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Esperance bird mystery deepens

WILDLIFE officials will kill 15 healthy birds in a bid to discover why thousands of native birds dropped dead from the sky at Esperance, on WA's south coast.


Increased cyclone risk for NW

THE State's north-west is likely to cop a hammering from cyclones between now and April according to the Bureau of Meteorolgy.

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Pay rise for teacher's aids

PUBLIC school education assistants have accepted the Government¿s offer of a 12.5 per cent pay increase over three years.

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Plea deferred on Sofia case

A MAN accused of the murder and sexual assault of a schoolgirl in a shopping centre toilet has deferred his plea so that his lawyers can explore psychiatric issues.

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P-plater's 108km/h in kids' zone

A P-PLATER has been charged with reckless driving after she was caught doing 108km/h in a school zone in Wattle Grove yesterday.


Fake death charges dropped

A PERTH woman says prosecutors dropped fraud charges against her because there was no case that she helped fake evidence of her mother-in-law's death to collect $1 million in insurance.

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Zempilas banned for 0.08 offence

CELEBRITY sports broadcaster Basil Zempilas has been fined $400 and banned from the road for three months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.


Seven dead in horror 48 hours

THREE people died overnight in road fatalities, bringing the state's road toll to 30 - five more than at the same time last year.

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No early end to daylight saving

CLAIMS of a massive groundswell against daylight saving in WA are ``irrelevant'' and the three-year trial should continue, a key proponent of daylight saving says.

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Energy efficiency key to WA plan

THE electricity, gas and coal sector will be the primary focus of Western Australia's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the state government says.


No recycled waste water for WA

WA IS managing its water and does not need to start drinking recycled waste water, the state's Water Minister John Kobelke says.


Building prices through roof

PRICES charged by building trades are soaring in Perth but rising at less than the inflation rate in most regions around the country, a new survey shows.


Green homes add on $8000

NEW-HOME builders will have to make their houses energy and water efficient under new laws planned for this year.

WA shines in honours list

WEST Australians have taken out three of the nation's six Companion of the Order of Australia awards - the highest Australia Day honours.


Elderly tourist bashed, robbed

AN elderly Canadian tourist has been bashed and robbed in Perth, four days after arriving for a holiday in Western Australia.

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Psych cleared of sex charges

A PERTH psychologist has been cleared of sexually assaulting and whipping a bulimic patient he got to act as a slave, wear a dog collar and call him master.

Video customer attacked with knife

A 52-YEAR-OLD man was stabbed in an apparently random attack in a Thornlie video shop just after 11am yesterday.

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Child carers deny assault

TWO childcare workers accused of tying together the legs of sleeping babies with bed sheets to subdue them have pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Bushfires rage through forest

A BUSHFIRE at Bingham River, 35km north-east of Collie, has burned 3300 hectares of state forest and private property.


Freo proud of cracker night

PERTH'S pyrotechnic wars had council battling council, but it was a late entry that stole the show.

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Teenagers still buying butane

YOUNG teens still find it a breeze to buy butane gas from Perth shops despite Government moves to keep the lethal substance off the shelves.

Best Aussie songs of all time

THE votes are in. These are WA's favourite Aussie songs - and they were chosen by you.


A flaming close call

THIS spectacular bushfire menaced Gracetown, near Margaret River, on Sunday afternoon. Pictures Gallery

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SAFE ZONE: A woman p-plater was clocked doing 108 km/h outside a Wattle Grove school, despite four new speed cameras targeting speeding motorists. Read story now

Man extradited from Britain

A 34-year-old man has been extradited from Britain to face attempted murder charges in Western Australia.


$3000 cat cruelty fine 'lenient'

A DOUBLEVIEW man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and been fined $3000 after he threw a cat against a shower wall "at least seven times".

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Islamic inquiry 'will take weeks'

FRAUD squad detectives will take several weeks to sift through a mountain of documents and computer information seized during raids on three Perth Islamic colleges.

Jako restraining order dropped

A RESTRAINING order against former AFL West Coast star Glen Jakovich was dismissed today after his cousin, who applied for the order, failed to appear in court.

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Edwardes to head victims group

FORMER Western Australian Attorney General Cheryl Edwardes will head up a new body to give victims of crime a stronger voice in the justice system.


Boy, 10, charged over chase | Audio 6PR's Audio

A 10-year-old boy has been charged with stealing a car and leading police on a 75km pursuit along WA roads at speeds of up to 170km/h.
Audio: 6PR's Simon Beaumont talks to Snr Constable Jace Williams about the chase

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Inspiration for shark victim

WA shark-attack survivor Zac Golebiowski has vowed to return to the water after an inspirational meeting with young Hawaiian surf star Bethany Hamilton.


Lethal weapons for under $60

FOR less than $60, you can buy one of these weapons from shops in Perth.


Collie teen death case delay

TWO teenage girls accused of murdering a 15-year-old friend and burying her under a Collie house had to defer their pleas today because a defence expert fell sick.

Star Eagle appears in court

WEST Coast grand final hero Daniel Kerr has appeared in the Fremantle Magistrate's Court charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.

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Medhurst fined over driving offence

FORMER Fremantle Dockers footballer Paul Medhurst has been fined $400 for minor traffic offences.

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Betfair rejects 'bullying' tag

BETFAIR has dismissed suggestions the internet wagering business is trying to bully Western Australia into changing its betting laws.


Runaway children found safe

TWO children who left a note in their Perth home telling their mother they had run away to Thailand have been found safe and well in a nearby suburb.


Schools import overseas staff

TEACHERS are being imported from England and Ireland to alleviate chronic staff shortages in WA schools.

Warnbro teen is junior champ

WARNBRO teenager Brydan Klein is still pinching himself after joining some of the all-time tennis greats to have won the Australian Open Junior Championship. .


Prime space for Peace message

A massive re-creation of an Aboriginal painting has been sculpted on a sheep paddock and snapped from space as a symbol of reconciliation on Australia Day.


Nature steals Skyshow's thunder

BLISTERING temperatures, gusty winds and suspected firebugs have pushed emergency services to the limit, with firefighters responding to one of the busiest Australia Days on record.

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