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Man walks free after serving 18 months for concealing cold case murder | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Man walks free after serving 18 months for concealing cold case murder
The mystery around the 1982 murder of Elizabeth Dixon is partly resolved with the man who concealed the crime released on parole.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Soccer brothers develop early education app to blend sport with screen time | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Soccer brothers develop early education app to blend sport with screen time
Former Sydney FC defender Jacob Timpano and his brother Matt develop an educational app that uses soccer as a vehicle to teach preschool concepts such as colours, numbers and shapes.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
NSW Police to form Rural Crime Prevention Teams | Australian Broadcasting Corporation NSW Police to form Rural Crime Prevention Teams
An announcement by NSW Police to create Rural Crime Prevention Teams across regional parts of the state is being welcomed, with hopes the specialised unit will prevent crimes from happening in the first place.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Meet three of NSW's highest HSC achievers | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Meet three of NSW's highest HSC achievers
New South Wales' highest achievers have been honoured at a ceremony in Sydney for topping their class in HSC subjects. We met three of the state's "shining stars".
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Report into white spot prawn disease finds major biosecurity failure | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Report into white spot prawn disease finds major biosecurity failure
A new report finds a major biosecurity failure led to the import of infected raw prawns and an outbreak of white spot disease that cost Queensland prawn farmers more than $40 million.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Wild Oats XI loses out to Black Jack despite royalty on board | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Wild Oats XI loses out to Black Jack despite royalty on board
Wild Oats XI may have been royally flushed with Princess Mary of Denmark joining the crew, but Queensland-based super-maxi Black Jack wins the Big Boat Challenge.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Woman who sold 'crudely distilled' moonshine escapes jail | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Woman who sold 'crudely distilled' moonshine escapes jail
A woman escapes jail after pleading guilty to selling "crudely distilled" moonshine in a small NSW town, despite a magistrate saying she wanted to make an example of her.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Artist paints permanent cyber security reminder for children | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Artist paints permanent cyber security reminder for children
Northern NSW artist Sam Wortelhock uses her talents to draw murals on school buildings to visually remind children about cyber safety.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Man guilty of grooming child online says he felt neglected by his wife | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Man guilty of grooming child online says he felt neglected by his wife
A 43-year-old man who has pleaded guilty to using an internet dating site to groom a child for sex tells a Sydney court he did it partly because he was "not very intimate" with his wife and needed an "ego boost".
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Growing poppies for painkillers | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Growing poppies for painkillers
A crop that is grown under lock and key is harvested for the first time in New South Wales, but it's no easy fix for farmers.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Fact check: Did Kristina Keneally cut school funding while she was premier of NSW? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Fact check: Did Kristina Keneally cut school funding while she was premier of NSW?
In the lead-up to the Bennelong by-election, Labor and the Coalition have clashed over the issue of schools funding, with each offering an alternative view of Labor candidate, former NSW premier Kristina Keneally's, record on education spending in government.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Migrant, refugee children standout performers in spelling | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Migrant, refugee children standout performers in spelling
The literacy achievement of primary school students who speak languages other than English is the surprising success story to emerge from this year's NAPLAN results.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Why was Lismore built on a floodplain? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Why was Lismore built on a floodplain?
Why did the folks who established Lismore build it on a floodplain? And why hasn't the city been relocated?
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Parents' emotional tribute to Matthew Leveson on his birthday | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Parents' emotional tribute to Matthew Leveson on his birthday
Matthew Leveson's parents Mark and Faye return to where his body was found to plant trees.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Concerns raised about Byron Bay cliff jumping injuries before death | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Concerns raised about Byron Bay cliff jumping injuries before death
An inquest into the death of a man who died jumping off a cliff at a popular Byron Bay swimming hole hears concerns had been raised about the number of people injured at the spot.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Man arrested over explosion which killed greyhound trainer | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Man arrested over explosion which killed greyhound trainer
A 70-year-old man is arrested over an explosion which killed John Burrows in Lithgow, in the NSW central west, two years ago.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
No Kid Hungry program benefits from generosity of NSW inmates | Australian Broadcasting Corporation No Kid Hungry program benefits from generosity of NSW inmates
Inmates from the Mid North Coast Correctional centre donated seven weeks worth of rations and commissary food buy-ups to disadvantaged children.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Mother begs judge to jail uncle for life over daughter's 'brutal' murder | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Mother begs judge to jail uncle for life over daughter's 'brutal' murder
The mother of a Chinese university student whose naked body was discovered floating facedown inside a Snapper Point blowhole begs a judge to sentence her killer to life in jail.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Bringing out your dead mobiles to feed the hungry | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Bringing out your dead mobiles to feed the hungry
A nationwide initiative encouraging people to recycle their old mobile phones hopes to tackle waste and hunger at the same time.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
NSW moves to sack Blue Mountains council for 'alarming' asbestos breaches | Australian Broadcasting Corporation NSW moves to sack Blue Mountains council for 'alarming' asbestos breaches
The Blue Mountains City Council is issued with a formal notice of "intention to suspend" by the NSW Government following allegations of "alarming" asbestos safety breaches that have closed a local preschool.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
'There were guns to his head': Dramatic arrest in Sydney's Centennial Park | Australian Broadcasting Corporation 'There were guns to his head': Dramatic arrest in Sydney's Centennial Park
Three people are arrested and witnesses claim police held their guns to a man's head at Centennial Park as part of a dramatic, planned operation in Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Chinese art superstar Ai Weiwei presents tribute to refugees in Sydney | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Chinese art superstar Ai Weiwei presents tribute to refugees in Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney is preparing to welcome the largest ever lifeboat of refugees to Sydney Harbour in March: a 70-metre black rubber vessel bearing 258 passengers, courtesy of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Man charged with bomb murder of greyhound trainer | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Man charged with bomb murder of greyhound trainer
A 70-year-old man is charged with the murder of a man in Lithgow, in the NSW central west, who was killed when an explosive device was detonated outside his mother's garage two years ago.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Regional business success stories, but internet still a problem | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Regional business success stories, but internet still a problem
Innovative regional businesses grow with the NBN rollout but the tyranny of distance still affects profit.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Research uncovers time when Aboriginal students were excluded from school | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Research uncovers time when Aboriginal students were excluded from school
A past principal writing a 100-year history of Baryulgil Public School discovers the school has not always treated its Aboriginal students well.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Nicotine replacement safe for pregnant women, research finds | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Nicotine replacement safe for pregnant women, research finds
Newcastle researchers find nicotine replacement therapy is better than smoking when pregnant, with women taking in one chemical rather than 7,000.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Mungo Man remains still need a final resting place | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Mungo Man remains still need a final resting place
Indigenous groups say they have been forced to hide the remains of the 42,000-year-old Mungo Man until a final resting place can be decided on.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
What Broken Hill is doing in race to reduce high lead levels in children's blood | Australian Broadcasting Corporation What Broken Hill is doing in race to reduce high lead levels in children's blood
High blood lead levels in Broken Hill's children is an everyday concern, but a program aimed at reducing contact is showing early signs it is alleviating the risks.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Beyond Dastyari: Chinese businessman's political donation web revealed | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Beyond Dastyari: Chinese businessman's political donation web revealed
Documents lodged for a planned $276 million shopping centre redevelopment in north-western Sydney shed new light on the complicated political dealings of Chinese businessman Huang Xiangmo.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
'This'll kill us': Even Government MPs hate Berejiklian's $2b stadium spend | Australian Broadcasting Corporation 'This'll kill us': Even Government MPs hate Berejiklian's $2b stadium spend
There is growing anger and concern about the NSW Government's decision to knock down and rebuild both Sydney Olympic and Sydney Football stadiums, including from Liberal and Nationals MPs, writes Brigid Glanville.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Ad agencies helped make smoking cool, until they didn't | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Ad agencies helped make smoking cool, until they didn't
Advertising cigarettes used to be big business. But that was until the backlash that ultimately saw Australia ban tobacco advertising altogether.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Barilaro's call for PM's resignation the 'dribblings of an obscure politician', Brandis says | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Barilaro's call for PM's resignation the 'dribblings of an obscure politician', Brandis says
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro stands by his call for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to resign, despite backlash from senior Coalition figures.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Christmas cherries might be more expensive after deluge hits growers | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Christmas cherries might be more expensive after deluge hits growers
Less than a month from Christmas, cherry farmers say they may have to leave up to half their crop on the trees, threatening price rises for the stone fruit this festive season.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Volunteers turn around Broken Hill dog euthanasia rates | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Volunteers turn around Broken Hill dog euthanasia rates
Broken Hill sees a huge decrease in the number of abandoned dogs being put down, dropping from 80 per cent to just 3 per cent in five years.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Australian Muslims celebrated for outstanding achievements | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australian Muslims celebrated for outstanding achievements
The 11th annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards recognises dedicated individuals and organisations who have excelled in various areas within the Australian society like Rima Waizani, who has won Volunteer of the Year.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Wright wins 2017 World Surf League title at Honolua Bay, Maui | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Wright wins 2017 World Surf League title at Honolua Bay, Maui
Australia's Tyler Wright has a second world title to her name, after finishing ahead of all other world title hopefuls at the final World Surf League event at Honolua Bay on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Manly issued breach notice by NRL for salary cap problems | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Manly issued breach notice by NRL for salary cap problems
The Manly NRL club receives a breach notice from the league for "potential breaches of the salary cap" over the past five years.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Sydney Trains defends new timetable, says yesterday's major delays unavoidable | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sydney Trains defends new timetable, says yesterday's major delays unavoidable
Sydney Trains apologises to commuters for major delays across the network at peak hour last night but insist a new timetable introduced late last month is not to blame.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Moving dance tribute for star choreographer killed by garbage truck | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Moving dance tribute for star choreographer killed by garbage truck
It's been 10 years since rising Australian choreographer Tanja Liedtke died after being hit by a garbage truck. Now, her final dance work is returning to the stage.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Trainee doctors go bush to learn about rural practice | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Trainee doctors go bush to learn about rural practice
A free range farm in the New South Wales central west is acting as an intensive training ground for recently accredited GP registrars.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
200yo pub uncovered beneath cottage in Western Sydney | Australian Broadcasting Corporation 200yo pub uncovered beneath cottage in Western Sydney
Evidence of the existence of one of Australia's oldest pubs, believed to have been built in 1801, is uncovered in Parramatta underneath the cottage belonging to this man's great-grandfather.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Are you drawing a blank on what to do with your child's art? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Are you drawing a blank on what to do with your child's art?
What do you do with all the outpouring of artistic endeavour that your children are now bringing home from school at the end of the year?
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Weedkiller that poisoned autistic man is meant to be 'under lock and key' | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Weedkiller that poisoned autistic man is meant to be 'under lock and key'
An Australian chemical manufacturer rejects calls to tighten restrictions around the use of a highly toxic herbicide which poisoned a young man with autism who found it in a soft drink bottle.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Aboriginal groups seek job-target guarantees for inland rail project | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Aboriginal groups seek job-target guarantees for inland rail project
Aboriginal groups are demanding concrete quotas for Indigenous employment on the Federal Government's inland rail project, saying it's "not good enough" that no targets have been set.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Rugby Australia's first female boss faces big challenges | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Rugby Australia's first female boss faces big challenges
Australian rugby is near rock-bottom and anything Raelene Castle achieves as its new chief executive officer will be a bonus, writes national sport correspondent Mary Gearin.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Mobile phone app helps wheelchair users get around | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Mobile phone app helps wheelchair users get around
A mobile phone app that helps wheelchair users find the best routes to travel based on their ability is being developed by researchers.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Victoria Cross push continues for gunner who went down with HMAS Armidale | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Victoria Cross push continues for gunner who went down with HMAS Armidale
It has been 75 years since HMAS Armidale was lost to Japanese aircraft in WWII, but the battle for recognition goes on for Teddy Sheean, who strapped himself to his gun and fired at the enemy as the ship went down.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017
Sydney FC extends lead with 1-0 win over Adelaide United | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sydney FC extends lead with 1-0 win over Adelaide United
Sydney FC's lead atop the A-League ladder grows larger with a narrow 1-0 win over Adelaide United, thanks to a Bobo goal just before half-time.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017
Open-cut mining at South Drayton rejected by NSW Government | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Open-cut mining at South Drayton rejected by NSW Government
The NSW Government has announced there will be no open-cut mining at the site formerly known as Drayton South but creates options to develop an underground mine.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017
Hayne returns to Parramatta as move is made official | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Hayne returns to Parramatta as move is made official
Jarryd Hayne's return to the Parramatta Eels has been made official, with the flying full-back signing a 12-month contract having left the Gold Coast Titans.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017