Good morning Bendigo! 7.3.2014

All your news for Friday morning.

TODAY'S WEATHER

Sunny with a maximum of 26 degrees. Winds southerly 20 to 25 km/h tending southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then tending southeast to southwesterly 20 to 25 km/h in the late afternoon.

Check out more detailed weather news here

TRAINS

Service disruption: The 7:42 Southern Cross - Swan Hill service is operating as a coach from Bendigo to Swan Hill due to a train fault.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Emergency rosters to aid fire relief - Bendigo Advertiser

EMERGENCY rosters for career firefighters will be rolled out across Bendigo from tomorrow to aid the control of an open-cut mine fire near Morwell. 

Oscar Pistorius pleaded with God over girlfriend's dying body, witness tells murder trial - The Age

“I shot her. I thought she was a burglar, and I shot her.”

A “very distraught” Oscar Pistorius was kneeling beside the body of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp when a neighbour, Dr Johan Stipp, arrived at his house shortly after the fatal shooting.

Workers under microscope: Abbott government to scrutinise pay, penalties, conditions - The Age

The federal government's sweeping review of Australia's workplace laws will put penalty rates, pay and conditions, union militancy and flexibility under the microscope.

WHAT WE’RE CHASING TODAY

Victorian Supreme Court trial into the death of baby Zayden continues

Harley Hicks, 21, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Zayden Veal-Whitting, who was found dead on June, 2012. 

Latest:

Twin brother says he was at home on night of bendigo baby murder

Mum's partner says he 'loved those boys'

Commemorative poppies at Bendigo Library

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. As part of the Commemoration a state wide crafting project ‘5000 Poppies’ is under way. 

The Bendigo Library, in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo, is inviting the community to be involved in this project by hand making one or more poppies for a Red Poppy Remembrance Wall. The wall of poppies will grow in the Bendigo Library during March and April. 

Former Eaglehawk Brigade fire caption Kevin Murley's farewell

Sadly, former Eaglehawk Brigade fire caption Kevin Murley passed away on Monday.

His funeral starts at 11am at Eaglehawk Fire Station.

The Bendigo Club helps with drought relief

The Bendigo Club is organising drought relief for NSW and Queensland farmers.

HIT LIST

Yesterday's top-rating pages:

VIDEO: 24-hour shop hold-up: security video released

GALLERY: Out and about in Bendigo

GALLERY: Elmore BNS 2011

Youths connected to cemetery fire

GALLERY: Tour of the new Bendigo Hospital site

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share your birthday with basketballer Shaquille O'Neal and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR

0322 BC - Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, died. 

1799 - In Palestine, Napoleon captured Jaffa and his men massacred more than 2,000 Albanian prisoners.

1854 - Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine. 

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.

 1918 - Finland signed an alliance treaty with Germany. 

1925 - The Soviet Red Army occupied Outer Mongolia. 

1927 - A Texas law that banned Negroes from voting was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

JOKE OF THE DAY

Want to hear a pizza joke…. nah, it’s too cheesy. What about a construction joke? Oh never mind, I’m still working on that one. Did you hear the one about the rope? Skip it. Have you heard the one about the guy in the wheelchair? Never mind, it’s too lame.

Got a better joke? Or tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email georgina.howden-chitty@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Hope you have a great day,

Georgina 

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