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Bundanoon adventurer Huw Kingston is half way through a 12 months journey circumnavigating the Mediterranean while raising money for children. More here.
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This baby calf is only a week old and was born here in the Highlands.
NATIONAL: The weather is heating up, and many people will be dusting off running shoes and diets to get fit in time for the summer months. While there's nothing wrong with taking up a new exercise or diet regime, there are a few fads at the moment that it's best to avoid – for the good of your health. Read more here.
Tampons can be used to detect ovarian cancer in affected women, a study by US researchers has found.
The study, published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology this week, found tumour DNA in cells left on tampons used by women who had been diagnosed with the cancer. Read more here.
Small "cannabis clubs" are popping up across NSW as more people seek to use the drugs for medical purposes and pressure builds across the country to allow its legal use.
But doctors and advocates warn that patients are essentially operating in a Wild West environment without the medical support and information they need. Read more here.
LOCAL: Yesterday we asked how many people watched the lunar eclipse on Wednesday night. Our results show that 60% did while 40% haven't.
HSC exams are coming up, and end-of-year university exams are also looming.
For those facing tough tests, the latest advice is not to study more, but to study smarter. Read more here.
NATIONAL: Half of young people surveyed at a music festival reported having sent sexually explicit photos of themselves via mobile phones or the internet, but most agreed the practice was risky. Read more here.
A rebel group of doctors is lobbying colleagues to ban drug company representatives from their surgeries.
Concerned about the level of influence that pharmaceutical companies have over doctors' prescribing habits, the group is challenging doctors to pledge not to entertain "educational" visits by marketing representatives for a full year. Read more here.
THERE'S a new mother and daughter cafe in town and business is booming. More here.
BOWRAL artist Elizabeth Young has travelled to Goulburn with her paintings securely wrapped to exhibit at the South Hill Gallery.
The South Hill Gallery will open Nature's Palette tomorrow afternoon at 2pm and the exhibition will run until Sunday, October 26. More here.
ALMOST $5 million will be spent in the Wingecarribee Shire to build roads, repair streets and create better access.
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has announced Roads to Recovery funding of $4,888,537 for the shire. More here.
Here's what is headlining in Fairfax newspapers around the nation.
7.36AM Highlanders can expect a top temperature of 23 today.They can also expect a mostly sunny day with some fog in the morning. Winds N/NW 15 to 25 km/h tending NW/SW in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening.
7.33AM CARRINGTON Street resident Elwyn Di Francesco has threatened to take council to the Land and Environment court. More here.
7.30AM THE 2014-15 Southern Highlands Water Polo season commences on Monday, October 13. More here.
7.26AM NSW Police has announced changes to the way traffic crashes are reported along with a month-long education campaign.
The changes, which come into effect on October 15, are part of a red-tape reduction initiative and will result in a more streamlined process for motorists. More here.
CHALLENGE Southern Highlands plans to create an arts centre with $5000 it will receive from Australia Post's Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program. More here.
A HIGHLANDS man has started a campaign to stop cyclists being killed on the roads. More here.
THE removal of seven asbestos fragments on the Highlands Golf Club, Mittagong, grounds could cost ratepayers $300,000. More here.
7.13AM THE long awaited Moss Vale Medical Centre will officially open its doors this weekend. More here.
7.10am WARM weather is creeping up on us, but it's not the only thing.
NSW Ambulance is asking people to be mindful that the arrival of spring and warmer weather has coincided with increased snake and spider activity and the potential for bites. More here.
7.09AM ON April 26, Bundanoon adventurer Huw Kingston set off in a sea kayak from Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, to spend 12 months circumnavigating the Mediterranean.
His trip is an ambitious project entitled mediterr ann e to raise money for the most vulnerable victims of conflict, children, for Save the Children. More here.
TRAFFIC: All Southern Highlands roads are open and clear.
TRAINS: There is a good service on the Southern Highlands line today.
Here's a look at what the local weather is doing right now.
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VIDEO OF THE DAY
HORSHAM - A Nigerian man who was living at Dimboola will face Commonwealth offences relating to the importation of heroin and cocaine.
The man, 37, was arrested on Tuesday as part of an Australian Federal Police investigation into drug importation. READ MORE HERE.
BALLARAT - We've put together a map showing which Victorian postcodes have more Holdens and which have more Fords registered. Just in time for Bathurst. Check it out HERE.
KATHERINE - Cannabis, meth seized in drug raid. READ MORE HERE.
NEWCASTLE - 'Husband' of 13 year old guilty of sex abuse. READ MORE HERE.
WAGGA - A MAN accused of robbing a Wagga taxi driver of $460 at knifepoint has made his first appearance in court for the alleged offence. READ MORE HERE.
BUNBURY - WA beauties in the mix for World Supermodel Australia crown. READ MORE HERE.
PORT AUGUSTA - Billy Cart derby races into town. READ MORE HERE.
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- Joe Hockey says tax cheats are thieves
- Afghan truck driver appealing decision to deport him
- Call for police to investigate mystery payout to Hong Kong's leader
- Federal MP Andrew Broad admits budget blunders
- Australian bombs dropped on Islamic State building
FACES OF AUSTRALIA
MORE than 60 La Trobe University students have helped rejuvenate vegetation in the Wimmera.
The project was part of the partnership between Greening Australia and the university, which was formed to assist planning of large-scale habitat restoration projects. READ MORE HERE.