Herald Breakfast – March 19 2015

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @mickloxleyphotography shared this sunrise on Thursday. Weather:Mostly sunny in Newcastle (27 degrees) and Maitland (33 degrees) with sunshine in Scone (35 degrees).

Trains:Passengers travelling on the 5:45am Central to Hamilton train were advised to allow an additional 20 minutes travel time due to the train requiring mechanical repairs at Thornleigh earlier.

Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Beachwatch:It’s going to be warm and partly cloudy today so another goodpretty day beachside. The wind will be south-west to south-east with the swell from the east around half to one metre. Mostopen beaches will be feeling the effects of the wind with thesouthern ends being the better value.

Morning Shot:Instagram’s @mickloxleyphotography shared this sunrise on Thursday.

Ten penalised in widespreaduni cheating scandal:THE University of Newcastle has expelled two students and suspended a further eight after its investigation into a widespread cheating scandal centred onan online essay writing company.

Massive medical costs in the Hunter:THE Hunter is home to some of the biggest medical bills for people who visit their family doctor 12 or more times per year in Australia.

Crakanthorp cranky over snapshot, voter claims: A HEATED exchange involving Newcastle Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp on one side and Liberal booth workers and a retired “swinging voter” on the other has been investigated by the police and the NSW Electoral Commission.

Kade Snowden’s push for pack leadership:His role is uncomplicated and unglamorous but should never be underestimated.

Thurston shocked at Newcastle tackle: The Queensland playmakerfeared he might have suffered a neck injury after a dangerous tackle by Newcastle players and believes they should have known better considering the injury suffered by Alex McKinnon.

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