From the newsroom AM 7/9/12

IT'S a busy morning for Daily Examiner reporters as we chase down the day's news.

Terry Deefholts asks the big question why the State Government can spend $8 billion on a Sydney rail link, when half that amount would go a long way to finishing off the highway.

Terry's also trying to track down exactly how many jobs were lost in the downsizing. Unsurprisingly the number varies depending who you talk to.

Following our stories on the Anglican Diocese threat to close All Saints at Lawrence it appears the Chatsworth Island congregation is also in the church's sights. Terry will be talking to a couple of parishioners about their feelings and what they're doing to head off the crisis.

We're all heading to the polls tomorrow to elect our council and tomorrow's paper will have everything you need to help you cast your vote. We're running the councillor's form guide again so you can check up on the candidate's policy platforms, when the polling booths are, the thoughts of a first-time voter and how to cast your vote. Editor Jenna Cairney and cadet Lachlan Thompson are working on this.

Jenna was also at last night's timber industry workshop at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club. She's preparing a report on the outcomes of the evening.

Jenna is also looking into this week's in-camera Liquor Accord meeting and what might have been said behind closed doors.

Amongst all the drama about job losses and gains in the recent weeks CRANES Community Support Group has quietly announced a boost to its funding and jobs it has created. Tim Howard will be chatting to the group's CEO Jane Allen shortly.

Tim is also chasing up the latest crime figures for the Clarence Valley and will prepare a report on the crime trends in the region for publication early next week.

Sport is big this weekend with a 12-page race guide for tomorrow's Grafton and a four-page feature on the Grafton Junior Hockey grand finals. Matt McInerney has also got a story about tomorrow's local rugby derby in the President's Cup competiton between the Grafton Redmen and the Yamba Buccaneers.

If you have any information phone it on 6643 0500.

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