'Split in half': Four killed in 'horror' crash

Alana Schetzer, Nick Toscano, Marissa Calligeros, Rania Spooner   Four young men have died when their car became airborne, ploughed into a tree and was severed in two on the Northern Highway, north of Melbourne.

Latest Victoria news

Financial worries cloud future of Midsumma Carnival

More than 100,000 flocked to this year's Midsumma Carnival, but donations were few and far between.

Anna Whitelaw 5:47 PM   Midsumma Carnival's longer term future is in jeopardy after the flagship event received just 10¢ per person in donations, despite attracting record crowds.

Raw milk devotees bitter over harsh additive

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Janene Trickey 5:33 PM   Raw milk devotees have staged a protest "drink in" against the addition of a bitter additive being added under new state government legislation to prevent people from drinking it.

Cyclist dies in Cadel Evans road race

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Allison Worrall 4:55 PM   A cyclist has died after suffering a heart attack while riding in the recreational event of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Man stabbed in stomach in Carlton

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Goya Dmytryshchak 4:32 PM   A man is in hospital after being stabbed in the upper body in Carlton on Saturday afternoon.

Police appeal for more information over Windsor sex attack

Victoria Police

Anna Whitelaw 1:19 PM   Police are appealing to the public for more information on a violent sex attack outside a Windsor pub on Australia Day, after a man questioned by police was released without charge.

Two men charged with stealing from 31 cars

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Anna Whitelaw 11:59 AM   Two men have been charged with 81 offences over a spate of recent car thefts in the Latrobe Valley in the state’s southeast.

Arson attack on St Kilda apartment

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Anna Whitelaw 9:33 AM   An arson attack is believed to be behind a St Kilda apartment fire that left one man injured on Friday night.

Police admit failures

Nikki Komiazyk, daughter Terence and Christine Hodson who were murdered in 2004.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Silvester 8:45 AM   Victoria Police has conceded significant failures in the way it dealt with gangland witnesses and informers, but is confident reforms will prevent a repeat of the disasters that have dogged the case of murdered informer Terence Hodson.

Italians pass the day making passata for pasta

Passata.

Suzanne Carbone 6:40 AM   The red sea splash from passata cooking is part of the celebrations during the Melbourne Tomato Festival.

Dandenong factory workers claim 'significant win' after four-day lunchroom protest

Workers protest from inside the lunchroom at the Dandenong factory.

Nick Toscano 12:23 AM   Dozens of workers have walked out of a factory where they spent four days holed up in the lunchroom as part of a heated industrial dispute.

Out-of-control grass fire threatens homes at Tongala

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Nick Toscano 7:03 PM   Firefighters battled to save homes in the state's north on Friday night when an out-of-control grass fire charged towards a rural community.

Two hospitalised after smash on Western Freeway, Rockbank

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Patrick Hatch   A man has died after being hit by a car on the Western Ring Road in Melbourne's west.

DHS worker charged with indecent assault

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Jane Lee   A former Department of Health and Human Services worker has been charged with sexually abusing people with disabilities at a residential care facility.

Melbourne president of Hells Angels Darkside chapter jailed after selling ice to police

Hells Angels.

Mark Russell   The president of the Darkside chapter of the Hells Angels in Melbourne has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for selling more than $220,000 worth of the drug ice to undercover police officers.

Woman sexually assaulted on Windsor street on Australia Day

The man police would like to speak with.

Nick Toscano, Marissa Calligeros, Steve Lillebuen   A man is being questioned over a violent sex attack outside a Punt Road pub on Australia Day.

Two men charged over body-in-boot murder

Justice.

Nino Bucci and Adam Cooper   Two men have been charged in relation to the murder of a father of five, whose body was found in the boot of a burnt-out car on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Grave robbers steal man's ashes from Wonthaggi cemetery

Victoria Police.

Patrick Hatch   Grave robbers have dug up and stolen a man's ashes from a cemetery on Victoria's South Gippsland coast, devastating the dead man's wife, police say.

Melbourne's coolest week in 15 years for this time of year

Where's summer gone?

Patrick Hatch   If you found yourself dusting off your jumpers this week, you probably weren't alone.

Film director Simon Wincer supports Yarra Valley neighbour over drug charges

Justice.

Steve Butcher   One of Australia's best known international film directors has appeared in a Melbourne court to support a Yarra Valley neighbour who grew more than 360 kilograms of marijuana.

Man arrested over fatal Delahey hit and run released without charge

Delahey.

Marissa Calligeros   The man arrested over a hit and run which killed one teenger and left another fighting for life has been released from custody without charge.

For vulnerable families, school a centre in a world of uncertainty

Hanover helps with school outfitting, to keep the children from appearing and feeling different from the other students.

Liam Mannix 12:15 AM   There's a cramped desk of metal and brown smoked glass in Theresia's vacant room. It's where she does her homework. Above it, on the freshly repainted wall, hangs a dreamcatcher.

Chief health officer to retire

Outgoing chief health officer Rosemary Lester, speaking at Morwell in 2014.

Kate Hagan   Victoria's chief health officer Rosemary Lester will retire at the end of February after three years in the role.

Killers tell police where to find body of their victim

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Mark Russell   Two men found guilty of ambushing and killing a drug dealer in the dead of night on a bridge near the Victoria-South Australia border have told police where they dumped his body, a court has heard.

'We're not vandals': Nylex clock switch flickers come forward

On again, off again: The Nylex clock on Thursday.

Tom Cowie   A group of clock enthusiasts comes forward to claim responsibility for reviving the famous landmark.

'Bizarre' back-pay row: worker told to say she was kidnapped and forced to work

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Adam Holmes   A worker was pushed to say she had been kidnapped and forced to work against her will by her employer in an attempt to avoid back paying her $5000.

Melbourne Express Live: Friday January 30, 2015

Tom Cowie   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Raw milk drinkers claim raw deal, plan protest

Raw milk.

Steve Lillebuen   Food activists are planning a “drink-in” outside the office of Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett to protest recent moves to toughen raw milk laws.

New year 7 class to 'rock' Coburg High School

Coburg High School year 7s.

Benjamin Preiss and Henrietta Cook   The inaugural year 7 class poured in nervous and excited to carve a small place in history as Coburg High School opened its junior level.

Way up on high, the Nylex clock ticks again

Mystery surrounds the clocking on of the Nylex clock.

Tom Cowie   Vandals are believed to be behind the mysterious revival of the Nylex clock after more than six years in the darkness.

'He just run away': hit-run victim's mother wonders why driver didn't stop

Jasmine Vuong is in a critical condition.

Marissa Calligeros, Nino Bucci   Police have arrested a 33-year-old Hillside man over a hit-and-run incident in Delahey which has left one teen dead and another fighting for her life.

Opinion

Left out in the cold by a state reluctant to invest

Homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of the growing failure of governments.

The lesson my children have taught me

We are in the second week of a family holiday; at the start of last year we decided to buy a holiday home at Philip Island. 

Religious education has its place - but not instruction

The promise from Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is both welcome and timely.

Public health the loser in fast-food bunfight

I had so much optimism for the new Labor state government. I believed it held great promise ...

Time to abandon our failed drug policies

Drug prohibition isn't working, and the new state government could do worse than look to Portugal for some fresh ideas.