Friday 1st February 2013

Craig Thomson Arrested
Suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson has been bailed on 150 fraud charges relating to the misuse of his union credit card. We crossed to Nine News Reporter Natalia Cooper outside Mr Thomson's house on the Central Coast of New South Wales, and Nine Political Reporter Kerrie Yaxley was in Canberra.

Rockhampton’s Fitzroy River To Peak Tonight
Floodwaters are continuing to rise in Rockhampton in Central Queensland with the Fitzroy River expected to peak later tonight. TODAY Reporter Alison Ariotti is there.

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Money Minute
TODAY show finance expert Ross Greenwood offers some valuable finance tips. You can follow Ross on Twitter at http://es.twitter.com/Ross_Greenwood/.

Victoria Fires Rage
Victoria's Alpine Region is under threat this morning as a fast-moving bushfire takes over ski resort town Mount Hotham. Christine Ahern and Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley were in Mount Hotham with the latest.

Flood Insurance Dillema, Clean Up Bill To Be $200 Million
Floodwaters are continuing to rise in Rockhampton in central Queensland with the Fitzroy River expected to peak later tonight. Of course with this being the second major flood in recent years, the issue of flood insurance has once again resurfaced. The chair of the 2011 Natural Disaster Insurance Review, John Trowbridge joined us with more.

'Mychild' Website Ranking Childcare Centres
Choosing the right childcare centre can be a daunting experience for parents but the rankings of all Australian early learning providers will now be made available to the public through the government's 'Mychild' website. The Minister for Childhood and Child Care, Kate Ellis joined TODAY . For more information head to http://www.mychild.gov.au/.

Gold Coast Surfers Risk Lives To Save Tourists
It's hard to believe anyone would risk their life heading into the surf right now, but on Wednesday afternoon, Gold Coast surfers were forced to risk their own lives, to save a pair of tourists in very real danger. Two of those surfers, Nick Chalmers and Angus Mcnicol joined us from Kirra Beach.

Entertainment news
TODAY Entertainment Editor Richard Wilkins has all the latest showbiz news and biggest films to hit our screens.

What's Making News
TODAY was joined by Neil Mitchell to discuss the latest media headlines.

France Bans Particular Brand Of Contraceptive Pill
France has banned popular acne drug and contraceptive pill 'Diane 35' after it was found to have caused four deaths. So will Australian authorities be doing the same? TODAY Medical Expert Doctor Ric Gordon joined us to explain more.

Ovarian Awareness Month
Every year, about 13-hundred Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, within this group, more than 800 will lose their fight. Ovarian Cancer Australia is launching a new awareness campaign this month and their ambassador, Kate Ritchie joined TODAY.

For more information head to http://www.ovariancancer.net.au/.

  • Other ways to show support during the month:
  • Host an Afternoon TealTM, Ovarian Cancer Australia's key fundraising initiative, to raise vital funds for ovarian cancer research and support programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families.
  • Wear a Teal Ribbon on Teal Ribbon Day (Wednesday 27 February)
  • Make a donation http://www.ovariancancer.net.au/ or call 1300 660 334.
  • Teal Ribbons are available from Chemmart Pharmacies and Harvey Norman stores nationwide and Contours Gyms and Brazilian Butterfly salons in the eastern states or from the Ovarian Cancer Australia website http://www.ovariancancer.net.au/.

    Jump Rope For Heart 30 Year Anniversary
    For the past 30 years more than eight million Aussies have been single hopping and double-dutching as part of the Heart Foundation's Jump Rope For Heart Program. The New South Wales Heart Foundation CEO Tony Thirwel joined us to me to take a skip down memory lane. We also caught up with 'The Pymble Power Pumpers' from Pymble Public School and the 'Northbridge Knockouts' from Northbridge Public School in Sydney. For more information head to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NationalHeartFoundation/.

    Celebrity Apprentice First Challenge
    2013 Celebrity Apprentice cast has finally been announced, and there is certainly a range of people in the mix. Today the contestants are filming their first challenge and guess what, it's boys versus girls. Four of the contestants, Steph Rice, Kym Johnson, Jeff Fenech and Rob Mills joined TODAY.

    Girls on the Grill
    Karl grills Georgie and Nikki Gemmell about the hottest trends and topics of the day. ‘The Heavy’ Book Controversy
    Last year Dara-Lynn Weiss became infamous around the world for putting her 7-year-old daughter on a strict diet , and then writing about it. Lisa caught up with the mother of two who is sharing her experience in a new book.

    Talking Hollywood
    TODAY gossip guru’s Richard Reid and Richard Wilkins brings you the latest from Tinseltown.

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