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Ground crew hospitalised after Perth Airport lightning hit

Two ground crew working at Perth Airport are said to have been injured when lightning struck.

Chenee Marrapodi 5:44 PM   Two men working on the tarmac at Perth Airport on Wednesday evening were hospitalised after an aircraft was said to be hit by

Question mark over St John Ambulance contract

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Ray Sparvell 4:56 PM   St John Ambulance paramedics are continue to save lives while bureaucrats wrangle over the government's contract for its services.

Beds at RPH slashed with Fiona Stanley opening

The opening of Fiona Stanley will see the number of beds at RPH cut.

Ray Sparvell 4:28 PM   More than 200 beds will be slashed from Royal Perth Hospital over the next few months and be transferred to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Work begins but protests continue at historic Guildford Hotel

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Guildford Hotel.

Candice Barnes 3:39 PM   Work has finally begun at the controversial Guildford Hotel site, more than six years after it was gutted by fire.

Flood and hail warning for WA as storms head inland

Lightning seems to threaten a plane and the BHP tower.

Cortlan Bennett 3:19 PM   A dangerous thunderstorm warning has been issued for inland areas, as wild weather continues to whip the southern half of Western Australia.

Plane hit by lightning as storm drops month's rain on Perth in one day

Lightning seems to threaten a plane and the BHP tower.

Simon White 2:52 PM   A lightning strike on a charter aircraft put two passengers in hospital, as widespread storms on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning delivered more rain than the entire December monthly average in 24 November hours.

Storms take toll on frightened pets with spike in lost and found

Frightened pets and damaged fences have seen an influx of lost and found animals around Perth

Cortlan Bennett 2:14 PM   Frightened pets and damaged fences have seen an influx of lost and found animals around Perth since wild storms hit the metropolitan area on Wednesday.

Senior WA Comancheros charged over brutal bashings

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Cortlan Bennett 1:31 PM   West Australian police have arrested the state's most senior Comanchero bikie gang members over a brutal assault on two men at a Muay Thai boxing event two weeks ago.

WA bushfires brought under control after threatening Gingin homes

For several hours on Wednesday, fires threatened homes and lives.

12:16 PM   A series of lightning-sparked bushfires in the Shire of Gingin and town of Eneabba in Western Australia have been brought under control.

Bunbury motorcyclist dies after hitting power pole

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11:32 AM   A motorcyclist has died after hitting a power pole in Bunbury.

New WA Police strike force to hunt hoon motorcyclists

WA Police will establish a new strike force to hunt hoon motorcyclists and serial speedsters.

Nicole Cox 11:12 AM   WA Police will establish a new strike force to hunt hoon motorcyclists and serial speedsters by scrutinising speed camera images to track unidentified, revhead riders.

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Holy carp! Perth's urban fishers take to the drains

Clay Anderson with the giant carp caught in a man-made lake in Thornlie.

Cortlan Bennett 10:55 AM   Following the story about a monster Murray River cod pulled from a Canning Vale lake last week, Perth's urban fishing community has weighed in with another 'tail' to tip the scales.

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Perth hit by severe storms, wild weather

Lightning seems to threaten a plane and the BHP tower over Perth.

Simon White 9:32 AM   The Bureau of Meteorology is warning metropolitan area residents to prepare for a possibly severe storm late on Wednesday.

Bushfires threaten homes in WA

A picture of the fire taken near the cemetery.

Candice Barnes 7:58 PM   Firefighters are still battling several blazes across the state, including one threatening homes north of Perth.

WA Labor wants change to unpaid fines law

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7:34 PM   Unpaid fines are leading to more women and Aboriginal people being locked up in West Australian prisons, the opposition says.

Fertiliser firm fined $100,000 over death

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A Perth garden fertiliser company has been fined $100,000 after a worker was crushed to death.

No debris found yet to aid MH370 search

A pilot searches for debris from MH370 in the Indian Ocean in the weeks after it disappeared.

West Australian coast dwellers have been diligently reporting discoveries of potential debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane wreck lost in the Indian Ocean.

WA budget deficit 'unavoidable': Colin Barnett

The Premier gave his government a seven out of 10 for its performance in the past year but conceded 'people would probably say two'.

West Australian households are set to be slugged with higher fees and charges as the state government braces itself for an 'unavoidable' budget deficit.

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Safety fears prompt bus-lane opening to motorbikes

Perth motorcyclists will have access to bus lanes in a new trial on some roads.

Motorcycles will be allowed to use two bus lanes in Perth during a 12-month trial to address safety fears and congestion.

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Police dogs sniff out stash, weapon and cash at South West leavers

Drugs seized by police at leavers celebrations in the South West.

Cortlan Bennett   Police dogs have sniffed out a stash of drugs, cash and a weapon during leavers celebrations in Western Australia's South West, following a public tip-off.

Father to face trial over son's murder

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A Perth man charged with murdering his 25-year-old paraplegic son will face trial next year.

Krispy Kreme doughnut store opens for first time in Perth

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Candice Barnes   After years of waiting, Perth's first Krispy Kreme doughnut store finally opened its doors on Wednesday morning.

Daniel Kerr gets curfew changes to attend weddings

Former Eagle Daniel Kerr (right) arrives at the Perth Magistrates Court.

Nicole Cox   Retired West Coast Eagles footballer Daniel Kerr has made a brief appearance in Perth Magistrates Court and his bail conditions changed so he can attend two weddings.

Facebook KO fails to keep Perth 'Fight Club' pages down

Cyber safety crusader Paul Witherland says there is nothing to stop pages like Perth Fights being created.

Cortlan Bennett   A violent Facebook page featuring all-in brawls at Perth schools and other areas has re-emerged after being taken down last week due to community outrage.

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Justin Langer 'too upset to talk' about Phil Hughes

Justin Langer couldn't hide his disappointment about not having the likes of Marsh and Coulter-Nile at his dispossal

Simon White   As Australia prays for critically injured South Australia batsman Phil Hughes, Test legend and WA coach Justin Langer summed up the shock felt by many within the cricket community.

Fire warnings as Perth braces for heatwave and storms

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Steve Holland   Fire warnings have been issued as Perth this week prepares for three straight days in the 30s amid the prospect of thunderstorms and lightning strikes.

Scarborough car park gang attack leaves man hospitalised

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A gang attack in Scarborough has left one man hospitalised and another with cuts to his face, after they were set upon in a Scarborough carpark on Tuesday.

Arsonists target North Perth hair salon

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Arson Squad detectives are investigating a fire at a barber's shop in North Perth overnight.

From diamonds to dog food: Costco eyes Perth

US wholesale giant Costco is eyeing Perth.

Leanne Nicholson   American wholesale warehouse giant Costco has confirmed it is the next multinational setting its sights on Perth to take advantage of the growing West Australian membership base travelling across the country to shop at the super stores.

Underwear for homeless charity drive

Ashley Graham posted a picture modelling lingerie to her Instagram account.

Ray Sparvell   Perth women have handed over their underwear for a good cause.