MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

8.52am That's it from us this morning. We'll be back tomorrow from 6am. Hope to see you then.

8.45am "Lumps of shock and rage are developing in the hearts of not only me but also of the people," says South Korean President Park Geun-hye of the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing.

8.40am April-lee Gillen, the 17-year-old girl who was critically injured in a suspected hit-and-run crash at Lake Heights, posted a desperate Facebook message saying she was being followed and needed help in the moments before her bloodied body was found beside the road. 

8.35am The 10 best pics from the Boston Marathon, including American Meb Keflezighi's victory pose. 

8.30am A NSW police officer from Goulburn has been charged with the rape of a child. There are two charges - aggravated sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He is due to appear in Goulburn Local Court on June 19.

8.24am Fairfax Media has obtained exclusive video showing PNG guards attacking asylum seekers on Manus Island in the hours before Iranian national Reza Berati died.

8.20amCELEB NEWS Lindsay Lohan has revealed during filming for her reality TV show that she suffered a m iscarriage. 

8.15am Attorney-General Greg Smith three other senior NSW Government ministers will be dumped from cabinet under incoming Premier Mike Baird's new regime. The outgoing ministers are George Souris (hospitality and racing), Robyn Parker (environment) and Don Page (local government). Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell, all Liberals, are to be promoted, along with Nationals MPs Troy Grant (Dubbo) and Paul Toole (Bathurst).

8.09am How about this footy pitch in Wombarra - not a blade of grass out of line. It's Jim Allen Oval, at Wombarra.

8am Good morning, to any newcomers just joining us. A quick update:

 TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line. 

TRAFFIC It’s a clear run from Nowra to Sydney this morning, with the exception of ongoing roadworks at Gerringong and the top of Mount Ousley.

WEATHER We're in for a partly cloudy day with light winds, maximum 24. Right now it's 11 in Albion Park, 17 in Bellambi and 16 in Kiama. 

7.59am CELEB GOSS - Did Vogue bump Kate Upton for Kim and Kanye cover? 

7.57am Greenacres Disability Services chief Chris Christodoulou has criticised the Abbott government's proposed changes to the disability support pension.

7.55am ... the visiting Royals will make a stop at Uluru today.

7.50am Kate Middleton and baby George have been captured galloping unawares on their day off from public engagements. 

7.40am ... some inspiring pictures and stories coming out of Boston.

7.35am At the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon, an American has won the event for the first time in more than three decades. 

7.28am Surgeons have removed about half a kilo worth of gold from a man's stomach in India. 

7.23am Evil appears to be triumphing over good in Wollongong's Harry Potter community. That can't be good. 

7.20am SPORT - The Wollongong Wolves are shopping for a new coach after parting ways with Richard Lloyd following Saturday's 5-1 loss to Sydney United.

7.15am Check out this fascinating video of the first customers being let in to Wollongong record store Music Farmers on Record Store Day. They run! 

7.10am  Charles Mihayo will appear in court today charged with murdering his two daughters, aged three and four. 

7.05am A 16-year-old boy has survived a five-hour, 3900-kilometre flight from San Jose to Hawaii after running away from home and crawling into the left rear wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, where the temperature fell 62 degrees below zero celsius. Authorities have called it a "miracle".

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

WEATHER We're in for a partly cloudy day with light winds, maximum 24. Right now it's 16 in Bellambi, 14 in Kiama and a frigid 9 in Albion Park.

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line. 

TRAFFIC It’s a clear run from Nowra to Sydney this morning, with the exception of ongoing roadworks at Gerringong and the top of Mount Ousley. A car breakdown on Marsh Street, on the M5 Motorway at Arncliffe, is affecting city-bound traffic, if youre headed that way. 

6.58am Neville Wran's widow and four children are believed to be the main beneficiaries of his multimillion-dollar estate, which includes a home in Woollahra, a beach house in Palm Beach and a farm in the Yarramalong Valley on the Central Coast. 

6.56am What, no photos? Asher Keddie was indeed married in secret, her rep has confirmed. 

6.51am Celebrity mourners included Sarah Ferguson, Kate Moss, Four Weddings and a Funeral screenwriter Richard Curtis, musician and television personality Jools Holland, and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

6.47am "A poignantly decorated coffin which included a picture of her young family carried the 25-year-old's remains to the private service in the same church where the funeral of her mother Paula Yates was held." A report from Peaches Geldof's funeral in London. 

6.42am Benji Marshall admits he was "just average" at rugby, in explaining his return to NRL. 


6.29am Did you get yourself some vinyl this Record Store Day, on Saturday? Music Farmers in Wollongong still has some of the day's special releases. 

6.23am Police found $10,000 worth of methamphetamines in the car of a woman stopped for a breath test at Barrack Heights on Sunday. Story here.

6.18am Winter is coming ... and the SMH's lateset GOT recap is up. 

6.12am Like Q&A on the ABC? The show is sending a bus to Kiama next Monday to collect audience members. 

6.06am ... and in national news

* Four senior NSW government ministers - including Attorney-General Greg Smith and Hospitality and Racing Minister George Souris - will be dumped from cabinet under a shake-up ordered by new Premier Mike Baird - SMH

The Indonesian Foreign Minister has again criticised asylum seeker policies, saying the problem ‘‘defies national solutions’’ and that any policy should protect the human rights of smuggling victims.

* Eric Abetz is at loggerheads with the Fair Work Commission, demanding its president Iain Ross scrap the process for reviewing which superannuation funds will receive billions of dollars in workers’ retirement savings. Daily Telegraph

* Police and ASIO are scrambling to defuse serious tensions between Australian far-right groups and Islamist extremists, which have reached unprecedented heights in recent weeks with death threats and an apparent attempted murder. ABC

6.03am Here's what's making headlines in the Illawarra today:

* Nobody has yet been taken into custody over the suspected hit-and-run of 17-year-old April-Lee Gillen on Northcliffe Drive at Lake Heights early Sunday. Ms Gillen remains in critical condition in Wollongong Hospital.

* An Albion Park Rail man has been charged with driving while disqualified for the fifth time in six months. Store here.

* Area cyclists have flagged wide racing tracks around football fields, segregated bike lanes and better cycle links between suburbs as ways of getting bicycles off footpaths

* Piles of unwanted goods have been dumped outside the North Wollongong warehouse of St Vincent de Paul Society over the long weekend.

6.01am Let's take a look at the essentials first up:

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line. 

TRAFFIC It’s a clear run from Nowra to Sydney this morning, with the exception of ongoing roadworks at Gerringong and the top of Mount Ousley.

WEATHER We're in for a partly cloudy day with light winds, maximum 24. 

6am Welcome to Monday's edition of Morning Rush. Stay with us until 9am for the latest Illawarra news.


Discuss "MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz"

Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.