UP and AT IT: Wednesday, October 8

Rihanna Parry runs through a rainbow at Lake Keepit. Photo: Namoi Valley Independent, Marie Low.

Rihanna Parry runs through a rainbow at Lake Keepit. Photo: Namoi Valley Independent, Marie Low.

Your daily fix of overnight news from around the region.

9AM: And that's it for today! Don't forget to tune in tomorrow at 7am for the latest news from across the region.

8.50am: RADIO broadcaster Alan Jones could face legal action over statements about NSW Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane’s report into coal seam gas. Read more here.

8.45am: ENERGY giant Santos has set no date on when a crucial document relating to its planned $2 billion coal seam gas project at Narrabri will be lodged.

Under a timeline agreed upon with the state government, the company was due to submit its environmental impact statement (EIS) at the end of June. Read more here.

8.40am: What are your thoughts on the GP co-payment?

8.35am: Take a look at some Fairfax front pages from across the network here.

8.30am: The warm weather and the Labour Day holiday combined to make it a big weekend out on the water in Gunnedah.

Lake Keepit was bustling with activity during the school holidays and long weekend, despite dipping to just 14 per cent capacity. See a gallery of photos here.

8.20am: THE region’s farmers are locked in a race against time with a critical rain window for winter crops closing fast.

A lack of sub-soil moisture across the district means many oats, barley and canola growers need rain in the next few days to save crops from failure or dramatically reduced yields.

While light falls are predicted over the weekend and into Monday, no substantial rain is forecast until November. Read more here.

RACE AGAINST TIME: Tamworth wheat and barley grower Robert Smith says while a good downpour late last month revived his winter crop prospects, more was desperately needed. Photo: Gareth Gardner

RACE AGAINST TIME: Tamworth wheat and barley grower Robert Smith says while a good downpour late last month revived his winter crop prospects, more was desperately needed. Photo: Gareth Gardner

8.15am: UNIVERSITY of New England’s Tiffany Jones has helped break down gender mental health issues with the launch of the From Blues to Rainbows report.

The report was unveiled in Melbourne last month and gave insight to the mental health and wellbeing of gender diversity and transgender youths. Read more here.

MENTAL HEALTH REPORT: The University of New England’s Tiffany Jones investigates the wellbeing of gender diverse youths.

MENTAL HEALTH REPORT: The University of New England’s Tiffany Jones investigates the wellbeing of gender diverse youths.

8.10am: Celebrations are continuing for Rabbitohs fans after their 30-6 win over the Bulldogs in the NRL grand final on the weekend. The win brought Gunnedah’s Vicki Morris to tears.

Finally a grand final win: A happy Toby Morris and his mum Vicki Morris.

Finally a grand final win: A happy Toby Morris and his mum Vicki Morris.

8AM: POLICE investigations are continuing after a "freak accident" claimed the life of a paraglider at Mount Borah in Manilla on Sunday.

7.55am: There is a new LinkedIn profile gaining considerable momentum after only eight weeks online connecting young people in rural and regional areas to career opportunities in Australia’s major metropolitan areas and beyond.

Former country kid and founder of Sydney-based media and public relations company HM Communications Virginia Hyland said the Country Kids Connect group is about giving kids in regional areas a running start at their prospective careers.

7.50am: Moree police are warning residents to 'lock it or lose it' after a number of break and enters and motor vehicle thefts have been reported recently. Read more here.

7.45am:  Gunnedah Shire Council could consider banning truck parking along a section of Bloomfield Street following an accident at the Chandos Street intersection on the weekend.

Gunnedah police said the driver of a Toyota Corolla was taken by ambulance to hospital following a collision with a Toyota Hilux just after 11am on Saturday morning.

New traffic signs have recently been installed further along Chandos Street.

New traffic signs have recently been installed further along Chandos Street.

7.40am: A former teacher from a number of Tamworth high schools is fighting for his life and remains in a coma after an attack in California.

7.30am: STARGAZERS will be looking to the sky tomorrow night for the last chance to see a total lunar eclipse in this part of the world until 2018. Read more here.

7.20am: MY NAME is Tiffany and I’m ugly”.

No, it’s not a self-help group for the facially challenged, it’s a unique fundraiser coming to a pub near you.

CASH SPLASH: Tudor Hotel barmaid Tiffany Smith is one of four local bartenders taking part in the unique UGLY Bartender of the Year competition. Photo: Gareth Gardner 071014GGB05

CASH SPLASH: Tudor Hotel barmaid Tiffany Smith is one of four local bartenders taking part in the unique UGLY Bartender of the Year competition. Photo: Gareth Gardner 071014GGB05

7.10am: The service team at JT Fossey swapped their overalls for pink polka dots and fairy wings yesterday, a move that raised not only eyebrows but also much-needed funds for breast cancer awareness.

Read more here.

DOUBLE TAKE: The service team at JT Fossey were "in the pink" yesterday to raise money for breast cancer research. At the back are Kylie Watts and Hugh Locke, in the front, from left, Dennis Johnson, Matt Gardner and Mat McDonald. Photo: Gareth Gardner 071014GGA04

DOUBLE TAKE: The service team at JT Fossey were "in the pink" yesterday to raise money for breast cancer research. At the back are Kylie Watts and Hugh Locke, in the front, from left, Dennis Johnson, Matt Gardner and Mat McDonald. Photo: Gareth Gardner 071014GGA04

7AM:  Your weather:

North West Slopes and Plains: Sunny. Winds south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 25 to 30.

Northern Tablelands: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the south early this morning. Medium (40%) chance of showers on and east of the ranges this afternoon and evening, slight (20%) chance elsewhere. Light winds becoming northwest to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then tending east to southeasterly in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 20 to 30.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

When magpies attack! Swooping bird (with worm in mouth) caught attacking cyclist on suburban street in slow-motion.

REGIONAL NEWS

DEVASTATING IMPACT: Watermelon growers in the Katherine region have been banned from producing a crop for the next two years following an outbreak of cucumber green mottled mosaic virus.

DEVASTATING IMPACT: Watermelon growers in the Katherine region have been banned from producing a crop for the next two years following an outbreak of cucumber green mottled mosaic virus.

KATHERINE - Watermelon growers are reeling in the wake of the announcement they will not be able to plant a crop for two years following the confirmation of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in the region. The Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries officially confirmed on Monday that the virus had been detected in watermelon crops around Katherine as farm inspections continue in other Northern Territory growing areas, including Darwin, Mataranka, Douglas Daly and Ti Tree. READ MORE HERE.

BALLARAT - An Islamic leader has condemned a vicious and racist attack on a woman who was crossing a road in central Ballarat. The woman said she had wrapped her scarf around her head to protect herself from the rain before crossing a road on October 3. She was berated by a man driving a ute as she crossed the intersection. READ MORE HERE.

HORSHAM - Wimmera farmers are struggling as the region';s record dry spell continues. READ MORE HERE. 

NEWCASTLE - Skaters stand up to racism against Muslim women. READ MORE HERE

WAGGA - Poker player Luke Brabin has cashed in his chips to take home a coveted gold bracelet and a cool $131,365 at a major tournament at the weekend.

The former Wagga man, who attended Kooringal High School, came out on top after outlasting 611 players at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Asia Pacific tournament on Monday.

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER: Former Wagga man Luke Brabin has claimed a World Series of Poker gold bracelet after a tournament victory at the weekend.

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER: Former Wagga man Luke Brabin has claimed a World Series of Poker gold bracelet after a tournament victory at the weekend.

ORANGE - ELECTROLUX has been forced to stop production for a second day in a row today as a hazardous material removal specialists (HAZMAT) team continues to clean up a 6500-litre chemical spill at the factory. READ MORE HERE.

WARRNAMBOOL - Dead horse billboard angers racing industry.

BURNIE - Wartime book found by historian.

TAMWORTH - Farmers in a race against time for winter crops.

VICTORIA - Latest in the Toxic Legacy chemical sprays investigation.

NATIONAL NEWS

The successes of Regis Healthcare and Japara Healthcare may lure more to the market. Photo: Nic Walker

The successes of Regis Healthcare and Japara Healthcare may lure more to the market. Photo: Nic Walker

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Jennifer Hasler and Karina Tittjung receive their marriage licence in Oklahoma. Photo: NICK OXFORD / Reuters

Jennifer Hasler and Karina Tittjung receive their marriage licence in Oklahoma. Photo: NICK OXFORD / Reuters

FACES OF AUSTRALIA

THE Ararat Gardening Club will celebrate its 10th year by holding a Sustainable Gardening Expo early next month. Guest speakers at the Sustainable Gardening Expo will be gardening gurus Millie Ross and Melissa King, who will impart their style of gardening knowledge and ideas to those who attend. READ MORE HERE.

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