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    Your daily local news briefing // Thursday 1 June 2017

    WEATHER FORECAST
    Cairns: 19-27C max, 60% chance of rain
    Port Douglas: 23-26C max, 90% chance of rain
    Mareeba: 17-24C max, 70% chance of rain
    Innisfail: 19-24C max, 90% rain


    TODAY'S TOP STORIES

    POWER PAIN
    The cost of electricity is about to get even higher. The Palaszczuk Government has announced an annual price hike of around $54 for households and $110 for businesses. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the price rises could've been worse, with the government stepping in to provide some relief in the upcoming State Budget. 

    LUCKY LOTTO WINNER
    Have you checked your Lotto ticket yet? The Cairns winner of Tuesday night's $40 million Lotto draw is yet to be revealed. Lotto is urging anyone who bought a ticket in the draw to check their numbers and make contact on 131868 so the massive prize - the third largest in Australia this year - can be handed over.

    INVESTMENT INFO SESSIONS
    Local businesses can learn more about the Federal Government's Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) at information sessions being held next week.
    Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the sessions were a great opportunity for project proponents to find out more about the opportunities the program presents for businesses, non-profits and local government bodies. Click here for dates and registration.

    CHALLENGE ON FOR MAROONS TO LIFT
    An ageing line-up could be in for a shake-up at the next State of Origin clash after the Blues smashed the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium last night. Coach Kevin Walter is facing pressure to refresh the side after NSW scored five tries to Queensland's one in the 28-4 drubbing. Game 1 players Nate Myles, Jacob Lillyman, Justin O'Neill and Aidan Guerra are all under fire for their poor performance last night.