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WA watchdog begins inquiry into high-rise fire risk

Leanne Nicholson 8:55 AM   Flammable cladding, which is believed to have sparked a high-rise inferno in Melbourne, could be contained in buildings erected in Western Australia during the past decade.

New Perth-developed farm to plate food app set to change the way we shop

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Ray Sparvell 8:49 AM   Tracing the origins of food has become increasingly important to consumers in WA. And an app that does just that may have us turning to our smartphones in the supermarket aisles.

Record number of cruise passengers through Fremantle ports

A record number of tourists are passing through Fremantle Passenger Terminal, aboard cruise ships like the Queen Mary.

Brendan Foster 8:24 AM   It appears West Australians are ditching hoping on a plane for their next sojourn and are choosing to spend more time holidaying on the high seas.

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Margaret River

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Ray Sparvell 7:41 PM   A motorcyclist in his 20s was killed on Thursday afternoon in a collision with a tree at Baudin about 240km south of Perth.

Pups rescued in raid on Mirrabooka home

The pups are as young as just four or five weeks old, but it has been suggested they were stolen to trade for drugs

Ray Sparvell 7:37 PM   Police want to reunite two stolen puppies with their mum and their human family after they were rescued during a raid on a house in the northern suburbs on Wednesday.

New Elizabeth Quay centrepiece footbridge locks into place

An artist's impression of the new bridge at Elizabeth Quay.

5:09 PM   A key feature of Perth's new Elizabeth Quay development is being locked into place and creating Western Australian history in the process.

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Kalgoorlie wheelie bin murder: Scared prostitute helped clean up

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5:01 PM   A prostitute who lived with a man accused of murdering a drug dealer was so scared she helped clean up the victim's blood and flesh.

The debt monster has awoken: WA Labor

MarK McGowan and "the debt monster" make an impromptu visit to the Fairfax Media offices

Brendan Foster 3:11 PM   If you see a blue monster eyeing off your wallet in downtown Perth, don't be alarmed: It's just Labor's new debt monster trying to feed his insatiable appetite.

Safety Bay beach cops millions of litres of sewage

Millions of litres of sewage have flowed into water at Safety Bay beach.

Emma Young 3:01 PM   The overflow of more than an Olympic pool's worth of sewage into the water at a Safety Bay beach is "inexcusable," says Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Rowland.

Gina Rinehart court case: Bianca Rinehart appointed as trustee

Bianca Rinehart will take control of the family trust, a Sydney court has decided.

2:59 PM   Mining magnate Gina Rinehart's eldest daughter Bianca will take control of the multi-billion dollar family trust following the family's long-running legal battle.

Bookmaker pays out on Fyfe Brownlow win

Fremantle is firmly ensconced at the top of the ladder after eight rounds.

Brendan Foster 12:18 PM   A bookmaker has decided to pay out on Fremantle wunderkind Nat Fyfe winning this year's Brownlow Medal even though the AFL season in only just over a third of the way through.

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Mesothelioma 'miracle' man Barry Knowles lives to tell his tale

Given a year to live because of mesothelioma, Barry Knowles has thrived through another five.

Leanne Nicholson 12:04 PM   Barry Knowles is the Perth man who has been described as a medical miracle and defied the odds.

WA... the most expensive state to renovate

WA is the most expensive state to renovate.

11:49 AM   A long-held belief among West Australian home owners has been confirmed as fact, with pricey tradies making it the most expensive state to renovate.

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Lone Wolf gang member arrests could dismantle WA chapter

Lone Wolf motorcycle gang member arrests could dismantle their WA chapter, police say.

Brendan Foster 11:19 AM   Four outlaw motorcycle gang members have been charged after holding a 29-year-old man at gun point.

Perth records lowest minimum temperature for 2015

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Emma Young 11:07 AM   Perth city shivered through its lowest minimum temperature yet for 2015, dropping to 3.7 degrees at 6.47am on Thursday morning.

South Perth death: man charged with murder after body found

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Emma Young 9:08 AM   Police have charged a man with murder after a body was discovered in a South Perth unit on Wednesday.

WA searchers closer to finding meteorite

An artist's impression of a huge meteorite striking Earth 65 million years ago.

Scientists at Curtin University have narrowed to 10km the area where it believes a meteorite that flashed across WA skies may have landed.

WA man who fatally pushed nightclub hugger found not guilty

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A nightclubber who fatally pushed another patron to escape an unexpected hug has been found not guilty of unlawful assault causing death.

Emergency services at Indonesian consulate after report of white powder

Emergency services vehicles outside the Indonesian Consulate.

Leanne Nicholson   Emergency services have been called to the Indonesian consulate in Perth to determine the identity of what is believed to be a white powder located at the building.

Kalgoorlie wheelie bin murder: man overheard debt talk

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The housemate of a man accused, with three other people, of torturing and murdering a drug dealer has testified in a Perth court that he overheard a conversation about money owed.

Mystery WA lotto player wins $30 million

The Aussie fell sharply overnight.

Ray Sparvell   Somebody in WA woke up $30 million richer on Wednesday morning - or, to be more accurate, 10 people woke up $3 million better off.

$1.8 million Inter Dominion Series comes home to Gloucester Park

The Inter Dominion Series returns to Gloucester Park in November.

Ray Sparvell   The Inter Dominion pacing series returns to its spiritual home of Gloucester Park in November 2015 for the $1.8 event and return to its traditional format of three heats and a grand final.

Extradited accused murderer in WA court

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A man who was extradited from NSW to face a murder charge in Western Australia has appeared briefly in court.

Travis Mills murder: five suspects in WA court

Travis Mills with his daughter Ruby.

Five people accused of murdering Perth father Travis Mills, whose body was found in the boot of a burnt out car, have appeared briefly in court.

Legal red tape keeps Hayley Dodd accused waiting

Hayley Dodd's disappearance has gone unsolved for nearly16 years

Ray Sparvell   The man at the centre of the high profile Hayley Dodd disappearance, serving jail time in Queensland, is awaiting a legal request from WA that could see him tried over the Mandurah teenager's alleged abduction and murder nearly 16 years ago.

Mandurah murder accused pleads not guilty

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A 30-year-old West Australian man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Adam Eric Hall, who was found shot dead on the front lawn of a Mandurah property.

Bat and axe servo robbery duo in court

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Ray Sparvell   Two men who allegedly robbed service stations and threatened staff with a baseball bat and a tomahawk will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Danny Green's long-awaited grudge re-match with Mundine a step closer

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Brendan Foster   The long-awaited rematch between bitter rivals Anthony Mundine and Danny Green looks closer than ever.

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New Perth school for troubled students

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A small new school bound for Perth's eastern suburbs will manage some of Western Australia's most troubled students.

Granny mugged, BMW stolen in teen robbery spree

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Ray Sparvell   A Cloverdale grandmother was allegedly shoved by two teenagers while she was pushing her grandchildren in a pram on Tuesday. The 73-year-old had her purse stolen.