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CIT chief executive Adrian Marron dead after long battle with illness

Henry Belot 4:31 PM   The Canberra community have paid tribute to former CIT chief executive Adrian Marron who died over the weekend after long battle with illness.

Hall Museum fights harder against threat of high rent

At the Hall School Museum, community members are concerned that the ACT Government will start charging rent for the buildings they occupy. From left, museum curator, Phil Robson, David Hazlehurst from the Village of Hall and district progress association and John Kenworthy from Rotary.

Ross Peake 2:46 PM   The community-run Hall Museum is stepping up its fight against the ACT Government's plan to charge rent.

Former US ambassador speaks of Kapociunas' good character in child abuse trial

Vytas Kapociunas entered the witness box to give evidence in his defence on Friday

Christopher Knaus 2:24 PM   Former ambassador joins string of witnesses describing accused as trustworthy and kind.

First home torn down under Mr Fluffy pilot demolition progarm

Public able to the first Mr Fluffy house demolition from as close as the construction site fence.

Georgina Connery 1:57 PM   The first Mr Fluffy home in Wanniassa has been torn down as part of the ACT Government's pilot program.

Approval set for new outdoor bars in Canberra

New outdoor bars are planned for Canberra

Rebecca Colquhoun and Tom McIlroy 1:52 PM   Canberra could be about to see a boom in new outdoor bars as the ACT government moves to allow restaurants and live venues to serve drinks outside as part of changes to regulation.

Four firearms stolen from Yass garage

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1:05 PM   Police are investigating the a late night theft of four firearms taken from a garage in Yass.

Man accused of abusing neighbour's kids on trial

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Christopher Knaus 12:21 PM   Man accused of abusing neighbour's boys for three years has gone on trial.

Mandalay Bus makeover

The Mandalay Bus in Braddon is about to get a fresh coat of paint..

John Thistleton 10:35 AM   Sudden splash of paint gives Mandalay Bus supporters a chill.

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Trial demolition of Mr Fluffy house begins on Monday

Demolition of Mr Fluffy houses will begin on Monday.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Negative air units and strict safety procedures will be in place as the ACT government asbestos taskforce moves to demolish the first of five pilot Mr Fluffy homes on Monday.

Mr Fluffy's son speaks about the impact of Canberra's asbestos crisis

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Tom McIlroy 8:31 PM   One of the son's of the original Mr Fluffy business owner has apologised for the ongoing legacy of loose-fill asbestos in Canberra and New South Wales. 

Record numbers kick off 25th Kanga Cup

Representing Belnorth is Riley McQueenie, aged 10, of Giralang (front) at Canberra Stadium for the Kanga Cup opening ceremony.

Lee Gaskin 8:27 PM   The 25th Kanga Cup welcomes 350 teams this year, including New Zealand and Korean players.

NAIDOC Week kicks off in Canberra

Honey Beatty from hip-hop duo MajikHoney.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   About $100,000 of works to upgrade a national memorial dedicated to Australia's journey toward Indigenous reconciliation has been completed in time for NAIDOC Week 2015.

Patients set to pay more after Medibank terminates hospital contract

Medibank Private has terminated its contract with Calvary Health Care.

Ross Peake 12:15 AM   Thousands of ACT patients face the prospect of having to pay more for hospital care after Australia’s largest health insurer ended its contract with Calvary Health Care.

Calvary John James Hospital to introduce pay parking

Pay parking will be introduced to John James hospital and medical centre in Deakin in August.

Megan Gorrey 12:15 AM   Canberrans will soon have to fork out cash to visit Calvary John James Hospital as the Deakin facility prepares to introduce pay parking.

ATO pays to fire, pays to hire

The ATO is advertising technical specialist jobs after hundreds of experienced and trained technical staff were declared redundant in the last year.

Noel Towell 12:15 AM   Tax Office hiring tax specialists just months after making hundreds of them redundant.

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Gold Creek Station to rise out of ashes

Craig Starr, with dog Jenny, at Gold Creek Station, Hall, on the site of the tourist function centre that was destroyed by fire.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Fierce fire brings out the best in Hall community to rebuild Gold Creek Station.

Government denies considering overnight fire station closures to save money

The government says it has no plans to close some fire stations at night

Christopher Knaus 12:15 AM   The opposition claims the government has been told it could close fire stations at night to save money.

Westfield makes pitch for Immigration to stay

Westfield desperately wants the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's headquarters to stay in Belconnen, but says rumours Frank Lowy is personally involved are wrong.

Noel Towell 12:15 AM   Westfield Belconnen wants the Immigration Department to stay put.

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The ACT DPP needs independent oversight: defence barrister

Jack Pappas wants an independent body to review prosecutorial decisions made by the ACT office of the DPP and costs orders introduced for those unfairly or improperly prosecuted in the Supreme Court.

Michael Inman 12:15 AM   Independent oversight of Canberra's prosecutors and a costs recovery mechanism in the ACT Supreme Court could improve the administration of justice in the capital, a veteran defence barrister says.

Economists warn ACT budget surplus forecast is 'optimistic'

Chief Minister Andrew Barr preparing to deliver his budget speech in the Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   The Centre for Independent Economics also points to flawed justification for the tram, saying capital works spending must be justified on the project, not merely the jobs it creates

Redeploy your lanyards, Defence public servants urged

A screen shot from the Securing Defence Capability site.

Noel Towell 11:45 PM   New lanyard laws at Defence sparks a protest movement.

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Pet ambulance provides intensive care to sick animals

Claudia Blackley, Jarrod Male and their dog Moose. They are the owners and operators of Pet Ambulance, and have just purchased a new pet ambulance which was a former ambulance for people.

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Kimberley Le Lievre   It was pitch black at 1am when Claudia Blackley and Jarrod Male got the call out.

Recycled builders' waste on fire at Pialligo

Crews from ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service at the scene of the fire.

John Thistleton   A fire in builders waste at Pialligo could take days to extinguish.

Three premises burgled early on Sunday

Police investigated an attack by dogs on two women.

Three aggravated burglaries occurred across Canberra in the early hours of Sunday morning in the suburbs of Wanniassa, Mitchell and Mawson.

A bite-sized approach to tackling domestic violence

Brooke Morris, front, in her family cafe, Little
Billy's Cafe at Weston Creek, which has raised $7000 for the
Tara Costigan Foundation. Other cafe staff, from left, are Rebecca Morris, Bill Lyras,
Karen Morris and Katelyn Cross-Hicks.

Georgina Connery   Community gives material support to foundation supporting victims of domestic violence.

Call to legalise Segways to cut down road congestion

Seg Glide Ride owner Di Orr has called for segways to be legalised for private users.

Matthew Raggatt   The ACT government may look at extending Segway use on public land as part of a review into the success of the popular lakeside tours. 

Iftar feasts in Canberra break Ramadan fast

Sumbal Suleman with 5-month-old son Omar Suleman and Tehmina Mohsin with 3-year-old daughter Hareem Soroya.

Georgina Connery   It was a full spread of international cuisine after sunset at the Spence Mosque when Canberra's Islamic community came together to break their Ramadan fast.

Bald is beautiful - but hair is nice too

Gabriela Izurieta.

Megan Doherty 10:30 PM   Spence teenager Gabriela Izurieta has never let her loss of hair affect her passion for dance.

Prestige cars lead sales growth as hotspots revealed

Two Canberra suburbs have split the title as home of the city's most BMWs.

Matthew Raggatt   Two suburbs in Canberra top the list for BMW ownership - one on the northside, one south.