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An elderly couple taking in the flood out front Still Water Restaurant. Picture: Loretta Foley. Click to see more photos from The Examiner’s readers.News from TasmaniaLaunceston weather forecast: The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the chance of showers later today, bringing up to one millimetre. Winds are north to northwesterly at 15 to 25km/h, turning northerly at 15 to 20km/h in the late evening. The temperature is expected to reach 13 degrees.

The Examiner’s top storiesPM releases flood fundingGovernmentgrants and low-interest loans are now available to flood victims, councils and non-profit groups.

Levees could be extendedThe Launceston Flood Authority will investigate in the next few months whether Newstead properties should receive levee protection.

SUPPORT: Rhonda Mackrill, Debra Hills, Hetty Binns, Ros Schramm, Brian Roach, Rick Ellis, Simon Tennant, Paul Ranson, Dan Ryan create a fund for flood victims. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Community provides flood victims aidAs flood victims return to their homes to assess the damage many of them grapple with realisation their homes and personal belongings have been destroyed.

Chances of missing man’s survival fadePolice say they will evaluate their search efforts for missing man Peter Watson on a day-to-day basis, as hopes fade of finding the 63-year-old alive.

LEADERS: North Launceston and Glenorchy skippers Taylor Whitford and Ben Reynolds will co-captain Tasmania against WA. Picture: AFL Tasmania.

Whitford, Reynolds to leadNorth Launceston premiership captain Taylor Whitford will lead Tasmania with Glenorchy skipper Ben Reynolds against Western Australia on Saturday.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

THE RIVER RUNS: A view of the flooded North Esk River, over Henry Street bridge and Glebe farm. Photo: Paul Scambler.

► LAUNCESTON: TheLaunceston Flood Authority will investigate in the next few months whether Newstead properties should receive levee protection.About 50Newstead properties were floodedwhen the North Esk River broke its banks earlier this week. Read more.

► BALLARAT:Another former Ballarat priest connected to St Alipius Parish has been accused of historic offences of sexually abusing a girl, a court has heard. Read more.

► MOUNT ISA: Theworld record holder for thefastest whip crack, was in Mount Isa last week, stopping in town to display his talent. Read more.

► ULLADULLA:The whale migration is underway and there has been plenty of splashing off Ulladulla shores as they make their way North for winter.Read more.

Work demands: A program introduced in Queensland hospitals to help junior doctors deal with stress has been a boon to Lyndall Nurzynski.

►REDLANDS:A programintroduced in Queensland hospitals to help junior doctors deal with stress has been a boon to Lyndall Nurzynski.Dr Nurzynski is one of more than 145 junior doctors at Logan, Redlands and Princess Alexandra Hospitals who are taking part in the Australian Medical Association’s Resilience on the Run program. Read more.

Costa Georgiadis during his visit to Tanja Public School. Photo: Alasdair McDonald

►NSW FAR SOUTH COAST:Landscape architect and television sensation Costa Georgiadis made a motivational visit to the region this week.Invited by Four Winds, Mr Georgiadis visited public schools in Tathra, Tanja, Bermagui and Narooma to talk all things radical. See the photos.

DEATHTRAP: Gavin King is surprised there hasn’t been more fatalities on Dunns Road. Photo: Laura Hardwick

►WAGGA:Residentsfearful of road fatalities have welcomedanelectionpromise to fixan infamous Wagga “deathtrap”. Read more.

► MANDURAH:A Mandurah school teacher facing more than fifty child sex charges has been remanded on bail.The 58-year-old, who cannot be named due to a suppression order, appeared briefly before Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. Read more.

National news

►The WIN News bulletin will shift to the prime-time slot of 6pm from July 1, as part of the television network’sshake-up of programming. Read more.

Tim Samuel was swimming off the coast of Byron Bay when he encountered a fish inside a jellyfish. Photo: Tim Samuel

►Underwater photographer Tim Samuel was searching for sea turtles when he encountered the most bizarre pairing he’d ever seen -a fish stuck inside the bell of along-tentacled jellyfish. Read more.

National weather radarInternational news Protesters are seen during an anti-government demonstration at the University of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday. Photo: PNGFM News/Getty Images

► PNG:Papua New Guinea is getting hotter, a rising temperature of the political kind and nothing to do with climate change. Read more.

► BEIJING:Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador to Tokyo after a Chinese navy vessel encroached upon what Japan considers its territorial waters in the East China Sea for the first time, amid renewed tensions over the disputed region. Read more.

On this day1977: On this day,theApple II, one of the firstpersonal computers, wenton sale.

The faces of Australia: Lee Shackle CLOSE CALL: Every night in Goulburn and Yass, some 146 people are homeless. Goulburn man Lee Shackle was very nearly another statistic. Photo: Brittany Murphy

Lee Shackle never thought he could be homeless, until he was.

It’s a reality facing some 146 people in Goulburn and Yass each night, according to the latest census data. Read more.

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