Herald Breakfast – July 16

MORNING SHOT: Herald photographer Peter Stoop caught this rural vista near Testers Hollow.Weather: Clearing morning rain in Newcastle (19 degrees) and Scone (17 degrees) with similar conditions in Maitland (18 degrees).

Traffic: No reported delays on Hunter roads.

Trains: Trackwork means buses replace trains between Scone and Muswellbrook, leaving Scone 10 minutes earlier than the timetabled trains to meet services at Muswellbrook. Trains run as normal from Muswellbrook to Newcastle.

Beachwatch:The wind willstart out from the north before turning to the west and freshening while the swell is from the east-south-east around half to one metre. Wave conditions will be a bit uneven in the morning but will clean up during the afternoon.

DICK McGUIGAN: BOWLING CLUB SHOOTING SURVIVOR:IT was in a cold and barren Sydney courtroom when shooting victim Dick McGuigan bravely stood in front of one of two men who tried to kill him and eyeballed his attacker.‘‘May I inform the court that the perpetrators of this crime may have ruined their own life, but I am determined that they will not ruin mine,’’ he said.

TOURIST ROUTE PLAN TO KEEP HUNTER TOWNS ALIVE:A new tourist route will be created for the towns the Hunter Expressway has left behind.Cessnock councillor Rod Doherty said concern had been raised about the expressway ‘‘bypassing the many small towns and villages on back roads between Freemans Waterhole and the Upper Hunter’’.

NEWCASTLE POOLS LIKELY TO GO PRIVATE: ALL five of Newcastle’s inland public pools appear certain to be leased out to private management with a final decision set for next Tuesday.

US EXPERT TO TESTIFY IN TODDLER GONORRHEA CASE:A SEXUAL health expert will be flown from the US next month to testify at the committal hearing of a Hunter man accused of sexually abusing his three-year-old daughter who contracted gonorrhea.

MAN TO FACE COURT OVER ALLEGED MURDER ATTEMPT WITHAXE, CROSSBOW:A MAN will face court on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to murder another man at Somersby with an axe and crossbow on Tuesday.

WYEE REHOMING CENTRE FOR GREYHOUNDS: GREYHOUND Racing NSW hope a Wyee facility will become a key resource in its fight to give dogs a post-racing future.The governing body yesterday unveiled the Playhouse Pet Motel as a rehoming centre for former race dogs as part of its Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) program.

KNIGHTS SEASON “HARDEST OF WAYNE BENNETT’SCAREER”:Knights coach Wayne Bennett does not feel let down by former owner Nathan Tinkler.

THURSTON TO WEAR ALEX McKINNON’S #16:CHAMPION Queensland and Australian playmaker Johnathan Thurston will wear No.16 for the Cowboys against Cronulla on Friday as a tribute to injured Knight Alex McKinnon.

REAL NRL WRAP: RD 13VIDEOCATCH up on Real NRL Round 13 with Josh Leeson and this week’s guest, Newcastle Rugby League chief executive Matt Harris.