Here's what you need to know today: April 10

GOOD morning everyone. Here's what you need to know in Gladstone today.

WEATHER

A partly cloudy day is forecast for the Gladstone region, with isolated showers near the coast clearing in the morning, then isolated showers tonight. Winds will be light.

We're heading for a top of 28 degrees after a low of 20. 

Tides: High 3.61m at 6.05am and 3.42m at 6.44pm; low 1.27m at 12.24pm.

ROADS

Road crews are working this week at Cook St, Melbourne St, Grayson St, Chapman St, Peters Cres and Boles St in Gladstone and at Handley Dr and Curtis Ave in Boyne Island. Work should be finished by Saturday.

Blackgate Road in Wooderson is closed.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range. Take an alternate route to Mt Morgan via Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Rd and Razorback Rd.

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road is down to a single lane on weekdays from 6am to 6pm, then two lanes after 6pm, because of roadworks.

POLICE

A cyclist has been injured in a collision involving a car on the Penda Ave/Dawson Hwy roundabout this morning. More here.

WHAT'S ON

Mt Larcom Library will host an Easter activity session. Craft activities including the making of bunny bookmarks and marbled pictures will be held from 9.30am.

The Port Curtis Place Senior Citizens Centre holds aerobics classes and snooker games every Thursday from 9-10am. They're at the centre at 83 Oaka Lane. For more information call 4972 4465.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will cut short his Asian trade mission and return to Australia today as the biggest cyclone since Yasi heads towards the coast. More here.

It will be another 12 months before Brisbane motorists learn exactly how much they will pay to use Brisbane's $1.5 billion Legacy Way tunnel between Toowong and the Inner City Bypass. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

A free-trade agreement worth tens of billions to the Australian economy could be just months away after Tony Abbott held one-on-one talks with China's Premier Li Keqiang on arrival in the southern resort island of Hainan on Wednesday. More here.

An Australian Army Cadets staff member accused of "unacceptable behaviour" by cadets has been stood aside while the claims are investigated. More here.

WORLD NEWS

An American student has stabbed or slashed 20 others during a bloody 30-minute rampage in the classrooms and hallways of a high school in Pennsylvania. More here.

Images of Oscar Pistorius's dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp have been shown to a jury in South Africa, featuring the aftermath of her being shot in the head. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

They walked into The Block with absolutely no renovation experience, but Steve O'Donnell and Chantelle Ford have won the show's most successful season to date. More here.

SPORT

Ashes stars Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers were named two of Wisden's five cricketers of the year on Wednesday. More here.

Sir Owen Glenn says he was offered just a sixth of his initial investment in the Warriors club by fellow co-owner Eric Watson as a split between the pair seems imminent. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1633 - Bananas first arrive in Britain.
  • 1811 - Australia's first toll road opens.
  • 1858 - Big Ben, the bell in the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster in London, is cast.
  • 1912 - The Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England.
  • 1925 - F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby for the first time.
  • 1959 - Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda.
  • 1968 - US President Johnson replaces General Westmoreland with General Creighton Abrams in Vietnam.
  • 1972 - The US and the Soviet Union joined with 70 other nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.


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