Border breakfast wrap-up | Thursday, October 20, 2016

PIC OF THE DAY: @michelle.zhu.gz: The leprechaun has a hidden pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow (via Instagram)

PIC OF THE DAY: @michelle.zhu.gz: The leprechaun has a hidden pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow (via Instagram)

Good morning Border, Albury-Wodonga 20 and sunny.

Wangaratta, Rutherglen, Corryong and Benalla 20. Beechworth 19.

Mount Buller 7, Falls Creek 6, and Mount Hotham 5.

Making headlines:

First for Australia at Falls Creek

The country’s first alpine accommodation with disabled access will be complete at the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre at Falls Creek in June. The first sod was turned on Wednesday to start construction of a $3.1 million facility offering 36 beds to enable better access to the ski fields. More here.

Knocked off feet in 1-hit assault

A violent thug who asked a man if he wanted “a shot at the title” before punching him so hard his head smashed into a footpath will spend at least a year behind bars. More here.

Farmers still on edge

Tallandoon farmer Alice Colclough has seen three families pull out of the dairy industry this year alone due to the milk price crisis. More here.

T-shirt gang leader pleads guilty to watered down charges

The head of the T-shirt gang has pleaded guilty to watered down charges following a string of burglaries, thefts and weapons offences in the North East. More here.

City girls out to prove they’re the best

The 2016 season has already been a productive one for Albury City. The senior women's team won a Cup final, the senior men were runners-up, and a number of other grades added silverware to the cabinet at Jelbart Park. But their season isn't quite over – not until this Sunday. More here.

State of the nation

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

► ROSEWHITE: Breanna Johnson had a simple assignment at school. Research a part of the brain and present it to the class. She asked her nurse mother Margot for help, and the 15-year-old chose to focus on the temporal lobe. That was in April this year. Days later her healthy 51-year old father Steven, from Rosewhite near Myrtleford, would be diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in the temporal lobe after going to hospital following a car accident. More here.

Steven Johnson, pictured here with wife Margot, is undergoing a new trial to treat his rare form of brain cancer. Pictures: MARK JESSER

Steven Johnson, pictured here with wife Margot, is undergoing a new trial to treat his rare form of brain cancer. Pictures: MARK JESSER

► RIVERINA: Farmers and gun-owners have backed calls to legalise a cheap, rapid-fire shotgun. The Abbott government banned the seven-shot Adler A110 in 2015, amid concerns it could be modified to fire 11 rounds without reloading. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday extended the ban until states and territories hash out how to classify the contentious firearm and what sort of permit a gun-owner would require. More here.

Wagga Firearms owner Andrew Butts with a lever-action shotgun. Picture: Les Smith.

Wagga Firearms owner Andrew Butts with a lever-action shotgun. Picture: Les Smith.

► BELLBIRD: It was a homemade “firearm” which he hoped would be enough to scare a poor Coalfields service station attendant to hand over some cash. It wasn’t and it didn’t. More here.

The wannabe armed robber with the homemade gun during the attempted hold-up at Bellbird on Wednesday.

The wannabe armed robber with the homemade gun during the attempted hold-up at Bellbird on Wednesday.

► HEATHCOTE: The former coach of a central Victorian club in shock after as its star forward fights for his life following a suspected ‘flakka’ overdose has said illicit drugs have “become the norm” in Australian rule football – from the AFL to local football leagues. More here.

Heathcote Saints forward Riki Stephens remains in a critical condition in a Gold Coast hospital after overdosing on a powerful synthetic drug while on an end-of-season trip.

Heathcote Saints forward Riki Stephens remains in a critical condition in a Gold Coast hospital after overdosing on a powerful synthetic drug while on an end-of-season trip.

► HARVEY: One of three farmers dropped by Brownes Dairy at the end of last month has been forced to tip his grade one milk out because no one wants it. More here.

Dumped Harvey dairy farmer Graham Manning (left) and WAFarmers dairy council president Michael Partridge letting Mr Manning's grade one milk go down the drain on Tuesday.

Dumped Harvey dairy farmer Graham Manning (left) and WAFarmers dairy council president Michael Partridge letting Mr Manning's grade one milk go down the drain on Tuesday.

► ST MARYS: A couple who have cared for their son for 30 years are pleading for accelerated access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. More here.

Beverly Rubenach, pictured with her daughter Esther Rubenach Beveridge, is lobbying for early access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for her son. Picture: Tamara McDonald

Beverly Rubenach, pictured with her daughter Esther Rubenach Beveridge, is lobbying for early access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for her son. Picture: Tamara McDonald

► MACKSVILLE: When she was a baby Kymberlee Blair was fighting for her life, her small body wracked with the fevers and pain of double pneumonia and swine flu. More here.

“I guess I’m a fighter" - Macksville Public School's Kymberlee Blair.

“I guess I’m a fighter" - Macksville Public School's Kymberlee Blair.

► WODONGA: When 16-year-old Alexia Brown requested Hamish and Andy attend her year 10 formal, she didn’t expect to get a “yes” back. But on air Monday afternoon, the radio personalities announced Catholic College Wodonga would be the first stop in their band’s tour. More here.

Wodonga Catholic College teacher Aaron West with year 10 students Rory Quinn, Alexia Brown, Lily Allan and Shai Allan, all 16, are excited Hamish and Andy will be attending the year 10 formal. Picture: MARK JESSER

Wodonga Catholic College teacher Aaron West with year 10 students Rory Quinn, Alexia Brown, Lily Allan and Shai Allan, all 16, are excited Hamish and Andy will be attending the year 10 formal. Picture: MARK JESSER

► PORT MACQUARIE: There is a common belief among those who work in healthcare or emergency sectors that a full moon can create a hectic night for employees. More here.

National news

► Australia is missing out on key events aimed at improving gender diversity due to the lack of policy initiatives designed to get women into public and private sector leadership positions, says the chief executive of Business Events Sydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith. More here.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set a goal to have 30 per cent of leadership positions in Japanese society occupied by women by 2020. Photo: Bullit Marquez

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set a goal to have 30 per cent of leadership positions in Japanese society occupied by women by 2020. Photo: Bullit Marquez

► The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spent an estimated $215,000 or more sending nearly two dozen senior bureaucrats from Canberra to Paris to attend an inhouse talkfest about ways to save money. More here.

The event was held at Australia's embassy in Paris. Photo: William Furniss

The event was held at Australia's embassy in Paris. Photo: William Furniss

► More than one in four Australian workers feel financially stressed and find it difficult to make ends meet, a national study has found. More here.

Sydney public servant Amelia Rogers constantly stressed about the family finances. Photo: Nick Moir

Sydney public servant Amelia Rogers constantly stressed about the family finances. Photo: Nick Moir

► The RSL NSW has nearly $350 million in cash and liquid assets held across hundreds of sub-branches, much of which critics say is not being properly used to help needy veterans. More here.

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International news

► LONDON: The British government is counting on Australia's taste for British beer and cider to boost its Brexit trade plan – and is planning an ad blitz to whet our appetites. More here.

► BANGKOK: Thai authorities say they have uncovered a plot to explode bombs in Bangkok where millions of Thais are mourning the death last week of long-reigning King Bhumibol Adulyadej. More here.

Officers guard The Grand Palace in Bangkok, on Monday. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Officers guard The Grand Palace in Bangkok, on Monday. Photo: Kate Geraghty

GERMANY: Four police officers have been injured, one critically, after they were shot at during a raid on a home in southern Germany. More here.

On this day

The faces of Australia: Simone O’Brien 

Horsham's Simone O'Brien preparing to run the Bridge to Brisbane in 2015. Her 2016 goal was the Melbourne Marathon. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Horsham's Simone O'Brien preparing to run the Bridge to Brisbane in 2015. Her 2016 goal was the Melbourne Marathon. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

At the start of the year Horsham’s Simone O’Brien set herself a pretty typical goal – to tackle the Melbourne marathon. But O’Brien is not your typical woman. 

Four years ago she was violently attacked, and now dedicates her time to starting a public conversation about domestic violence. Read more here.

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