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Solar owner: 'Gold-plated poles and wires' increase power costs

Ray Sparvell 4:35 PM   A West Leederville man believes "gold-plated" infrastructure is causing energy provider Synergy to consider jacking up connection costs to solar panel owners.

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Nine in 10 trees planted by Perth councils will never mature: expert

The City of Vincent, whose mayor John Carey will speak at Wednesday's workshop, is working to create more liveable neighbourhoods through street verge planting.

Emma Young 4:11 PM   More than 90 per cent of trees planted by Perth councils trying to cool hot suburbs will die before maturing, according to a leading WA arborist.

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Double killer jailed for 23 years after drug-fuelled psychosis

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3:33 PM   A 24-year-old man was in a "floridly psychotic" state when he beat his father and a neighbour to death, leaving them so bloodied their wives could not even recognise them, a court has heard.

Nurse contradicts WA inquest evidence

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

3:30 PM   A nurse who saw an Aboriginal woman in custody before she died has contradicted key inquest evidence given by other medical staff about hospital procedures.

Dodd murder-accused to head to WA

Hayley Dodd went missing while hitchhiking near Badgingarra in 1999.

2:55 PM   A convicted rapist accused of murdering a teenage hitchhiker north of Perth 16 years ago is set to be transferred from a Queensland jail to Western Australia to face charges over her death.

Confusion reigns over push to deregulate WA's potato industry

The godfather of spuds Tony Galati has heard deregulation could be here "by Christmas".

Ray Sparvell 2:44 PM   The chips are flying as the next battle opens up in WA's spud wars with opposing groups each claiming they have the inside knowledge on the prospect of immediate deregulation of the potato industry.

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Is Perth Freight Link the missing part of our public transport network

A potential revamped route for the Perth Freight Link.

Alex Fletcher 2:12 PM   A hot topic at the moment is the Perth Freight Link between Roe Highway and Fremantle Port, in North Fremantle.  It's very sensitive, for many reasons.

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Cockburn Sound fish kill: mystery deepens as new deaths surface

Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Rowland with a dead pink snapper at Cockburn Sound.

Emma Young 1:44 PM   The Department of Fisheries has said it is "likely" a water quality issue is behind the deaths of hundreds of fish in Cockburn Sound, even as new reports of hundreds more dead snapper and blowfish surface.

Hayley Dodd murder-accused to face court

Hayley Dodd.

1:23 PM   A convicted rapist will face a Brisbane court ahead of his extradition to WA, where he is accused of murdering a teenager who went missing 16 years ago.

Tom Percy: retaliation and self-defence can prove costly

A Perth man is charged with assaulting a woman who allegedly attacked him.

Heather McNeill 12:12 PM   A Perth man will face court charged with assault after retaliating against a woman who punched and spat on his face in a Northbridge street.

Quick-thinking teen thwarts alleged theft attempt on mum's BMW


Emma Young 10:49 AM   Police have charged a man who allegedly tried to steal a Perth mum's BMW as her 17-year-old son sat in the passenger seat.

Mexico fears backlash after WA surfers go missing

Adam Coleman and his girlfriend Andrea Gomez.

10:22 AM   Officials in the Mexican state of Sinaloa fear the publicity around missing Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman will damage their tourism industry.

WA man felt guilt, sorrow over Bali crash

Joshua Ronald Terelinck with his lawyer Erwin  Siregar.

10:13 AM   A Perth man has expressed his sorrow about a Bali motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a local man, and has him facing up to six years in jail.

Ms Dhu inquest: obvious WA woman not faking illness, court told

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

10:08 AM   A doctor who tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate an Aboriginal woman in custody has told a coronial inquest it was obvious she was unresponsive and not faking her illness.

Honeymoon over as Perth Uber drivers battle each other for fares

The Baird government is yet to make a decision on whether to legalise ride-sharing services such as Uber.

Heather McNeill 9:36 AM   First they were viewed as undercutting cabbies, now it seems Uber drivers in Perth are being pitted against each other as the ride-sharing service experiences a surge in drivers fighting for fares.

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Belmont bashing victim: unprovoked attack was 'unbelievably violent'

Police believe the men who attacked Keith were driving this white van.

Heather McNeill 9:00 PM   A man who was bashed in an unprovoked attack on a Belmont street has told how two "unbelievably violent" men broke his leg, jaw and nose before he managed to escape.

Qfly outbreak: eight Perth suburbs in quarantine zone

Residents of the southern Perth suburbs inside the quarantine zone can face fines for failing to comply with the restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables.

Emma Young 7:26 PM   The government has established a quarantine zone around eight Perth suburbs in an attempt to limit the damage of an outbreak of Queensland fruit fly that has ended WA's status as free from Australia's most damaging fruit pest.

No temperature check before WA woman died

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

5:28 PM   Two nurses who saw a woman in custody the day before she died failed to check her temperature and attributed her tachycardia to drug withdrawal and agitation, a West Australian inquest has heard.

Perth summer arrives after hottest ever spring

The beach season has truly been rung in after record-breaking spring temperatures.

Heather McNeill   Perth has just experienced its hottest spring on record and experts predict the warmer weather will continue as WA marked its first day of summer on Tuesday.

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Mandurah smoke shop raided over psycho stimulant suspicions

Cloud 9 in Mandurah sells smoking paraphernalia.

Kate Hedley   A Mandurah smoke shop opened for just two weeks has already attracted the attention of police after suspicions that psycho stimulants were sold.

Synergy lines up hit on solar panel owners while world eyes climate change

Solar panel owners will have their charge to connect to the network doubled.

Ray Sparvell   A leading Perth academic has condemned a Synergy plan to "whack" solar panel owners by doubling the charge to connect them to the power network.

Fiona Stanley Hospital bungle 'embarrassing': WA peak medical body

A Fiona Stanley Hospital patient has been left in a hospital gym for eight hours

Heather McNeill and Emma Young   WA's peak medical body has weighed in on recent criticism of Fiona Stanley Hospital, labelling its latest medical bungle involving an elderly patient as "embarrassing" and calling on the state government to invest in improving services at the beleaguered hospital.

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Perth woman brags about sneaking '100 pingas' into Stereosonic festival

One Facebook user claimed to have taken 100 'pingas' into the festival in Perth on Sunday.

Heather McNeill   A woman has bragged about smuggling 100 ecstasy pills past security at the Perth Stereosonic music festival on Sunday, one day after a 25-year-old woman died of a suspected drug overdose at the same event in Sydney.

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Perth gran celebrates 109th birthday with cake - and letter from Queen

Helen Stamelos has survived two World Wars to celebrate her 109th birthday with (left) and a letter from the Queen.

Chelsea Spence   The oldest person in WA to undergo a major hip replacement has celebrated her 109th birthday - and celebrated with cake and a letter from the Queen. 

Fremantle Dockers fan who punched woman now jailed

A fan captured the assault on their phone during the game.

A Dockers fan who admitted hitting a woman in the jaw after being asked to tone down his language at an AFL match has been jailed for eight months.

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi threatens to quit as probe continues

Lisa Scaffidi is on the verge of resigning after fresh probe.

Brendan Foster   Embattled Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi is on the brink of quitting after the Department of Local Government said it was going to investigate her travel rort scandals, according to the ABC.

Four men plucked from the ocean near Falcon as boat sinks

Four men were saved by marine rescue volunteers.

Staff writers   Four men were rescued on Sunday night about two nautical miles off Falcon near Mandurah after being swept from their boat into the ocean by a wave.

Halls Head kite surfer drifts in ocean before night on a sandbank

Kitesurfer Malcolm Muller spent eight hours stranded in the ocean.

Brendan Foster   A kite surfer from Halls Head spent the 'longest night of his life' in the ocean near Mandurah standing on a sandbank after his kite deflated on Sunday.

Andrew Hastie: Odds shorten on Member for Canning's rise

Andrew Hastie the Prime Minister in 2020? That will pay you $67.

Nathan Hondros   An online bookmaker is taking bets on the career of Member for Canning Andrew Hastie, offering to pay out $67 if he becomes Prime Minister by 2020.

Fears for Aussie surfers missing in Mexico after 'bodies found'


Kate Hedley   The families and partners of two Golden Bay men missing in Mexico fear "a tragic event has occurred" after the van they were travelling in was found.