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8.57am That's it for Tuesday's Morning Rush. I'll be back tomorrow for another edition.

8.54am TRAFFIC ALERT The earlier accident at Oak Flats has cleared.

8.51am The Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide 2014 has named the best places to get coffee across the city. Where do you think serves the best beans in Wollongong?

8.48am NSW Attorney General Brad Hazzard says he will be monitoring the new bail laws after the release of a man accused of murdering his teenage wife. Steven Frank Fesus, 42, who is charged with murdering wife Jodie, almost 17 years ago, was granted bail in the NSW Supreme Court on Monday, one of the first murder cases to seek bail following the overhaul of the Bail Act in NSW. AAP

8.45am TRAFFIC ALERT A two-car accident on Lake Entrance Road at College Avenue at Shellharbour is affecting westbound traffic.

8.42am A special night-time community brainstorming session will be held at Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space at the end of June as part of a community engagement campaign called Creative Shellharbour. The event will be held 6pm to 8pm, on Friday, June 27, at the Space.

8.39am CELEB GOSS Samuel L Jackson still remembers the Bible passage his character quotes in Pulp Fiction. He recently recited it on a talk show, planning on using it as a warning for his daughter's potential suitors. SMH

8.35am Kiama's main street has certainly changed in the last century - take a look at this pic from Facebook page Lost Wollongong.

8.32am The Illawarra's dire youth job prospects have been highlighted once again, with a new report ranking the region fifth in Australia for youth unemployment.

8.29am CELEB GOSS Well, this is a bit cute. Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman recently visited Monash Children's Hospital and sang a duet of Amazing Grace for patients and staff.

8.26am Did your kidlet take part in the Wollongong Eisteddfod? We've got all the results here. There's a lot of talented kids in the Illawarra!

8.20am Plans for the Shellharbour City Hub project have been slammed by one councillor over the absence of solar power.

8.17am Now Game of Thrones is done for another season, people without Foxtel and disinclined to illegally download the eps should be able to access all of them in one hit. Online providers are lining up to offer Australians the entire season now Foxtel's deal with HBO to offer exclusive Australian access to the show is done. SMH

8.13am Is watching baby elephants play soccer better then getting up at 2am to watch the World Cup? Why yes, yes it is

8.10am South Americans and Europeans female football fans are counted as the sexiest supporters, according to married dating website Victoria Milan's survey of 8,000 of its male members.

Brazilian ladies took the number one spot, with Italian, Spanish and Argentinian fans rounded out the top four.

8.06am CELEB GOSS Harry Kewell’s wife, English actress Sheree Murphy, has scored a role on the Aussie soap Neighbours.

8.03am Celebrating their b-day today are Venus Williams, crooner Barry Manilow, comedian Will Forte and actor Thomas Haden Church.

It's 8am. The roads around the Illawarra are looking good so far, the trains have no issues and right now it's a mere 14 degrees. Definitely take a scarf.

7.56am Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler will call on his council to fast-track a geotechnical assessment of a Riverside Drive site at Bombo to determine its suitability for a proposed petrol station.

But not everyone thinks it's a good idea - last month a Facebook site labelled Save Kiama Downs from Petrol & Fast Food Giants led to more than 1000 ‘‘likes’’.

7.52am  A record 1.43 million people attended Vivid this year, Sydney's festival of light, music and ideas, over the 18 days it was held, an increase of 79 per cent compared to 2013. No wonder, it was absolutely beautiful. SMH

7.49am TRAFFIC ALERT Anyone heading to the city today should avoid King Street in Newtown. A water main has burst and is causing traffic delays in both directions.

7.45am WHSPA presents The Pirates of Penzance. It’s on from Thursday June 19 to Saturday June 28. Shows at 7.30pm and 2pm on Saturdays. Tickets are selling fast - visit to book.

7.41am Cute animal picture time. 

7.38am CELEB GOSS Apparently an ex of musician Ed Sheerhan has done more than pour her heartbreak into a song - she’s written a whole album about him. He wouldn’t reveal who his former paramour was, but it must feel weird to be on the receiving end!

7.35am The Heart Foundation is urging people to ditch the winter greys and blacks and break out some bright red – all in the name of a good cause. Go Red this June and help the Heart Foundation beat heart disease, the single biggest killer of Australian women.

7.31am Thirroul residents will voice their concerns about the rail timetable to government officials at a public meeting on Tuesday night.

Since the introduction of the revised train timetable, residents and business owners in Thirroul have complained of increased traffic as more commuters drive to the station.

7.28am The latest in the Baden-Clay trial - Gerard Baden-Clay shed his tears for his sister, not his former mistress, when both women testified at his murder trial on Monday. SMH

7.23am Today is both Splurge Day and and International Sushi Day. A good excuse to drop some moolah on some fancy fish.

7.19am TIARA NEWS Remember that gorgeous white dress Duchess Catherine wore to the Royal Easter Show during her Aussie tour? It’s finally available to us mere mortals - for a price.

7.16am Get in the World Cup mood with the FIFA 14 comp at Howlin’ Wolf Bar tonight.

7.13am  Port Kembla man Rhian Kinloch has been jailed for five years for multiple offences, having pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit a break and enter, supplying a prohibited drug and armed robbery. His offences included an armed robbery targeting the owners of Wollongong's San Churro chocolate cafe.

7.10am A security guard who chased down a streaker and tackled him to the ground during the All Black vs England game on the weekend is facing accusations that he could have seriously injured the streaker, whose head snapped back violently when he was tackled from behind. SMH

7.06am For your chance to win a double pass to see Legally Blonde the Musical at the Win Entertainment Centre on Friday 4th July at 7:30pm simply complete the entry form.

One lucky winner will also receive an exclusive meet and greet experience with one of the cast members AND a midweek tandem skydiving gift voucher valued at $399, thanks to 'Skydive the Beach and Beyond'. 

Competition closes 5pm Sunday the 22nd June

7.03am CELEB GOSS  Rumour has it Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are back on, after splitting three months ago. Yay!

It's 7am, time to rise and shine. The roads and trains are looking good for the morning commute, and although it's a tad chilly out there this morning, we can expect a top of 18 degrees later today.

6.55am Illawarra police have denied gun crime is on the rise after the third house shooting in three weeks. The latest incident occured on Sunday monring at Bellambi, when shots were fired into the window of a townhouse in Whitby Mews.

6.51am These look amazing! Perfect for a delicious brekky. They’re available at Lee and Me on Wednesday and Thursday until sold out. 

6.48am Who watched the season finale of Game of Thrones last night? Did you love it? If you missed it, don’t worry, there is a great recap available on SMH, complete with a map showing where all your face characters are currently at.

6.45am Albion Park striker Keiran Govers helped lead the Kookaburras to their hockey World Cup victory on Monday, smashing a reverse-stick goal to aid them on their 6-1 win over the Netherlands.

6.42am WORLD NEWS At least 50 people were killed when suspected Islamist gunmen in minibuses sped into a town on Kenya's coast, shooting soccer fans watching a World Cup match in a television hall and targeting hotels, a police post and a bank. SMH

6.38am TIARA NEWS The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all dressed up on Monday as they attended the annual Garter Day ceremonies to celebrate the oldest chivalric order. As always, Kate was flawless.

6.35am CELEB GOSS Iggy Azalea's surprise set with Jennifer Lopez fell flat in Chicago on Saturday after her microphone failed to work. Awkward.

6.31am More than 100 year 9 students from The Scots College have been making their way up the Illawarra coastline in single file, riding and walking back to Sydney from the school's Kangaroo Valley campus.

Heading back to school: Scots College students take a break while riding from the college's Kangaroo Valley campus.Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Heading back to school: Scots College students take a break while riding from the college's Kangaroo Valley campus.Picture: ADAM McLEAN

6.28am SPORT NEWS Paul Gallen has hit out at the NRL for doing have done "basically nothing" for Cronulla players and that his teammates were suffering with mental health issues after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigation into the club. SMH

6.25am There’s an average on 4422 home fires in NSW every year - more in winter when we’re blasting those heaters and electric blankets. Take a look at this home fire safety audit from Fire and Rescue NSW and learn how to keep your fam safe. 

6.21am A fundraising website went live on Monday to grant African refugee Tumezghi Tesfay his wish to join other refugees and migrants on a trip to Canberra to learn about Australian culture.

Mr Tesfay was violently bashed at five days after arriving in the country.

To donate, click here.

6.18am On this day in 1631, Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York.

6.15am WORLD CUP NEWS Ange Postecoglou should already regret his decision to send home Luke Wilkshire, writes Jacob Timpano.

6.11am Formula One ex-champion Michael Schumacher has awoken from his coma and has left the French hospital he has been treated at since sustaining severe head injuries in a ski accident in late 2013. He is now is the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.

6.08am Here’s the national headlines, courtesy of the SMH

*The national president of Australia's largest bikie gang, the Rebels, says he has been unfairly targeted after his visa was cancelled while on holidays in his native Malta. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has moved to cancel the visa of Alex Vella, 60, preventing his return to Australia.

*Australia's elite SAS soldiers are ready to swoop into Baghdad to rescue diplomats if the bloody fighting in Iraq's north reaches the capital, Fairfax Media has learnt.

*Proceeds from the privatisation of assets have helped drive down NSW's net debt to $8.5 billion – far lower than the $14 billion forecast in December.

The net debt figure will be revealed by Treasurer Andrew Constance in his first budget to be handed down on Tuesday.

*Prosecutors have "trashed" Rolf Harris' reputation, but they have fallen a long way short of proving him guilty of sexual assault, a court has been told.

6.05am Here’s some of the top stories in today’s Mercury

*Arncliffe man John Gasovski has been identified as the man found dead at Jamberoo lookout. He was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

*Keira MP Ryan Park hopes to see the outstanding $80 million from the Port Kembla lease fund delivered in Tuesday's state budget.

The NSW government handed over only one-fifth - or $20 million - of the promised $100 million Illawarra infrastructure fund in last year's budget.

*Steve Fesus, 43, who allegedly strangled his wife Jodie in 1997 and dumped her body in a shallow beachside grave near Wollongong, was granted bail by Justice Michael Adams on Monday following a marathon two-hour application in the NSW Supreme Court.

*The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association is the latest organisation to support medical cannabis, to support patients like John*, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of oral cancer in February when he was given six to 12 months to live. Last week - as he started chemotherapy - his wife illegally sourced cannabis oil to lessen his pain and anxiety. And it worked.

6.02am Let’s take a look at the roads and the skies

WEATHER Much like yesterday, it’s going to hit 18 degrees around the Illawarra. Right now it’s 13 degrees, and it will be a partly cloudy day.

TRAFFIC All good at this early hour on the major roads from Nowra to the city. Watch out for roadworks at Gerringong and the top of Mount Ousley.

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast Line.

6am Good morning Illawarra and welcome to Tuesday's edition of Morning Rush. Hope you're nice and warm in bed or in front of the heater - it's cold out there this morning.

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