Here's what you need to know today: April 3

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

WEATHER

THERE'S a sunny outlook for Gladstone today with east to south-easterly wind of 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the evening.

Daytime maximum temperatures are expected to be around 30 degrees celcius with a minimum of 21.

Tides: High of 3.53m at 11.29am and 3.95m at 11.52pm; low of 1.02m at 5.24am and 1.09m at 5.26pm.

ROADS

RESIDENTS noticing flooded or damaged roads could report these to Council's Call Centre on 4979 1134.

Roads closed:

Blackgate Road in Wooderson was reported as still closed at 8.20am.

Road works:

Turkey Beach: Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road. Single lane week days from 6am to 6pm. Two lanes after 6pm. For further information, contact Council's Customer Service Centre on (07) 4970 0700.

WHAT'S ON

A GLADSTONE Eisteddfod Committee meeting is scheduled for today at 7.30pm at 32B Tank St. For details apologies and inquiries, please call Pauline Newman on 4972 5428.

THE next meeting of the Gladstone Writers' Group will be held at the Gladstone City Library today at 6pm. New members are welcome. All inquiries to Carole Chapman on 4974 5061 or 0450 053 161.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

QUEENSLAND'S Deputy Premier has labelled plans for an inland rail route linking Toowoomba to Gladstone as a priority for the state. More here.

A MAN was rushed to hospital and an industrial estate was evacuated after a chemical spill at Carole Park yesterday. More here.

THE man who put a broom through corruption in Queensland politics in the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era, has slammed amendments proposed by the LNP Government to crime and misconduct legislation. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

FEDERAL Treasury boss Martin Parkinson has called for an expansion of the Goods and Services Tax to include health care and greater revenue from fuel excise. More here.

AN HOUR before hundreds of Brisbane refinery workers learned they had lost their jobs, a forensically timed announcement from BP began to unravel. More here.

AN NRL player who broke his neck in a tackle has urged parents not to be afraid to let their children play the sport. More here.

WORLD

A GUNMAN who reportedly shot three people is on the loose at Fort Hood military base , according to a US media reports. More here.

MICROSOFT unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones. More here.

NEWSTALK ZB journalist Rachel Smalley has today issued a tearful apology after calling New Zealand women "heifers" and "lardos" while thinking her microphone was off yesterday. More here.

INTERNET READY: Wi-fi versions of the iPad went on sale on this day four years ago.
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TODAY IN HISTORY

TODAY is Thursday, April 3, 2014. On this day:

  • 1882 - The outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.
  • 1968 - Martin Luther King jnr delivers his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.
  • 1972 - Charlie Chaplin returns to the US after a 20-year absence.
  • 1986 - The US national debt hits $2 trillion.
  • 1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski is arrested. He pleaded guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.
  • 2010 - The wi-fi version of the Apple iPad goes on sale.


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