Builders bungle school hall height

Kristian Silva 1:00 AM   A Queensland school has won more than $505,000 in compensation after architects built the ceiling on a basketball hall so low that players' shots would hit the lights.

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McCulkin 'hunted for men accused over murder of ex and daughters'

Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974.

7:14 PM   Days after his wife and two daughters vanished, Billy McCulkin drove desperately around Brisbane trying to find them.

One dead, three taken to hospital after multi-car crash on Bruce Highway

Multi-car crash on Bruce Highway, south of Caloundra exit.

Amy Mitchell-Whittington 5:51 PM   A multi-vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway has left one dead and three in critical condition.

Schoolie in coma after bashing

Police said the victim was punched and spat on during the alleged attack.

Kristian Silva and Ed Jackson 5:24 PM   NSW school-leavers charged after teen attacked on Cavill Ave.

Federal government approves Queensland's largest wind farm

The federal government has issued conditional approval for Queensland's largest wind farm.

4:46 PM   After four years of red tape construction on Queensland's largest wind farm could start within a year.

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Unions must change to represent 'electronic entrepreneurs': Cameron Dick

Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Ros McLennan

Tony Moore 4:01 PM   Twenty-six year Labor Party veteran Cameron Dick has called on the Labor Party and the state's union movement to find better ways to represent the new age of "electronic entrepreneurs" to remain "relevant and contemporary".

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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk promises to serve full term if re-elected

Graham Quirk poses for a portrait infront of City Hall after a press conference announcing he had won the election and become the lord Mayor of Brisbane. 28th of April 2012.

Cameron Atfield 3:44 PM   Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has poured cold water on the suggestion he would call time on his 31-year Brisbane City Council career, pledging to see out his four-year term if re-elected in March.

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Brisbane weather: cooler weekend, storms expected Sunday

Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe storm warning on Friday November 27.

Amy Mitchell-Whittington 3:43 PM   The weekend is set to get off to a wet and wild start in southeast Queensland, with forecasters warning severe thunderstorms are on the way.

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Severe storms set to hit south-east Queensland

Storm clouds building west of Brisbane.

3:40 PM   ​The weekend is set to get off to a wet and wild start in southeast Queensland, with forecasters warning severe thunderstorms are on the way.

See the art of Dr Seuss ... and nine other things to do

Must do seuss

Jodi Panayotov 2:32 PM   Collection of Dr Seuss art spanning 70 years on display in the Valley.

Pair found guilty in Vietnamese heroin bust

The men had denied attempting to possess commercial amounts of imported drugs but were convicted by a jury at Brisbane's Supreme Court on Friday.

2:24 PM   Two men caught red-handed unpacking millions of dollars worth of heroin smuggled into Australia in two decorative wooden altars have been found guilty of possession.

Girl, 14, missing near Gympie

Police are searching for this 14-year-old girl who went missing from Glenwood, north of Gympie.

2:14 PM   Teen may have been walking to Gympie or Maryborough.

Girl, 14, 'raped six times': police

Police have charged a man with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Kristian Silva 12:37 PM   Police say girl was raped six times in Moreton Bay region.

Unions shouldn't pick leader: Dick

Health Minister Cameron Dick.

11:56 AM   Health minister says parliamentary leader to be decided without unions.

Hunt approves state's largest windfarm

Environmental conditions to include measures to protect quolls and bats.

11:49 AM   Environmental conditions included protecting quoll and bats.

Gun safe stolen from home

Police are searching for guns stolen from a safe in a house near Townsville.

11:41 AM   Thieves unbolted safe containing rifles from ground, police say.

Caltex fined after Brisbane refinery dust smothers cars

A chemical release at the Port of Brisbane's Caltex refinery has resulted in a $60,000 fine.

Tony Moore 10:50 AM   BP's Caltex Refinery at the Port of Brisbane has been fined $60,000 after almost 90 tonnes of white dust was released in May 2014, covering cars and workers.

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Missing man and woman may be on Sunshine Coast

Police believe Lee Powell and Kathleen Hockey may be on the Sunshine Coast.

Amy Mitchell-Whittington 9:53 AM   A man and a woman, who went missing from the South Burnett region last week, could be in the Sunshine Coast, police say.

Woman drowns in Gold Coast pool

The death of a woman in a Gold Coast swimming pool is not being considered suspicious.

Kristian Silva 9:36 AM   Man finds woman in early hours of Friday morning.

Hail drives motorists to speed

Almost half Queensland drivers admit speeding to avoid hail damage, according to the RACQ.

7:53 AM   Almost half admit planting their foot to avoid hail damage: RACQ.

Brisbane bus commuters set for a rear entry trial

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk hopes new measures will improve bus efficiency on busy Adelaide Street.

Cameron Atfield 1:00 AM   Inner-city commuters will be able to board buses via the back door in a trial set to be announced on Friday.

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015: winners announced

The Gulls writer/director Ella Manzheeva (left) and Actress Evgeniya Mandzhieva.

Amy Mitchell-Whittington 11:15 PM   While Australia's music industry rolled out the red carpet in Sydney for the ARIAs, Brisbane had it's own red carpet affair as international stars strolled into City Hall for the Brisbane Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

A year on from Brisbane's freak hail storm

Damage caused by the ferocious storm that struck Brisbane in November 2014.

Cameron Atfield 1:00 AM   This Friday marks a year since Brisbane's most savage hail storm in three decades left a trail of destruction across the city.

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Can shark punching Mick Fanning snap up tourists?

Mick Fanning has carved waves all over the world but still says the Gold Coast has "some of the best beaches in the world".

Tony Moore 1:00 AM   The Gold Coast surfer who this year punched a great white shark in the back as it tried to attack him, is now part of very local Gold Coast social media campaign.

Carpet python found eating flying fox

The carpet python was a third of the way through when Ryan Francis snapped this picture.

Amy Mitchell-Whittington   Queensland ecologist stumbles upon carpet python tucking into winged midnight snack.

Brisbane Lions' Lewis Taylor charged over $10,000 damage to eight vehicles

Lewis Taylor edged Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli by one vote to claim the prestigious award last year.

Andrew Thomson   Brisbane Lions player Lewis Taylor has been charged with causing $10,000 damage after eight vehicles were trashed at Mortlake 13 months ago.

Qld lawyer wants paid leave for abusers

A Gold Coast lawyer is calling on the premier to extend the domestic violence leave policy to include perpetrators.

A Gold Coast lawyer wants the government to offer extra paid leave to public servants who are abusive towards their partners so they can seek counselling.

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Car chase teens part of juvenile crime gang: police

Police laid road spikes to stop this stolen car near Townsville early Thursday morning.

Kim Stephens   Nine teenagers caught in a stolen car near Townsville in the early hours of Thursday were part of a juvenile crime gang that went on a four-day theft spree across much of northern Queensland, police have alleged.

Hinchliffe doesn't deny cabinet hopes

Former Bligh minister Stirling Hinchliffe.

Former minister considered a shoe-in for Cabinet post.

Sand 'sinkhole' starting to disappear

A sinkhole has opened on North Stradbroke Island.

Amy Mitchell-Whittington   A section of beach that fell into the sea on North Stradbroke Island is starting to reappear.

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McCulkin murders: witness claims confession

A former gang member claims his associate confessed to being involved in the murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters in 1974.

Jupiters penthouse gets a reno

The penthouse at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast is fitted out to cater for Chinese billionaires who "love to gamble". Nine News

Starfish wash up on Tangalooma beach

Thousands of dead starfish are found on a beach near the Tangalooma Wrecks on Moreton Island.

It's an avalanche, not a sinkhole

A sinkhole opens up at Jumpin Pin on North Stradbroke Island off Brisbane, but experts say it's more like an avalanche or "rapid beach erosion event".

More thunderstorms to come after lightning show

South east Queensland can expect more isolated thunderstorms as the region mops up from 26,000 lightning strikes and "very large hail" on Monday night

Older men at schoolies is 'just not ok'

Numbers are down at schoolies week on the Gold Coast but teenagers say older revellers are there in force although it's "not their place". Nine News

Donated rental house trashed by family

A $1,000 per week luxury Gold Coast rental house which Clive Palmer gifted to a Beenleigh family who lost their toddler son in a house fire, faces a $100,000 repair bill.

Schoolies celebrate with a swim

Maroochydore State High School students say it "feels pretty amazing" as they take the plunge into the ocean to celebrate the end of their school lives.

Drill rig driver rescued from cliff face

RAW VISION: A 32-year-old man is hauled to safety as his drill rig sits precariously on the edge of a quarry wall at Keperra, north-west of Brisbane. 7 News Queensland

Facebook mum gets paid by Aldi

Redcliffe mother Sam Jockel is the face behind Aldi Mum, a Facebook page with 90,000 followers who help review products for the grocery giant.

Les Miserables a 'cathartic experience'

The acclaimed theatre production Les Miserables is a "dream come true" for the cast, who perform at QPAC from November 10 until January 17.

Hollingworth 'washed his hands' of abuse

Former Brisbane St Paul's Headmaster Gilbert Case "couldn't recall" students' cries for help while Archbishop Peter Hollingworth had "washed his hands of the matter".

Festival couple get married on stage

Two Brisbane punk rock music fans become the first couple to tie the knot on stage at the Fest 14 music festival in Florida.