News at a glance: Morrison hospital warning, possible Zodiac killer breakthrough, how much Twitch streamers earn and a champion chonker

A very good evening to you all.

It's been Thursday, October 7. Here's the best of the news today.

One thing to know right now: The PM says states have had enough time to get hospitals ready for COVID-19 surges 

Scott Morrison has refused to provide urgently requested hospital funding to the states. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

Speaking at a press conference today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison fired the latest salvo in his spat with some states, saying they've all had plenty of time to get their hospitals ready for when Australia reopens after hitting vaccination targets.

  • What's going on? Queensland and Western Australian governments have been warning all week that they need more "crisis" funds from the federal government to deal with the expected surge in COVID-19 cases

Mr Morrison said the states already dealing with outbreaks appeared to be managing the extra pressure on hospitals.

One thing you’ll be hearing about tomorrow

A group of 40 former FBI agents, National Security Agency code breakers, and professors in crime scene investigation reckon they know who the Zodiac Killer is.

They say former US airman and house painter named Gary F Poste is responsible for at least five murders attributed to the Zodiac Killer in the 1960s.

Poste died in 2018.

The Case Breakers say Cheri Jo Bates, an 18-year-old student killed in 1966 in Riverside near Los Angeles, was the sixth victim. (Supplied: The Case Breakers)

Mr Poste's former daughter-in-law told the San Francisco Chronicle she believed the Case Breakers had nailed the killer.

  • One thing to keep in mind: The FBI gave a big "no comment" when asked about the information, so this isn't an official confirmation by any stretch.

Other news you missed 

  • Queensland is still playing coy about what the thresholds are for its borders to reopen with some southern states. Queensland's Chief Health Officer says she would not be comfortable reopening the state's borders until everyone aged 12 years and over has had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and she didn't think everyone had that chance yet.

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One more thing before you go…

Folks, I have four glorious words for you — FAT BEAR WEEK CHAMPION

Otis emerges as the winner of fat bear week

For the uninitiated, Fat Bear Week is an annual online competition where people can vote for their favourite chonky bears at Alaska's Katmai National Park as they fatten themselves up for a long winter hibernation.

And this year, 25-year-old Otis was named the champion of the chunk for the fourth time. Otis's impressive transformation from July until now won over fans and earned him the 2021 crown.

That's it!

We'll see you tomorrow morning with everything you need to get your Friday started.


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