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Canberra Mornings Live: Wednesday November 26

Primrose Riordan 10:06 AM   All the latest news, traffic and weather from The Canberra Times, every morning.

Mr Fluffy causes $600 million ACT budget blowout

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Kirsten Lawson 10:00 AM   The Mr Fluffy hit to the ACT government budget is bigger than anticipated, with the deficit expected to blow out by $600 million over two years.

Parliament House jobs could go in ABC budget cuts

Protesters rally against the planned cuts to the ABC in front of Parliament House.

Tom McIlroy 11:51 PM   ACT Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury said the cuts would have a detrimental impact.

Burglary and car theft numbers down in the ACT

A burglar sneaks through a doorway. Burglary figures have dropped in the ACT.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the latest burglary and car theft figures are showing that Canberra is becoming a safer city for all Canberrans.

Another public figure gets the axe in Canberra

The Christmas tree in Civic Square.

Henry Belot 11:22 PM   It seems public servants aren't the only ones facing the axe this Christmas.

Exhibition Park back with the bureaucracy

Treasurer Andrew Barr  says it is the best way forward for the venue.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The ACT Government has moved to bring the struggling Exhibition Park back under direct control of the bureaucracy.

ACT White Ribbon campaign raises record funds

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11:45 PM   Canberra's men in uniform raise more than $43,000 on White Ribbon Day to stop violence against women.

Former senior public servant to lead review into Canberra water and sewerage prices

Canberra's water and sewerage charges are under review.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   A former senior Employment Department official will lead a review into the process of setting water and sewerage prices in the ACT. 

Canberra becoming a better city for uni students

Canberra has jumped 16 places in the QS Best Student Cities 2015, ranked the 21st best city in the world.

11:30 PM   We already know Canberra is the best place in the world but the capital is shaping up to be a particularly good city for students. 

New DVD to help make cancer treatment less daunting

The DVD is expected to be useful way of communicating information to cancer patients before they start a course of radiotherapy.

8:44 PM   A DVD developed by ACT Health will be used to make information available to cancer patients at Canberra Hospital before they start a course of radiation therapy, in the hope that it will alleviate some of their anxiety.

Uniforms unveiled for the 2015 AFC Asia Cup

Chen Tang, 24, shows off his volunteer uniforms for next year's Asian Cup, and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Scherry Bloul 11:45 PM   Two hundred Canberra volunteers and 1300 nationally have been fitted out for the biggest football tournament to be held in Australia – the AFC Asia Cup which kicks off in January.

Study to map the impacts of gambling in the ACT

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Researchers at the Australian National University will conduct a survey to assess the social impacts of the gambling industry in the ACT, as the government continues to implement gaming reforms.

Corbell to introduce bill to hold judges and magistrates accountable

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A bill to establish a judicial council capable of holding judges and magistrates accountable and responding to public complaints will be introduced by Attorney-General Simon Corbell, who says such a council would be a very important reform.

Canberrans have a hard time paying their bills

The average electricity bill debt in Canberra in the last financial year was  $825, up from $800.

Scherry Bloul 11:45 PM   Households in Canberra have struggled to pay their gas and electricity bills in the past financial year.s

ACT team wins disability award

Winners: Maureen Howe, Fiona McIntosh and Megan Campbell developed a program that aims to change community attitudes towards disability.

Natasha Boddy 9:00 PM   A primary schools teaching resource that promotes inclusion of children with a disability has won a national award. 

Calvary Hospital disputes cancer blunder

Calvary Hospital facing major negligence case.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Calvary Hospital disputes that a blunder that saw a liver tumour go uninvestigated caused a mother's fatal cancer.

Cut the chat: ATO trawls for savings

No chit-chat: Australian Taxation Office.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Talk not cheap, says cash-strapped ATO.

Man rescued from car after Charnwood crash

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6:27 PM   Firefighters have used rescue tools to remove a man from a car after a collision in Charnwood.

Children suiciding in the ACT

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Emma Macdonald 5:21 PM   An analysis of the deaths of ACT children shows suicide is on the rise.

ATO hires $250k high wire spin doctor

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Phillip Thomson 3:09 PM   The ATO is cutting its staff but they each collect $10m more than tax officials in UK, New Zealand and Ireland.

Restoration of Sydney Building finally set to begin after February fire

The Sydney Building in Civic.

Lincoln Daw and Tom Heath 2:01 PM   Work is finally set to begin on the restoration of the historic Sydney Building in the city, nine months after it was badly damaged by fire.

Canberrans smoking less, but more likely to engage in risky drinking

More booze: There was a slight increase in daily drinking in the ACT between 2010 and 2013, according to data published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Tuesday.

Natasha Boddy and Dan Harrison   The percentage of people smoking daily is lowest in the ACT compared to other parts of the country, but Canberrans are more likely to drink alcohol in risky quantities.

Canberra apprentices win national training awards

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Three Canberra apprentices have topped their peers across Australia in vocational education and training.

Canberra's noise levels under review

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Emma Kelly   The ACT Government is reviewing noise restrictions in Canberra's mixed use precincts.

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A tough financial year for the RSPCA

In the red: RSPCA ACT chief executive officer Tammy Ven Dange with Jett the dog.

Scherry Bloul   RSPCA ACT lost more than $550,000 after a tough financial year.

How Canberra is affected by ABC job cuts

Dark clouds over the ABC building

Primrose Riordan and Tom McIlroy   The local ACT edition of 7.30 will be axed as 400 staff across the broadcaster are expected to lose their jobs.

Do VIPs receive red carpet treatment at Canberra's emergency department?

Clinical director of the emergency Ddpartment Michael Hall, inside the VIP ED ward at the Canberra Hospital.

Natasha Boddy   Ever wondered how presidents, royalty or VIPs might be treated if they needed to visit the emergency department during a Canberra visit? ACT Health has spilled the beans.

Canberra scientists scoop up Academy of Science awards

ANU Associate Professor Kylie Catchpole has won the inaugural John Booker Medal in Engineering Science.

Emma Kelly   An engineering science researcher pioneering cheaper and more efficient solar energy is among nine Canberra scientists to score an Australian Academy of Sciences award.