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Nine things you need to know by 9am: Three in court on charges connected with Michaela killing; Brisbane a ghost town as homes evacuated ahead of Australia’s Hurricane Katrina, and British banking boss says the “period of remorse is over”.

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really, really need to know by 9am.

1. #MICHAELA HARTE: Three people are appearing in court in Mauritius this morning in connection with the killing of Michaela Harte – two of them on charges of murder, one on conspiracy to murder.

2. #MURDER INQUIRY: Gardaí investigating the murder of 35-year-old David Whyte, whose body was found in a cemetery in Palmerstown in September 2008, have arrested a 33-year-old man. The man was arrested in Co Clare and taken to Ballyfermot Garda Station. He is expected to appear at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

3. #GAS LEAK: It has emerged that doctors were called on three separate occasions on Saturday night and Sunday morning to the hotel in Kinsale where Miriam Reidy died, the Irish Times reports.

4. #COWEN: Taoiseach Brian Cowen faces a showdown in the Dail today over his dealings with Sean Fitzpatrick. The Independent reports that the Greens have said they’ll continue to support him, but Eamon Gilmore has said he expects gardaí to question Cowen over the nature of the discussions between the two men.

5. #OVERCHARGED: The National Roads Authority has said that four out of five toll operators are routinely overcharging motorists, since the beginning of January. The routes on which motorists are being overcharged include M1-Dundalk, M4-Kilcock/Kinnegad, M8-Fermoy and N25-Waterford city bypass.

6. #BRISBANE: Homes are being evacuated in Brisbane as the city braces itself for the worst flooding in a generation, in a disaster that’s now being described as Australia’s Hurricane Katrina. Sixty seven people are missing.

7. #MEDIA: Staff at Fox News in the US have been told to tone down the rightwing rhetoric, as the debate about whether political vitriol played a role in the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords heats up.

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8. #HARDEST WORD: The chief executive of Barclay’s bank in the UK has said that there was a “period of remorse and apology for banks…and that period now needs to be over”.

9. #THUNDERBIRDS: After a 45 absence year absence, the Thunderbirds are go again, with a new British TV series.

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