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8.40am That's it from us this morning. Thanks for stopping by, we'll be back tomorrow from 6am.

8.30am CELEB GOSS Jessica Simpson got hitched to ex-NFL player Eric Johnson in California at the weekend. The couple's kids Maxwell, 2, and Ace, 12 months, were on duty as flower girl and ring bearer, repectively. 

8.25am " "[Kids] require a huge parental investment, particularly in this kind of economy where the stakes are high." An honest account of what it costs to raise a child.

8.20am WORLD CUP Netherlands keeper and man of the hour Tim Krul  has come under fire on social media for his intimidating tactics against the Costa Rican penalty takers, staring them down and yelling at them before they took their shots. "I don't think I've done anything wrong," Krul told a news conference, Sunday.

8.15am Pistorius lawyers slam leaked Channel 7 footage.

8.05am A clever sign from the Bust the Budget rallies at the weekend. 

8am Good morning, if you're just joining us. A quick update ...

WEATHER We’re headed for a mostly sunny day, maximum 17, winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h. Right now it’s about 11 outside.

ROADS Keira St is closed between between Crown and Market Streets until September 30.

The northbound on-ramp from Picton Road remains closed at Cataract.

Mt Keira Road between Camp Rd and Illawarra Archery Club is closed both ways due to a rock fall.

Roadworks on the Princes Hwy at Gerringong are ongoing. 

TRAINS Passengers travelling towards the Sydney CBD are advised to allow plenty additional travel time due to urgent track equipment repairs at Penshurst. Passengers should also listen to announcements and check indicators boards. 

Also, buses are replacing trains between Cronulla and Sutherland.

7.50am "A 13-minute takeoff delay caused so much tension between two Air New Zealand pilots that the first officer was locked out of the cockpit on a flight between Perth and Auckland" - this is the SMH's most popular read right now. 

7.45am A new song from local band Jenny Broke the Window. 

7.40amBBC radio host Vanessa Feltz has described how convicted predator Rolf Harris groped her on live television while she was interviewing him for Channel 4's Big Breakfast show in 1996.

7.35am The Illawarra Knitting Nannas Against Coal Seam Gas (IKNAG) were in protest mode on Saturday. Their method of dissent? A picnic. 

7.30am Immigration minister Scott Morrison - he of the Monty Pythonesque, nonsensical, evasive press conferences - has confirmed that 41 asylum seekers have been handed over to Sri Lankan authorities after being intercepted near the Cocos Islands.

7.25am Police are calling for information after a woman was forced to give a man a lift to Bunnings at Warrawong on Thursday night. The man approached the woman in the car park of Berkeley Sports Club, offering to sell her some cosmetics and prescription medication. When she declined, the man allegedly told her ‘‘I need to go to Bunnings, and I have these scissors’’ in a non-aggressive way. Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

7.20am Happy International Chocolate Day or - as I like to call it - any old day. 

7.15am SPORT Novak Djokovic has defeated Roger Federer in an cracking final at Wimbledon.

7.10am Recognise anyone from our beaut gallery of 2014 brides? 

7.05am REALITY TV Emotional times on The Voice Kids last night, when no chairs turned for a 12-year-old contestant called Romy. Aw. 

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7am Good morning, if you're just joining us. A quick update: 

WEATHER We’re headed for a mostly sunny day, maximum 17, winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h. Right now it’s about 11 outside.

ROADS Keira St is closed between between Crown and Market Streets until September 30.

The northbound on-ramp from Picton Road remains closed at Cataract.

Mt Keira Road between Camp Rd and Illawarra Archery Club is closed both ways due to a rock fall.

Roadworks on the Princes Hwy at Gerringong are ongoing. 

TRAINS Trains on the South Coast line may be delayed due to trackwork at Sutherland. Buses are replacing trains between Cronulla and Sutherland.

6.55am Repealing the carbon tax is set to be the first order of business for the newly configured Senate sitting from this morning.

6.50am It seems nothing says romance like a six-hour queue to see the Game of Thrones exhibition. Once he finally got his lady onto the Iron Throne, "goofy" Canberran Shaun Hogg popped the question. 

6.45am Here's cheers to Victorian couple Adam Dovile and Lisa Lamond, winners of Seven's reality reno show, House Rules.

6.40amSPORT Jarryd Hayne has raised the prospect of an unlikely code switch after undertaking secret gridiron sessions in the off-season.

6.35am "An apartment block by stealth"? The developers of Austinmer's Headlands Hotel want to subdivide the planned serviced-apartment block at their $25-million hotel complex into strata units, according to new Wollongong City Council documents. Kate McIlwain has the story here

6.30am Oh no he/she didn't!?! A confession from an anonymous one at UOW - clearly not a romantic.

6.24am Omigod! Omigod! Still singing along to the tunes from Legally Blonde at the WEC on the weekend - what a fun show. 

6.19am SPORT Goalkeeper Tim Krul is the World Cup's newest unlikely hero. Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal made World Cup history when he substituted his goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen for Krul for the penalty shootout which brought The Netherlands victory over Costa Rica in their World Cup quarter-final.

6.14am Departing Wollongong judge Paul Conlon opens up to Bree Fuller in this longer read from the weekend. 

6.09am Are "podium girls" an outdated tradition? The SMH's Alana Schetzer thinks so.

6.03am ... and in news further afield 

* Australian federal and state police are ordering phone providers to hand over personal information about thousands of mobile phone users, whether they are targets of an investigation or not, reports the SMH.

* The government is on the cusp of delivering its most central election pledge with repeal of the carbon tax set to be the first order of business for the newly configured Senate sitting.

* Footage aired on Seven's Sunday Night program, showing Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the night he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was "obtained illegaly", say lawyers for the athlete.

6.01am Here's what's been making news locally over the weekend.

* A man has died an another is missing after a light-plane crashon the South Coast on Sunday.

 * A multimillion-dollar proposal to transform a run-down Crown Street building into a cafe and rooftop bar has been given the green light.

* A former Oak Flats businesswoman has been fined for scamming more than $11,000 from unsuspecting customers via her dodgy internet business.

* A female passenger has died in a car accident at Berrima Road in Moss Vale on Sunday afternoon. 

WEATHER We’re headed for a mostly sunny day, maximum 17, winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h. Right now it’s about 10 outside.

ROADS Keira St is closed between between Crown and Market Streets until September 30.

The northbound on-ramp from Picton Road remains closed at Cataract.

Mt Keira Road between Camp Rd and Illawarra Archery Club is closed both ways due to a rock fall.

Roadworks on the Princes Hwy at Gerringong are ongoing. 

TRAINS Trains on the South Coast line may be delayed due to trackwork at Sutherland. Buses are replacing trains between Cronulla and Sutherland.

6am Good morning Illawarra, and welcome to the start of a brand new week.

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