7am: Central Western Daily reporter Nick McGrath with you for Orange Express this morning, with everything you need to know to prepare you for the day ahead.
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We'll kick off with a look at today's weather ...
The Weather Report
Typical autumn's day ahead here in Orange. We're in for a top of 13 degrees with the potential for rain later on in the afternoon. It shouldn't be anything too heavy, but maybe pack the umbrella, just in case.
Around the central west Dubbo will enjoy a clear day and a top temperature of 20 degrees, while Bathurst is slightly cooler with a maximum of just 16.
7.15am: Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue today turns 46.
She's lucky enough to share her day of birth with the brainchild behind spy franchise James Bond, Ian Fleming, former mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani and I-love-youse-all champion boxer Jeff Fenech.
May 28 also sees Central Western Daily digital editor Dave Neil celebrate his birthday. Happy birthday Neily.
If you or someone you know is celebrating their big day tomorrow help us share the news with all of Orange.
Email their name, age and a photo to email@example.com and we can all share in the celebration.
7.30am: Here's the latest update on what's happening our local roads.
THE RMS advises work is being currently conducted on or around the following major roads in the central west:
- The Great Western Highway between Bathurst and Mount Victoria, with reduced speed limits and delays in effect.
- The Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Wellington, with ten-minute delays expected at busy times.
- Henry Parkes Way near Manildra, with ten minute delays possible.
Please allow for more time for your journey if you are using these roads.
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:
- The intersection of Margaret and Hill streets
- Burrendong Way near Wicks Road
- The section of Forest Road near the hospital
- The shared pedestrian-bicycle path from Spring Street to McLachlan Street
If you know of any road work or accidents in and around Orange which could cause traffic delays this morning please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a text message on 0477308571.
A reader has notified us that part of the road is closed on Moulder Street between Anson Street and Lords Place.
7.40am: Are you ready for tonight's State of Origin?
The NRL is counting down the greatest Origin moments of all time ...
7.45am: Here's what's making headlines in Orange this morning:
Today we follow up from yesterday's damning assessment of life in Glenroi and Bowen ...
Member for Orange Andrew Gee met with NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Gabrielle Upton on Tuesday to discuss the problem of ongoing antisocial behaviour in public housing areas of Glenroi and Bowen.
Mr Gee said while Ms Upton wasn’t aware of Orange’s situation, public housing tenancy issues were on her radar.
Queensland has dominated the State of Origin series with eight wins in a row - but that’s all about to change, just ask the keen rugby league followers from Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School.
Of the 30-plus Catherine McAuley students asked by the Central Western Daily at yesterday’s David Peachey Shield and Russell Richardson Cup rugby league carnival, there was only one brave student who said the Maroons would win again this year.
8am: We're you feeling the Latino rhythm last Friday?
Gallery of the day
Today's gallery takes you through Zumba guru Enrique Salamao's masterclass at Studio Fitness in Orange.
After holding workshops and masterclasses on Thursday, on Friday morning Salamao taught the Zumba Gold class, which was done at a slower pace.
8.15am: Time to take a look at what's happening in Orange sport ...
Orange Hawks' already stuttering 2014 campaign took another hit last week, with a last year's Group 10 captain leaving the club.
Former two blues captain-coach Todd Barrow, who missed the opening seven rounds due to injury, has signed with Group 11 heavyweights Parkes Spacemen for the remainder of this season.
“I just wanted a bit of a change, I wasn’t enjoying my footy,” Barrow said.
Meanwhile, Orange Ex-Services Football Club has sent complaints to Football NSW following an alleged discriminatory incident in Sunday’s Bathurst District Football Association women’s A grade clash against Waratahs.
TOMORROW'S CHAMPIONS TODAY: Orange's junior sport stars were out in force on Saturday morning.
Junior rugby league, netball and soccer stars took to the fields and the courts to show off their skills.
8.20am:Carcoar's Kurt Fearnley has made his allegiances clear ahead of tonight's game ...
8.30am: These are some of the stories making news across the country this morning.
What would you do if your home starting sinking into the earth?
A Swansea Heads couple returned home last night to find their three-storey home sliding into a large sinkhole which had opened up in their front yard.
Police evacuated the house. The occupants were not hurt.
And in more budget news, voters are maintaining their rage over with a big majority branding it unfair and believing it will increase cost-of-living pressures and make it harder for the young to find jobs.
8.45am: Will you be watching tonight's State of Origin?
Going to the polls
Orange's schoolkids believe New South Wales can put an end to eight years of Queensland torment in tonight's first State of Origin game at Suncorp Stadium in Queensland.
Do you agree?
8.50am: Hopefully tonight Brett Morris is on the end of this kind of move, rather than Mark Coyne ...
On the subject of State of Origin Orange Police are urging local footy fans who will be out and about with their mates tonight having a few beers and watching the State of Origin clash to make alternative arrangements to get home tonight and not drink and drive.
"We also encourage people to keep any anti-social behaviour in check," said Inspector Bruce Grassick.
9am: That's a wrap for today. Check back in at centralwesterndaily.com.au throughout the day for updates on these stories and others.
Have a great day.