Here's what you need to know today: April 4

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

WEATHER

THE forecast for Capricornia is partly cloudy today with possible isolated showers until this evening.

Winds are south-easterly of about 15 to 20 km/h and turning easterly of 15 to 25 km/h in the late morning.

Daytime maximum temperatures will be around 30 degrees celcius after a minimum of 21.

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

STOCKLAND Gladstone is officially opening its new food precinct area today from 9am- noon. The opening will include activities and giveaways such as face painting and special offers. More here.

NATIONAL Youth Week is about recognising just how valuable young people are to the Gladstone community through activities including the arts, culture and music. National Youth Week activities will be staged in the Gladstone Region from April 4 to 13, 2014. On Friday from 7.30am until 9am is the invitation only Mayors Youth Breakfast event, which will open youth week. This event will recognise our youths silent achievers and volunteers and includes the Saiki Sister City book launch.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

 A GIN GIN man who ran a woman over not once, but twice during a violent brawl between two families has been jailed for the incident that left his victim with dreadful injuries. More here.

A LANDOWNER who crammed no fewer than 74 overseas workers into a marquee in his backyard has been successfully prosecuted by the Southern Downs Regional Council. More here.

A SUNSHINE Coast teenager snapped straddling and cuddling a shark carcass that washed up on Marcoola Beach says the pictures were only intended as a joke. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

LOCAL entrepreneur Paul Benhaim has $100 million he wants to invest in a new rural industry but there's a catch. Unless the Federal Government agrees this year to legalise the use of industrial hemp for food consumption, his funds will go elsewhere. More here.

BYRON Shire Council will be inviting all local government mayors in Australia to join a Mayors for Marriage Equality group and sign a Proclamation of Local Government Support for Marriage Equality which will then be sent to PM Tony Abbott. More here.

WORLD NEWS

A FIRE near Wellington Airport this morning has been classified at the most extreme end of the Fire Service's response scale. More here.

 WITH a distinctive, large cloth bag over her shoulder and an umbrella above her head, French student Sophie Collombet braved the heavy rain last Thursday night as she made her way home from a university class. The 21-year-old, who was studying a master of business at Griffith University, was found dead in a rotunda near the Kurilpa Bridge at 6am Friday morning. More here.

ASSASSINATED: The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial is located in Washington DC.
ASSASSINATED: The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial is located in Washington DC. Kristy Muir

TODAY IN HISTORY

TODAY is Friday, April 4, 2014. On this day:

  • 1581 - Francis Drake completed the circum-navigation of the world.
  • 1905 - In Kangra, India, an earthquake killed 370,000 people.
  • 1945 - During the Second World War, US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
  • 1949 - Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • 1953 - Fifteen doctors were released by Soviet leaders. The doctors were arrested before Stalin had died and were accused of plotting against him.
  • 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated at the age of 39.
  • 1984 - US President Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.


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