Herald Breakfast – July 9

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @andynenad shared this shot of winter sun near Redhead on Tuesday.

Weather:GALE force winds may blow through parts of the Hunter, the Bureau of Meteorology warns, with a strongcold front crossing NSW later today.Sun and developing winds are forecast for Newcastle (20 degrees),Maitland (21 degrees) and Scone (19 degrees).

Trains: Trackwork delayed the 4.44am Newcastle to Telarah train while the 5.37am Telarah to Newcastle also left slightly later. No unscheduled trackwork or delays reported on the Newcastle line.

Traffic: Traffic lights are flashing yellow at the intersection of Newcastle Link Road and Lake Road, with a truck breakdown hindering journeys on Industrial Drive.

A truck has come apart on Industrial Drive. Peak hour traffic delays heading west @newcastleheraldpic.twitter杭州后花园m/aXMzBxJjoA

— Rosemarie Milsom (@RosemarieMilsom) July 8, 2014

Beachwatch: The wind will be north-west with the swell from the south-east around one to 1.5 metres. Wave conditions will be crisp and clean but they may get a bit windblown once the stronger winds kick in so it’ll be best to catch what you can early.

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @andynenad shared this shot of winter sun near Redhead on Tuesday.

WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY SON, MOTHER ASKS: HE wrote letters home, begging for his mother to get him out of HMAS Leeuwin naval base, and now she suspects she knows why.Gregory Metcalf became a cadet at the Perth base aged just 16 but not long after arriving, in 1964, he wrote that ‘‘he could not go on living’’.

NSW PREMIER IN MAITLAND TODAY: PREMIER Mike Baird will visit Maitland Wednesday – his second visit to the Hunter in a month – amid growing pressure to release the construction timeline for the new Lower Hunter hospital.

RSPCA UNDER FIRE OVER COMPLAINT HANDLING:THE RSPCA is under fire from animal activists after it left a severely emaciated dog in the care of its owner despite numerous welfare complaints.

FINE DISCRIMINATION ALLEGATIONS AFTER ASIAN MUM “ONLY ONE TICKETED”: A PARKING fine of $169 issued to an Asian woman dropping her daughter at a Caves Beach childcare centre has sparked a race row.

TIM OWEN SEEKS NEW TALKS ON T4 LEVIES:NEWCASTLE council maintains the city was dudded. A ‘‘gobsmacked’’ Newcastle MP Tim Owen agreed, saying a new round of negotiations was the only way to turn things around.

FIRST LOOK FOR BABY TASMANIAN DEVILS:PHOTOS, VIDEOA literal ‘‘pouch full’’ of Tasmanian devils had their first health check-up in the Australian Reptile Park on Tuesday.

DECISION ON BENNETT’S FUTURE EXPECTED SOON:HE will reach an unprecedented milestone this weekend when he coaches his 700th top-grade game, but will Wayne Bennett have dual cause for celebration this week?

ALEX MCKINNON HEADING HOME TO HUNTER STADIUM:Ishapes as the most emotional moment in the history of the Knights.Four months after the devastating tackle that broke his neck and ended his rugby league career, Alex McKinnon will return to Hunter Stadium for the first time when the Knights host Gold Coast on Sunday week.

ORIGIN III 2014: PRESSURE ON THURSTON AS BLUES NIGGLE:TRASH-TALKING NSW prop James Tamou has apologised to Johnathan Thurston, but the Blues are likely to be less accommodating to the out-of-form Queensland pivot tonight.

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