Good morning Bendigo - 19.02.14

It's hump day Wednesday! How's your week going?

WEATHER

Showers and the chance of a storm with a top of 24 degrees. For more weather click here 

TRAINS

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NEWS OVERNIGHT

Former MP Craig Thomson faces up to five years' jail on theft, fraud charges

Former federal MP Craig Thomson has spent more than four years loudly proclaiming his innocence on fraud and theft charges.

But the now disgraced former politician had nothing to say as a Melbourne magistrate found him guilty of misusing thousands of dollars of union funds for a range of personal expenses, including sexual services.

Now, Thomson has an anxious four-week wait to hear whether he will be jailed for up to five years for his crimes while he was the national secretary of the Health Services Union between 2002 and 2007.

Alcoa job losses fuel political tension

Tensions have flared between the Abbott and Napthine governments over how to handle a manufacturing and jobs crisis in Victoria exacerbated by Alcoa announcing it would shut its aluminium smelter in Geelong.

In what union officials described as the ''darkest day'' for Australian heavy industry since BHP left Newcastle in 1997, Alcoa announced it would shut its Point Henry smelter and two rolling mills, costing 980 jobs - including more than 800 in Victoria.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with US pop singer Smokey Robinson, Aussie footballer Peter Hudson, British rocker Tony Iommi, England's Prince Andrew and British singer Seal.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1578 - Duke of Anjou, with French army, invades southern Netherlands.

1915 - A combined British and French fleet attack the Dardanelles, in World War I.

1952 - Death of Norwegian author Knut Hamsun (Pedersen), who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1920.

1983 - Ex-journalist Brian Burke, 36, leads Labor Party to victory in Western Australia, after nine years of Liberal-Country Party rule.

1998 - Four UN observers are kidnapped in Georgia.

2007 - Two bombs explode on a train headed from India to Pakistan, sparking a fire that kills 66 people in an attack officials say was aimed at undermining the peace process between the rivals.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: How many musicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: One, two, one, two, three, four!

I'm sure you have a better joke so send it in to hannah.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au. 

Have a great day!

Hannah

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