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WACA to shift Test matches to new Perth Stadium at Burswood

3:02 PM   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.

Suspicious package found inside Royal Perth Hospital

Parts of Royal Perth Hospital have been evacuated.

Brendan Foster 2:50 PM   Police and emergency services have rushed to Royal Perth Hospital after a suspicious package was found inside.

Police treating death of woman, 85, in Bateman as suspicious

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

Brendan Foster 2:03 PM   Police are treating the death of an 85-year-old woman in Bateman as suspicious.

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 2:02 PM   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 1:32 PM   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 1:27 PM   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 1:19 PM   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

1:07 PM   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.

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

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

Emma Young 12:55 PM   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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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 12:29 PM   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 9:43 AM   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 8:38 PM   ´╗┐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 8:10 PM   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 6:56 PM   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 6:54 PM   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.

6:50 PM   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.

BRW names Summit Homes in top 100 places to work

Some of the team from Summit Homes.

Emma Young 5:31 PM   Summit Homes is building a name for itself as the place to work in the west.

Perth Domestic Airport evacuated for third time in three months

Perth domestic airport terminals have been evacuated.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Perth's domestic airport for the third time in three months because of a false alarm.

Canning byelection: Andrew Hastie rattled over 'local' jibes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie.

Brendan Foster   Liberal candidate for the Canning byelection Andrew Hastie got a little hot under the collar when a reporter asked him what he knew about road congestion in the electorate.

Is Perth businessman Troy Barbagallo heading into the pawn industry?

Perth businessman Troy Barbagallo and wife Sophia.

Brendan Foster   Perth businessman Troy Barbagallo has joked he could be the next reality TV "pawn star" after applying for a second hand dealer's license at his watch shop in the Perth CBD.

Miracle man survives against all odds - but he can't go home

While Mr Jones, 49, said the care received in the aged facility was good, there was no denying it was a last resort.

Emma Young   A Perth man has miraculously survived a brain tumour so aggressive that doctors call it The Terminator.

Teenage boy dies after being hit by two cars in Cloverdale

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Brendan Foster   A teenage boy has died after he was hit by two cars while crossing the street with his push-scooter in Cloverdale on Monday night.

Daniel Kerr: ex-Eagle too 'stubborn' to ask for bail out of Hakea

Daniel Kerr in Perth this week and (inset) at a court appearance earlier in the year.

Brendan Foster   Former Eagles star Daniel Kerr has again opened up on his issues, saying he preferred to stay in jail for five days, because he was 'too stubborn' to call someone to bail him out.

Blind, homeless Briggadoon stands to lose best friend, Bonnie the dog

Brendan Rawiri.

Emma Young   A blind and homeless Perth man has had his dog, Bonnie, impounded after an incident in which he says Bonnie tried to protect him.

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Dockers fans already chartering flights for grand final

Despite the grins, the Freo fanatics' last chartered jet flight to Melbourne did not end with the desired result.

Brendan Foster   A mad Dockers tragic is so confident Fremantle will make this year's Grand Final he has already chartered a 80-seater jet for the trip to Melbourne and the flight is booked out.

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Nic Naitanui's WAFL club Swan Districts cancels anti-Muslim rally

Nic Nat Swan Districts

Brendan Foster   The Swan Districts Football has reacted swiftly to stop an embarrassing blunder by cancelling an anti-Muslim group from holding a rally at their clubrooms.

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WA 'paedophile ring': Mandurah man faces court on child sex charges

Mark Wesley Liggins: Accused of committing child sex offences as part of a 'paedophile ring' in WA.

Kate Hedley   A Coondanup man facing charges in relation to a paedophile ring faced court on Tuesday morning.

Canning byelection: early voting polls open, including for FIFO workers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Canning Liberal candidate Captain Andrew Hastie in Perth.

Pre-poll voting for the September 19 Canning by-election has begun.

Canning byelection: Voters want jobs, solar energy: Greens

Richard Di Natale.

The coalition is using the politics of fear in its bid to woo voters in the Canning electorate, but locals care more about jobs and solar energy, the Greens say.

Shots fired outside Fremantle hostel in sibling feud

Police say a sibling feud led to the shooting in Fremantle.

Brendan Foster   A man is in police custody after he fired a gun in Fremantle after an altercation with his sister on Monday night, police claim.