Here's what you need to know today: March 17

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

WEATHER

Gladstone will have a hot and mostly sunny day today with a top of 32. There will be fog patches early this morning.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected in the south during the afternoon and evening.

Winds will be light, becoming north-easterly at 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. 

Tides: High 4.1m at 9.32am and 4.01m at 9.52pm; low 0.79m at 3.27am and 0.74m at 3.43pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

It's St Patrick's Day today, so green is the colour of choice.

Gladstone Regional Council's new animal pound at Callemondah opens today.

A free harbour tour taking in the three LNG projects on Curtis Island will run tomorrow from 8.30am. Bookings can be made by phoning 4972 9000.

Enjoy yoga from 8am Mondays at the Women's Health Centre, corner of Derby and Buller Sts, Gladstone. Entry is by gold-coin donation.

Classes are open to everyone - the able and disabled, pregnant women and the elderly. Teachers are skilled in these areas. 

COUNCIL

There's a burst water main on Hanson Rd which may cause interruptions to the water supply in that area. The council is dealing with the problem and will reinstate services as soon as possible. 

ROADS

All traffic restrictions have been lifted on the Euleilah Creek bridge, with works on the bridge superstructure now complete. 

Upgrade works to the pram ramp paths on the corners of the Tank and Auckland Streets intersection in Gladstone have started. 

Works will be carried out between 7am to 3pm and will be at one corner at a time to minimise traffic disruptions. More here.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range.

There's an alternate route to Mt Morgan via the Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Road and Razorback Road. Detour signage is in place. 

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd is down to a single lane on weekdays between 6am and 6pm, and two lanes after 6pm.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

The family of missing Queensland couple Bob and Cathy Lawton are continuing to hold out hope, following a week of confusion and twists in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. More here.

A student from the University of the Sunshine Coast has drowned at Marcoola Beach. The 19-year-old girl is from interstate. More here.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has been urged to sideline his health minister as doctors at public hospitals threaten to resign en masse. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Tony Abbott's Coalition government has maintained a narrow lead over the Labor opposition despite a spate of high-profile job losses in the past month, talk of a Medicare co-payment, a tough budget approaching and the decision to deny a credit guarantee to Qantas. More here.

The quarantining of welfare payments from recipients will be spread across the whole country, with income management numbers booming in key regional areas. More here.

The South Australian Liberal Party is pinning last-minute hopes on a record number of pre-poll and postal votes to scrape into government, but Labor believes it can still win the support of independents to retain power in the state. More here.

WORLD

The pilots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are the key suspects in the jet's disappearance and investigators are looking into whether the motive was political. More here.

The last edge of the Greenland ice sheet that resisted global warming has now become unstable, adding billions of tonnes of meltwater to rising seas, scientists have said. More here.

SPORT

Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified for exceeding the maximum allowed fuel flow during his race to claim a second place finish at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. More here.

Port Adelaide's last-quarter domination of Carlton on Sunday night means the four newest AFL teams have started the season with wins. More here.

Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, allowing an international recall for Doug Bollinger. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1861 - The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.
  • 1919 - Nat King Cole, American singer and pianist is born
  • 1953 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 1957 - Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted.
  • 1959 - Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
  • 1961 - South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • 1967 - Snoopy and Charlie Brown are featured on the cover of Life magazine.
  • 1973 - St Patrick's Day marchers carry coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday.
  • 1992 - White South Africans approve constitutional reforms to give legal equality to black people.
  • 2008 - Former Beatle Paul McCartney divorces Heather Mills.