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Canberra public schools launch 'one-stop shop' website

 A teacher at work.

6:20 AM   The ACT government hopes a new web portal will better streamline school information to parents and carers.

Canberra Theatre Centre gets $4.1 million for upgrade

Canberra Theatre director Bruce Carmichael and chief executive Harriet Elvin are pleased with a budget allocation of $1.85 million and a $170,000 feasibility study for a potential new theatre in Canberra.

11:30 PM   The Canberra Theatre Centre will gain seating, carpet, and an upgraded foyer and backstage area over the next three years as part of $4.1 million worth of upgrades.

ACT residents say they wait too long to see medical specialists

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Clare Colley 11:30 PM   People in the ACT were the Australians most likely to have seen a medical specialist in the last 12 months, but more than a third who did felt they waited too long for an appointment, ABS data reveals.

Last days of autumn bring dynamic weather to ACT

Red mushrooms captured in the garden.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Canberrans have been warned to brace for a wild ride as the skies dish out a mixed bag of weather conditions for the rest of the week.

Ignore Barr and recognise Canberra on list, heritage experts urge

ACT Heritage Council chairman David Flannery.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Heritage experts have rejected Andrew Barr's opposition and called for Canberra to be on the National Heritage List

Appeal judges still hamstrung on non-parole periods, despite reform calls

Justice Richard Refshauge last year urged for reforms to laws restricting appeal courts from reducing non-parole periods in some cases.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   ACT laws are preventing appeal courts from reducing non-parole periods in some cases, even when they find a sentence is excessive.

New wave of refugees set sail from Immigration

There are more high-level departures on the way at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Another wave of high level departures is underway at the Immigration Department as the agency's boss reveals that yet more of his executives have been placed on "performance notice".

Storytelling time with the Brumbies

Jordan Smiler and Joshua Mann-Rea read to a crowd of children at the NLA National Simultaneous Storytime event

11:30 PM   Some children may be used to having a story read to them, but it's not every day the storyteller is someone very special.

ACT Fire and Rescue appoints new chief officer

Mark Brown will take the helm of ACT Fire and Rescue, having served as the assistant commissioner in NSW.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   ACT Fire and Rescue's chief officer A firefighter with three decades of experience at Australia's largest fire service has been appointed 

Reward for information about former Canberra man's disappearance

Stephen Jelfs.

8:06 PM   Police hope a $100,000 reward will reveal information about Stephen Jelfs' disappearance and death in the late 1970s.

ACT budget to spend $23m on bike paths

Next week's ACT budget will boost bike paths and cycle infrastructure

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Tuesday's ACT budget will include new funding for bike and walking paths, cycling infrastructure and the planned Molonglo cycle highway project. 

ACT government defends Ashley Drive price tag

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Roads Minister Mick Gentleman announcing funding for Ashley Drive duplication works

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT government has defended its plans to spend more money than expected to duplicate a smaller section of Tuggeranong's Ashley Drive. 

No Liberal challenge to Zed

Senator Zed Seselja, left and ACT Roads Minister, Mick Gentleman cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   Senator Zed Seselja will not be challenged for Liberal Party preselection for the election.

Canberra club denies money laundering, terrorism funding

The Canberra Southern Cross Club has been ordered to appoint an independent auditor to assess its compliance with anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing laws.

Clare Colley 7:50 PM   The Canberra Southern Cross Club has been accused of "systemic and serious non-compliance" with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

Canberra Weekender: Your guide to the best culture and arts

Elixir, who is performing as part of the Capital Jazz Project kicking off on Saturday.

Jil Hogan 7:43 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Half-day strikes to hit public service in June

John Lloyd had dismissed the industrial action that had taken place so far, saying it had little effect.

Noel Towell 7:40 PM   John Lloyd said 'low-level' industrial action has had little effect, now one union is escalating its campaign.

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Coroner holds inquest into hiker's disappearance

An inquest into the disappearance of Prabhdeep Srawn is under way in Cooma

Tom McIlroy 7:32 PM   More than two years after the disappearance and suspected death of Canadian bushwalker Praphdeep Srawn, a coronial inquest into his case began in Cooma on Tuesday. 

Gang Gang: On This Day May 28

A lighthouse is battered by waves during stormy weather in Newhaven on the southern coast of England.

David Ellery 9:45 PM   Plane travel beats a migrant ship any day of the week.

Police should use social media when young witnesses go missing: judge

Court case

Christopher Knaus 5:09 PM   Judge says Facebook could have been used to track down witnesses to an alleged serious drunken assault in Civic. 

ZGeek case confirms defamation law applies to all communication: expert

Gang rapist Bilal Skaf, left, in Goulburn jail.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Successful defamation action against online forum serves as reminder to new media, communications law expert says.

Vietnam: Where did that 50 years go?

It's hard to believe that it's half a century since the first  Australian combat troops set off to fight the Vietnam War.

David Ellery 4:37 PM   Vietnam: Where did that 50 years go?

Man steals elderly woman's purse at Raiders Club Gungahlin

Police are investigating a gatecrashing in Silver Sands

4:37 PM   A man has stolen an elderly woman's purse after making her feel uncomfortable at a northside club on Monday.

Gang Gang - was Jane Pascoe the oldest English emigrant

Jane Pascoe with two of her descendants circa 1900.

David Ellery 4:22 PM   Was Jane Pascoe the oldest person to migrate to NSW between 1860 and 1888?

Hermitude's Dark Night Sweet Light

Hermitude's new album, Dark Night Sweet Light.

Andrew Drever 2:02 PM   This album mines a similar template of booming future beats, tweaked synths and chopped, pitched vocals.

'Kick the teeth through the back of your head': Rebel sentenced for bike debt assault

A high-ranking Rebels member has been told to think about his association with the club while behind bars.

Christopher Knaus 12:25 PM   Rebels bikie assaulted nominee after threatening to "kick the teeth through the back of your head".

My journey from manager to scratching for change

Anne John and Ewan Dempster live with their three children in public housing in Red Hill. They  turned to the Salvation Army for help during a time of financial hardship.

Scott Hannaford 11:10 AM   Canberra family man Ewan Dempster's very normal life fell apart in a matter of months.

Fluffy scheme unfair, confused and unlikely to save lives: council

With the Fluffy demolitions to begin soon, a community council has called on the government to abandon its plan to rezone the blocks.

Kirsten Lawson 9:34 AM   Allowing Fluffy blocks to be subdivided is unfair on both owners and their neighbours, the Inner South Community Council says.

Crackdown on illegal collection of firewood across Canberra

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9:25 AM   ACT Parks and Conservation Service is urging residents to report the illegal collection of firewood from the territory's reserves as cold Canberrans begin lighting their fireplaces.

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