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Police seize 100 kilograms of explosives from a car in Northam


10:05 AM   Police have seized 100 kilograms of explosives from a car in Northam on Tuesday afternoon.

Two jewellery stores robbed in southern suburbs

The officer will appear in court May 5.

Brendan Foster 9:45 AM   Two jewellery stores were robbed in the southern suburbs on Wednesday morning.

'Suicide' roster veteran says current FIFOs 'spoon fed' in WA's Pilbara

Mining veteran Ray Price worked 12-on, one-off at Telfer in WA's Pilbara during the 1990s.

Ray Sparvell 8:16 AM   A mining industry veteran reckons today's crop of FIFO workers have it too easy and a 12 and one shift is "no problem, if you want to work".

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WA government seeks to finalise Bell Group case

The collapse of Alan Bond's Bell Group led to a long-running legal case.

8:25 PM   Legislation aimed at finalising the nation's most expensive and longest-running court case will be introduced to the West Australian parliament.

'Sleep-deprived addict' strangled dealer, WA Supreme Court hears

Scales of justice.

8:10 PM   ​A sleep-deprived addict "snapped" and strangled her dealer when she couldn't get free drugs, a Perth trial has heard.

Kehlet disappearance: police expand search in prospector mystery

Jennie Kehlet and Raymond Kehlet

Emma Young 6:52 PM   Police will this week expand the search investigating the death of Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of his wife Jennie in the remote WA goldfields.

Esperance rescue: Stranded yachtie 'too busy' to be worried

Peter Cook's yacht stranded on rocks on Miles Island, near Esperance.

Kristin Macfarlane 6:25 PM   Lesmurdie man Peter Cook was battling high winds and rough sea conditions in a bid to keep himself and his yacht safe, but worried? He was too busy for that.

Baby ashes stolen in Noranda burglary


Brendan Foster 6:16 PM   A family has been left distraught after thieves stole the ashes of a baby from their home in Noranda on Monday.

WA Labor: Colin Barnett 'maxes credit card' with rush for $8 billion loan

The WA opposition says the $8 billion loan being sought by the Barnett government constitutes financial mismanagement.

Ray Sparvell 6:02 PM   Premier Barnett has been accused by the state opposition of  "maxing out the credit card" by rushing an urgent bill into parliament on Tuesday to borrow another $8 billion.

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Food guru roasts 'freezer to fryer' roadhouse food



Mundrabilla roadhouse. Photo Emma Wynne

Ray Sparvell 5:43 PM    WA food ambassador and gourmet caterer, Don Hancey, has slammed highway road food as 'freezer to the fryer' tucker and put the blame squarely on roadhouse operators.

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'We don't discriminate': Taxi industry campaigns against Uber

Perth taxi drivers are planning another protest against Uber at the Perth Airport.

Emma Young 5:17 PM   West Australian taxis are not only a safer option than ride-sharing app Uber but are more democratic, according to Taxi Council of Western Australia chief executive Joanna Lockyer.

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WA cop pleads not guilty to Channel 7 Cousins leak

First class constable Daniel Jamieson has pleaded not guilty to leaking confidential information to Monique Dirksz

2:53 PM   A 29-year-old Perth policeman has pleaded not guilty to sharing information with a journalist about the arrest of disgraced ex-AFL player Ben Cousins.

Perth shivers as mercury plunges

People in Gingin were most in need of a warming cup of tea this morning with the mercury plunging to a chilly 0.5C.

Ray Sparvell 2:45 PM   Perth shivered through its first cold snap of the season on Tuesday with the mercury plunging to a minimum of 4.4 degree in Perth  and 1.7 degree at Jandakot.

Man falls from building on St Georges Terrace

Emergency services were called to the Perth CBD after a man reportedly fell from 895 Hay Street.

Brendan Foster 2:01 PM   A man has fallen off a building in St Georges Terrace.

Two school buses torched in suspicious Midvale fire

One of the buses destroyed by fires

Brendan Foster 12:17 PM   Two buses have been destroyed by a deliberately lit fire in Midvale on Tuesday morning.

Lloyd and Corryn Rayney exchanged 'uncivil' emails in marriage breakdown

Lloyd Rayney.

11:31 AM   ​Corryn and Lloyd Rayney exchanged accusatory and uncivil emails after the breakdown of their marriage, his phone tapping trial has heard.

Police officer in court over disclosing Cousins arrest secrets to journalist girlfriend

First class constable Daniel Jamieson has pleaded not guilty to leaking confidential information to Monique Dirksz

The Perth policeman charged over leaking confidential information about the arrest of Ben Cousins to a Channel 7 reporter will face the Perth Magistrates court on Tuesday morning.

Police concerns for missing Geraldton boy

It was out of character for Macka not to contact his family, police said.

Police hold grave concerns for a 12-year-old Geraldton boy missing since Monday night.

Man, 28, charged with murder over Yangebup death

Yangebup murder scene

A 28-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a Armadale man in Yangebup last Friday.

Police investigate after woman assaults driver on road in Middle Swan


Emma Young   Police are looking for a man and a woman after strange and savage assault on a woman driving in Middle Swan.

Former Anglican priest on South West child sex charges


Ray Sparvell   A former Anglican priest will appear n Narrogin Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with offences committed against a 15-year-old boy some 30 years ago.

Australia's ambassador to Indonesia meets with Julie Bishop in Perth

Australia's ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson with Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop in Perth.

Emma Young   Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop would not be drawn on whether Australia would cut its Indonesian foreign aid budget following Indonesia's execution of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

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WA's strongest man Rongo Keene tackles thief to the ground

(L-R) Rongo Keene in action, and with WA Strongwoman, Asha Tracey, at the Perth Royal Show.

Brendan Foster   A brazen thief's idiotic attempt to steal a car fridge on display at a shop in Kalgoorlie last week was pretty dumb.

Pair assist police with Yangebup murder inquiry


​Two people have been taken into custody in relation to a murder in Yangebup, south of Perth.

Man rescued from stricken yacht off Esperance coast

The skipper of the boat activated an EPIRB similar to this after his yacht hit rocks.

Brendan Foster   A sea rescue is underway for a boat washed up against rocks on an island 130 kilometres east of Esperance on Monday morning.

First of the season: Big winds set to hammer Great Southern


Ray Sparvell   Albany area residents have been warned to batten down the hatches with damaging wind gusts of more than 125km/h expected on Monday morning.

WA homes remain death traps after slow response to faulty cable recall

Despite a national recall as many as 1200 homes and business still have the potentially deadly cabling in their walls

Leanne Nicholson   Unsuspecting West Australian home and business owners are living and working in potential death traps with hundreds of kilometres of faulty electrical cabling still in walls and roofs despite Australia's biggest product recall.

Horror crash on Kwinana Freeway caused by wrong-way driver


A 19-year-old woman had to be cut from a car on Sunday night after colliding head-on with a vehicle travelling on the wrong side of the road on Kwinana Freeway, near Como.

Faceless friends champion priceless cause

6PR's Graham Mabury is retiring from 6PR's Nightline after 33 years.

Graham Mabury   As a kid growing up my only clear memory of "volunteer" being used was one of the few war stories my Dad, a Tobruk Rat, would tell. Apparently a sergeant-major asked for volunteers interested in music. Four stepped forward and shortly after were seen lugging a grand piano across the parade ground.