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Katy Gallagher sets date for departure

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Tom McIlroy 7:34 PM   Katy Gallagher prepares to move to the Senate.

Canberra's Grey advertising shuts its doors

Shutting shop: Grey Group Canberra general manager Tony Mansfield blamed a small, declining market for the decision to close.

Emma Kelly 7:00 PM   A changing market means advertising agency Grey Group Canberra is moving on after about 40 years.

Government funding boost to help charities for Christmas

Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell at City Walk in Civic.

David Winter 6:08 PM   A trio of Canberra charities have blamed the struggling ACT economy for an increase in demand for their services this Christmas, which has prompted a one-off government funding boost.

Stanhope new ACT Legal Aid chief

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Michael Inman 5:55 PM   Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has been appointed president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission.

Missing man Stuart Heddle found dead

Stuart Heddle had been missing since Saturday.

Emma Kelly 5:19 PM   Police found the dead body of missing man Stuart Heddle on Thursday, after he went missing on Saturday.

ACT judge reserves decision in Slipper appeal

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Michael Inman 12:58 PM   Commonwealth prosecutor says Peter Slipper’s fraud conviction should stand because he broke the law.

Strangers join the search for missing Canberra man Stuart Heddle

A family photograph of Stuart and Jenny Heddle and their two children Jordan, 15, and Aidan 12, taken 2 years ago.

Henry Belot 12:32 PM   Friends of Stuart Heddle are coordinating a poster campaign to help locate the man who has been missing since Saturday.

Kate Lundy already has her job sorted after leaving politics

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Henry Belot 11:51 AM   Outgoing ACT Senator Kate Lundy already knows which road she's taking when she leaves politics.

Pedestrian injured in Wanniassa crash

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11:48 AM   A pedestrian has been injured after being hit by a vehicle in a driveway on Thursday.

Man who molested disabled girl sentenced to nine years in jail

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Michael Inman 11:32 AM   Man's selfish bid to corrupt a disabled child involved buying the young girl a vibrator, showing her pornography and molesting her.

'It will be totally blocked in peak hour'

The plan: An artist's impression of the proposed upgrade of Constitution Avenue, which will have new street trees.

Tom McIlroy 11:16 AM   Residents call on ACT Government to rethink plans for a one-way extension of city street.

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It's OK David, spending billions is hard

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Phillip Thomson 10:48 AM   Does DFAT want to build the cone of silence? BMWs or Holdens? Public servants could tell the Defence Minister how tough tenders are.

NSW inquiry calls for ACT-style buyback and demolition of Fluffy houses

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson 10:15 AM   A NSW inquiry has called for an ACT-style mass buyback and demolition of Mr Fluffy asbestos-contaminated homes in NSW, declaring them "ultimately uninhabitable".

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Man charged with spitting on driver in road rage attack

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9:22 AM   Police will oppose bail for a 21 year old man charged after he allegedly verbally abused and spat on another driver who drove into the back of his car in Tuggeranong on Monday.

2Cellos play exciting string takes on rock hits

YouTube sensation: Luka Sulic, left, and Stjepan Hauser are 2Cellos.

Kate Kingsmill 8:00 PM   A version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal by Croation cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic is a YouTube sensation.

NSW inquiry says demolish Mr Fluffy homes

NSW Mr Fluffy inquiry chairman Fred Nile said the issue warranted the immediate attention of the NSW government.

Emma Macdonald 2:01 AM   The NSW Inquiry into Mr Fluffy has called for a demolition and buy-back scheme across the state, following the ACT's lead.

Public service FOI runaround exposed

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Markus Mannheim 10:47 PM   Report finds the Department of Human Service's FOI staff became secretive and obsessed with process.

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Police officer given suspended jail sentence for looking at child porn

In the balance: The scales of justice

Michael Inman   A decorated ACT police officer has avoided jail after he accessed child porn online.

Second opinion that changed a life

Career: Dr Jessica King is the first Aboriginal graduate of the ANU Medical School.

David Winter   In her career as a doctor Jessica King will be called on to provide a second opinion at some stage - and she'll understand why

New end-of-life initiative to help doctors give families what they want

Clinical nurse consultant Sue Quayle support project officer cancer ambulatory and community with the information DVD "What should health care professionals CONSIDER when planning your end-of-life care? at the Canberra Hospital.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   A new initiative is helping doctors to understand what is important to patients and their families at the end of their life.

Treasured objects tell stories of extraordinary Australians

Rosie Batty at the Australian of the Year awards exhibition.

David Winter 11:30 PM   A doll given to a six-year-old to comfort her after her mother's death and a briefcase carried by a woman when a bomb exploded in her train carriage in London nine years ago are among treasured objects of some extraordinary Australians.

Special focus needed for LGBTI and HIV-positive in aged care: report

Community: A significant concern identified by participants was an ongoing fear of discrimination by aged care organisations, staff and residents.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The report says LGBTI aged care residents in the ACT face social isolation, concerns of disclosure of their sexual orientation and other unique needs.

Belconnen lolly shop burglar 'heartbroken' over crime, court hears

Evidence: Jeremy William Schwalm pleaded guilty to several charges of burglary and theft in the ACT Magistrates Court.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   A man who broke into a Belconnen lolly shop where his sister worked told a court he was heartbroken over the pain he'd caused his family.

Search for missing Canberra man Stuart Heddle intensifies

Jenny Heddle, the wife of missing Chisholm man, Stuart Heddle.

Henry Belot   Stuart Heddle's wife has appealed to the public for help in finding him, four days after he disappeared.

Peter Slipper's appeal against his fraud conviction under way

Reports: Peter Slipper's legal team had sought to put further evidence before the court.

Michael Inman   A judge has indicated he will not accept fresh evidence in Peter Slipper’s bid to overturn a conviction for defrauding the Commonwealth.

ATO scratchies scheme hits snag in sickies fight

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Scheme discriminates against public servants who don't show up, says union.

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Gang-gang: The last Christmas party

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Before the last ever Christmas party at the ABC, demolition workmen had surrounded the complex with temporary fencing.

Canberra children touch Pakistan's High Commissioner's heart

Pakistan High Commissioner to Australia, Naela Chohan.

Henry Belot   Pakistan’s High Commissioner was moved to tears by a tribute from local children after the murder of more than 130 children in Peshawar.

Canberra women have higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer

Member for Stretton Freya Ostapovitch believes there's a link between breast cancer and abortion.

Natasha Boddy 1:00 AM   The ACT had the country's highest incidence rate for breast cancer in women between 2005 and 2009, a new report reveals.