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Here's what you need to know today: April 7

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers. Winds will be east south-easterly at 15 to 25 knots.

We're heading for a top of 29 degrees after a low of 22.

Tides: High: 3.33m at 2.34am and 2.76m at 3.35pm; low 1.8m at 9.20am and 1.91m at 9.36pm

ROADS

Blackgate Road in Wooderson is closed.

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

Click here for the latest police news

WHAT'S ON

Yoga classes are on at the Women's Health Centre, corner of Derby and Buller Sts, Gladstone from 8am. The classes are held every week and cost is a gold coin donation.

Classes are open to people of all abilities, pregnant women and the elderly. There are teachers skilled in these areas.

Swim clinics are being held at Gladstone Aquatic Centre indoor pool as part of National Youth Week.

The clinics are hosted by Gladstone Gladiators and taught by coach Tom Fronek. 

Freestyle will be featured today, with classes for children aged 9-12 years from 1.30-2.30pm, and for 13-24 years from 2.30-3.30pm. Cost is $30. Click here for more details.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Two men were struck by lightning and a house roof was punctured by an electrical bolt in Ipswich during Sunday's fierce thunderstorms. More here.

Brisbane residents have turned out in force to remember French student Sophie Collembet, who was murdered in the city. More here.

More than 130 passengers had an unexpected stop-over in central Queensland overnight after their Jetstar flight was diverted to Rockhampton. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Private schools across Australia got double the funding increase public schools got between 2009 and 2012, an analysis of MySchool data by the education union has found. More here.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is calling for fundamental changes to Labor Party rules relating to union membership and electing state leaders. More here.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has had a private one-on-one meal with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo as the two countries work towards sealing a free trade deal. More here.

WORLD NEWS

As authorities searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 raced to investigate a series of potential black box 'pings' in the Indian Ocean, a senior official has reportedly claimed that the plane was "steered" around Indonesian airspace. More here.

Thick fog is causing delays to a number of flights in and out of Wellington Airport this morning, just hours before the royal family are due to touch down. More here.

SPORT

Australia has named a 47-person swim team for the Commonwealth Games but says meeting its medal objective will be tough. More here.

Australia has won a third straight Women's World Twenty20 after beating England by six wickets in the final. More here.

The Matildas lost 1-0 to Brazil as the FFA investigated allegations of a player mutiny against coach Hesterine de Reus. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1945 - The Japanese battleship Yamato (pictured), the world's largest battleship, was sunk during the battle for Okinawa.
  • 1953 - IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. It was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer.
  • 1970 - John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in True Grit. He had been in more than 200 films.
  • 1985 - In Goteborg, Sweden, China swept all of the world table tennis titles except for men's doubles.
  • 2002 - The Roman Catholic archdiocese announced that six priests from the Archdiocese of New York were suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct.

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UPDATE: Bruce Hwy reopened, trains restarted after bush fire

FILE PHOTO: Dave Hodgson from Mount Maurice Rural Fire Brigade in 2011.

The fire caused significant smoke across the highway.

MODEL SEARCH: Could you be the next face of Gladstone?

WORTHY CAUSE: The 'RACQ 2018 Face of Gladstone' competition will be held at the Grand Hotel tonight from 5pm.

Model search will raise spirits - and funds - for a good cause.

McCosker's purr-fect solution to a muddy problem

APPRECIATIVE: Betty Bridge with cat Pixie, 10 months, has recently had her driveway fixed by McCosker's.

No more muddy prints on the floor for kennel volunteers.

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