Palaszczuk refuses to mandate fluoride

Amy Remeikis 7:18 AM   Queensland Government doubles down on ruling out mandatory fluoridation in water supplies, with the premier opting for a lead the horse to water policy, even if she can't make it drink.

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Andy Sellar: Clever marketer or buffoon?

"Natalie Amyot" revealed to be volunteer in viral stunt.

Simon Holt 2:08 PM   People have a right to question whether Andy Sellar is a clever marketer or a buffoon of the highest order.

Woman injured in hang glider crash

Hang glider crash in Knapps Creek, Queensland. September 2, 2015.

Kristian Silva 1:58 PM   A woman has been injured in a hang glider crash in Scenic Rim on Wednesday afternoon.

Mabel Park State School evacuated after fire

Mabel Park State School fire.

Kristian Silva 12:51 PM   Five children were being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a Logan school on Wednesday morning.

Cheaper Gold Coast parking - if you're prepared to walk

Parking fees in the main streets of Broadbeach and Burleigh jump by 20 cents an hour from October 2015, but they will decrease by 20 cents an hour if you park one street away from the tourist strips.

Tony Moore 12:34 PM   The Gold Coast is going "San Francisco" with an innovative premium parking idea to beat traffic congestion in the tourist hubs of Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads.

AFP presidential bodyguard denied compo

Australian Federal Police

Michael Inman 12:20 PM   Former AFP officer who claimed he suffered depression from acting as a bodyguard to the East Timorese president loses compensation bid.

Lions captain hopes to change best mate's mind

Tom Rockliff still hopes to change Jack Redden's mind.

Beth Newman 12:17 PM   Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff says he still hopes to change the mind of best mate Jack Redden, who is seeking a trade from the club plagued by reports of player unrest.

Natalie Amyot video: Marketer admits hoax

Natalie Amyot and Andy Sellar appear in a Youtube video admitting to a viral hoax in which Amyot posed as a pregnant French tourist.

Kim Stephens 12:08 PM   The man behind the "pregnant French tourist" viral hoax has come clean, admitting she was an actor who voluteered to star in a promotional video for his social media company.

Mt Isa woman, 30, missing two weeks

Stacie Dutaillis, 30, has not been seen since August 17 at Mt Isa.

11:39 AM   Family and friends hold concerns for woman's welfare.

Lawyer sorry for snoring at inquest

Sean Edwards.

11:14 AM   Senior barrister fell asleep in inquest into death of race car driver.

Mum, girl taken hostage as payback: court

Brent Rivett took two people hostage in Banyo in 2013 as payback, a coroner has heard.

11:10 AM   A gunman who held a mother and daughter hostage at a Brisbane house said it was payback and he was prepared to die before he shot himself, a coroner has heard.

Labor witch hunt? LNP adds fire to the torches

Witch hunt

Amy Remeikis 11:10 AM   It's the Labor  "witch hunt" the LNP leader has "no problem" being part of.

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Is pregnant French tourist a hoax?

Speculation is growing Natalie Amyot, a French woman who says she is seeking the father of her child, is a fake.

Kim Stephens 8:53 AM   Woman takes down Facebook page as questions arise.

Bomb found on Ipswich house

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Kim Stephens 7:03 AM   Bomb squad deactivates device found attached to window.

Race driver 'can't recall' fatal crash

Sean Edwards.

6:06 AM   Driver of car in which Sean Edwards died expected to ask to sit out inquest.

LGBTI symbolism not enough: action group

BLAG says symbols are not enough, and action was needed to support the LGBTIQ community.

Elinor Thomas 11:05 PM   Brisbane Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Action Group convenor Phil Brownehas called on Brisbane City Council to offer more practical help to the LGBTIQ community.

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Doughnuts and Japanese clothes boost CBD retail

Queen Street Mall was abuzz with word of UNIQLO.

Elinor Thomas 11:00 PM   Three hundred doughnuts in 30 minutes, and a new Japanese clothing chain promising scores of jobs – there was an air of new life in Brisbane's CBD Tuesday.

Brisbane artist takes doodling to new heights

Bribane graphic designer Brendan Pearce has a gift for intimate portraiture that he shares via a cheeky website.

Natalie Bochenski 12:00 AM   Warning: the following story contains euphemisms.

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Caboolture line delays due to police incident

Trains have stopped at Northgate station on the Caboolture line north of Brisbane.

Kristian Silva 6:41 PM   Commuters on the Caboolture line are facing delays of up to an hour due to a police incident at Virginia.

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Cyclones, snow and sun: winter in Queensland had it all

This isn't the Queensland we know.

Kim Stephens 12:00 AM   It was the season that temporarily transformed the Sunshine State into a winter wonderland.

Beenleigh unit fire claims another life

Beenleigh house fire victim Crystal Cartledge.

Kristian Silva 5:55 PM   A Beenleigh mother has died from injuries suffered in a unit complex fire that also claimed the life of her son.

Tugun desal plant back online permanently from summer 2020: Seqwater

Gold Coast desalination plant at Tugun

Tony Moore 3:48 PM   Tugun's controversial desalination plant – which produces drinking water from seawater – could be switched on permanently from 2020 because of steady population growth on the Gold Coast, Seqwater says.

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Race driver killed in crash thought brakes were 'spongy' before crash

Sean Edwards died in a crash at Queensland Raceway.

3:04 PM   British motor racer Sean Edwards had concerns about the brakes on the racing car he was driving, one day before he was killed in a fiery crash at Queensland Raceway.

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Flu season 'worst on record'

About 15,000 Queenslanders caught the flu this year.

Kristian Silva 2:49 PM   About 15,000 Queenslanders caught the flu this year.

Tourist jailed for fatal Queensland crash

A man who killed his friend with a hammer has been sentenced to life in jail.

A Hong Kong tourist had been licensed to drive for less than two months when she drove on the wrong side of the road and killed two men in an oncoming car in central Queensland, a court has heard.

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The first big weekend of Brisbane Festival

Megan Washington performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 26, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia.  (Photo by Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images)

Simon Holt   Brisbane Festival kicks off this weekend. Each week of the festival, we'll be providing readers with a snapshot of the biggest events and some of their back-stories. And be sure to check out last-minute ticket offers, exclusive to readers of Brisbane Times.

'I'm angry': Bailey tells of fallout from husband's suicide

Robin Bailey tells 97.3 FM listeners of the "catastrophic" fallout of her husband's studio.

Natalie Bochenski   Radio host describes struggles of year since her husband took his life.

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Help me find him: pregnant French tourist seeks Sunshine Coast lover

Speculation is growing Natalie Amyot, a French woman who says she is seeking the father of her child, is a fake.

Natalie Bochenski   A French tourist fell pregnant after a holiday romance on the Sunshine Coast has posted her story online to try to track down the father.

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QPS suspends secretary after fraud charge

A QPS office adminstrator has been stood down over allegations of fraud.

Kim Stephens   Staff member, who is not a police officer, faces charge of fraud while off-duty.

LNP accuses Labor of 'witch hunt'

Jarrod Bleijie says Labor is putting the corruption watchdog's independence at risk by asking for a probe into political donations.

Amy Remeikis   Political donations probe puts CCC integrity at risk, LNP says.

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Highlights

Teenager charged with Jayde's murder

Police charge an 18-year-old friend of Jayde Kendall with murder after discovering her body in farmland near Gatton. Nine News

School stabbing: men 'screaming at each other'

A man is stabbed several times in a pickup zone outside Wynnum State School on Wednesday afternoon. Nine News

OP system gone: what it means for students

The Queensland OP system will be replaced with a "contemporary system" including external assessment.

How to lasso a shark

Sea World staff lasso a critically endangered Grey Nurse Shark off the Gold Coast after it swallows a hook and bait spike.

Truck rescue was 'a bit cool'

A passing motorist who rescued a truck driver who crashed into the Coomera River says he just "swam out and grabbed him".

Rail pedestrians run the gauntlet

Pedestrians "never look" and are lucky a series of near misses on Queensland tram and train lines have not ended in tragedy.

Police search for Tiffany's body

The body of pregnant teenager Tiffany Taylor is believed to be in thick bush near Ipswich. Nine News

Whiskey Au Go-Go blaze was 'horrendous'

Fire fighters relive the "overwhelming" scene that confronted them at Brisbane's infamous nightclub fire in 1973 which claimed 15 lives.

Driver 'should have seen' Rebekka

The family of 22-year-old Danish cyclist Rebekka Meyer seek answers over her death at a notorious South Brisbane intersection in 2014. Nine News

Jayde Kendall mystery 'very scary'

The Lockyer Valley community holds out hope that 16-year-old Jayde Kendall is still alive despite an extensive search failing to find the Gatton schoolgirl.

Pram sucked into path of train

RAW VISION: An empty pram smashes into a train while a mother attends to her toddler at Toowong station: NO SOUND. Nine News

Ceremonial boomerangs banned from flight

An aboriginal cultural ambassador says security staff decided "I'm going to f--- with you today" while refusing his boomerangs at Brisbane airport.

School zones are 'really crazy'

Parents say there is "not enough room" to pick up their kids from school but new drop-off zones are being built to ease the congestion. Nine News