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Myki card readers set to be upgraded at Flinders Street Station

Slow Myki card readers have infuriated passengers across Melbourne for years

Alana Schetzer 2:48 PM   One of train passenger's biggest gripes - slow Myki card readers at Melbourne's busiest train stations - is being fixed.

Level crossings: Labor to push on despite upper house pressure

Labor vows to push on with level crossing removals despite upper house pressure

Alana Schetzer and Richard Willingham 2:39 PM  

Three children taken to hospital after a possible carbon monoxide leak on a boat at Lakes Entrance

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Daniella Miletic 2:07 PM   Three children have been taken to hospital after a possible carbon monoxide leak on a boat at Lakes Entrance.

Police probe link to shooting at George Williams' home

Carl Williams and his father George leaving court in 2004.

John Silvester, Tammy Mills, Daniella Miletic and Rania Spooner 1:57 PM   Police are investigating possible links between the shooting of a policeman in Moonee Ponds and a drive-by shooting on the home of George Williams, father of the dead underworld killer, Carl Williams.

Man pleads guilty to Cobram service station stabbing death

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Mark Russell 1:33 PM   A man who claimed he was beaten and sexually abused by refugee camp guards in Saudi Arabia has admitted fatally stabbing a stranger outside a Cobram service station in Victoria's north.

Bridges help squirrel gliders make roadside rendezvous

A squirrel glider crosses the wildlife bridge  over the Hume Highway near Longwood.

Bridie Smith 1:31 PM   "Animal bridges" spanning a four-lane interstate freeway have resulted in a glider generation with parents from both sides of the bitumen.

For police on the street, anything can happen

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07:  Forensic Investigators inspect a burnt out vehicle in North Coburg. The car was allegedly used in a police shooting in Moonee Ponds on July 7, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Fairfax Media)

John Silvester 1:07 PM   A Special Operations Group officer once remarked he felt his job was safe compared to police on the road doing routine patrols.

Defence lawyer tells of "terrifying" MRC riots

Prison window.

Tammy Mills 1:05 PM   A Melbourne judge told a defence lawyer she hoped last week's "terrifying" prison riots would be a lesson to his client in not coming back to jail during a sentencing hearing on Monday.

Police dress up as posties to catch ice addicts

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Mark Russell and Tammy Mills 12:35 PM   Three ice addicts caught in a police sting where undercover officers posed as Australia Post delivery drivers have been jailed for smuggling precursor chemicals into Melbourne from Hong Kong.

Anatomy of an electricity bill - where does the money go?

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Marc Moncrief 12:25 PM   Just where does the money from your electricity bill go? It pays for electricity, you might think. Not really, according to a report released this morning by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. More and more of it is going straight to the pockets of your power retailer.

Victoria and California to share bushfire and drought plans

Members of the CFA put out smothering fires after a fast moving bushfire took out at least 3 homes in the Melbourne north east suburb of Warrandyte, Monday Feb. 10, 2014. A total fire ban is in place across .(AAP Image/Joe Castro)

Richard Willingham 12:03 PM   US and Australian states have much in common in climates and hazards.

Police officer shot after attempting to intercept a car in Melbourne's north-west

The burnt out car was found in an industrial area in Coburg North.

Rania Spooner, Nino Bucci and Daniella Miletic 11:59 AM   A policeman was shot in the back of his head as part of a drive-by shooting in Melbourne's north-west early on Tuesday.

Mobile phone exam cheats' VCE grades downgraded

Five students were punished for "serious breaches" of VCE exam rules in 2014.

Henrietta Cook 11:11 AM   The number of students cheating continued to decline in 2014.

Tinker Bell gets a hearing aid as parents fight to be heard

Makies, a 3D printing toy maker, answered a campaign calling for greater diversity in the toy box with a new range of dolls, including the world's first doll with a facial birthmark.

Daniella Miletic 9:30 AM   A new action group is fighting to make disability in toys more common by using a social media campaign to lobby the big toy makers, particularly Lego. Started by journalist Rebecca Atkinson, the campaign, called Toy Like Me, aims to create a new generation of toys for all children.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Liam Mannix 7:37 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.

No more green information buttons at railway stations - now it's four-metre totems

The totems.

Liam Mannix 7:32 AM   No more pressing the green button at railway stations. Now, you'll touch the four-metre totem.

Police pop-up blitz on Melbourne taxis

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Beau Donelly 9:20 PM   A police blitz on taxis and hire cars at Melbourne airport has uncovered a stolen car, defective vehicles and multiple driver identification breaches.

Police appeal over Geelong hit run

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Beau Donelly 9:14 PM   Police are appealing for public assistance after a hit and run in Geelong on Monday afternoon.

Lucky escape after car veers into gully

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Beau Donelly 7:57 PM   Three people have had a lucky escape after their car veered off a country road and down a steep embankment in the state's north-east.

Arrest after two cars stolen in one night

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Beau Donelly 7:55 PM   A man has been arrested after allegedly stealing two cars overnight and being involved in a collision that left a woman with life-threatening injuries.

Former deputy premier says Victorians 'dudded' on electricity

Former deputy premier John Thwaites says his government's electricity reforms have failed to deliver lower prices for households.

Marc Moncrief 12:00 AM   Victorians have been dudded by deregulation of the electricity market, according to the deputy premier of the government that enacted the reform.

Hazelwood owners refusing to pay $18 million mine fire bill

The open cut mine fire at the Hazelwood plant in Morwell in February 2014.

Tom Arup 6:46 PM   The owners of Hazelwood are refusing to pay an $18 million bill for the firefighting effort to stop a massive fire at their brown coal mine last year that shrouded the town of Morwell in smoke and ash.

'I can make you younger with good sexy': Councillors receive harassing texts

Maribyrnong Councillor Sarah Carter.

Daniella Miletic 6:26 PM   Cr Sarah Carter receives harassing phone calls at 3am. At what point is enough, enough?

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Children, woman held captive in Tarneit siege

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Rania Spooner 5:06 PM   A man armed with a machete has held police at bay for more than three hours after barricading himself inside a Tarneit home with a woman and two children.

Braybrook apartment destroyed by fire

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06:  The scene of an apartment fire in Lord Place Braybrook  on July 6, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Daniella Miletic and Jeremiah Ganicoche 4:53 PM   Two people unaccounted for in Braybrook apartment fire.

Car maker Nissan to lay off Dandenong warehouse workers

Nissan workers outside the Dandenong South warehouse.

Nick Toscano 4:39 PM   Nissan workers will lose their jobs in Melbourne and three other cities across the country as the car maker prepares to outsource its warehousing and logistics operations.

Appeals lodged over 'inadequate' jail terms for two men who raped a 14-year-old girl

County Court

Mark Russell and Steve Butcher   The Director of Public Prosecutions will appeal the jail sentences handed to two men who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl after driving her to a Hallam factory when she was drunk.

Electrician jailed for drunken attack after Grand Final

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Steve Butcher   Electrician jailed for vicious attack on patron in Langwarrin hotel after drinking all day during 2014 AFL Grand Final.

Elderly accused too ill to appear in court

Robert Penny at a bail hearing in April.

Mark Russell   The elderly man accused of killing his wife and her hairdresser in Portland more than 24 years ago was too ill to appear in a Melbourne court on Monday.

Opinion

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.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

Now for better projects than East West Link

A happy conjunction is open to the Andrews government if it does two things.

City planning gears up to go into neutral body

Battle over Link validates need for a neutral body to take politics out of infrastructure planning.

Disability crisis: why won’t anything change?

Despite rapes, deaths and neglect in care, the disability sector is obsessed with self-protection.

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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.