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The remains of a buried vintage car sit in a drought-affected property located in the Goolhi area on the outskirts of the north-western New South Wales town of Gunnedah, Australia, on October 3, 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared the ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin to be the worst on record, with current conditions now exceeding the Federation Drought (1895-1903), the WWII drought (1937-1947) and the Millennium drought (1997-2009). The Federal and NSW Governments announced a new drought emergency funding plan on Sunday 13 October, with $1billion to go to water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW. The plan will include a $650m upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the NSW central west and a $480m new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth. However, critics of the plan are calling for more immediate solutions.

If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about absolute disaster people. In that spirit each night during the 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.) Here are tonight’s stories:

 

Woman accused of hiding crack under dentures

Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 49-year-old woman on drug charges after she is accused of hiding three rocks of crack cocaine under her dentures.According to a news release, officers made a traffic stop Saturday after observing a pickup truck leave a known drug house.Officials said the passenger in the vehicle, Kimberly Maroney, appeared to be moving something around with her tongue inside her mouth.When a deputy asked her to open her mouth, he noticed that she had upper and lower dentures.

10-year-old boy 'pulled from boat' and attacked by shark in Australia

Australian sharks are so bold they're now pulling people from boats. A 10-year-old boy was hospitalized this week after a shark "grabbed him from a boat and attacked him off the coast of Tasmania," CNN reported. The boy and his father were fishing in the shark-infested waters off Stanley, Tasmania, when the maneater struck.

Be sure to tune in each night at 10pm if you want to play along.