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WA uranium mine approved despite looming corruption investigation

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Steve Holland 6:36 PM   WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob approved a controversial uranium mine proposal on Thursday despite a looming investigation into the dealings of representatives of the traditional owners of the land.

Mark McGowan touts 'metro hubs' plan for Perth

Mark McGowan has called for metro hubs to ease urban sprawl in Perth

Ray Sparvell 5:58 PM   Perth has "hit the wall with the urban sprawl" and planners need to refocus on the creation of satellite central business districts, according to a leading sustainability academic.

Students evacuated as fire burns close to Leeming Senior High School

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Brendan Foster 5:39 PM   Leeming High School was evacuated just after 1pm on Friday, as a fire was burning only a couple of hundred  metres from the school.

Man jailed for WA tavern car park attack


5:33 PM   A 22-year-old man has been jailed for hitting a man with his vehicle during a fracas in a Perth tavern car park.

Ferrari driver has car impounded under WA hoon laws

This Ferrari was impounded after the driver allegedly drove it 45km/h over the limit.

5:13 PM   A 23-year-old man from Sinagra has had his Ferrari impounded after allegedly being clocked at 45 km/h over the speed limit.

WA man, Peter Lewsam, charged with 67 child sex offences


4:53 PM   A man has faced a Perth court charged with 67 child sex offences.

GPS tracks stolen $20,000 Swanbourne generator


Ray Sparvell 4:27 PM   Cottesloe detectives are investigating mystery disappearance of a commercial generator worth more than $20,000.

Man bashed at WA's Yongah Hill Detention Centre

Man seriously injured in Yongah Hill.

4:22 PM   A man is in a critical condition after allegedly being attacked at an immigration detention centre.

Floods expected to hit WA’s Pilbara and Gascoyne regions

Storms are ahead for the Pilbara with flooding inevitable

4:18 PM   Parts of the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions are set to be hit by floods, with DFES warning residents of rising rivers.

Water absorbing balls a WA child risk

The water-absorbing balls are being warned about as a threat to children's health.

2:20 PM   Water absorbing balls, toys and novelty items have been swallowed by West Australian children, prompting a warning from Consumer Protection about the risk of choking.

Police catch alleged ATM fire starters in Perth’s southern suburbs


12:47 PM   Two men have been charged over Thursday's ATM fires in Hamilton Hill and Booragoon.

Two more new towering apartment blocks for South Perth

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Brendan Foster 9:26 AM   The apartment boom for South Perth looks set to continue with another two towering blocks worth more than $140 million on the drawing board for the leafy foreshore suburb.

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Sinkhole opens up in Wembley Downs


Leanne Nicholson 12:37 AM   A sinkole reportedly opened up in a Wembley Downs residential street on Thursday afternoon

Bassendean bushfire threat downgraded

Northcliffe bushfire in WA's South West region. February 2015.

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Ray Sparvell 10:47 PM   A Bassendean bushfire that was at one stage given "emergency" status was downgraded to an "advice" just after 6pm on Thursday.

Twin fires in Beeliar downgraded

Tasmanian Fire Service volunteer fire fighter Anne Tattnell fighting the bushfire near houses at Scamander on Tasmania's east coast today.
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Steve Holland 10:41 PM   Two bushfires that threatened lives and homes in Beeliar were downgraded early on Thursday evening.

Train v truck stalls Freo peak-hour commute

The scene of the accident where a train hit a truck.

Ray Sparvell 9:03 PM   Peak hour traffic has been thrown into chaos with a truck versus train accident in Fremantle that happened on Thursday afternoon.

Statistics are sexy: we try to find your next partner in Perth

The canals of Mandurah - statistically a potentially likely place to find a new partner.

Ray Sparvell 8:30 PM   I've just read a two volume report, crammed with charts, maps, tables, diagrams and statistics on how Perth has changed over the last 20 years. And it's all been explained to me in a fusion of academia and corporate management speak.

Radio boss 'cheapened' gender equity debate: WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner

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Nicole Cox   WA's Equal Opportunity Commissioner has slammed comments by a Perth radio boss that she gives her staff condoms to stop them having babies and thinks work-life balance is 'bullshit'.

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Virgin Australia refusing refund to Perth quadriplegic after fall

Mr Baldock said that he will fight Virgin Australia over the incident which cut his holiday short

Brendan Foster   A Perth quadriplegic says Virgin Australia is refusing to refund his airfare after he had to cut his holiday short because he was accidentally tipped from his wheelchair down an escalator at Perth Airport.

Warwick Train Station sex assault: teen avoids detention

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A 15-year-old boy who sexually assaulted a woman near a train station has avoided detention.

Gina Rinehart stops sponsoring Sculpture By The Sea

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Billionaire Gina Rinehart has withdrawn financial support for this year's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on Cottesloe beach.

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Police seek woman in relation to crime spree in council ute

Police want to talk to this woman in connection with a crime spree

Steve Holland   Police are searching for a woman, last seen in a high-visibility singlet, in relation to an alleged crime spree in a stolen council ute that ended in a man being bashed.

Collie man denies pointing laser at McDonald’s worker

The McDonalds in Collie, where the incident allegedly occurred.

Andrew Elstermann   A 24-year-old Collie man on bail for a number of serious offences pleaded not guilty to an accusation he pointed a laser light into the eyes of a McDonald's restaurant employee on Wednesday night.

Cooloongup man faces court for punching boy in wheelchair in head

Man alleged of assault to face Perth Magistrates Court

A 33-year-old man charged for punching a 16-year-old boy in the face while he was in his wheelchair is due to appear in court on Thursday.

Meth lab uncovered during Westminster raid

A suspected meth lab was uncovered during a police raid in Westminster (file pic)

Police uncovered chemicals used for the manufacture of methamphetamine during a raid at a home in Westminster on Thursday.

WA man charged over pointing laser into McDonald’s worker's eyes


Steve Holland   A Collie man has been charged for allegedly shining a laser pointer into the eyes of a fast-food restaurant worker.

Police investigate ATM fires in Perth’s south


Police are searching for clues after two ATMs were set on fire in Perth’s southern suburbs early Friday.

Bomb Squad finds explosives and drugs at West Perth home


A 40-year-old man will face a string of charges after the Bomb Squad found explosives at his home in West Perth on Wednesday.

Minister's train backflip to cost taxpayers

The axe on late night trains was wielded early this week

Ray Sparvell   Transport Minister Dean Nalder's backflip on the cancellation of late night trains may cost WA taxpayers thousands of dollars in annually in extra overtime costs.

New Perth report: We're smarter, richer and there's more of us

The falling iron ore price has punched a $2 billion hole in the WA state government's budget.

Ray Sparvell   Perth is the fastest growing city in Australia, dramatically outstripping other capitals according to a local think tank that has mapped the biggest contemporary changes in our identity.

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