Friday, 26 September 2014

2pm Hunter News Fri 26/09/14 read by Thandi Chindove

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1pm News Friday 26/09/14 Read by Thandi Chindove

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Midday News 26-9-14 Read by Belinda De Lasheras

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Lake Macquarie Housing Plan On The Skids

Another Lake Macquarie housing development is set to be rejected because of the risk of flood and rising sea levels.

Council staff have recommended the three storey residential and commercial development at Dora Creek be refused.

It comes after developments at Swansea and Carey Bay were also opposed because they could be affected by future sea level rise.

No Gaol Time For Poker Machine Addict

An Aberdare woman who stole almost 10-thousand dollars from her employer to feed her poker machine addiction has avoided time behind bars.

Casey Maybury has been given a one year suspended gaol sentence, 300 hours of community service and has been ordered to repay the money.

The 20-year-old stole the cash from a loan business in NEWCASTLE last year and has also been placed on a 3-and-a-half year good behaviour bond.

School Violence On The Rise In Hunter and Central Coast Playgorunds

There's been a disturbing rise in playground violence at Hunter and Central Coast Schools, prompting a call for more support for teachers and principals.

There were 288 reported incidents last year - an increase of 74 per cent since 2012.

Students filming fights, sexting, threatening and violent behaviour towards teachers, as well as students bringing knives and drugs to school are all of particular concern.

Shadow Education Minister, RYAN PARK says students are coming to school with much more complex emotional and behavioural problems compared to a decade or two ago.

He believes there's a need for more specially trained counsellors and support staff, while teachers also need to be better equipped to handle difficult students.