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Pennington to appeal killing conviction again

4:45 PM   An elderly man who faced four trials over the death of a woman in Perth almost 25 years ago intends to appeal against his conviction again.

RPH bomb scare: Man charged, another released

Parts of Royal Perth Hospital have been evacuated.

Brendan Foster 4:16 PM   A 29-year-old man has been charged over a bomb scare at Royal Perth Hospital on Thursday.

Australind fatal: Teenager dies after being hit by 4WD vehicle

Some of the tributes left for the 15-year-old boy who died after he was hit by a 4WD on Thursday.

Tim Carrier 4:07 PM   A 15-year-old boy has died after being hit by a 4WD in Australind on Thursday evening.

Students flown to Perth in viral encephalitis scare

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain.

3:42 PM   Two patients with encephalitis-like symptoms have been flown to Perth from the north of Western Australia.

Perth weather forecast: dream of spring becomes reality

It's a big return to Spring, with sunny weather expected next week.

Ray Sparvell 3:28 PM   It's set to be partly cloudy on Sunday but who cares when there are all those new socks to enjoy, right dads?

Canning byelection: Court no-show for candidate Teresa van Lieshout

Canning byelection candidate Teresa van Lieshout.

Nathan Hondros and Kate Hedley 3:14 PM   The credentials of controversial Canning candidate Teresa van Lieshout have been called into question.

Perth Royal Wine Show: WA at the top of the barrel

The Swan Valley was represented by Houghton Wines and Mandoon Estate.

David Prestipino 3:13 PM   Western Australia has continued its supremacy over the eastern states in the wine stakes battle.

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Feel-good mugs help Perth cafe weed out homelessness

Happy mugs

Jai Price 2:44 PM   A cafe in the heart of Perth's CBD has planted the seed to tackle homelessness in a new way, inspired by the 'pay it forward' idea.

Police union renew calls for officers to be armed in court after knife found

WA Police Union president George Tilbury said the union had been flooded with reports of attempted smuggling of weapons into courts all over WA.

Brendan Foster 2:06 PM   The WA police union has again called on the Barnett government to allow officers to be armed in court after another knife was found in a Perth court on Thursday.

Cannabis operation in bookshop leaves couple’s investment in tatters

53 plants were seized.

Josh del Pino 1:23 PM   The bookstore was supposed to be celebrating its grand opening. Instead, the owners have been left devastated from a secret cannabis set-up right under their noses.

Pennington awaits sentencing over cold case killing

Cariad Anderson Slater disappeared in July 1992.

1:07 PM   A Western Australian Supreme Court judge will hear arguments on how to punish an octogenarian for killing an acquaintance 23 years ago.

Wind in the willows: Cricket legends remember the WACA's greatest hits

Adam Gilchrist celebrates after hitting a 57-ball century at the WACA.

Ray Sparvell 10:07 AM   News that the iconic WACA cricket ground will no longer host classic test matches against the likes of India, England and South Africa has marked the end of an era that began more than a century ago.

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FIFO Gorgon workers get 'watershed' roster deal

FIFO Gorgon workers have landed a 'watershed' roster deal.

9:30 AM   Hundreds of construction workers who voted in favour of walking off the job at Chevron's Gorgon LNG project have cancelled the industrial action after negotiations with the lead contractor.

Bateman woman's death suspicious: WA Police

Police outside the Electra Street property and (inset) the woman's Hyandai Getz car, found in Hamilton Hill.

Brendan Foster 9:14 AM   Police have charged a 19-year-old man after an investigation into the death of a 85-year-old old woman in Bateman.

Byrnecut: 'screaming' woman leaves in ambulance after 'threat to kill'

The scene at Byrnecut a short time ago.

Ray Sparvell 9:53 PM   A woman who allegedly ran amok at a mining office in the Perth Airport precinct has been extracted from a roof space where she was hiding and has been taken, screaming, into an ambulance.

Canning byelection: Hastie says family religion off limit

Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie.

Brendan Foster 8:10 PM   Liberal candidate for the Canning byelection Andrew Hastie has slammed the media for targeting his family about their religious beliefs.

WACA to shift Test matches to new Perth Stadium at Burswood


Australia's blockbuster Test matches against India, England, and South Africa are set to be moved from the WACA Ground to the new Perth Stadium under a new plan.

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Perth one of planet's worst cities: HuffPost Aus blog

 Perth's 'boring' CBD skyline from Kings Park.

Emma Young   Perth is one of the 10 worst cities on the planet, according to a story featured on the newborn Huffington Post Australia.

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Air conditioner unit on fire prompts evacuation of East Perth's Comfort Hotel

Smoke can be seen coming from the air-conditioning unit.

Brendan Foster   An air conditioner unit on an East Perth hotel has caught fire, prompting the evacuation of the building.

"There was a massive explosion": Harvey resident on earthquake

Geosciences Australia estimate that the quake south-east of Harvey could have been felt up to 28 kilometres away.

Tim Carrier and Jai Price   A Harvey resident has described an earthquake which shook the town as a "massive explosion."

Investigation underway into mechanics and house fires

In total nine cars were set alight and caused more than $100,000 worth of damage.

Jai Price   Police are investigating two separate blazes, one of which caused more than $100,000 damage, on Wednesday night.

Perth man claims he found drugs in his bag after returning from Bali

DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JULY 10:  Foreign tourist flock at Ngurah Rai International airport on July 10, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.  277 flights include 160 domestic flight and 117 international flight are closed in Ngurah Airport started from thursday 23.30 due to volcanic ash claud from Maunt Raung.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

Brendan Foster   A Perth man says he's lucky not to be behind bars in Bali after returning from the Indonesian island and finding drugs in his hand luggage.

WA organic farmer Steve Marsh loses GM costs appeal

Pictured canola fields with Mount Sturgeon near Dunkeld in the background. 100928AM35   Picture: ANGELA MILNE

An organic farmer who took on his GM canola cultivating neighbour on contamination claims has failed in his bid to appeal a large legal costs bill.

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West Perth blackout in finals looms after stalemate over Nine logo

Channel Nine will pick up the broadcast of the WAFL finals if West Perth make it.

Brendan Foster   The chances of West Perth games being shown on Channel Seven during the WAFL finals appears slim after the Falcons and WA Football Commission failed to thrash out their differences on Wednesday night.

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Put a price on every Perth tree: Bayswater councillor Chris Cornish

Chris Cornish  is campaigning to stop mass tree-felling as a routine part of development.

Emma Young   A Bayswater councillor wants laws giving a dollar value to each Perth tree that developers propose to chop down, in a bid to combat dangerous overheating in suburbs stripped of greenery.

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West Coast Eagle Nic Naitanui opens up about mother's death

Nic Naitanui of the Eagles celebrates a goal against the Western Bulldogs and acknowledges his mother who recently passed away.

Brendan Foster   West Coast Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui has opened up for the first time about the heartbreak of the death of his mother who died suddenly last month in Fiji.

Anti-Muslim group tight-lipped on new venue after Swans ban

Steve Holland   An anti-Muslim group has found a new venue for a controversial rally after a WAFL club banned it from holding it at its headquarters.

Expert slams brakes on WA speed camera trial

Speed camera vans will be used in school zones in WA.

Jai Price   The State government's trial of high visibility speed camera vans has been slammed by one of Australia's prominent road safety experts.

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WA thieves caught on candid camera with their pants down

WA thieves caught with pants down

Steve Holland   Two men were filmed trying to steal a video camera that captured them in the act.

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Mandurah Aquatic Centre assault: gunmen drag WA man from car

A Dallas SWAT officer walks away after police cornered a suspect in a van.

A man has been left with a serious head injury after being dragged from his car into bushland by four armed assailants, south of Perth.