UP and AT IT: Wednesday, August 13

Photo: Nita Read.

Photo: Nita Read.

9AM: And that wraps up today's edition of the brekkie blog folks! Join us from 7am tomorrow for your latest news!

8.50am: 

8.40am: THE man accused of a terrifying robbery of an elderly woman’s handbag in a Tamworth car park has been ordered to stand trial. 

8.30am: IT’S not every day children get to see their parents graduate, but Attunga Primary School students did just that when they celebrated the achievements of six women yesterday. 

8.10am: This falls into the "don't try this at home" category ...

8am: Gunnedah is enjoying a run of unusually warm sunny days but when the sun's not about it's definitely a bit chilly. The mercury has continued to dip below zero at night. Check out the Bureau of Meteorology's explanation for the frosty mornings

It's been cool in Gunnedah of a morning.

It's been cool in Gunnedah of a morning.

7.50am: 

7.40am: WHITEHAVEN Coal has confirmed it carried out inspections on all work completed on its Maules Creek project by a con artist who for decades successfully passed himself off as a qualified engineer.

7.30am: Tributes flow in for legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams who died yesterday.

7.20am: And here's some news for weather watchers and those on the land.

WEATHER watchers are waiting anxiously as the best chance of some decent rain for a long time gets closer, with forecasters predicting a weekend of rainfall that could bring up to 30mm.

7.10am: Gunnedah Duty Inspector Paul Johnson said he hoped the Oxley Local Area Command would have a “strong chance” of securing a dog squad unit which would enhance the ability of local police and be an important crime fighting tool.

7AM: 

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 13 and we're halfway through the week!

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: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. The chance of showers on the southern slopes early in the morning, clearing late in the morning, then the chance of showers in the afternoon. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day then becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 5 with daytime temperatures reaching between 15 and 21.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Partly cloudy. Areas of fog early in the morning. The chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 6 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 18.

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

Anniversaries

1960 - The first two-way conversation via satellite is undertaken using Echo 1

1996 - Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0

BIRTHDAYS:

Michael Klim - Australian olympic swimmer (1977), 

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