel 7 reporter will face the Perth Magistrates court on Tuesday morning.

Police concerns for missing Geraldton boy

It was out of character for Macka not to contact his family, police said.

Police hold grave concerns for a 12-year-old Geraldton boy missing since Monday night.

Man, 28, charged with murder over Yangebup death

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A 28-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a Armadale man in Yangebup last Friday.

Police investigate after woman assaults driver on road in Middle Swan

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Emma Young   Police are looking for a man and a woman after strange and savage assault on a woman driving in Middle Swan.

Former Anglican priest on South West child sex charges

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Ray Sparvell   A former Anglican priest will appear n Narrogin Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with offences committed against a 15-year-old boy some 30 years ago.

Australia's ambassador to Indonesia meets with Julie Bishop in Perth

Australia's ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson with Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop in Perth.

Emma Young   Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop would not be drawn on whether Australia would cut its Indonesian foreign aid budget following Indonesia's execution of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

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WA's strongest man Rongo Keene tackles thief to the ground

(L-R) Rongo Keene in action, and with WA Strongwoman, Asha Tracey, at the Perth Royal Show.

Brendan Foster   A brazen thief's idiotic attempt to steal a car fridge on display at a shop in Kalgoorlie last week was pretty dumb.