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Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday, May 21

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Canberra Times online journalist and producer Tegan Osborne

That's all from us this morning Canberra.

A tornado almost two kilometres wide has roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighbourhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on a primary school.

The Canberra community has rallied around the children of Kathreen Ricketson and Rob Shugg who died tragically last week in a drowning incident off the WA coast.

And Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74.

To keep up to date with the latest in Oklahoma this morning, tune in to our live blog by Megan Levy.

A Canberra Centenary number plate.
A Canberra Centenary number plate. 

Early we told you the first Centenary number plate had sold at auction for more than $9000.

We can now tell you the winner of the auction was Stefan Jeremenko from Wanniassa. 

Executive Director Culture and Communications, Chief Minister and Cabinet, ACT Government Jeremy Lasek said Mr Jeremenko is a plumber, and plans to put the plates on his truck.

The money raised from the auction will go to Dollars for Dilli.

More on the tornado situation in the US, where a monstrous tornado almost two kilometres wide has roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighbourhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on a primary school.

The tornado has wrecked hundreds of homes and at least two schools.

The storm, with sustained winds of at least 267 kilometers per hour, struck the suburb of Moore, where images from a KFOR-TV helicopter showed the Plaza Towers Elementary School in a pile of rubble.

At least 75 students were in the school at the time, KFOR reported. As many as 30 may have been rescued, the station said.

We'll have a live blog on the tornado to keep you up to date shortly.

Stephanie Anderson

Canberra detectives have carried out one of the largest single ecstasy seizures on record in the ACT, finding drugs with a street value of more than $150,000 in a Latham home.

The bust included the seizure of a pill press, the first seized by ACT Policing in more than a decade.

ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations detectives searched the home around 3.20pm on Monday, finding drugs, a pill press and three vehicles suspected to be used in drug sales.

A 27-year-old man is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court later today.

The drugs have an estimated street value of over $150,000, making it one of the largest single seizures of MDMA in the ACT.
The drugs have an estimated street value of over $150,000, making it one of the largest single seizures of MDMA in the ACT. Photo: ACT Policing

Sad news out of Germany today.

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, has died at 74.

Manzarek died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family.

The musician was suffering from bile duct cancer.

 

Ray Manzarek, second right, with John Densmore, Robbie Krieger and Jim Morrison of the Doors.
Ray Manzarek, second right, with John Densmore, Robbie Krieger and Jim Morrison of the Doors. 
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The Australian dollar has surged past 98 US cents as the American currency takes a breather from its rally ahead of an economically-busy week. 

The Aussie dollar was recently buying 0.981 US dollars, 0.762 Euro and 0.6431 pounds. 

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Australian shares are set for a flat start after Wall Street eased on concerns about the Federal Reserve's stimulus plans but European shares gained strongly, with London's FTSE100 hitting a 13-year high.

Join the Markets Live blog from 9.30am.

Lee Gaskin sports reporter
Nick Kyrgios.
Nick Kyrgios. Photo: Colleen Petch

We've had confirmation that Canberra's rising tennis star Nick Kygrios has been awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the French Open.

The 18-year-old has rocketed up more than 600 places in the ATP rankings since the start of the year.

It is his first major in the men's draw after winning the junior title at the Australian Open. 

Let's just cross our fingers he doesn't draw Nadal, Federer or Djokovic in the first round when the tournament begins next week. 

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There's been a two car crash in Phillip at the intersection of Melrose and Hindmarsh Drives. A car is blocking traffic and police have advised drivers to avoid the area if possible.

A Canberra Centenary number plate.
A Canberra Centenary number plate. 

The first Canberra Centenary number plate has apparently sold at auction for over $9000.

The number plates were launched at the Timor Leste Embassy by Member for Ginninderra Yvette Berry.

Two were set to be auctioned online with proceeds going to charity, and others were to be allocated to charities for fundraising.

 

More on this shortly.

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ACT Policing officers are set to team up with their instate colleagues to tackle road safety amongst heavy vehicle drivers and transport companies.

ACT Policing and ACT Government Vehicle Inspectors will work alongside NSW Police and NSW Government Vehicle Inspectors to improve safety across the heavy vehicle industry in the capital region as part of Operation AUSTRANS.

The announcement of the joint operation comes several hours after a man was hospitalised following a truck accident near Gunning overnight.

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Josh McCrone of the Raiders stays down with an injury during the round 10 NRL match against the Cronulla Sharks.
Josh McCrone of the Raiders stays down with an injury during the round 10 NRL match against the Cronulla Sharks. Photo: Getty Images

And while the Brumbies have injury concerns, so do the Raiders when they name their side this afternoon for Saturday night's match with Manly.

Josh McCrone, Joel Edwards and Shaun Fensom all didn't finish Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Sharks.

On the flipside, the Raiders could welcome back Jarrod Croker, Glen Buttriss and Joel Thompson from injury. 

Lee Gaskin sports reporter
Brumbies player Pat McCabe in action during training at Portsea Oval, Duntroon.
Brumbies player Pat McCabe in action during training at Portsea Oval, Duntroon. Photo: Melissa Adams

ACT Brumbies centre Pat McCabe is expected to announce today that's he's signed a new two-year contract with the ARU through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

But more immediate concern is the extent of McCabe's knee injury, and that to Wallabies great George Smith.

Smith is tipped to miss six to eight weeks, but the Brumbies are hopeful of getting him back for their final round game with the Western Force. 

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ACT Health intends to monitor the restaurant at the centre of Canberra's largest salmonella outbreak for coming months.

Some affected diners are considering joining a class action law suit after 140 people fell ill and 15 were hospitalised after eating bad mayonnaise at The Copa restaurant in Dickson.

ACT Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly said the restaurant had reopened recently after its voluntary closure last week.

“We identified some issues that they needed to address and they addressed them,” he said.

“We’re continuing to monitor the situation over the next few weeks or even months to make sure that’s happening.”

Speaking on ABC Radio, Dr Kelly said he could not confirm whether anyone was still hospitalised, adding it was possible that some patients would suffer long term effects from the outbreak.

“The more [people] that you have [affected], the more likely that the relatively rare longer term effects can occur in a small minority of people,” he said.

“As far as I’m aware, the people affected this time didn’t show those signs.”

A family take a look into the reopened Copa Brazilian Churrasco restaurant in Dickson on saturday night.
A family take a look into the reopened Copa Brazilian Churrasco restaurant in Dickson on saturday night. 

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