Good morning Bendigo - 20.02.14

It's a bit fresh outside this morning - a nice change from the hot weather! Anyone have any wind/water damage last night? Email hannah.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au

WEATHER

Partly cloudy with a top of 22 degrees. For more weather click here

TRAINS

V/Line services appear to be running on time.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Man and woman found dead in Murrumbeena

The "brutal" suspected murders of a middle-aged couple in their home in Melbourne's south-east may have involved a weapon, police say.

Detectives were combing a park near the couple's Murrumbeena home on Wednesday afternoon as tearful neighbours watched in disbelief.

The couple, Cheryl Adamson, 60, and her husband Rob, 65, were well liked by their neighbours on Omama Road.

More Victorian woe as Telstra wields knife on 330 Sensis jobs

The Victorian economy has been dealt yet another blow with Telstra slashing more than 300 jobs in Melbourne.

Telstra's decision comes as the state reels from a series of upcoming job losses, with Alcoa's announcement that it would close its Point Henry aluminium smelter in August hot on the heels of news Toyota and Holden will cease making cars here.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who met Premier Denis Napthine on Wednesday, gave a strong indication that his government would provide assistance to Victoria in the wake of significant job losses, possibly in the shape of infrastructure funding.

Mr Abbott said he expected to make announcements in early March following a review of the Victorian economy that was due in 10 days.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with English admiral Sir William Cornwallis (1744-1819), US director Robert Altman (1925-2006), US actor Sidney Poitier, US model Cindy Crawford, lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana Kurt Cobain, lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana (1967-1994), Barbadian singer Rihanna.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1792 - US President George Washington signs an act creating the US Post Office.

1928 - Britain recognises independence of Trans-Jordan.

1964 - Morocco and Algeria sign accord to end border conflict which resulted in troop clashes.

1986 - Russia launches the Mir space station.

1994 - NATO says the Serb guns around Sarajevo have largely been pulled back, and threatened airstrikes will not be unleashed.

1999 - Atal Bihari Vajpayee becomes the first Indian prime minister to go to Pakistan in 10 years, when he rides the first commercial bus service between the two countries in 51 years.

2004 - A police-commission audit says Atlanta underreported crimes for years to help land the 1996 Olympics and pump up tourism.

2010 - Darfur's most powerful rebel group initials a truce with the Sudanese government, marking the rebel group's return to peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in the western part of Africa's largest country.

JOKE OF THE DAY

A child asked his father, "How were people born?" So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on." The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now." The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!" His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family."

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

Have a great day,

Hannah

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