Morning Buzz: Sydney news, traffic and weather for Friday, April 21

''Better for students'': Universities will start making offers to NSW HSC students five days after they get their ATAR. Photo: Tamara Voninski

''Better for students'': Universities will start making offers to NSW HSC students five days after they get their ATAR. Photo: Tamara Voninski

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Friday, April 21. It is set to be overcast today, with tops of 23 degrees across the city.

Traffic Buzz

ORCHARD HILLS: A car has hit a kangaroo on the M4 Motorway at The Northern Road. One westbound lane is closed to traffic. There are moderate traffic conditions in the area.

BULLABURRA: There has been an accident involving a B-Double and car on the Great Western Highway near Bullaburra. One westbound lane is closed to traffic.

CECIL HILLS: A truck breakdown is affecting traffic on the M7, just past Elizabeth Drive. Southbound traffic is affected.

SOUTH STRATHFIELD: A car breakdown is affecting traffic on Centenary Drive at Weeroona Road. There are heavy traffic conditions in the area.

DRUMMOYNE: A motorcycle breakdown is affecting outbound traffic on Victoria Road on the Gladesville Bridge.

News Buzz

A light plane crashed into a backyard in Kirkham, seriously injuring two people. Pictures: Ashleigh Tullis

A light plane crashed into a backyard in Kirkham, seriously injuring two people. Pictures: Ashleigh Tullis

LIGHT PLANE CRASH: Two people were airlifted to hospital following a light plane crash in a Kirkham backyard on Thursday morning. Read more.

EARLIER RESULTS RETURN: The "vast majority" of NSW HSC students will receive their university offers just five days after getting their ATAR this year, as the body responsible for tertiary admissions moves to "reduce the stress" of the month-long wait students currently face. Read more.

PRESSURE RISES: The Turnbull government is under renewed pressure to tackle the cost, complexity and poor coverage of private health insurance amid warnings the problems are threatening the future of Medicare. Read more.

PARIS SHOOTING: Gunshots have been fired near Paris' Champs-Elysees, more than an hour after a gunman shot two police officers before being killed himself. Read more.

Police at the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Photo: AP

Police at the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Photo: AP

TOP RESULT: Claire Blayney has continued her family's long tradition of success at the Sydney Royal Easter show with a win of her own. Read more`

GREEN LIGHT: Grey nomads are one step closer to parking their caravans and spending a few nights in Warragamba. Read more.

CITIZENSHIP CRACKDOWN: The Turnbull government's proposed changes to citizenship laws, including tougher tests and a focus on social cohesion, could unfairly punish vulnerable migrants, community groups have warned. Read more.

BROADCAST THREAT: Popular Australian sporting codes may no longer be broadcast on free-to-air television if the networks lose gambling advertising revenue, a major media company has warned. Read more.

ANZAC DAY: Liverpool Hospital has commemorated Anzac Day early with a memorial service held on Thursday. Read more.

BRIDGE RESTORATION: Lennox Bridge in Glenbrook will benefit from a $40,000 grant for conservation work. Read more.

PENALTY RATES INQUIRY: The federal government has not done any modelling on the impact of the Fair Work Commission's decision to cut penalty rates, responses to a Senate hearing have revealed, despite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull throwing his weight behind the cuts. Read more.

DRIVING ERROR: A Mount Druitt truck driver’s serious error in judgement created havoc on one of Sydney’s busiest roads on Thursday morning. Read more.

Sports Buzz

Contract deadline: James Tedesco. Photo: Getty Images

Contract deadline: James Tedesco. Photo: Getty Images

TEDESCO ON THE MOVE: James Tedesco is leaning towards joining the Roosters over the Bulldogs as the Wests Tigers prepare to begin their rebuild with only one member of the 'big four' left at the club. Read more.

WANDERERS CONFIDENT: Despite entering the finals in sixth place, Western Sydney Wanderers players believe they can hoist their first A-League championship. Read more.

EYEING SUCCESS: Scott Neville comes off contract at Western Sydney Wanderers at the end of the season, but the fullback doesn't want to leave the departure lounge at Sydney Airport without an A-League winners' medal in his luggage. Read more.

STRONGER SWANS: The winless Swans have brought back three stars for Saturday night's season-defining derby against Greater Western Sydney, but Jarrad McVeigh will miss the clash after suffering another setback at training on Thursday. Read more.

FAULKNER OVERLOOKED: World Cup hero James Faulkner has been left bewildered after being overlooked for Australia's squad for the Champions Trophy. Read more.

BABY ON THE HORIZON: Tennis superstar Serena Williams is pregnant and expecting to deliver her first baby this northern autumn. Read more.

NETBALL THREAT: Australia's best netballers are threatening strike action this weekend, a Super Netball breakaway to form a rebel competition and a boycott of Diamonds games for the rest of the year unless the state associations re-elect threatened board member Kathryn Harby-Williams at Friday's Netball Australia annual general meeting. Read more.

Diamonds captain and Magpies Super Netball star Sharni Layton is at the forefront of player fury at Netball Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Diamonds captain and Magpies Super Netball star Sharni Layton is at the forefront of player fury at Netball Australia. Photo: Getty Images

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