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Cots to give Canberra parents one last cuddle with babies

News. 26th April 2015. Carmen McGlinn and her partner Martin Gee lost their baby Logan around eight years ago. Carmen with the help of others has raised money to purchase a cuddle cot for the Canberra Hospital.

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Emma Kelly 11:36 PM   A Canberra mother is helping families forced to say goodbye too soon spend a little more time with their children.

Veronica and Krishna: happy to say "I do'' again

With federal parliament moving towards a possible vote on same-sex marriage, Hackett couple Veronica Wensing and Krishna Sadhana are excited but wary.

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   Hackett couple Veronica Wensing and Krishna Sadhana are excited but wary as same-sex marriage laws appear to be a step closer.

Public service boss sorry for rats, bog roll affair

A screengrab showing a rodent icon, which was replaced by a toilet paper icon.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM    DHS boss says sorry to public servants depicted as rodents, toilet paper.

Canberra Times photographer Rohan Thomson finalist in young Walkleys

Canberra morticians Michelle Keevers and Josh Wallace.

Emma Kelly 9:13 PM   CT photographer selected as finalist in the Walkey Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards for third time.

Advocates call for better responses to homelessness in Canberra

Social agencies are calling for better responses to homelessness in Canberra

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Canberra's leading social service agencies have challenged Andrew Barr to act on homelessness.

WorkSafe Commissioner gains new powers to combat Mr Fluffy

ACT work safety commissioner Mark McCabe has assumed the powers to cancel the licences of any asbestos contractor who breaches safety conditions.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Two new inspectors will work with another five to monitor the ACT's demolition scheme as it rolls out from next week.

Child Support Agency writes to dad - 37 times in one day

Family law groups describe the volume of letters coming from the CSA as 'staggering'.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Dads struggling to cope with the "deluge" of letters from a system that can't stop once it starts.

Demolition of Mr Fluffy homes to begin

Head of the Asbestos Response Taskforce Andrew Kefford has confirmed the removal of  more than 100 asbestos contaminated homes will begin next week.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Five homes are poised for demolition from next week because of the Mr Fluffy scandal.

Canberra Southern Cross Club audit a warning to venues: Clubs ACT

Canberra Southern Cross Club

Megan Gorrey 11:45 PM   Clubs ACT said a forced audit of a Canberra club's finances over claims it hadn't done enough to fend off organised crime was a stark reminder that venues needed to keep up-to-date with gambling laws.

Gang-gang. Eurovision's Fowl Fans

Norwegian hero Fridtjof Nansen.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   It should come as no surprise to find that Canberra's birds took a keen interest in Eurovision.

A journey of respect for Canberra veteran

Jack Olsson is the oldest veteran to travel to Borneo next week for the 70th anniversary of the WWII OBOE campaigns.

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   At the age of 96, Canberra veteran Jack Olsson is preparing for a journey of respect.

Katy Gallagher grills Jane Halton over Immigration move

ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher has grilled the Finance Department.

Primrose Riordan 11:45 PM   Senator Katy Gallagher demands an end to uncertainty over department's future.

Woman found with guns, ammo, drugs

The woman entered guilty pleas for four charges.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Canberra woman found in possession of shotgun, air rifle, drugs pleads guilty.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Keep Your Sunny Side Up

Optimistic wartime woman poster

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Mrs Gummidge.

Blogger Margaret Zhang bringing her Instagram tricks to Canberra with a special workshop

Margaret Zhang is running an Instagram workshop at Canberra Centre in June.

Jil Hogan 4:54 PM   At only 21 years old, Margaret Zhang has gathered an impressive number of accomplishments under her belt. She's a law and commerce student, a fashion blogger, a stylist, a photographer, writer and general fashion superstar with her fingers in many pies.

STAR students take to the lake to raise awareness of domestic violence

Lyneham High School students from left Chido Nyakuengama, 15, Hannah Nandan 14 and behind from left, Tilda Barrie, 15 and Laura Mobini-Kesheh, 14.

Emma Kelly 4:51 PM   A group of young women has used a school-based empowerment program to raise awareness of domestic violence among their peers and the broader Canberra community.

Supabarn squeezed for falsely labelling juice

The apple juice was advertised as "straight from a farm" and locally produced in the NSW town of Griffith "using the freshest quality apples".

Emma Kelly 4:23 PM   The label said it was "straight from a farm" and locally produced "using the freshest quality apples". The truth was far from it.

Woman trapped, seriously injured in one of five crashes on Canberra roads

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Emma Kelly 4:19 PM   A young woman was freed from her car and taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a two-car crash in Spence on Thursday morning.

CCTV camera moved before vicious prison bashing

Steven Freeman was taken to  hospital after being critically injured within hours of being remanded to the ACT prison.

Christopher Knaus 2:56 PM   CCTV camera turned away from covering cell before inmate viciously bashed, court hears.

New fund to drive ACT road safety

Shane Rattenbury said motorists will have to pay an extra 50 cents into the new fund.

Emma Kelly 1:07 PM   A fund to replace the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust will see motorists pay slightly more for vehicle registration.

Cannabis grow house accused released on bail

A cannabis grow house in Fisher, Canberra.

Christopher Knaus 12:01 PM   Canberra grow house found with more than 30 kilograms of dried cannabis, as part of a sophisticated system.

Ignore Barr and recognise Canberra on list, heritage experts urge

Former chairman of the ACT Heritage Council Duncan Marshall: National heritage listing important for Canberra and for the credibility of the list.

Kirsten Lawson 11:49 AM   Heritage experts have rejected Andrew Barr's opposition and called for Canberra to be on the National Heritage List

Armed men threatened shoppers in Woden

Two men armed with knives robbed the Hughes IGA

10:55 AM   Two men armed with large knives threatened customers and staff at a Woden supermarket on Sunday night.

Abetz defiant in the face of half-day strikes

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

Noel Towell 10:01 AM   Union is escalating its campaign, minister defiant.

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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 9:50 AM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

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

Canberra mornings.

9:49 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

Canberra public schools launch 'one-stop shop' website

 A teacher at work.

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.

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.