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'Alarm bells' before infant fatally bashed

2:31 PM   A parliamentary committee has questioned why a teenage father who had convictions for violent offences was allowed unsupervised access to his premature infant son, who he fatally bashed.

Right-wing group that wanted Hitler in classrooms to launch political party

United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell has taken to Facebook to express his views on women and Jews.

Brendan Foster 2:25 PM   A right-wing anti-Islam group that has previously stated every school in Australia should have a picture of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and every school kid a copy of his manifesto 'Mein Kempf' is planning to launch its own political party in Perth.

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Seville Grove 'loud party' kill accused pleads in court


Emma Young 1:56 PM   A fly-in fly-out worker has pleaded not guilty to charges over the death of a father of two in Perth's south.

Perth girls gone wild banned from Botanica bar

These girls at Perth venue Botanica had a little too much fun last Sunday.

Jon Solmundson 1:41 PM   A video showing a group of girls trashing a bathroom at the Innaloo Botanica Bar and Bistro on Sunday has resulted in a swift ban, and some serious heat from social media.

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Snow way! Skiing to become a reality in WA on artificial ski slope

Skiing is set to become a reality in WA after the Waroona council approved the construction of the state's first artificial ski slope.

Andrew King 12:26 PM   Skiing in the hot Western Australian climate seems like an impossibility, but it will turn into reality after the Waroona council approved a plan to install the state's first artificial dry ski slope on Tuesday.

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WA death in custody inquest: race 'coloured Ms Dhu's treatment'

Ms Dhu died two days after she was locked up at South Hedland Police Station in Western Australia in August 2014.

Emma Young 12:10 PM   A doctor has told a West Australian coronial inquest that an Aboriginal woman who died in custody after crying in pain for days could have been treated differently if she was white.

Perth heavyweight boxer Mark de Mori set to take on David Haye

Mark de Mori

Simon White 11:38 AM   Perth heavyweight boxer Mark de Mori has finally secured the big-time, big-money fight he has been dreaming about - a clash with British former WBA champion David Haye.

Nalder sideswipes own team over taxi lease renewal

The taxi industry is angered by a call to renew leases while a green paper is under discussion.

Ray Sparvell 7:50 PM   Transport Minister Dean Nalder has sideswiped his own department after expensive print advertisements were run over the weekend calling on taxi drivers to renew their leases.

Spike in WA FIFO worker fake urine cheats

Unions representing fly-in fly-out workers at Chevron's Gorgon project want more family-friendly rosters.

7:29 PM   A spike in the use of artificial urine to avoid spot drug tests has been recorded across WA workplaces, with drug dealers now selling it as a package with meth.

WA death in custody inquest: 'we got treated like animals', partner says

Ms Dhu died two days after she was locked up at South Hedland Police Station in Western Australia in August 2014.

Emma Young 7:14 PM   The partner of a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman who died in custody in regional Western Australia has told the inquest into her death that police treated her like an animal.

Freight Link opponents confront Barnett

The Perth Freight Link protest at parliament

6:48 PM   An angry crowd of protesters opposed to the Perth Freight Link project have confronted Premier Colin Barnett on the steps of parliament.

Pay pass sparks crime spike in WA: Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan

Tap-and-go type credit cards thefts are on the rise.

Ray Sparvell 6:22 PM   Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says Australian banks' willingness to absorb losses from pay pass credit card fraud has sparked a crime spike in Western Australia.

WA death in custody inquest: Ms Dhu was in pain

Ms Dhu died two days after she was locked up at South Hedland Police Station in Western Australia in August 2014.

5:09 PM   Police thought an Aboriginal woman in custody was faking pain before her death, while doctors believed she was withdrawing from drugs, a West Australian inquest has heard.

Esperance bushfires: WA firefighters cop flak for response time

The devastating result of the blaze in Esperance.

4:49 PM   Firefighters have been forced to defend themselves after being criticised for response times to the deadly bushfires in Western Australia's south.

Husband of missing woman faces Mandurah court

Chad Mitchell's wife, Iveta, was reported missing in 2010.

Kate Hedley 4:15 PM   The husband of missing woman Iveta Mitchell faced a Mandurah court charged with trespass.

Cause of tiles blown off Girrawheen home could remain mystery

Tiles blew off Betty Foo's house after a low-flying passed her house in 2011.

Brendan Foster 3:50 PM   Tiles blown off a Perth grandmother's roof in Girrawheen could remain a mystery forever after the Australian Defence Force said none of their aircraft were in the area on the day.

Climate change sparks volatile bushfire season in WA

A recent firestorm in Esperance cost the lives of four people.

Jon Solmundson   In the wake of last week's deadly Esperance fires, the Climate Council says WA's South West is facing a "very high bushfire risk" for the coming summer, thanks to more intense heat waves and severe droughts.

Dangerous sex offender Warren John Ugle to be released into community

Warren John Ugle will be released from prison on a 10-year supervision order.

A dangerous sex offender will be released from indefinite detention after a West Australian judge ruled the community could be protected by a strict supervision order.

Hardcore Glory fan to boycott after management wrangle

Perth Glory nut Morgan Eakin is planning to boycott home games.

Brendan Foster   A fanatical veteran Perth Glory fan – known for his quirky and outrageous customs – says he'll be boycotting home games after management told him to remove a veil covering his face or he couldn't come into the ground.

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WA bushfires: Improved weather eases blaze threat

The fires take hold in Ellenbrook after an emergency warning was issued

After devastating bushfires razed through the Esperance region, rainfall has brought some relief to firefighters battling the blaze.

Wheatbelt crash death: Man charged over fatality, drugs

A man, 34, has been charged with dangerous driving and possession of drugs.

A man has been charged with causing a car accident that killed another motorist in Western Australia's wheatbelt region.

Pollution may have killed hundreds of fish in Cockburn Sound: Scientist

A dead pink snapper in Cockburn Sound.

Brendan Foster   A leading WA scientist says pollution may have killed more than 700 fish in Cockburn Sound, south of Perth.

Ms Dhu's family seek justice over WA custody death


Ms Dhu had broken her ribs months before she was locked up for unpaid fines, and despite repeated complaints about difficulty breathing and being in pain, was deemed fit to remain in custody.

WA's smallest communities face forward after forced closure backflip

Protesters march in Perth earlier this year against the government's plans to close remote Aboriginal communities.

Emma Young   Here, the sun rises at 5am and it's hot early. There is no newsagent. You can get a paper... but it might not be today's.

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Mosman Park residents petition council on 'ugly' tilt-up solar panels

Mosman Park's wealthiest residents are up in arms about solar panels.

Ray Sparvell   Mosman Park's wealthiest residents, including multi millionaire builder Harold Clough and mining guru Tim Goyder, have joined forces to force solar panels that spoil views off neighbouring roofs.

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Teddy bear lost at Perth Airport is still looking for its home

The bear, wearing a floral dress, was left at Perth Airport.

Jon Solmundson   A teddy bear left behind at Perth Airport has captured the hearts of almost 70,000 people as it tries to find its home before Christmas.

Girrawheen grandmother says a low-flying plane lifted tiles off her roof

Tiles blew off Betty Foo's house after a low-flying passed her house in 2011.

Brendan Foster   A Girrawheen grandmother claims a low-flying plane came so close to her house it lifted tiles off the roof.

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Perth professor's ground-breaking vaccine aims to shrink cancer tumours

Professor Bruce Robinson has developed a new vaccine that could be used to shrink cancerous tumours.

Jon Solmundson   A Perth-based professor has developed a vaccine that could be used to shrink cancerous tumours.

Paralysed WA policeman Ryan Marron to get full working entitlements

Ryan Marron with his partner Toni Misitano.

A West Australian policeman who was left paralysed after contracting a rare disease on the job will get full working entitlements until an ex gratia payment is made, Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says.

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Man and woman killed in Oakford crash south of Perth

Roads in Oakford closed after man and woman killed after hitting tree.

Brendan Foster   A man and woman have been killed when their car hit a tree in Oakford, south of Perth on Monday morning.