Hunter Morning NewsWednesday, June 21, 2017

Hunter Morning News | Wednesday, June 21, 2017 This foggy morning in Maitland was captured on camera by Rick Chapman.

This foggy morning in Maitland was captured on camera by Rick Chapman.

This foggy morning in Maitland was captured on camera by Rick Chapman.

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Regional news

► Illawarra:Taking a leaf from song diva Mariah Carey, Daisy Pring hit all thehigh notes during the official launch of the Southern Stars 2017 Postcards extravaganza.The Kiama High School student belted outCarey’s hit songEmotions,on Tuesday at WIN Entertainment Centre (WEC)Read on.

► Newcastle:THE state government has pledged nearly $2 millionto prepare a business case for the remaining stages of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange.

The project has been lauded by all 13 Hunter councils, and has the support of the region’s Labor MPs. More here.

An artist’s impression of the Pennant Street Bridge.

► Bendigo:A series of weight loss surgeries over four years has seen a Bendigo woman lose nearlyhalf her body weight and reclaim her life.

The 164cm-tall woman lost 49kg, down from 107kgin 2012.More here.

SUCCESS: Jinie Fox lost nearly half her body weight with the assistance of bariatric surgery. Pictures: DARREN HOWE

National news

► The spread of airborne diseases could be reduced through redesigned ventilation ofoffices, schools and hospitals, Queensland researchers hope.

Scientists from the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland have discovered that some bacteria can spread up to four metresand remain alive in the air for up to 45 minutes after being coughed or sneezed. Read on.

►KFC Australia will trialhome delivery next month, as the chicken frying giant triesto keep pace with the rapidly changing fast food market.

Direct competitor Red Rooster has been offering home delivery for 2½ years and says the move is behind much of the growth that has its parent company setfor a $250 millionstockmarket float.Full report here.

National weather radar:World news:►Indonesia:Bali police were forced to hold off an investigation to ensure four prison escapees, including Australian Shaun Davidson, were not still trapped inside the escape tunnel after rain made conditions unstable.

The four prisoners have not been sighted since it emerged they had escaped during prison roll call at Kerobokan jail at 8am Monday. Read on.

Shaun Davidson

► London:John Varley, 61, a director of mining giant Rio Tinto, has been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by the UK Serious Fraud Office.

He has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and one count of providing unlawful financial assistance.Read on.

John Varley

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