State of the Nation | Sunday, October 30, 2016

State of the nation 

Need a national news snapshot first thing – well, we have you covered. 

Victoria: The fashion, the fun and the races, scroll through to see what this year’s Derby day looks like. See more here.

Newcastle: SHE was compassionate, caring and beautiful. She lived her life for others. And she never – not once – turned a cold shoulder on those who needed her help.

It is how Molly Goodbun – who was allegedly shot to death by her ex-husband at her Horseshoe Bend home on October 7 – is being remembered by her grieving family. Read more here.

 Wollongong: A juvenile magpie that became tangled in string up a 12-metre tree at Shellharbour has paused to get a look at its rescuer before flying to freedom.

Shellharbour firefighters were called to a fig tree behind Addy’s Cafe, off Addison Street, about 2.30pm Saturday, after a passer-by noticed the bird in trouble.  Read more here.

Bendigo: PEOPLE have been urged to ensure mosquito coils are not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon.

CFA crews were called to an address at Mandurang shortly after 12.30pm and found one of two houses on the property ablaze. Read more here.

► Warrambool: WHEN Dan Casey won an award earlier this month, he said although he was pleased, he wished he had never been eligible for it.

The WorkSafe Award the former Hampden league star footballer received recognised the intense and painful journey to recovery that took over his life two years ago after an accident caused extensive damage to his feet and legs. More here. 

South Australia: Arrium’s administrators have uncovered evidence that suggests the company may have traded while insolvent.

According to a report sent out to creditors on Wednesday night, KordaMentha are looking into a ‘number of transactions’ made by Arrium before the company found itself in a crisis. Read more here.

►  Beaudesert: One of Beaudesert’s biggest events on the social calendar brought people from far and wide to enjoy the colour and action of Derby Day.

More than 1000 people made their way to Beaudesert Race Club to watch the races and spend the day with family and friends. More here.

TAS: An alleged sexual assault involving two male students at Scottsdale High School is being investigated by police.

It is alleged an older student tried to force a younger student to perform a sex act on him on school grounds in September.

It is understood the victim reported the alleged crime to a fellow student, who alerted teachers. Read more here.

National news 

NATIONAL: Jennifer Hawkins has defended Donald Trump after a video of an awkward exchange between the pair in front of a live audience emerged. 

BRISBANE: The lawyer for the man accused of killing a Brisbane bus driver on Friday morning has described his client as 'numb' during his appearance in court on Saturday morning.

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International news 

America: A recording of the radio conversation between pilots and air traffic controllers has revealed the dramatic moments when one of the engines of an American Airlines jet carrying 161 passengers burst into flames at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

London: Bob Dylan has finally broken his silence on winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.  In an interview with London's Telegraph to talk about an exhibition of his paintings, he described receiving the award as "amazing. Whoever dreams of something like that?" He has also said he plans to attend the ceremony to receive the award, saying he will "absolutely" go, "if it's at all possible".

On this day 

1972 - In Illinois, 45 people were killed when two trains collided on Chicago's south side. 

►  1988 - Kurt Cobain smashed his very first guitar. 

Faces of Australia: Natalie Grylls

A young Riverina girl has been given the chance honour the memory of her friend with a study trip to Canada. 

Natalie Grylls from Book Book was awarded the Matthew George young stockman award at the Melbourne Royal Show. The award was set up eight years ago after Mathew died in a car crash aged 21.

Read more of her story here.

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