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Education and care workers' passion awarded

9:30 PM   Some of Canberra's most passionate childcare, early learning and after school care workers have been recognised for their contributions to education and care in the ACT.

Ice-smoking driver allegedly wiped snot on police car seats

Hard drug: Methamphetamine, or ice.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A 39-year-old man who admitted to smoking ice before driving his car is alleged to have wiped snot on the seat of a police car before making pig noises and saying “I’m speaking you language”.

Renewed push for HIV awareness

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Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   A rise in HIV infections among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially women and drug users, is behind a renewed push to raise awareness of the incurable disease. 

Canberra junior cricketers pay tribute to Phillip Hughes

Coach Tony Allen gives his Eastlake U10s black armbands and some time to reflect on the life of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

Emma Kelly and Lee Gaskin 11:45 PM   Canberra's junior cricketers have returned to the pitch to celebrate the life of Phillip Hughes who for so many helped inspire their love of the game.

Canberra University professor arrested at coal mine protest

Civil disobedience: Professor Colin Butler was arrested at the Gunnedah coal-processing plant on Wednesday.

Scherry Bloul 11:30 PM   A Canberra University professor has become the second Canberra academic to be arrested protesting against expansion of coal mining in Australia.

David Eastman to be retried for murder

Historical case: David Eastman's arrest at his home.

Jack Waterford 11:30 PM   The announcement comes six months after an independent review of Eastman's 1995 conviction found he had been denied a fair trial and a fair chance of acquittal.

Murderer sentenced to 12 months for prison guard bashing

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Christopher Knaus 7:33 PM   A violent murderer has been sentenced to 12 months jail for the unprovoked bashing of a prison guard last year.

DHS says more bosses will ease its woes

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Human Services boss to increase numbers of mandarins in the already large department.

Plane crash near Lake Jindabyne

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4:23 PM   No one injured after plane crashes shortly after taking off at Kalkite.

Bolts to be checked by company in Catanzariti construction-death case

Workplace death: The Catanzariti family. Barney, Ben and Kay. Ben died in a construction accident in Kingston in 2012.

Christopher Knaus 7:02 PM   A company accused of poor maintenance says US-supplied bolts may offer an alternative theory.

Man charged with cheating a casino by trick

Gambling revenue in Macau has plunged 23 per cent in October.

Henry Belot 7:01 PM   A 34-year-old man has been charged with two counts of cheating a casino by trick and two other counts of cheating.

Katy Gallagher indicates support for publicly funded home birth system

Home birth.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has called for more funding and midwifery support to allow more ACT women to have properly supervised home births. 

Claims Goulburn police academy recruits unprepared to use firearms

Teachers at the Police Academy say recruits are being left dangerously unprepared for crime-fighting duties.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Lives are being put at risk on NSW streets because of a dumbing-down of teaching programs at the state's Police Academy, according to insiders at the training college.

Driving Miss Maisie

2-week-old Maisie was born on the side of Gunghalin Drive

Natasha Boddy 6:29 PM   Little Maisie Bowyer couldn't wait any longer to make her debut in the world, so her parents delivered her on the side of the road.

ACT Chief Minister reiterates her determination to demolish every Mr Fluffy house

Ms Gallagher told an Assembly inquiry into the Fluffy buyback that she had received "very clear legal advice" that properties could be acquired compulsorily.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has restated her determination to demolish every Mr Fluffy home, and warned homeowners that if they don't take up the offer by June next year they could face compulsory acquisition.

Googong and Tralee the winners from Fluffy buyback, says real Estate Institute

Brianna Heseltine, Founder and spokesperson of the Fluffy
Owners and Residents' Action Group, appears at the hearing.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The new NSW suburbs of Googong and Tralee will be the winners from the Mr Fluffy buyback, the head of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT, Ron Bell, has warned, with little land available in the ACT.

Students treated after spill in school science laboratory

Paramedics treat students and teachers after an explosion between sugar and sulphuric acid in a year 9 class at Burgman Anglican School in Gungahlin.

Primrose Riordan 4:35 PM   Firefighters and intensive care paramedics took thirteen students to hospital after a sulphuric acid explosion.

Motorcyclist sustains spinal injuries in Charnwood crash

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4:32 PM   A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital with spinal injuries after crashing into a tree in Charnwood.

Lake Burley Griffin to give young trees a chance this summer

Life savers: Tankers capable of carrying 10,000 litres will water trees once a month until April.

Henry Belot 2:29 PM   Tankers will draw lake water to give saplings a reviving drink this summer.

Meet the parents - and the wife

Traditional: Aastha Mahajan's hands marked with henna

David Ellery 11:45 PM   Gaylord Focker had it easy. All he had to do was meet the parents. When Himanshu Jindal drove to Canberra to meet his future in-laws, he was also en route to meet the girl who would soon agree to be his bride for the very first time.

Julie Bishop's challenge to public servants

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop talks about the "Close up" exhibition.

Phillip Thomson 1:04 PM   "We do not accept that the old ways of delivering aid should remain": Foreign Minister sends message to bureaucracy.

Stolen credit card used in Duffy and Curtin

A still from CCTV footage showing a man believed to have used a stolen credit card.

12:30 PM   Police are looking for a man who used a stolen credit card at several Duffy and Curtin shops in October.

Controlled burn at Cook, Chisholm and Chapman

Controlled burns at Amber Ridge, Gordon on Thurdsday.

11:14 AM   Three controlled burns will take place across the Capital on Friday.

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New lead on Weston café arson attack

Kambah couple Mark and Melissa Dunphy with daughter Olivia, 5, inside their Weston Creek cafe.

8:50 AM   Police have identified a car which they believe may have been used in a senseless arson attack at a Weston cafe in March.

Police investigate indecent assault in Batemans Bay

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an alleged indecent assault in a public toilet at a park on Clyde Street in Batemans Bay on Thursday afternoon.

Cap on party donations removed

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Kirsten Lawson   A proposed move by the Gallagher Government would pay candidates more for votes received.

ACT growth worst since Howard bloodbath

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Phillip Thomson   Canberra'™s GDP growth is the lowest it has been since 1996.

Music program to receive funding from the ACT government

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Music program to receive funding from the ACT government.

Mr Fluffy impact statement tabled in Federal Parliament

$50 million would be spent on audits and removing asbestos that poses an immediate risk to students and teachers.

Emma Macdonald   Tears flowed in Federal Parliament on Thursday as owners of Mr Fluffy homes throughout the ACT witnessed their stories of personal tragedy being committed to Australia's political and historic record.