Queensland still behind, but improving in NAPLAN

Amy Remeikis 1:49 PM   Queensland has won the equivalent of the encouragement award in the annual NAPLAN wash up.

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Latest state news

Goodbye Depp, hello Rebecca Gibney and spiders

Rebecca Gibney.

Natalie Bochenski 2:30 PM   Rebecca Gibney will produce and star in a Seven Network mini-series to be filmed around Queensland in September, while ancient spiders will come to life in a feature film shot the following month.

70-year-old man killed in head-on crash

A man has died in a crash at Acacia Ridge, while in a separate crash hours later seven people were hospitalised.

Jorge Branco 2:03 PM   A 70-year-old man has died after a head-on crash in Brisbane's south.

Carmody appointment 'not right decision'

Campbell Newman appointed Tim Carmody as Queensland's Chief Justice in a bid to reform the courts.

Amy Remeikis 1:31 PM   Upcoming book to claim Newman faltered in appointing top judge.

Qld's echidna selfie man gets bail

Piggie the echidna was taken from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday night.

1:15 PM   A man accused of taking a selfie with a stolen echidna has been granted bail.

Hells Angels member arrested in raid

Hells Angels MC.

Kristian Silva 1:10 PM   Police seize more than $180,000 cash, drugs and vehicles.

Handcuffs cause concern at youth centre

Inspectors are concerned by the use of handcuffs at a youth detention centre.

1:02 PM   Inspectors raise concerns about self-harm and use of restraints.

'Young n attractive': Brisbane woman harassed on LinkedIn

Linkedin

Natalie Bochenski 12:57 PM   Margate property manager Taylor Henderson joined social network LinkedIn to make business contacts and promote her work. She did not expect to fend off unwanted advances from men.

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Horse deaths raise questions over Hendra virus vaccine

Horse deaths are under investigation over a possible link to a vaccine.

Jorge Branco 12:37 PM   A national regulator has approved a vaccine to treat Hendra virus - a virus potentially deadly to both horses and humans - despite possible links to horse deaths.

Pedestrian seriously injured by car

A pedestrian was hit by a car at Woolloongabba on Wednesday.

10:12 AM   Man, 40, suffers possible head injuries after hit by a car at Gabba.

Casino 'won't compromise' fish market

Gold Coast Fish Co-Operative co-presidents Roxeen Vaughan and Richard Hamilton with treasurer Mark Thomson.

Tony Moore 10:01 AM   Gold Coast fishermen and women - neighbours of the Gold Coast's newest casino - are worried their 45-year-old fishing co-op will eventually be swamped by the new international casino.

'Possum removers' steal from elderly

Crooks are targeting older residents, promising to repair their homes or remove possums from roofs before stealing from them.

Jorge Branco 9:05 AM   Fake tradies talk way into homes for "urgent" repairs then steal cash.

Tostee slams 'disgraceful' media

Gable Tostee is helping police with their inquiries.

Kristian Silva 7:51 AM   Accused balcony killer says he grieves for fall victim.

Teen stole Samaritan's car: police

Police claim the boys were in this car before it crashed in Upper Lockyer.

Kristian Silva 7:05 AM   Victim had stopped to help after car rolled with five boys inside.

Third man charged over echidna theft

Piggie the echidna.

Kristian Silva 6:52 AM   Selfie with Piggie leads to charges over "drunken prank".

Queensland unions to make penalty rates election battlefield

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams has vowed to make penalty rates a federal election battleground

Amy Remeikis 9:16 PM   With Queensland claiming the highest number of retail, hospitality and tourism staff in the nation, unions are shaping up to make the sunshine state the chief battle ground in the war against penalty rate changes.

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Airport Link tunnel sale timetable announced

The Bowen Hills Northbound entrance of Airport Link in Brisbane.

Jorge Branco 9:03 PM   The owner of Brisbane's troubled Airport Link tunnel has laid out a timetable for its sale.

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Cedar Woods: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk 'did not know' about donations

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says he does not get involved in donations made to the LNP.

Cameron Atfield 8:47 PM   Brisbane City Council's Labor opposition has forced Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to deny that he was aware of political donations from the developers behind the controversial Cedar Woods development at Upper Kedron.

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Good Samaritan has car stolen after pulling over to help

The police helicopter, Polair, is searching for a man after an armed car jacking.

Jorge Branco 8:11 PM   A man is on the run after carjacking a good Samaritan who pulled over to help after a car crash.

Lovers bashed man with golf club, locked him in toolbox

Luke Hood was bashed senseless, bound and locked inside a toolbox, where he regained consciousness but, with no way to escape, remained overnight.

Kim Stephens 7:51 PM   A man bashed unconscious with a golf club, then locked in a toolbox overnight, suffered a "terrifying ordeal", a Supreme Court judge said in sentencing the couple who perpetrated the crime on Tuesday.

Ekka 2015: Win the ultimate showbag worth $500

Ekka 2015 ultimate showbag competition

6:49 PM   The Brisbane Times, Bertie Beetle and Chicane Showbags are once again teaming up to give away the ultimate prize: a showbag worth a whopping $500.

Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro rules out Speaker run

Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro has waved goodbye to her chances of becoming Speaker.

Cameron Atfield 6:07 PM   Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro has ruled herself out of the running for the vacant Speaker's position in Federal Parliament.

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Measles alert for University of Queensland

The infected person took a series of bus trips.

5:40 PM   A bus commuter who attended university lectures and visited a major shopping centre and South Bank was infected with measles, according to Queensland Health.

Police release images of Alexandra Hills robbers on run

Police are looking for two men after a robbery at the Alexandra Hills Hotel.

Jorge Branco 5:16 PM   Police are hunting for a gunman and his accomplice after an armed robbery at a Brisbane pub.

Self-declared nation leader released by magistrate

A man who refused to acknowledge his previous name will be released after a court appearance.

5:10 PM   An indigenous man who renounced his Australian citizenship to head a self-declared nation will be released after refusing to acknowledge his former name in a Queensland court two days in a row.

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Hotel 'barra' speared by hapless fishermen

Three teens will face court.

5:02 PM   Queensland police say three teens charged after allegedly using a spear gun to shoot two barramundi in the pond of Cairns hotel were frustrated fishermen.

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Brisbane disabled brothers allowed to stay at home

The four brothers, Nathan, Bradley, Brocke and Andrew will now have more helping hands so they can stay living with Merv (third from left) and Helen.

Amy Remeikis 4:55 PM   After three years, countless tears and sleepless nights, the Leneham family received the news they had been waiting for.

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Highlights

Earthquake: 'the toilet was rattling'

Mother nature "unleashes her fury" off the Sunshine Coast with a 5.3 magnitude earthquake "shaking" homes and business across a wide area.

Grandkids' death 'tore my heart out'

The grandfather of two children killed in a Mount Isa caravan explosion says they were on a "sleepover with daddy" in the front yard.

Firefighters saw 'tragic end' at Star Theatre

Two firefighters were killed in the Star Picture Theatre fire at Wynnum in 1959.

Russian satellite was on track to hit Queensland

President Bill Clinton issued a private warning in 1996 that an out-of-control Russian satellite was going to impact south east Queensland and it "could have been very nasty".

Caravan explosion 'so sad'

Police find "bits and pieces" of a Mount Isa caravan strewn across a wide area as they begin a "meticulous" investigation into what happened.

Premier expected election victory

Annastacia Palaszczuk tells the ABC's Q&A audience on Monday night the reason why she knew Labor would win the 2015 state election.

Truck driver 'four seconds' from death

A truck driver says he is "extremely lucky" after smashing head-on into a 4WD trailer in Far North Queensland. Nine News

Pilot 'diving' for passengers after crash

A plane crashes into a lake south of Airlie Beach on Sunday, as witnesses see people "falling out of the plane" before it sinks.

Police to roll out new speed cameras

Point to point speed cameras will be set up throughout Queensland, starting with Legacy Way tunnel, providing police with the "average speed" of cars over a set distance.

Tinkler in scuffle outside Brisbane pub

Mining magnate Nathan Tinkler lashes out at a photographer outside Kenmore Tavern in Brisbane's west on Wednesday night.

How Brisbane lost its trams

The Paddington Tram Depot fire in 1962 saw 67 trams destroyed in a "terrifying" blaze which triggered the downfall of Brisbane's tram system.

Night Noodle Markets return to Brisbane

The Brisbane Times Night Noodle Markets begin at South Bank on Wednesday night, with 300,000 people expected to attend.

Queens Wharf the 'heart' of Brisbane

A fly-through shows the parkland, riverfront nightlife, hotels, skydeck and bridge to South Bank which will feature in a new development.

Ski paddler attacked by shark

A Gold Coast ski paddler felt a "crunch" and saw a shark "having a wrestle" with his ski on Monday.