UP and AT IT: Friday, August 8

9AM: And that wraps up this morning's edition of Up and AT IT folks. Join us from 7am Monday for your latest update. Enjoy your weekend!

8.50am:  KEITH Urban’s concert before thousands of adoring fans, the global premiere of Daft Punk’s award-winning album Random Access Memories and now a world-title boxing bout.

8.40am:  GUNNEDAH Shire ratepayers have received their latest rate notices - with an overall increase of 8.5 per cent.

The rise is the second in four years’ worth of increases  approved last year by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) which will see an overall increase of 26.7 per cent by 2016-17.

8.30am: 

8.10am: THE region’s councils joined with hundreds of other government agencies around the country yesterday when flags were flown at half mast in memory of the victims of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. 

8AM: And here's something that might just make your morning. Want to know how to stop your crying baby? It appears Katy Perry does the trick!

7.50am: 

WHEN her daughter was diagnosed with autism, Emma Beatty had no choice but to uproot her small family from their home in Moree in search of crucial disability services.

Mia, now six, was almost two-years-old when her diagnosis revealed she would require regular occupational therapy and speech pathology. Read their story here.

7.40am: IT’S shaping up as the Kenny and Kasey show with the announcement Kasey Chambers will headline next year’s Tamworth festival opening concert in Bicentennial Park.

It’s traditionally one of the biggest events of the festival, this year’s concert attracting more than 10,000 people.

7.30am: This could be the most difficult question you'll have to answer all day.

7.20am:  A decision on a development application  for the construction of a second tomato farm north of Guyra has been deferred.

The proposal went before the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) in Guyra on Wednesday.  Read more here.

7.10am: 

A DEFROCKED Catholic priest has admitted to sexually abusing young children in the North West as far back as 30 years ago.

The 60-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, walked into Armidale Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to 47 separate charges against eight victims, including three girls and five boys.

7AM: 

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 6 - just 147 days until the end year! 

We'll be bringing you as much information as we can from the state's New England and North West over the next couple of hours.

We can always do with your help. If there's something happening in your part of the world - between Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Gunnedah - then feel free to share. Let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Areas of fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. Morning frost. Sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 2 and 2 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 18 and 22.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Morning frost. Areas of fog early in the morning. Sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 3 and 5 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 14 and 21.

Check your weather here: Tamworth - Armidale - Moree - Inverell - Gunnedah - Guyra - Walcha - Tenterfield - Glen Innes

Anniversaries

1914 – Enlistment for World War I begins.

BIRTHDAYS:

John Laws - Australian radio personality (1935), Dustin Hoffman - actor (1937), Roger Federer - tennis star (1981), 

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