Weather: Shower or two for Newcastle, Wallsend, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens (all 20 degrees) and Toronto (19 degrees).
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Beachwatch: No improvement as the onshore wind stream continues with no protection for the local breaks. A combination of 2 swells from the East to South at 1 to 1.5m.Wind beginning from the S/E to N/E by the afternoon. Wave quality poor for the early with the tide low and shorebreaks shallow.May get a left on Nobbys Bank and bumpy rights at Merewether. Similar conditions to the north so try Blacksmiths and Catho to the south. Merewether Bathes close for 2 weeks due to maintainance.Slight sweeps and water is still a mildish 18C. – Dave Anderson
A FORMER Newcastle man who was sexually assaulted by a priest at a Vincentian Brothers college has slammed the order, the college and the Catholic Church for an apology to victims on Friday, June 16, the day Vincentian founder St Vincent de Paul was made a saint. Read more.
NUATALI Nelmes has urged the NSW government to start seriously planning for the extension of light rail in Newcastle, saying it risked missing out on a “one-time opportunity” to extend the line beyond Hunter Street. Read more.
Industry sources have reportedly said Paul McCartney will perform at Melbourne’s AAMI Park, but Pokolbin’s Hope Estate would certainly be capable of hosting the global megastar. Read more.
THE NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has taken industrial action at the Stockton Centre over a “a lack of information” from the state government about the transfer of Stockton Centre residents to group homes. Read more.
As he prepares to deliver the Newcastle Art Gallery Society’s annual lecture, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Sebastian Smee argues regional institutions are vital to Australia’s artistic “ecosystem”. Read more.
A company has been fined $640 for allowing an unsafe heavy vehicle on the road after a trailer came loose from a truck and crashed in Salt Ash last Friday. Read more.
Dimi Petratos’ on-off relationship with the Newcastle Jets is back on after a brief but character-building spell with Korean club Ulsan Hyundai. Read more.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► NSW: A man who allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted an 18-year-old girl during a terrifying 19-hour road trip has been charged by Wagga police...read on.
►VICTORIA: Ballarat City mayor Samantha McIntosh has labelled pranksters who placed an onion crown on the bust of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott immature and disrespectful. Mr Abbott copped flak on social media in 2015 when he ate a raw onion.
► QLD: When mother-of-two Amanda Brady wrote a public social media post about Birkdale flower seller Walter Graves she was astounded by the response – “I didn’t realise how much the post was going to explode.”
► Nowra High School was placed under police guard on Tuesday morning, after a 16-year-old boy issued a violent social media threat to students and teachers...read on.
► The Turnbull government will break through the country's former debt ceiling this week, breaching the $500 billion mark as it doubles the credit card bill it inherited from Labor...catch up on all the details here.
►Women in the public service are paid on average 8.6 per cent less than their male colleagues, well below the 19.6 per cent private sector pay gap, a new report has shown. The average base salary for women was $84,104, well below the $92,036 base salary for men.
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► London: British Prime Minister Theresa May was warned about the dangers of calling an early election and told more than two weeks before polling day that she risked losing her parliamentary majority, Fairfax Media has learned...read on.
► Phnom Penh: Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles, facing a Cambodian court, has angrily denied police allegations about her role as a surrogacy broker for Australian and American biological parents.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Brad Paterson
This Port Macquarie teenager made quite an impression in the under-17 All-Australian hockey team’s tour of Europe.
It was Paterson’s performance early in the tour that set tongues wagging when he was voted best on field in a 4-2 win over the Germans.
“In the first practice match I got man of the match for the game,” he said.
“Goalies don’t usually get man of the match so I was pretty shocked and didn’t know what to do when they announced it.”