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9:28 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Closures during the Easter long weekend

Easter eggs.

Georgina Connery 9:09 AM   Find out the services across the Canberra that are closed during the Easter break.

Canberra Easter Church Services 2015

Church services

David Ellery 8:37 AM   Church services for Easter

Warnings over the impact of sweeping Defence department job cuts

ACT Senator Zed Seselja.

Phillip Thomson and Georgina Connery 8:32 AM   Government backbencher says promise to boost Defence budget "will need significant public sector workforce".

Finding a home has been a long journey

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Kirsten Lawson 11:42 PM   A permanent home for the 26-year-old Floriade festival has not been easy, or without controversy.

Floriade may flourish further afield in city parks


Kirsten Lawson 11:41 PM   Floriade may be spreading its petals away from Commonwealth Park.

Joy Burch bypassed departmental advice to pass $50 note laws

Minister Joy Burch.

Ben Westcott 11:38 PM   Freedom of information documents show Gaming Minister Joy Burch bypassed departmental advice in her decision to allow $50 notes in poker machines.

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ACT government to strengthen domestic violence laws

Attorney General Simon Corbell.

Megan Gorrey 11:38 PM   The ACT government will strengthen laws to make it easier to prosecute domestic violence offenders.

How Canberra churches will celebrate Easter


David Ellery 10:32 PM   Reverend David Campbell, the minister of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, hopes Canberrans will turn out in force for the inaugural ecumenical Easter service to be held at Parliament House on Sunday.

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Quick Fix at CCAS Manuka.

10:26 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Police target dangerous drivers on ACT, NSW roads over Easter long weekend

A NSW Police officer checks speed during the launch of Operation Crossroads last year.

Megan Gorrey 10:05 PM   Double demerit points await speedsters or those commiting seatbelt offences, with an extra point for other traffic offences, during this Easter weekend.

Bakers and fishmongers gear up for Easter weekend rush

Flute Bakery apprentice pastry chef Elsie Savvoudiou prepares hot cross buns.

Megan Gorrey 10:03 PM   Preparations have been under way for about a month in anticipation of one of the year's busiest trading days.

Kitten explosion adds to roaming cat problems

Vets say cats should be contained.

John Thistleton and Clare Colley 9:49 PM   A volunteer carer and fundraiser for cats believes more should be done to desex them before broadening the ACT's cat containment across all suburbs.

Shafaq's tale: from illegal refugee to Canberra businessman

Hashmat Shafaq was a woodworker in Afghanistan before he came to Australia in 1999.

David Ellery 9:15 PM   Hashmat Shafaq fled the brutal Taliban regime and used his ability to craft wood to set up a new life for his family.

Former CIT staff member says training failures could pose safety risk

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30th. 2014 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Tom McIlroy 9:06 PM   In November the Legislative Assembly moved to establish a new independent governing board for CIT, replacing an advisory council. 

Priest's alleged abuse victim stayed silent for mother's sake, court told

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Henry Belot 9:04 PM   The lawyer for a former Catholic priest accused of sexually molesting a young child has urged a jury to find him not guilty, describing the alleged victim’s evidence as unreliable.

Accused ANU rapist had 'normal' fling with alleged victim: defence

Lewis Todd Meegan, 23, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of sexual intercourse without consent. He has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Inman 8:40 PM   A man accused of raping a woman in his room has denied the charge.

Accused killer had victim's blood on hands

The Mugga Way home where Terrence Freebody was allegedly murdered.

Michael Inman 8:36 PM   The blood of a murder victim was found on the hands and clothes of his alleged killer, a court has heard.

A woman in a man's world

 Group Captain Cate McGregor.

Emma Macdonald 8:05 PM   From the "bloke's bloke" into a far more diminutive and graceful blonde, Cate McGregor has learned about being "manterrupted", ignored and sidelined. Emma Macdonald reports.

Health Minister to meet with striking doctors

Canberra hospital staff who are likely to strike from Monday, (L-R) Peter Velloza (retrieval specialist), Will Matthiesson (anesthetist), Mark Oliver (intensivist), Jamie Cristie (emergency specialist), Bronwyn Avard (Intensive care director), Dilip Nithyanandam (anesthetist), Marta Kot (intensive care specialist), Heman Tse (anesthetist), Stuart Stapleton (Calvary emergency director), and Lanie Stephens (anesthetist) outside Canberra Hospital in Woden. 
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Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times.

Tom McIlroy 8:04 PM   Simon Corbell has agreed to meet with senior doctors taking industrial action over their pay and conditions. 

Hand-coloured photos were once subversive, now beautiful, as seen in new exhibition

Colour My World is a new exhition at the National Gallery of Australia. Senior Curator of Photography Shaune Lakin.

Sally Pryor 7:56 PM   For the first half of the 20th century, hand-colouring photographs was common practice, to enhance and individualise black-and-white images.

Gang-gang. Where Dailies Dare


Ian Warden 7:51 PM   All the news that's fit to fly.

Three teens arrested over Belconnen thefts


7:21 PM   Teens allegedly used a stolen credit card to buy sporting equipment and DVDs in a "shopping spree".

Heritage Festival officially launched

Elizabeth Burness.

7:09 PM   The Anzac centenary and how Canberra and surrounding regions responded to World War I are set to take centre stage at this year's Heritage Festival which kicks off next week. 

Another 1650 public servant jobs to be cut

"Necessary change":  Defence Department secretary Dennis Richardson says more jobs will go.

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Government to crack down on "cradle to the grave" workforce at department.

Corrective Services staff to vote on needle exchange program

Back pay and a new agreement for prison officers were being delayed by the debate over a needle and syringe exchange program inside the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Clare Colley 6:34 PM   The ACT government will shelve controversial plans for a needle and syringe exchange program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre until it can gain support from the majority of the prison’s staff.

Girl reports attempt to take toilet cubicle photo Queanbeyan

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Megan Gorrey 6:03 PM   Police will investigate after a girl reported seeing a hand reach under a public toilet cubicle and take a photo of her on a mobile phone in Queanbeyan.

Cyclist dies after falling from bike in Coree


Megan Gorrey 5:59 PM   A cyclist, 69, has died after he fell from his bike in Coree on Wednesday afternoon.

Police seek three men over Mooseheads assault probe

Three men police would like to speak with in relation to an assault on a woman at a Civic nightspot last month.

Megan Gorrey 5:52 PM   Police have released images of three men they would like to speak with in relation to an assault on a woman at a Civic nightspot last month. 

Canberra Long Weekender: What's on in Canberra April 3-6

The Easter Bunny at Thredbo, where there are Easter celebrations for the next week.

Jil Hogan 5:51 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.