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Your good news to get you to the end of the week
Your good news to get you to the end of the week

How are you doing? Coping? Just about? It has been a roller coaster that's for sure.

But we're also allowed to smile and find enjoyment in the little things. If you're finding that too difficult, then we're here to help.

We've trawled our websites across Australia to bring you a curated list of the most uplifting stories in the ACM network.

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Harry Potter fans are in for a treat after J.K Rowling announced the launch of Harry Potter at Home.

The new website available at wizardingworld.com says it wants to bring 'magic to our new daily lives'.

In partnership with Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, Harry Potter at Home will provide the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for free on Audible.

While the website will have puzzles, quizzes and games to help keep fans entertained.

CSIRO scientists have begun work on testing for a potential vaccine to coronavirus.

The testing is expected to take three months and will be carried out at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong as part of a partnership with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

The first pre-clinical candidates of a vaccine have been chosen from Oxford University and Inovio Pharmaceuticals in the US.

CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said the start of vaccine was a significant step.

"Beginning vaccine candidate testing at CSIRO is a critical milestone in the fight against COVID-19, made possible by collaboration both within Australia and across the globe," Dr Marshall said.

The spotted-tailed quoll is believed to live across the New England and Northern Tablelands area but hasn't raised its head near Armidale since 2003. It is classed as 'vulnerable' in NSW and 'endangered' nationally.

But a suspected chicken thief near Tilbuster north of Armidale has been identified as the native marsupial.

The sighting happened by accident, according to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service officer Adam Fawcett.

For more than six decades Broken Hill School of the Air has been teaching some of the state's most remote students.

And now with many parents teaching their kids from home due to coronavirus restrictions, the distance education school has come up with a handy list to help you get through.

They might not be allowed to have any physical contact with the outside world, but that hasn't stopped some of Wagga's most senior citizens from getting a heartfelt message out to the community.

Gumleigh Gardens Hostel has made a video montage of its elderly residents, thanking their carers as they wave and blow kisses to their loved ones watching at home.

Care manager Christine Fulthorpe said the clip was the hostel's way of helping residents stay connected, as the doors of aged care homes around the country close to visitors due to coronavirus social distancing restrictions.

This story Is it feeling like groundhog day yet? You've got this. first appeared on The Canberra Times.