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Mr Fluffy home goes up in flames

Katie Burgess 9:13 AM   The case of a fire which tore through a Mr Fluffy house last night has been referred to police.

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Emergency department staff working overtime to meet demand, prompting recruitment drive

Canberra Hospital emergency department  staff are working overtime as they await new recruits.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Staff at Canberra Hospital's emergency department have been working overtime to treat an increasing number of patients, prompting management to launch a recruitment drive.

Metered response to new parking fees

Veronica Trow, 21 of Curtin said every extra dollar paid in parking adds up.

Katie Burgess 10:13 PM   As foodies and families lined up at the meter on Tuesday night, reactions to the new evening parking charges were mixed.

Blossoms putting a spring in their steps

Maureen and Phil Adam, of Curtin, are enjoying spring and its cherry blossoms.

Katie Burgess and Megan Gorrey 10:09 PM   Canberra's wettest winter in a decade has made for a spectacular start to spring.

Union polling shows Labor vote 'soft' as light rail causes rethink

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

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 9:50 PM   The union movement believes the Liberals are "winning the referendum" on light rail.

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Mum and kids hit the books after Smith Family leg-up

anayah Howe of Ngunnawal with her children who attend Ngunnawal Primary School from left, Demitrio aged 8 and Tyson aged 6.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   As a foster child growing up in Goulburn, Tanayah Howe tries not to remember her unhappy and disrupted school days. Now she is determined her sons will have a much better education.

Shrine sought to honour Diggers' families

Major-General Stephen Day.

Michael Inman 9:45 PM   Returned servicemen are well recognised for their wartime efforts but their families have been rather overlooked, says Major-General Stephen Day. And he wants to see this rectified.

Shane Rattenbury questions gas fire subsidies

Crichton Fireside Shop. Pictured - Cannon Canterbury Freestanding Gas Heater. 130603RG16 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

8:51 PM   Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury has questioned increases in government subsidies for Canberrans switching from wood fires to gas heating, breaking ranks with Labor cabinet colleagues.

Overhaul for management of National Arboretum after board disbanded in February

John Mackay at the arboretum, former chairman of the board: Wants an arm's length board in its place.

Kirsten Lawson 8:01 PM   'I'm going to be involved in the arboretum till the day I die whether they want me to or not'

Tuggeranong 'losing its soul' while Gungahlin prospers

Emmy Yager of Isabella Plains with her daughter Phoebe at Lake Tuggeranong.

Clare Sibthorpe and Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   Canberra is witnessing the death of its original "nappy valley" as mums and dads pack up their strollers to abandon Tuggeranong, but Gungahlin's population is soaring.

Civic shop owners feel left out of city revamps

Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell at City Walk in Civic.

Alexandra Back, Katie Burgess 7:44 PM   Urban renewal on multiple fronts throughout Canberra has been at the expense of the older parts of Civic.

Make changes to double jeopardy laws retrospective, says commissioner

ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey says proposed law changes defeat the original purpose for reform of double jeopardy.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The ACT Government's conservative approach to double jeopardy laws has rendered the reforms meaningless, says ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey.

GP patient databases in poor health

Databases at GP clinics across Australia often lack health data on weight, height, body mass index and risk factors.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Dr Paresh Dawda has been awarded a research grant to develop a pilot project for better patient data retention.

Recommended cut to penalty rates unfair, says hospitality worker

Steve Mitchell says his son Joseph's time is as valuable as anyone else's.

Katie Burgess 11:30 PM   Joseph Mitchell, who works weekends in hospitality to finance his university studies, says his time is as valuable as anyone else's, including his paramedic father's.

Rumours CFMEU organiser on the take circulated a year ago

Dyson Heydon arrives at the royal commission.

David Ellery 5:52 PM   Rumours a CFMEU organiser was on the take were circulating in Canberra almost a year ago union royal commission told.

Gymnast drowns while rock fishing, local community mourns

Zou Li Min, who drowned after being swept off rocks at South Durras on Sunday.

Christopher Knaus 5:22 PM   Tributes flow for world-class gymnast who was swept off rocks on NSW South Coast on Sunday.

Archaeologist blows own Bronze Age horn

Billy O Foghlu with an instrument he made while at Kakadu National Park, replicated from a buffalo horn.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   ┬áDetective work by Billy O Foghlu, an archaeologist studying at the Australian National University's College of Asia Pacific, has brought an Iron Age horn back to life.

Today in history

Running free.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   The Gundagai Times September 2, 1930

Ammunition, mask and $100,000 worth of drugs

Goulburn highway patrol officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia, including a commercial quantity of MDMA during a traffic stop on the Hume Highway on Monday night.

Katie Burgess 4:04 PM   Police find estimated $100,000 worth of drugs in car during a traffic stop on Hume Highway.

Hospital's coffee and tea under lock and key

Coffee and tea supplies at the Canberra Hospital will be kept locked due to budget restrictions and theft

Henry Belot 4:01 PM   Workers at Canberra Hospital have been told their coffee and tea supplies will be kept under lock and key due to budget restrictions and theft.

Flops at the top: what public servants really think of their bosses

There's plenty of positive thinking in the top ranks of the APSC.

Noel Towell 3:14 PM   Canberra mandarins quite pleased with themselves, survey finds. Rank-and-file not so sure.

Civic building evacuated

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Phillip Thomson 2:18 PM   London Circuit building cleared out by emergency workers.

'Stop daddy, stop': man who beat partner in front of daughter loses appeal

domestic violence

Christopher Knaus 12:26 PM   Little girl watched as father stuck his fingers up her mother's nose, wrenched her head back, and struck her repeatedly.

Siege-accused sent for mental health check

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Michael Inman 11:15 AM   Canberra man allegedly set fire to a southside unit during a standoff with police on Monday.

ACT Policing sends Constable Kenny out on a limb

Constable Kenny is getting his own tree.

David Ellery 10:19 AM   Let's hope ACT policing doesn't kill (Constable) Kenny with the wrong choice of tree.

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More Canberrans going than coming

Canberra experienced a net loss of 1244 residents in the 2013-14 year with 18,722 people leaving the territory.

Emma Kelly   Canberrans might be leaving Tuggeranong and flocking to Gungahlin but more still are leaving the capital altogether.

Gang Gang: Kensington mystery an abortion tragedy

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David Ellery   Sydney's tragic "Kensington Mystery" exposed the dark side of banning abortions in 1910.

Suburb by surburb: when the Mr Fluffy homes will come down

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Emma Macdonald   The ACT Government has released its demolition schedule for Mr Fluffy homes over the next three years.