Border breakfast wrap-up| Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Good morning on the Border and happy Tuesday. We've got all the news headlines you need right here.

Speedie fires back at abuse over hilltop plan

WODONGA’S leader has lashed out at those involved in abuse, intimidation and vandalism linked to the city’s hilltop planning. Read more.

Bandit says it was him under T-shirt

Blaming his brother for helping commit at least six shop and home burglaries has allowed one member of the T-shirt bandits to walk out of custody. Read more.

Corowa sandbags the last line of defence

IF it weren't for volunteers at the Corowa Caravan Park at the weekend, the property would be “inundated” with water. Read more.

Albury mayor challenge on

THE Albury mayoral race will be a battle in two despite Cr Kevin Mack easily topping the poll in the recent election. Read more.

Ambos’ roster’s ‘a risk to lives’

A PLANNED new ambulance roster will endanger the lives of patients, an Albury paramedic says. Read more.

Weather

A sunny start to the day, but another heavy downpour of further rain is predicted.

Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered. 

Regional

WAGGA: A Wagga man has been taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Trinity Senior High School and St Michael’s Regional High School alumnus was snatched on August 7 by five armed gunmen in military uniforms.

The Islamic fundamentalists pulled him into a four-wheel-drive on one of the main streets in the Afghan capital, Kabul. More here.

SCENE: Fatal crash at Wallis Creek, East Maitland. Pictures: Perry Duffin

SCENE: Fatal crash at Wallis Creek, East Maitland. Pictures: Perry Duffin

HUNTER: Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in East Maitland.

Initial investigations suggest a Ford Falcon, was travelling west on the highway when it left the roadway, crashed through a fence and landed in Wallis Creek. The 47-year-old male driver died at the scene. More here.

Disgraced author Belle Gibson pocketed $75,000 for '60 Minutes' interview last year. Photo: Supplied

Disgraced author Belle Gibson pocketed $75,000 for '60 Minutes' interview last year. Photo: Supplied

SYDNEY: Disgraced author Belle Gibson was secretly paid $75,000 for appearing on Channel Nine's flagship current affairs show, 60 Minutes, after her global cancer hoax and charity fraud were first exposed. More here.

► RUTHERFORD: Recycler Truegain has shut its doors, leaving angry workers owed money and an environmental legacy of toxic materials including the firefighting foams at the heart of the Williamtown RAAF controversy. Read on.

Kill it: The invasive fire ant, a South American native ant first detected in Brisbane in 2001, is wreaking havoc across Scenic Rim.

Kill it: The invasive fire ant, a South American native ant first detected in Brisbane in 2001, is wreaking havoc across Scenic Rim.

►  BEAUDESERT: Several Scenic Rim suburbs will be targeted as the state government launches its biggest attack yet on Queensland’s growing fire ant problem.

Suburbs including Harrisville, Warrill View, Rosevale, Mutdapilly, Mount Walker and Peak Crossing have been identified as high-risk areas for the spread of the the damaging South American ant species first detected in Brisbane in 2001. More here.

► ULURU: Three men are stuck on Uluru after ignoring pleas by the site's traditional owners not to climb the Australian landmark.

Late on Monday night, a delicate rescue operation was underway to winch the stranded climbers off the rock. Read on.

► BENDIGO: Up to nine roads in the Central Goldfields Shire remain closed after sustaining damage in recent flooding.

The shire’s operations manager Glenn Deaker said the damage was mostly concentrated in low-lying areas and around bridges and culverts. More here.

RURAL: The concept of mandatory reporting by beef processors of not only their costs of procuring cattle but the price at which they have sold products is emerging as a key issue in inquiries and market studies looking into competition in the industry. Read on.

National news

Kathy Jackson (in blue) arrives at Melbourne Magistrates Court. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Kathy Jackson (in blue) arrives at Melbourne Magistrates Court. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

► Former Health Services Union leader Kathy Jackson has appeared in a Melbourne court charged with dozens of fraud-related offences over allegations she misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of union funds. Read on.

► The Turnbull government is set to embark on a major independent review of the nation's intelligence agencies as Australia faces an unprecedented array of security challenges ranging from terrorism to the rise of China and cyber-spying. More here.

An x-ray showing a button battery lodged in the oesophagus of a 9-month-old boy. Photo: Supplied

An x-ray showing a button battery lodged in the oesophagus of a 9-month-old boy. Photo: Supplied

►Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Energiser Australia and Officeworks are among major retailers who have adopted a new voluntary industry code designed to reduce the number of Australian children killed and injured after swallowing button batteries. Read on.

CFA volunteers at a training exercise. Photo: Robert Gunstone

CFA volunteers at a training exercise. Photo: Robert Gunstone

► Police, nurses and paramedics have criticised moves by the Turnbull government to include volunteers in workplace negotiations for paid emergency service staff, warning it will affect the level of service provided to the community. More here.

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International news

Matt Damon gives Jimmy Kimmel a ribbing on the 2016 Emmy Awards telecast. Photo: screengrab

Matt Damon gives Jimmy Kimmel a ribbing on the 2016 Emmy Awards telecast. Photo: screengrab

LOS ANGELES: There were tears, politics and passion, long speeches and speeches which were crushed under the merciless weight of an indifferent musical playoff. For the cruel business of television, it was just another night of the long knives for the 2016 Emmys. Read on.

INDONESIA: Killer haze from forest fires that raged across Indonesia last year may have caused more than 100,000 premature deaths in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, according to a new report that suggests a drastically higher death toll than Indonesian government figures. Read on.

Ahmad Rahami being taken into police custody on a stretcher. Photo: Screenshot ABC News

Ahmad Rahami being taken into police custody on a stretcher. Photo: Screenshot ABC News

NEW YORK: Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect wanted by police in relation to the bomb blast in the New York neighbourhood of Chelsea on Saturday night and an earlier explosion in New Jersey, has been captured following a swift manhunt and shootout with police. More here.

On this day

1519: Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed on route)

1854: Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians

1990: Both East and West Germany ratify reunification

2001: In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".

Facts supplied: onthisday.com

The faces of Australia: Paul Basham

COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS: John Chambers (right) bids Paul Basham thank you and good luck as he retires following 36 years in the SG Chambers workshop and NRMA vehicle. Picture: Jennette Lees

COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS: John Chambers (right) bids Paul Basham thank you and good luck as he retires following 36 years in the SG Chambers workshop and NRMA vehicle. Picture: Jennette Lees

Popular mechanic, Paul Basham has retired following 36 years with SG Chambers in Wallendoon Street. 

He began his career at the family-owned business on August 22, 1980 after having worked as a mechanic in West Wyalong and also spent six years at Toyota in Cootamundra. More here.

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