Around the Riverina
►Highway patrol are urging drivers to stay aware and stay alive following two incidences across the Riverina this Easter. Two men narrowly avoided serious injury and death near Tumblong and Tarcutta on Saturday and Sunday, prompting a fresh call for road users to concentrate. One man is lucky to be alive after his vehicle rolled near the Old Hume Highway on Saturday night. Read more
►Hundreds of people with saddles around their neck sipping wine under clear blue skies – Vintage Festival was truly back from the dead. The sold out event, which was held in Griffith on Saturday after more than a decade’s absence, introduced a new generation to the region’s iconic post-harvest celebration. Read more
►A desperate search for a much-loved pet ended in tragedy when Jake was found in tragic circumstances. Jake, believed to be the only Old English Sheepdog in Cootamundra, was known for his distinctive shaggy coat and a friendly demeanour. Read more
►Riverina grandparents are preparing to march out in solidarity, battling the red tape for parental status of their grandchildren. Read more
►After 65 successful years together – Estella’s Kath and Linton Bradley think they’ve got it all figured out. The Bradleys agreed that while there’s no specific recipe, one of the secrets to a long and happy marriage is communication. Read more
►Car lovers of all kinds flocked to the Riverina for the Easter long weekend, with the Narrandera Rod Run and Griffith’s meeting of the Renault 4CV club. Read more
►Michelle Roworth was admitted to Wagga Rural Referral Hospital two weeks ago with severe abdominal pain, leading doctors to suspect she had appendicitis. But to her horror, she was later diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, a type of cancer which usually begins in the appendix and spreads cancerous cells to the lining of the abdomen. Which affects just one in a million people each year. Read more
State of the nation
► Port Stephens, NSW: A fisherman has earned a story worthy of his craft off Port Stephens, in NSW, after recording what may be the area’s first human encounter with a whale shark.
Steve Currie’s Saturday fishing trip may have turned up no marlin, but spotting the juvenile herbivore gave them a magical moment – and they have the video to prove it:
► National: A look at how we spent Easter around the nation:
► South Nowra, NSW: A supermarket delivery truck was allegedly stolen and then involved in a pursuit and crash with a Highway Patrol vehicle on Saturday.
A 38-year-old man from South Nowra in NSW, allegedly threatened the truck driver in Ninevah Close, Nowra, about 3.20pm on Saturday, then drove the truck from the scene.
►South Mt Cameron, TAS: Neil Waters is not out to prove that thylacines still roam the wild in Tasmania.
As a self-confessed nature lover, Waters had been interested in Tasmanian tigers since reading a book about them in primary school.
►Ballarat, VIC: Men are more likely to be daily smokers than women in Ballarat, a new survey has revealed.
Cancer Council Victoria data released this week found 13.9 per cent of men in Victoria light up every day compared to 10.1 per cent of women.
Eye on the weather
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►Beijing: This wasn't the big one. There was no need for the US military to shoot down North Korea's anniversary salvo - the missile failed at launch.
With North Asia on high alert for a feared sixth nuclear test or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch over the weekend from Kim Jong-un's rogue state, speculation had been rife that the Trump administration would intercept a missile to show that it was prepared to take military action to finally solve the North Korea problem.
Some kind of launch by North Korea was highly anticipated as it celebrated the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder on Saturday. Along with the military parade through the capital Pyongyang, fireworks were expected.
► Lyon: “Tous les scenarios sont possibles. Tous." You can hear the frustration in the radio talk show host's voice. He and his panel have spent half an hour trying to predict the next president of France in elections that start in just over a week - or even which two candidates will make the second round run-off, of the four currently within a margin of error difference in the polls.
They've ended with a Gallic shrug. "Anything is possible."
On this day …
1397: Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II
1492: Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the "Indies"
1895: Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed ending the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1961: 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
1982: Canada adopts its constitution