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Warrant issued for arrest over Hayley Dodd abduction and murder

Ray Sparvell 7:37 PM   A warrant was issued on Monday for the arrest of a 59-year-old man over the alleged willful murder of 17-year-old Hayley Dodd almost 16 years ago.

Calls for shark nets at Cottesloe but only as a precaution

Cottesloe council has put measures in place to allow for shark nets - if needs be

Ray Sparvell 6:17 PM   There are no plans to install a shark net at Cottesloe despite the council taking precautionary measures to have one approved.

Sydney siege gunman Man Horan Monis' first protest was in Perth

Man Haron Monis first came to attention when living in Perth, where he staged a protest at Parliament House

Brendan Foster 6:12 PM   Sydney siege gunman Man Horan Monis appetite for political radicalism may have had its origins in Perth.

Perth houses sit on market for an average of 77 days: new figures

Subiaco houses

Emma Young 4:53 PM   It now takes an average of 77 days to sell a house in Perth, and the city now has more houses for sale than Sydney, new figures show.

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WA miners in $1.8 billion takeover deal

The takeover would create a company that is better equipped to manage the increasing volatility in commodity markets.

3:34 PM   Miner Independence Group has struck a $1.8 billion deal to buy the company behind an emerging West Australian nickel project while the metal's price hovers at historic lows.

Fatal nightclub push in Perth was 'self defence', court hears


3:02 PM   Zak Harvey was so happy after a night of clubbing in Perth he started hugging strangers in the street.

Perth brothel madam Shirley Finn murder: Royal commission missed 'golden opportunity'

WA Police are reviewing the 1975 murder of brothel madam Shirley Finn.

Brendan Foster 2:23 PM   Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says the 2002 royal commission into police corruption missed a "golden opportunity" to get to the bottom of WA's most infamous murder.

Shortbread Man's killer moved to minimum security: Grieving son 'sickened'

Joe Hollomby, the Shortbred Man from Geraldton.

Emma Young 2:13 PM   The son of a pensioner stabbed to death in Geraldton in 2008 is sickened by news the killer was moved to a medium security prison six years into a 19-year minimum sentence.

Perth to rival San Fran? The new bus concept with wifi and coffee

On board the new bus by Leap.

Ray Sparvell 1:54 PM   Ride sharing champion Uber has muscled its way into a market long held by taxis; now a new concept in public transport is winning converts in San Francisco and the world is taking notice.

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Shirley Finn inquest should be soon: WA's top cop

Shirley Finn.

11:48 AM   Any inquest into the 1975 death of Perth brothel madam Shirley Finn would need to be held soon, West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says.

Perth vs Vietnam: How to lead life of luxury on a pension

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Ray Sparvell 10:53 AM   How's this for a pensioner lifestyle: rent for a four-storey house, $275 month? An electricity bill that's never more than $20? A high speed internet connection for the same? All satisfyingly washed down with a bottle of beer for 50 cents?

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Man, three teens charged over Karratha car park bashing


Brendan Foster 9:47 AM   A man and three teenagers have been charged after allegedly bashing a man 26-year-old Nickol man with a hammer in a Karratha car park on Sunday.

FOI on controversial UWA centre knocked back by Abbott government

The Australia Consensus Centre was canned after Bjorn Lomborg's credentials were questioned

Brendan Foster 8:07 AM   The Abbott governments is refusing to release documents on its plans to set up a research centre at the University of Western Australia with a controversial Danish academic claiming the FOI request would take 150 man hours.

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Rolf Harris supporters call on Australia to restore honours

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris was sentenced to more than five years in prison

Candice Barnes 8:07 AM   British supporters of veteran entertainer Rolf Harris have called on Australian authorities to reinstate the convicted sex offender's honours.

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WA Greens: It's time to allow gay marriage after Ireland vote yes

A couple react in Dublin as Ireland votes in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in Saturday's historic referendum.

Brendan Foster   Ireland's historic vote to allow gay marriage demonstrates how out-of-touch the "old parties in Australia are by rejecting calls for marriage equality", says WA Greens MLA Lynn MacLaren.

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More than 100 ecstasy tablets seized by police in Perth

More than 100 ecstasy pills were seized in Perth CBD on Saturday night

Brendan Foster   More than 100 ecstasy tablets were seized by police from a car in Perth on Saturday night.

Gatecrashers smash up Silver Sands home

Police are investigating a gatecrashing in Silver Sands

Brendan Foster   More than 80 gatecrashers have smashed up a home in the southern suburbs on Saturday night.

Police hunt for murderer who killed Fremantle man

Murder victim Reuben Stack.

Adrian Beattie   The police hunt for the murderer of an East Fremantle man continues.

Ambulances rush to road-train crash north of Geraldton


Adrian Beattie   Emergency services have rushed to the scene of a road-train crash 120km north of Geraldton.

Murder charge over Bunbury death

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  A general view of a Victoria Police officer wearing a high visibility vest on patrol on September 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Adrian Beattie   Detectives have charged a man with murder over the death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found in a home in Bunbury on Thursday.

Pilbara told to prepare for floods

People in the Pilbara have been told to prepare for flooding.

People in the Pilbara are being told to prepare for the possibility of flooding, and to relocate equipment and livestock.

Unions call for Royal Commission into workplace deaths

UnionsWA's Meredith Hammat with State Opposition leader Mark McGowan.

Adrian Beattie   Another death on a WA mine site has sparked calls for a Royal Commission into fatalities at WA workplaces.

Drugs raids uncover meth, coke, ecstacy and cannabis

Medical marijuana is illegal in Australia but Queensland and Victoria have joined New South Wales in a $9 million trial of cannabis oil for patients suffering epilepsy, end-of-life pain and chemotherapy-related nausea.

Adrian Beattie   Police have seized 13 kilograms of drugs during two raids carried out on Friday.

Police chase ends in crash


Adrian Beattie   A police chase through Perth's southern suburbs in the early hours of Saturday ended with a crash on Tonkin Highway.

Visitor turns violent after night out

A still from CCTV footage of the assault suspect.

Adrian Beattie   A Heathridge man was attacked while asleep by a man he invited home after a night out.

Man hides in hole to escape police

Police car

Adrian Beattie   A police chase in Geraldton ended with the dog squad finding a man hiding in a hole covered with bushes.

Police investigate suspected murder in Fremantle

Emma Young   A family is left "devastated" after the murder of an East Fremantle man in his mid-20s on Thursday.

WA baby killer Mervyn Bell sentenced for bashing partner


A Perth judge says a man convicted of sexually abusing and murdering a 10-month-old boy presents a high risk of future violent reoffending.

Police hunt predator who grabbed woman running in Carine

Police have asked the public to help them find this man.

Emma Young   Detectives are hunting a man who grabbed hold of a woman running alone in Carine on Thursday, putting his hand over her mouth in an effort to subdue her before she managed to break free.

Fresh charge for woman allegedly responsible for head-on freeway crash


Emma Young   A woman is facing a fresh charge, of driving under the influence, in addition to charges already laid after she allegedly drove the wrong way along Kwinana Freeway and crashed head-on into another car.