Good morning Bendigo! 12/04/2014

HAPPY SATURDAY Bendigo! 

To all you lucky people with a full, free day ahead of them - ENJOY! 

If you have to work today here is a photo of a dog wrapped in a burrito to help put a smile on your dial! 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Partly cloudy. Top of 22 degrees. Perfect weather to get out and about. 

Below is a photo I took from the Bendigo Advertiser office window about 7am. 

Looks like it is going to be a mighty fine day if you ask me! 

For more detailed weather news click here.

TRAINS

Trains look to be running on time. No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

NEWS: Cyclone Ita downgraded as it moves south

CYCLONE Ita downgraded to a category 2 system as it heads inland from north Queensland coast.

The system started to cross as a category four storm near Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown, about 10pm on Friday but weakened as it moved inland.

To keep up-to-date with Cyclone Ita follow this live blog by The Age. 

NEWS: Chloe Campbell: Three-year-old at centre of major police search has been found alive

Chloe Campbell, the three-year-old girl who went missing from south-east Queensland, has been reunited with mother after being found alive.

Inspector Kevin Gutteridge told the ABC Chloe was found safe and well at Childers Showgrounds late on Friday night.

GALLERY: Dandenong stings Pioneers

Bendigo Advertiser photographer Jim Aldersey took some terrific shots of the Bendigo Pioneers in action at the QEO yesterday. 

The match was part of the AFL Victoria under-16 country championships. 

WEEKEND READING

Up for a bit of weekend reading? 

Here are this weekend's feature stories and review. 

REVIEW: Prolonging crisis

WITH the May budget fast approaching, there is intense speculation Tony Abbott will delay the implementation of the National Disability Scheme - heartbreaking news for many people with a disability and their families. HANNAH CARRODUS spoke to a Bendigo mother at her wits' end and two disgruntled Bendigo disability workers, who say the system is at breaking point. 

FEATURE: Fundraising for a cure

AN MS sufferer is putting on a slap-up affair to raise funds for research, and just to have a good time. HANNAH KNIGHT reports. 

FEATURE: Gateway to the soul 

DAN RULE (The Age) discovers a new work by artist Brook Andrew on display in Bendigo. 

FOR MORE NEWS HEAD TO www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Australian actress Magda Szubanski (1961), television host David Letterman (1947) and singer Brian McFadden (1980). 

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why was the maths book sad?

ANSWER: Because it had too many problems. 

Got a better joke?

Any tips on what we should be heading out to today?

Email madeleine.wines@fairfaxmedia.com.au

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Maddie 

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