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

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

WEATHER

The forecast in Gladstone today is for a partly cloudy day with isolated light showers, more frequent near the coast.

Winds will be south-easterly at 15 to 25km/h, turning easterly at 20 to 30 km/h in the late morning and early afternoon.

We're heading for a top of 30 degrees after a low of 22. 

Tides: High 3.64m at 1.13am and 3.09m at 1.32pm; low 1.65m at 7.18am and 1.60m at 7.28pm.

More local weather information here.

POLICE

Click here for the latest police news.

WHAT'S ON

Judy Reynolds will speak at an International Women's Day lunch at Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre. More here.

An all-ages roller disco is on at the Gladstone PCYC, hosted by Gladstone Roller Derby. The event runs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Entry is $10 which includes skate hire.

Gladstone writers will hold their monthly meeting tonight at 6pm at the Gladstone City Library meeting room.

The group usually meets on the first Thursday of every month but had to change the March meeting date due to a prior engagement. Contact Carole Chapman 0450 053 161 or 4974 5061 for more details.

RSVP today to attend Koolyangarra Kindergarten's information night for parents featuring a talk on healthy eating for children and lunch box ideas.

The information night will be held on Monday at 7.30pm, with naturopath Tara Valencius speaking. Phone 4972 3067 or email koolyangarrakindy@gmail.com.

Click here for a list of what's on in the region this weekend

ROADS

The Bruce Hwy has re-opened following a crash between Ambros and Raglan yesterday. More here.

The daily start and finish time of works on Euleilah Creek Bridge will now be between 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

The bridge will continue to open to motorists for 10 minutes on the hour with exceptions for the school bus and emergency services, and will return to normal (open) each day after 4pm and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Sunshine Coast MP Mal Brough has called for a rethink on weekend and public holiday penalty rates, saying many young people are being denied work. More here.

A man and woman who went on a month-long crime spree in south-east Queensland have been sentenced to more than 120 years in jail. More here.

The Gold Coast man whose back yard has this week been excavated in the search for Novy Chardon's remains has not been formally interviewed by detectives, his lawyer says. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

The CSIRO has cast doubt on a key aspect of the Federal Government's climate change plan, saying storing carbon in soil is only likely to result in a "low level" cut to greenhouse gas emissions. More here.

An investigation is underway into a flight that left a Virgin Australia crew member with a broken leg, and another incident involving the same plane a few days later. More here.

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a newborn baby after police found the infant's body on a footpath in St Albans in Melbourne's west. More here.

WORLD NEWS

The parliament in the Ukraine region of Crimea has voted to become part of Russia and will hold a referendum in 10 days to allow voters to decide on the measure. More here.

Beijing has expressed concern after North Korea fired a rocket into the flight path of a Chinese airliner during weapons tests. More here.

One of the first people on the scene after Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the court he feared the South African Olympic and Paralympic star, who is on trial for her murder, might kill himself with the same gun. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Egypt's top Islamic body says the big-budget Hollywood biblical epic Noah, starring Russell Crowe, is irreligious and should not be screened in the country. More here.

SPORT

Australia has withdrawn fast bowler Mitchell Johnson from its Twenty20 squad in South Africa and sent him home to rest before the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, Cricket Australia said on Friday morning. More here.

Australian world number four Jason Day withdrew from the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship on Thursday with a sore left thumb. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.
  • 1933 - The board game Monopoly was invented.
  • 1936 - Hitler sent German troops into the Rhineland in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1942 - Japanese troops landed on New Guinea.
  • 1954 - The "Sydney Morning Herald" reports a new craze of flattening pennies under the Royal Train of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1968 - The Battle of Saigon came to an end.
  • 1985 - The first AIDS antibody test, an ELISA-type test, was released.
  • 2012 - The successor to Apple's iPad2 was unveiled.