One rail network to become five

Adam Carey   Metro is pursuing a plan to split Melbourne's railway into five independent networks, each with its own dedicated train fleet and pool of drivers, as a way to streamline services and curb the chronic faults and delays that drag the system down.

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Protesters and police clash at Pyne book launch

Demonstrators clash with police outside NAB headquarters in Melbourne's Docklands.

Chloe Booker 8:08 PM    Violent scenes have erupted between protesters and police at Christopher Pyne's book launch in Melbourne's Docklands.

Man charged over missing teen jogger near Bendigo

The Bendigo teen is helped into an ambulance after being found in Maiden Gully.

Rania Spooner, Tammy Mills and Marissa Calligeros 7:33 PM   A 38-year-old man has been charged over the disappearance of a Bendigo university student who went missing for more than 24 hours.

Wilsons Promontory National Park to close for three days in August, as hunters target feral deer

Hog deer at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Darren Gray 6:44 PM    One of Victoria's most popular national parks, Wilsons Promontory National Park, will be closed for three days in August as shooters target feral deer that are damaging the park.

Teenage girl finds loaded gun on the way to school in Deer Park

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Tom Cowie 6:43 PM   A 14-year-old girl has discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun while walking to school in Deer Park, in Melbourne's west.

Muzzle on council rates

Rate increases would be fixed to forecast increases in the consumer price index and wage bills.

Jason Dowling 5:23 PM   Local council rates would likely increase next financial year by the lowest amount in a decade under a proposed new cap.

Communities 'terrified' when suicide cluster hit

The deaths of 12 young people by suicide caused terror and panic in their communities.

Chris Johnston 5:12 PM   Communities in south-eastern Melbourne were "terrified" when a frightening youth suicide cluster struck in 2011 and 2012, according to Chris Tanti, the head of youth mental health group headspace.

Ice addict who shot dead girlfriend found guilty of manslaughter

Rekiah O'Donnell was shot dead in her bedroom by her boyfriend Nelson Lai, who has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Mark Russell 4:25 PM   An ice addict who accidentally shot his girlfriend in the head at close range has been jailed for nine years and five months.

Hodson daughter says family 'denied justice'

Terence and Christine Hodson.

Adam Cooper 3:48 PM   A daughter of murdered police informer Terence Hodson says her family has been denied justice after the State Coroner made an open finding into two of the most significant killings in Melbourne's gangland war.

Australians wage war against bad drivers

Exposing dangerous driving online has proved popular with Australians, who are flocking to a global website, Roadshamers.

Neelima Choahan 3:48 PM   Opinion may be divided on naming and shaming adulterous partners, but when it comes to dobbing bad drivers, it's foot on the accelerator for online vigilantes. 

Lack of family violence services hits regional areas

Rates of domestic violence are high in Victoria's remote regions.

Alana Schetzer 3:44 PM   A lack of support services and affordable accommodation is contributing to the high rates of family violence across Victoria's regional and remote areas, a new submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence says.

Disgraced ex-minister's faction chooses his replacement

Adem Somyurek

Benjamin Preiss 3:18 PM   Victoria has a new minister to replace upper house MP Adem Somyurek who was forced to resign this week following a bullying investigation.

Child abuse campaigner pleads guilty to drug driving

Bernadette McMenamin pleaded guilty.

Steve Butcher 3:17 PM   Prominent child abuse campaigner Bernadette McMenamin has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a drug in a crash that injured a much loved father of five on his 88th birthday.

Man charged over teen sex assault

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Marissa Calligeros 1:53 PM   A man who allegedly stalked and then indecently assaulted a teenage girl in Melbourne's CBD has been charged.

City building evacuated after fire

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Liam Mannix 1:40 PM   Four floors of the AMP building have been evacuated, spilling workers outside onto the street, after a server caught fire and started belching black smoke throughout the building.

'F---ing idiot' friend helped dispose of body in boot near Diggers Rest, court told

Victim: Kenan Balikel.

Mark Russell 1:23 PM   A carpenter known as "The Captain" in Melbourne's close-knit Croatian community has admitted helping a friend dispose of a body found in the boot of a burnt-out car.

Once in a blue moon, and once again

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. A U.N. expert on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 called on the United States to reveal the number of civilians it believes have been killed by American drone strikes targeting Islamic militants. U.N. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson said that preliminary information gathered for a new report indicated more than 450 civilians may have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen, but more work needs to be done to confirm the figures.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Liam Mannix 1:02 PM   A blue moon, thick and full, illuminated the sky above Melbourne on Thursday night and brought social media snappers out in droves.

Schoolgirl fights off would-be abductor

A computer-generated image of the man police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 1:00 PM   A schoolgirl has escaped the clutches of a would-be abductor in Melbourne's south-east.

Moreland councillor expelled by Labor after links to Mafia boss

Michael Teti.

Richard Willingham 11:01 AM   ALP formally expels councillor for bringing the party into disrepute after revelations he worked for Mafia criminal Frank Madafferi.

Man quizzed by police over teenage jogger's mystery disappearance

The Bendigo teen is helped into an ambulance after being found in Maiden Gully.

Rania Spooner, Marissa Calligeros, Tammy Mills 10:21 AM   A teenage university student who vanished while jogging has spent the night in hospital, while sex crimes detectives questioned a man over her disappearance..

Body find closes Little Bourke Street

Police have cordoned off Little Bourke Street as they examine the scene.

Marissa Calligeros 8:57 AM   A street in Melbourne's CBD has been closed to traffic after a body was found early on Friday morning.

Melbourne Express: Friday, July 31, 2015

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Liam Mannix 8:41 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running – news, weather and transport updates, plus compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Missing teenage jogger found in Bendigo

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Liam Mannix and Marissa Calligeros 6:42 AM   Missing teenage jogger found in Bendigo

Mother loses bankruptcy battle over private school fees

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Rania Spooner, Henrietta Cook 3:08 AM   A Melbourne mother has lost a bankruptcy battle with a private school after arguing they should have means-tested her because they were acting like a bank.

New abuse claims hit Scotch College school community

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Steve Lillebuen 1:20 AM   One of Australia's top private schools, Scotch College has been hit with further legal action as the full extent of its history of sexual abuse finally comes to light.

Suburb under siege from seagulls

Thousands of gulls are causing mess, noise, bad smells and damage to roofs.

12:51 AM   In scenes reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, plague-like flocks of seagulls are terrorising a Melbourne suburb.

Missing Canberra teenager found alive in Bendigo

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Henry Belot and Emma Kelly 10:33 PM   An 18-year-old former Radford College student who disappeared while jogging near Bendigo on Wednesday afternoon has been found alive by police.

Paul Dale the well-liked poster boy for corruption

Former detective Paul Dale.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 12:15 AM  

Policeman charged with theft

  Victoria Police.

Chloe Booker 9:57 PM   A Victorian police officer has been charged after stealing from a car crash site in Melbourne's west.

Opinion

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.

The Hotel Windsor has become a political football

Bureaucratic obstructions are likely to result in an own-goal for heritage lovers.

Tobacco ban in prisons won't work

Rather than incite unrest, Andrews should make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.

Port plan suffers under aggressive politics

It is the new template for political opposition in Australia: bash the bejesus out of your opponents.

Andrews needs to act on Cesar Melhem allegations

As the allegations against Labor's upper-house whip pile up, Daniel Andrews looks like a man in hiding.

No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

Video

A Golden Age of China at NGV

Gallery throws its doors open for a major exhibition showcasing Chinese treasures from the 1700s.

Females 'shouldn't be alone in parks'

The public, especially females, should be cautious following the brazen stabbing murder.

Abbott: 'I just want to see the East-West link built'

Prime Minister won't confirm if Victoria will lose the $1.5bn pledged towards the East West Link.