Orange Express: Monday, May 26

7am:  Welcome Orange to the launch of Orange Express, our rolling morning blog full of news, sport, weather, roads information, photos, galleries and general fun.

Central Western Daily reporter Danielle Cetinski with you here, with everything you need to know to prepare you for the daily grind. Got any tips? Email danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

We'll kick off with a look at today's weather ...

The Weather Report

Early fog will make way for a sunny day in Orange, with a top of 18 degrees expected from a chilly minimum of 5 degrees. Another beautiful autumn day.

Around the central west Dubbo will be cloudy with a top of 25 degrees, while Bathurst will be sunny, peaking at 21 degrees.

7.10am: Did you hear about the new arrival at Dubbo's Taronga Western Plains Zoo? Junkins, the newest member of the meerkat family, was born on Monday, March 31.

Check out the video of the cutie's introduction to the public last week.

7.15am: Who's celebrating a milestone today?

If today's your birthday you're in good company, with John Wayne, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Nicks, Miles Davis and Moondog - a much loved American composer, born on this day in 1916.

BIRTHDAY BOY: American movie star John Wayne would have celebrated his birthday today.

BIRTHDAY BOY: American movie star John Wayne would have celebrated his birthday today.

If you or someone you know would like to be included in our Orange Express birthday greetings tomorrow, email your name, age and a photo to alexandra.king@fairfaxmedia.com.au and we'll help start your big day off on the right note

7.30am: Let's have a look at what's happening on our roads

Morning roadmap

Here's Orange City Council's list of the roadwork being completed in and around the city at the moment.

Drive carefully in these areas or, better still, avoid them altogether:

- Intersection of Margaret and Hill streets

- Burrendong Way near Wicks Road

- Forest Road, near the hospital

- Shared pedestrian-bicycle path from Spring Street to McLachlan Street

The RMS advises the following work is underway on the region's main roads, with some lanes closed and reduced speed limits in other areas:

- The Great Western Highway and Mitchell Highway between Mount Victoria and Wellington

- Henry Parkes Way near Manildra

Please allow for more time for your journey if you are using these roads.

If you see road work or an accident in or around Orange, let us know by emailing danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au or send us a text message on 0477 308 571.

7.45am: What's making news in our fair city this morning ...

Orange headlines

Here's some of the bigger stories from today's edition of the Central Western Daily ...

More than 300 people participated in Sunday’s Red Shield Appeal throughout Orange, but the donations were well down on previous years.

Seventy young dancers were able to learn from one of Australia’s best when former Justice Crew member Emmanuel Rodriguez held a series of workshops at Stepping Out Dance Factory on Sunday.

A drop in construction projects has resulted in fewer people flying into Orange Airport and results are already affecting Orange City Council’s bottom line.

7.50am: Think celebrities are only after fame and wealth? Well, that's mostly true, but there are some exceptions ...

8am: They say pictures tell a thousand words. Let's find out ...

Gallery of the Day

Can you spot yourself in one of our photos from our 'Out and about in Orange' gallery?

On Friday and Saturday Central Western Daily Photographers Jude Keogh and Steve Gosch were at the opening of the new cocktail bar at Factory Expresso, Louise Worboy's birthday, the Orange City Bowling Club and Hog's Breath Cafe for three birthday parties, Doris Webster's 100th birthday celebrations, the Orange Conservatorium choral gala, Newstead Bowling Club and the Orange Ex-Services Club.

8.15am: Time to have a look at what's happening today

The day ahead

Today is National Sorry Day, a day of commemoration and remembrance of those who have been affected as part of the Stolen Generations. Two screenings of John Pilger's documentary, Utopia, will be held at Odeon 5 Cinema today at 10.30am and 6.30pm to recognise the day.

If you would like to embrace your cultural side, visit the Orange Art Society's Mother's Day art exhibition at the Cultural Centre. Paintings available for sale include landscapes, floral paintings and still lifes. Exhibition open 10am-4pm.

8.10am: Dancing up a storm ...

Check out our video of the Former Justice Crew member E-Man and his mate Wyllis Maihi putting Orange's kids through their paces yesterday.

8.30am: What's making news across Australia this morning?

National headlines

Coalition MPs heading to Canberra for tomorrow's first party room meeting since the budget will push for changes to key budget measures, among them Tony Abbott's signature paid parental leave scheme and scrapping a proposed increase to the pension age.

Up to 70 per cent of people will experience a serious trauma during their lives. A smaller figure, about 10 per cent, will fail to shake the horrific memory and go on to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.

More than three quarters of the cut in greenhouse gas emissions needed for Australia to meet its international commitments on climate change would be left to the last minute under the government's direct action plan, a budget analysis suggests.

8.40: Bye bye Georgie

Georgie Gardner signed off on her stint on Channel Nine's Today show this morning, sending this message to her Twitter followers.

8.45am: Time to have your say ...

Going to the polls

A lack of walkers and the Royal Commission were raised as factors affecting the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal takings yesterday, but we would like to know what goes through your mind when you're deciding whether to donate to charity.

9am: That's all for this morning's Orange Express.

Stay with the Central Western Daily throughout the day for updates and breaking news. Have a great day!

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