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Barnett government gives the green light for Roe Highway extension

Brendan Foster 6:04 PM   The Barnett government has given environmental approval for WA's most controversial road – Roe Highway stage 8.

30,000 more WA homes in latest nbn broadband rollout plan

Another 30,000 WA households and businesses are earmarked for high-speed broadband.

Emma Young 5:08 PM   Business figures in WA's South West are welcoming the extension of the nbn network to 8000 futher premises - as part of a rollout to another 30,000 homes and businesses around the state.

Mother of baby killed by drink-driver angry at early release from jail

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Brendan Foster 2:24 PM   The mother of an eight-month baby killed by a drink-driver in Merriwa in 2013, said it was a "kick in the guts" her son's killer could be out of jail in a couple of weeks.

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Paedophile in WA prison despite end of term

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4:13 PM   A mentally ill paedophile, imprisoned for twice as long as his sentence, remains in jail because there is no place to put him, a Perth court has heard.

Perth housing prices fall $5000 but Reiwa says market is stable

Despite a fall in house prices in Perth the market is stable

Leanne Nicholson 3:27 PM   Days after a leading national analyst forecast an end to West Australia's glorious property values, Perth house prices have recorded a $5000 fall for June.

NSW man extradited to face child sex abuse charges in Perth

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Emma Young 2:28 PM   Child Abuse Squad detectives have extradited a 34-year-old New South Wales man to face charges over the indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl in Perth in 2008.

Toddler hit by car in Perth 'critical' at Princess Margaret Hospital

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Emma Young 12:39 PM   A toddler is fighting for her life in hospital after being hit by a car in Perth.

Police charge man after Kwinana Beach service station robbed at knifepoint

A man allegedly rammed police twice in a stolen car.

Emma Young 11:11 AM   Detectives have charged a 32-year-old Wellard man with armed robberies on two service stations, the first in South Perth in June and another in Kwinana Beach early on Thursday.

Police seek answers on decades-old sex assaults on teenage boy in Welshpool

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Emma Young 10:53 AM   Police investigating decades-old alleged sexual assaults on a teenage boy urge anyone who worked or spent time at a Perth car detailer between 1985 and 1989 to come forward with information.

Perth writer Pim Hendrix's Hollywood story: De Niro, Pitt and porn

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Ray Sparvell 10:49 AM   It you want to make it in Hollywood, a good first step is learning how to make the perfect martini for acting great, Robert De Niro, while being carefully watched by his Goodfellas chum, Ray Liotta.

WA Police charge learner driver, 17, for doing 165km/h in Innaloo

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Emma Young 10:14 AM   Police have charged a 17-year-old Nedlands boy with reckless driving and contravening a learner's permit after he allegedly took a family member's Toyota Kluger out for an illicit spin.

Sandalwood - world can't get enough of WA's fragrant timber

Sandalwood is used in a wide range of products

Ray Sparvell 7:16 PM   Western Australia dominates the world supply of fragrant Sandalwood, but now it faces its biggest challenger yet - itself.

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Morley backyard explosion sounded 'like a car crashing through a wall'

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Ray Sparvell 6:39 PM   Smith Street in Morely was rocked on Tuesday afternoon by a loud explosion from a backyard shed.

Rescue helicopter on its way after quad bike crash near Augusta

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Emma Young 6:21 PM   The RAC rescue helicopter is flying to a quad bike accident in Scott River, near Augusta in the state's south-west.

Navy veteran's protest against Hilton neighbours 'from hell'

The banners outside Mr Cain's home have been put up to get the government's attention

Brendan Foster   A veteran affairs disability pensioner says he feels "trapped" in his home after his department of housing neighbours in Hilton defecated on his doorstep, attacked him with a samurai sword and bashed him.

Fears escaped soccer-loving, wedge-tailed eagle Onslow could be dead

Onslow the wedgetailed eagle has been missing for nearly a month now.

Brendan Foster   The owners of the soccer-loving, wedge-tailed eagle fear the bird of prey could now have died after escaping from his wildlife enclosure in Armadale three weeks ago.

Postmortem fails to solve mystery of human remains found in Kimberley

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Emma Young   Mystery continues to surround the discovery of human remains in the state's Kimberley region after a postmortem failed to establish the man's identity or cause of death.

Large great white shark circling recreational fishing boat off Floreat Beach

A great white shark has been pestering a boat off Floreat Beach.

Leanne Nicholson   A large shark is circling a recreational fishing boat off Floreat beach.

#Perthect Perth June blitzes warm weather records

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Emma Young   Perth has recorded its warmest June ever.

WA Police appoint UK company Cellmark for Corryn Rayney cold case review

Corryn Rayney's husband, former prominent Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney, was acquitted of murdering her.

Emma Young   Expert investigators from Queensland, New South Wales and the UK will join WA Police's cold case review of the 2007 Corryn Rayney murder.

Tony Buti: why government cuts to financial counselling make no sense

Research has revealed links between domestic violence and money issues in households.

Tony Buti   Research links money issues to domestic violence. So how do WA's cuts to financial counselling funding protect kids?

Rotto Wind Turbine uses Twitter to hit back at PM's 'ugly' insults

The wind turbine overlooking the golf course on Rottnest Island.

Emma Young   Rottnest Wind Turbine is using Twitter to carry out a spirited self-defence from the insults of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Border protection staff strike at Perth Airport likely to cause delays

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Emma Young   International travellers leaving Perth Airport on Wednesday morning could face delays as Immigration and Border Protection staff strike from 9am to 11am.

Police investigate after man dies in Port Hedland motorbike crash

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Emma Young   A man has died in a crash between his motorcycle and another vehicle in the state's Pilbara region.

WA's prison minister 'nicotine's a management tool in jail'

There has been a push from unions to have a smoking ban enforced in WA prisons

Ray Sparvell   Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis, who is "not sold" on a total smokng ban in WA prisons, has likened having nicotine in jail to a management tool.

FIFO man guilty over Perth caravan park 'threesome' murder

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A former fly-in fly-out worker who repeatedly stabbed a man who had a threesome with his girlfriend has been found guilty of murder.

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

Emma Young   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.

Parkerville bushfire class action against Western Power 'imminent'

The Parkerville bushfires in January 2014 destroyed 57 homes in the area

Brendan Foster   One dead, homes lost in bushfires Rotting pole to blame for fires

WA Prison Officers Union boss urges caution on Melbourne riot smoking ban

Barred: Prison authorities are planning distractions for inmates after the smoking ban commences on July 1.

Ray Sparvell   Prisoners riot at Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall