Good morning central Victoria!
We’re in for a cloudy day with a very high chance of rain – Bendigo 27, Maryborough 26, Castlemaine 25, Kyneton 24, Redesdale 27, and Echuca 28.
Catch up on news here:
Mother suffering ‘forgotten baby syndrome’
The mother of a 22-month-old child was "severely sleep deprived" and suffering from so-called "forgotten baby syndrome" when her son was found dead in her car in 2015, the Coroner has been told. More here.
Import Aiken arrives in the nick of time
The final piece of the puzzle for the defending SEABL champions has arrived in Bendigo. Pennsylvania native C. J. Aiken hit the court for the first time with his new Bendigo Braves team-mates for the first time on Sunday, only hours after arriving from the United States. More here.
Bendigo’s most wanted: nine left
Police are chasing nine more criminals as they enter the third and final week of a co-ordinated campaign to target property-based offenders. More here.
Trial continues for father
Paramedics have told the Supreme Court a man accused of shaking his baby daughter to death said she “choked” and “coughed and spluttered” while he was feeding her. More here.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► MANDURAH: Some of Mandurah’s drivers didn’t have the luck of the Irish on their side on St Patrick’s night, after police pulled over 12 drivers over the limit. Read more
► WAGGA: Baby Koby Wiles might have won his fight for life, but his mother Rosie Pollard remains furious at his misdiagnosis and is gunning for a Wagga doctor’s suspension. Read more
►BENDIGO: Some people would not be caught dead in a graveyard on their wedding day. But it's a choice couples will be able to make once renovations to a 140-year-old chapel inside Bendigo cemetery are finished. Read more
► NEWCASTLE: Friends of missing University of Newcastle student Mohsin Awan say they still hold out hope their friend is found alive and well. The 23-year-old Pakistani national was washed out to sea by large surf at Nobbys Beach on Sunday night. Read more
► REDLANDS: Family members of Michael Eather, who disappeared while whitewater rafting in Guatemala, have visited the area where the electrician was last seen. Read more
► KING VALLEY: The NBN was supposed to be the 21st century technology set to change accessibility to the internet, but North East residents and businesses have been left with disappointment. Read more
►LAVINGTON: A girl, 12, was left with a broken collarbone after being struck by a car while with her father and sister. Read more
► KATHERINE: Sexual assaults in Katherine have risen by a third in the past year. Read more
► BALLARAT: A Burrumbeet grandfather has questioned the ethics of duck hunting season, particularly in a popular family camping area where ducks are a key aesthetic feature. Read more
►A number of Regional Express Saab 340 planes have been grounded following a freak incident last week. An investigation is underway after the a propeller sheared off a plane, carrying 16 passengers and three crew mid-flight on Friday. Read more
►A push to weaken Australia's race hate laws has ignited tensions inside the government despite the changes having little chance of passing Parliament. Read more
►The troubled Australian Bureau of Statistics is to axe another 80 to 100 of its public servants, staff were told on Monday. Read more
►The brother of slain standover figure Wally Ahmad has been arrested as he stepped off a flight from the Middle East in relation to one of Sydney's unsolved gangland killings. Read more
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What’s coming your way ...
►LONDON: Britain has set its date with destiny confirming its two years of negotiations to exit the European Union will begin from next Wednesday 29 March. Read more
►BALI: Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has decided not to appeal the four-year sentence handed down to her by a court in Bali over death of police officer Wayan Sudarsa. Read more
►BEIJING: Pressure on China's leaders to cut pollution from coal is likely to intensify - potentially hurting Australia's exports - with new research showing Beijing's air quality will get worse with climate change. Read more
On This Day
1685: The great German composer and organist, Johann Sebastian Bach, is born.
1895: South Australia's Suffrage Act is proclaimed after being passed by Queen Victoria.
1947: Two men die in the first documented case of death by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
1980: The USA announces its intention to boycott the Moscow Olympics due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
2233: Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise will be born.
The faces of Australia: The Evans brothers
HAPPY DAYS: She Will Reign part-owners John Robertson and Matt and Nick Evans at the Australia Hotel on Sunday. Picture: Simone De Peak
Cessnock brothers Nick and Matt Evans like to think their late father, Mark, "pulled a few strings for us" when they bought a five per cent share with mate John Robertson in She Will Reign.
That $2500 stake in the $20,000 filly gave them a piece of Golden Slipper glory on Saturday at Rosehill and a share of the horse’s $2,555,150 in prizemoney.