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Cyanide threat hangs over Araluen Valley

John Thistleton 9:53 PM   Cyanide could spill into Araluen Valley according to landholders, but the gold miner proposing its use denies this.

Larry Sitsky wins music award

Professor Larry Sitsky, composer, pianist, music educator at ANU is someone who looks forward rather than backward.

Ron Cerabona 8:44 PM   The Canberra composer, performer and educator has been honoured for his life in music.

Spending habits of top public servants 'flying under the radar'

The review will look at the entitlements of about 215 public officials whose salaries and allowances are subject to Remuneration Tribunal determinations.

Noel Towell 8:39 PM   The spending habits of top public servants are 'flying under the radar'.

Government wants tribunal finding against discriminatory medical intern policy quashed

A government application to the Supreme Court to overturn a finding of racial discrimination in the government's medical intern policy was filed on Tuesday.

Christopher Knaus and Noel Towell 8:39 PM   ACT government ups the ante in legal battle after policy found to racially discriminate against foreign-trained doctors.

Michael Koundouris caught up in a third dispute with apartment owners

Canberra developer Michael Koundouris is fighting on three fronts after complaints from residents about problems in apartment buildings.

Kirsten Lawson 8:25 PM   Residents of the Aureus apartments in Canberra Avenue near Manuka are seeking a rectification order against Michael Koundouris, in the third dispute involving the prominent Canberra developer in recent weeks.

Sound installation adds new dimension to James Turrell's Skyspace at National Gallery of Australia

Robert Curgenven's new sound project Climata, recorded entirely in James Turrell's Skyspaces around the world, will have a public preview in the National Gallery of Australia's Skyspace from August 5-7.

Clare Colley 8:24 PM   Robert Curgenven's sound installation Climata will add another dimension to James Turrell's Skyspace at the National Gallery of Australia.

Be a heart and take up the Heart Foundation challenge

Kristen Henry, from Mix 106.3, will take part in the Heart Foundation's Canberra Celebrity Heart Challenge.

Karen Hardy 8:23 PM   There's some pretty stiff competition lining up alongside me for this year's Canberra Celebrity Heart Challenge.

Former AFP agent spent hours on restricted police system to stalking ex-girlfriend

Roman Eiginson worked with the AFP's counter-terrorism area and, most recently, the treasury section.

Michael Inman 8:20 PM   A former Soviet soldier used restricted federal police databases in a campaign of harassment against his ex-girlfriend and her new partner, a court has heard.

Pooch owners dream of a stage for dogs, mice and men

 Marcella Zankin's dog Muka auditioned at the Canberra Theatre.


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Henry Belot 8:18 PM   Dogs and excitable pups were taken to Canberra Theatre on Monday afternoon for a shot at stardom on the stage.

Tax Office workers to be offered 1.5 per cent pay rise

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Noel Towell 8:16 PM   Unions gearing up for a fight over offer before it has been made.

Bishop allegations 'no different' from Slipper's: Lawyer

Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper leaves court after being sentenced to 300 hours community service last year. He was later cleared on appeal.

Christopher Knaus 7:51 PM   Peter Slipper's lawyer says his client was denied the opportunity to deal with expenses claims internally.

Canberra gets LEGO-fied

Seriously. A lot of Lego.

Lin Yin 6:39 PM   Sometimes, 100,000 Lego pieces just aren't enough.

Knight blames prison riots for submissions delay

Julian Knight arrives at court in 2004.

Michael Inman 6:26 PM   Court hears pornographic video on a jailhouse computer and prison riots hobbled a Victoria mass killer's bid for compensation.

AGs dept 'ducking for cover' over Sydney siege letter, says PM&C

Man Haron Monis asked Senator Brandis whether it was lawful to write to the leader of Islamic State.

Noel Towell 6:22 PM   We were running around like headless chooks, department's boss admits.

Cult crocodile stars in PNG exhibition

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Ron Cerabona 4:38 PM   The biggest item in the National Gallery of Australia's new exhibition is a 6.3 metre long cult crocodile never before seen in Australia.

Canberra property values rise

Canberra recorded 2.3 per cent growth in the past quarter – the third biggest increase behind Sydney and Melbourne.

Emma Kelly 4:14 PM   Residential property values in Canberra rose more than most capital cities in the year to July, with the exception of Sydney and Melbourne.

Canberra set to shiver through subzero starts

Frost outside Parliament House in Canberra.

Emma Kelly 3:56 PM   Brace yourselves: frosty, sub-zero mornings are coming.

Suspicious package outside Immigration

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3:09 PM   Emergency services have investigated a suspicious package outside the Immigration Department in Belconnen.

Suspicious substance found in mail

An ACT Fire & Rescue member hands over a suspicious powder found inside the Fyshwick Mail Centre to police.

1:04 PM   More than 100 people have been quarantined after an unknown substance was found in a package at at the Fyshwick Mail Centre.

Theatre review

A classic thriller in need of a little more tension

Pat Gallagher and Kate Blackhurst have lead roles as Inspector Rough and Bella Manningham in the classic thriller, Gaslight.

Peter Wilkins 12:49 PM   This production of the Patrick Hamilton classic has some strong performances and high production values, but needs more pace and tension.

Conder childcare centre vindicated by inquiry after sleeping pill incident

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Courtney Durran and Arizona (4) at the park near their home in Weston Creek. Durran removed her daughter from the Conder Early Childhood Centre after having issues with care at the centre. 
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Emma Macdonald 7:45 PM   The national operator of Conder Early Childhood Centre says it has been cleared of wrongdoing over a sleeping tablets incident, but the Education Directorate says it has yet to finish its investigations.

Spike in people seeking help with homelessness in Canberra

A homeless person in Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson 9:45 AM   Numbers sleeping rough remain low, but homeless services stretched

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Canberra biz on DJ's hangers

Jason Dundas - from TV personality to "active wear" businessman.

Phillip Thomson 10:13 PM   How a hot TV personality and a Canberra entrepreneur took over David Jones hangers.

'Protein powder' claim required evidence in drug driving case, court rules

A driver who claimed his protein powder had THC should have been required to provide evidence to back up his claim, a court has ruled.

Christopher Knaus   A Canberra driver blamed his protein powder after failing a drug driving test.

Call for dedicated magistrate at family violence court

Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson has called for a dedicated magistrate to sit on a more specialised Family Violence Court.

Christopher Knaus   Opposition calls for dedicated magistrate to sit on more specialised family violence court.

Lower speed limits could be imposed around high-risk schools

The ACT Government is looking at a number of measures to reduce speeds around high-risk schools.

Kirsten Lawson   The ACT Government is considering reducing speed limits in high-risk school zones to 30km/h, pointing to ongoing problems with drivers speeding near schools.

Teenagers are drinking more than adults, national study

Alcohol consumption is on the increase.

Henry Belot   Australians are drinking more alcohol than they were 15 years ago with teenagers drinking significantly more, according to a new study.

Expert report for Unions ACT backs light rail job numbers

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy   Expert report for Unions ACT backs light rail job numbers 

Michael Caton in Canberra to promote 'prescient' film exploring racism, euthanasia

Michael Caton was at the Dendy Cinemas in Civic for the premiere of 'Last Cab To Darwin' on Sunday.

Christopher Knaus   Director of Last Cab To Darwin says film will change views on treatment of Adam Goodes.