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Fifth judge appointed to help overburdened courts

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Megan Gorrey 3:37 PM   A long-awaited fifth judge will be appointed to the ACT Supreme Court to help ease continued pressure on the territory's overburdened court system.

Record spend on health in ACT Budget

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell.

Henry Belot 3:35 PM   The ACT Government will spend $14.8 million over the next two years to slash the territory's elective surgery waiting list while launching additional mental health services.

What's the Buzz? Superstar shines again

The production of Jesus Christ Superstar. To be performed at the AIS Arena.

Ron Cerabona 3:35 PM   Luke Kennedy and Michael Falzone take the arena spotlight in a musical masterpiece.

Big spend on public housing while new parking charges arrive

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Kirsten Lawson 3:33 PM   A $160 million public housing rebuild is a centrepiece of an ACT budget that also hits Canberrans with hikes in fees and charges, including the introduction of after-hours parking fees in the city and surrounds.

Man armed with knife robs Canberra convenience store

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3:31 PM   City store theft the latest in a spate of robberies across Canberra in less than three weeks.

Stolen car and guns found in Gilmore

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3:23 PM   Police have found a loaded gun inside a stolen car in Tuggeranong on Monday.

Barr's budget focuses on urban renewal

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ACT Cheif Minister Andrew Barr at the announcement of a new CIT campus in Tuggeranong. 

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Emma Macdonald and Meredith Clisby 3:15 PM   Andrew Barr is styling himself as the "Mayor of Canberra" unveiling an infrastructure spend firmly focussed on public housing and urban renewal in the suburbs.

Retrenched public servants help save ACT economy

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Markus Mannheim 3:01 PM   Treasurer Andrew Barr summed up the city's economic prospects as "better than last year".

First home owner's grant cut

The ACT government will scrap the increased first home owners grant.

Meredith Clisby 3:00 PM   The ACT government will scrap the increased first home owners grant, which cost $7m more than forecast last year.

ACT Budget 2015: More pay parking as fees and charges rise

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

Tom McIlroy 3:00 PM   How fees and charges in the ACT will increase.

Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Emma Macdonald 3:00 PM   Canberra's northern town centre will get a new primary school, and plans are underway for a new high school, too.

Government signals $375 million contribution to light rail

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell at the official launch of the consultation on the government's light rail urban designs.

Tom McIlroy 3:00 PM   The Barr government has signalled for the first time it intends to make a $375 million capital contribution for the light rail line to Gungahlin. 

Four drunk, drugged drivers caught per day

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Emma Kelly 12:59 PM   Police nabbed 121 drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of month-long campaign.

An extraordinary ride to Rio 2016

Katie Kelly and guide Michellie Jones celebrate the win at the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Event in Japan on May 16.

Georgina Connery 12:22 PM   Canberra "weekend warrior" Katie Kelly was classified legally blind in January. Now she's aiming for Rio 2016

Murder-accused Vosikata appears in court

Daniela D'Addario who was allegedly murdered by her partner.

Christopher Knaus 12:19 PM   Josaia Vosikata is accused of killing his girlfriend and hiding her body in the boot of her car.

Same sex marriage not the end of the world says Archbishop

Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse says that "traditional families are trying their best during very difficult times".

David Ellery 11:14 AM   The world won't end if or when Australia adopts same-sex marriage but it will change, and people need to be careful what they wish for, Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse believes.

Smouldering mattress smokes Ainslie

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

10:50 AM   A mattress was the source of black smoke coming from an Ainslie flat Tuesday morning.

Westside village an 'outstanding success': Barr

The Westside container village.

Emma Kelly 10:16 AM   Andrew Barr has defended the Westside container village, saying it wasn't designed for people over 50.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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9:58 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

Unions polling on support for light rail

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Kirsten Lawson 11:22 PM   The possibility has emerged of a union-funded campaign to support Labor's tram project, with the news that Unions ACT has been polling on support for the project.

ACT government looks to have doubled rates revenue in four years

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Rates remains one of the few unknowns in today's budget figures.

Armed robbery at Turner RUC

Water bandits: Water damage is more of a problem than theft.

8:48 PM   Three men armed with a baseball bat and a machete robbed a Canberra rugby club over the weekend.

Queanbeyan retail confidence returns

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John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Commercial property investors have shelled out more than $80 million on Queanbeyan retailing sites, showing the city has shrugged off any negative impacts from big box retailers at Majura Park.

Anti-domestic violence measures boosted by ACT budget

Anti-domestic violence measures will be boosted by Tuesday's ACT budget.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   Tuesday's ACT budget will include new funding for anti-domestic violence measures, including a boost to crisis services and education strategies in the territory.

Mistaken for a waitress: what happens when a woman owns a restaurant

Owner and head chef Sara Poguet in Chez Frederic in Braddon.

Amelia Mills 11:30 PM   Sara Poguet only opened the restaurant in January last year but is already making a name for herself. Despite confusion about who runs the place.

Beware the owl of electric power

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Amusing but sincerely-felt chants of "New rink! New rink! New rink!" rang out from me and my fellow bogans at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre on Saturday night.

Three Canberra Boys Grammar students win scholarship to Apple's coding conference

Ben Maliel, Deepan Kumar, and Christopher Seidl  Year 10 at Canberra Grammar School have been awarded a scholarship to travel to San Francisco for Apple's international coding conference.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Three year 10 students at Canberra Boys Grammar School have won scholarships to attend Apple's prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

PS union cries foul over $6.50-a-month super fees

Public servants will soon pay administration fees on the super schemes.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Public servants to be slugged administration fees on super from July 1.

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Work longer so we can sack your colleagues, public servants told

Labor frontbencher Doug Cameron accused the Employment Department's bosses of trying to "screw" their employees.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Revealed: the numbers behind the APS productivity drive.

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Snow-filled start to the ski season before a drier than usual winter

Up to 30 centimetres of snow fell at Thredbo on Monday.

Emma Kelly 4:48 PM   Snow bunnies should dust off the skis and boards earlier rather than later this year, with better snowfall expected in the first half of the season before a warmer winter threatens to dry up later falls.