Herald Breakfast – April 5

Instagram’s @soojiskyekim shared this shot from Scone.Weather: Sunny in Newcastle (26 degrees) and Maitland (32 degrees), with a mostly sunny day in Scone (32 degrees).
Nanjing Night Net

Traffic:Fog has blanketed parts of the M1 between Mooney Mooney Creek and Mt White this morning. Drivers are urged to exercise caution.

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Beachwatch: It’s going to be a fabulous day beachside with plenty of sunshine and a few waves.The wind will start off from the north before heading north-east and freshening during the afternoon.We did have a bit of spike in the swell yesterday but it is expected to drop off as quickly as it picked upand should be around 1 to 1.3 metres from the south-east today but the sets will be inconsistent.

Morning Shot:Instagram’s @soojiskyekim shared this shot from Scone.

Tuesday’s headlinesLight rail vision taking shape as new detail unfolds EXCLUSIVE NOVOCASTRIANS will be catchinglight raildown Hunter Street by 2019, says the state government, but the city council’s push for the line to run through the mall appears to be dead in the water.

Freight bypass stuck in slow lane:A DEDICATED freightrail corridor is still “one to two years” awaydespite more than a decadein the pipeline, the state’s transport authority says.

Refugees on the way:A “HANDFUL”of the Syrian refugees who will call Newcastle home are expected to trickle into the region within the next two months, according to the region’s refugee support services.

Mayor threatens retirement if merger proceeds:PORT Stephens Mayor Bruce MacKenzie has declared he will close the curtain on his lengthy career in local governmentif the proposed merger betweenPort Stephens and Newcastle councils goes ahead.

‘It scared the hell out of me’:MURDER accused Ricky Whelan told police the sight of Stephen MacLeod being repeatedly kicked in the head “scared the hell out of me” and that he felt physically sickand “like spewing”when he later heard the alleged bashing victim had taken a turn for the worse.

Sky’s the limit for Harradine in Rio:NEWCASTLE discus thrower Benn Harradine is primed for the performance of a lifetime in Rio after confirmation that he will represent Australia at his third Olympics.

Jets back skipper to the hilt:NEWCASTLE Jets have given unequivocal support to besieged skipper Nigel Boogaard.

Returning Tariq Sims a sight for sore eyes:TRENT Hodkinson knows from painful first-hand experience what a formidable opponent Tariq Sims can be.

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