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8.58am That's it for today's Morning Rush. Hope all of those who pulled an all-nighter for the rugby and the soccer make it through the day!

8.55am Everyone is very impressed with Cahill's goal in the Socceroos' game against the Netherlands this morning - social media is abuzz with praise.

8.52am An Illawarra lawyer has welcomed changes to the state bail act, saying the new legislation provides a "fairer" outcome for people accused of crimes, as well as the community.

8.48am Have you checked out new cafe The Foundery in Port Kembla?

8.44am MORE TV CHATTER Comedian Josh Thomas's show Please Like Me has been nominated for a prestigious international television award, the Rose d'Or

8.40am Ideas for a cable car on Mount Keira echo the railway in the same spot more than 100 years ago. 

8.36am TV CHATTER Nigella Lawson's new cooking show is a bit of a dud, according to this reviewer.

8.33am SPORT Dragons centre Gerard Beale is content with a shift back to the wing if it's part of Paul McGregor's gradual overhaul of the St George Illawarra backline.

8.29am Heathcote MP Lee Evans flagged the possible use of shuttle buses to ease parking woes around Thirroul station, at a public meeting on Tuesday night.

8.25am On this day in 1862 the U.S. Congress prohibited slavery in United States territories and in 1961 Kuwait declared independence from the United Kingdom.

8.22am Berkeley actor Joshua Rugiano is rehearsing his lines and preparing his performances for the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Picture: Sylvia Liber

Picture: Sylvia Liber

8.18am The Secret Garden is on at TIGS until Saturday. Get tickets here

8.14am The pollies got all dressed up last night to head to the mid winter ball. Have a look at their (mostly black) ensembles here.

8.10am President of the Illawarra School Libraries Association Sharon McGuinness aid the digital age has not made their role obsolete, rather created more need for the research and analytical skills in which teacher librarians specialise.

8.06am 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. 

8.03am TRAIN ALERT Passengers travelling on the South Coast Line are advised to allow additional travel time due to urgent signal repairs at Wollongong. Train stopping patterns may change. Passengers should listen to station announcements and check indicator boards.

It's 8am. The roads are clear for commuters, and buses replaces trains between Bomaderry and Oak Flats.

7.56am Lee & Me sold out of cronuts yesterday - get yourself down there early if you're keen to try the sweet treat

7.53am Time for a cute animal enjoying his breakfast

7.50am WORLD NEWS Spain's King Juan Carlos has officially abdicated the crown after 40 years, allowing his son Felipe VI to take the throne. The monarch signed an act of parliament ending his reign on Wednesday. Felipe VI will be sworn in on Thursday. SMH

7.46am The 2014 St Vincent de Paul CEO sleepout was held at St Mary's Star of the Sea College on Wednesday to raise much-needed funds for homelessness in the Illawarra

7.42am Thinking about what to do after work? There's some great live music at Howlin' Wolf tonight. 

7.39am WORLD CUP  Socceroos fans made headlines in Porto Alegre after some were involved in scuffles with locals in the streets before Australia´s  clash with Holland.

7.35am Students at Cedars Christian College heard from a variety of guest speakers on Wednesday as the celebrated Refugee and Social Justice Day, including from Year 12 student Jean Marc Bukasa. He spokes to his peers about life as a refugee in Zambia.

7.32am June 19 is Garfield the Cat Day - the first cartoon appeared on this day in 1978. Celebrate with some lasagna!

7.28am Consumer advocate and advisory group Choice has blamed Foxtel's outdated business model for the high level of piracy of Game of Thrones episodes in Australia.

Foxtel locked in an exclusive deal with HBO earlier this year, so other providers such as iTunes couldn't offer the show until the season ended. SMH

7.25am  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

7.22am Police have arrested three men in relation to a graffiti attack on a train at Otford in May.

7.18am WORLD CUP  Chile have defeated reigning champions Spain 2-0 in this morning's match. 

7.14am He might have been pulled up on stage by Limp Bizkit and met the Rolling Stones, but Jagger Alexander-Erber is still a kid who hates doing maths and loves his Lego. 

He will be rocking out in The Who tribute band at Waves along with Simon Meli (The Voice), Ciaran Gribbin (INXS) and Steve Balbi (Noiseworks).

7.10am Illawarra people with a disability, their parents and carers, will have a smoother transition to the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS), thanks to measures in the state budget, according to Minister for the Illawarra and for Disability Services John Ajaka.

7.07am Looking for a fun night out? The Social is hosting Fiesta Thursdays, serving up a range of sangria specials to go with tasty $5 tapas plates. You can also head there for an after-work drink every Tuesday to Friday - enjoy $5 house beer & wine from 5pm to 7pm.

7.03am A rare 1585 ''Breeches Bible'' has been found at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, worth between $3000 and $8000. SMH

7am Rise and shine everyone. There are no accidents on any major roads in the Illawarra, buses are replacing trains between Bomaderry and Oak Flats. Right now it's a chilly 11 degrees.

6.57am Tim Cahill is very proud of his most recent goal - he posted this video to Twitter

6.54am The Dapto Anxiety Support Group will meet at 10am on Friday July11 at the Dapto Ribbonwood Community Centre.

The group meets regularly on the second Friday of each month to provide support for people with panic attacks, social phobia, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder.

6.50am A man whose body was found surrounded by empty prescription medication packets within hours of his discharge from Wollongong Hospital died from an accidental overdose, an inquest has found.

6.46am Migaloo the all-white humpback whale was spotted heading north off Green Cape on Tuesday morning. Keep an eye out for the beautiful creature as it makes its way past the Illawarra over the next few weeks. You can follow his journey on Twitter

6.42am No doubt there are a lot of sleepyheads struggling through work today after staying up late (or early?) to watch the footy and soccer. But if  you couldn't quite drag yourself out of bed at 2am for the Aussies’ game, which is completely understandable, here’s a live blog that recaps all the action from the match. 

6.38am 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 www.wollongong-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/whspac-box-office-online to book.

6.34am A teenager has been shot dead in Colyton. The 18-year-old suffered a gun shot wound to his upper body just after 11pm an died shortly after midnight in Westmead Hospital. AAP

6.30am CELEB GOSS Leo DiCaprio made some less-than-nice comments about the Great Barrier Reef after Barack Obama's announcement at he intends to use his executive authority to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the south-central Pacific Ocean. SMH

6.27am Gerringong Town Hall is currently enjoying a $250,000 upgrade. The bulk of that money has been spent on replacing the building's roof, which has forced the temporary closure of the venue.

MERCURY. NEWS. the Gerringong Town Hall in the middle of a major upgrade. Picture: Sylvia Liber

MERCURY. NEWS. the Gerringong Town Hall in the middle of a major upgrade. Picture: Sylvia Liber

6.23am 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,go to http://www.mycause.com.au/page/77731

6.19am Celebrating their birthdays today are Macklemore, Paula Abdul, Kathleen Turner and Paul Kelly.

6.15am WORLD CUP After a valiant effort, the Socceroos went down to the Netherlands 3-2 in the early hours of the morning.

6.11am STATE OF ORIGIN Finally, NSW won the trophy! In an incredibly low-scoring game, the Blues beat the Maroons 6-4, ending their eight-year domination.

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

*Industrial action could be sparked if thousands of public servants at the Australian Tax Office are asked to work nine minutes longer a day.

*Australians are fighting in Iraq with the al-Qaeda splinter group whose lightning offensive over the past week threatens to tear the fragile country apart.

*James Ashby has given up his claim for damages from MP Peter Slipper, two years after he claimed the MP had subjected him to months of sexual harassment when he worked one og his media advisors.

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

*Accused wife killer Steve Fesus remarked ‘‘It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?’’ as he walked out of the Wollongong Local Court complex on Wednesday.

Fesus, who was granted bail in the NSW Supreme Court earlier this week, was present in court for the mention of his murder charge.

*Disgraced Wollongong teacher Peter Wouters will be a free man later this month, after his two-year prison sentence for child pornography possession was overturned on Wednesday.

*A "Sea Cliff Bridge style" train line over the water at Stanwell Park is an option being considered by the NSW government.

*The owner of a noodle franchise, busted in a government raid last week, has claimed he was ‘‘unaware’’ eight immigrants had been illegally working in his South Coast restaurants.

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

WEATHER Much of a muchness again today. Mostly sunny, but still a tad nippy with top temps of about 19 degrees

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line. Buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Oak Flats until Saturday. Some buses start from or continue to Dapto/Wollongong.

TRAFFIC Looking nice and clear for the commute between Nowra and Sydney.

6am Good morning! Welcome to Thursday's edition of Morning Rush. Stay with me for the latest Illawarra news.

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