Melbourne Metro to tunnel under Yarra River

The $11 billion Melbourne Metro rail project will tunnel underneath the Yarra River at a depth of 11 metres,

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Delivery man punches complaining Toorak woman

Noodles

Chloe Booker 11:00 PM   A takeaway delivery man is alleged to have punched a Toorak woman in the face after she complained her food was cold.

Royal Melbourne Hospital pushes for $2b renovation, Melbourne University merger

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Liam Mannix and Julia Medew 10:10 PM   A new hospital ward is being planned at Melbourne University to cover for a full $2 billion renovation of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Good Samaritan murdered trying to protect sister-in-law

Luke Mitchell

Mark Russell 10:06 PM   Three Thai nationals brutally murdered a 'Good Samaritan' because they were angry he had stepped in to protect his sister-in-law during a frightening confrontation and got the better of them, a court has heard.

Gippsland water table could be hit hard by coal seam gas

Coal seam gas storage ponds in the Pilliga State Forest in NSW.

Tom Arup 9:29 PM   The development of coal seam gas could lower the water table in Gippsland by more than 15 metres, creating potential problems for farmers and the environment, state government water studies have found.

Tasmanian teen to be extradited over sex assault on elderly woman

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Rania Spooner, Nino Bucci, Adam Cooper 7:25 PM   A Tasmanian teenager wanted in connection with a sexual attack on an elderly woman has been arrested in Melbourne and is expected face an extradition hearing.

Woman dies after hit by garbage truck in car park at Campbellfield

A Gold Coast pair died when their car crossed to wrong side of highway on Sunday night.

Liam Mannix 7:10 PM   A woman has died after being struck by a garbage truck in a Campbellfield car park.

Public health expert's smackdown of windfarm 'wing nuts'

Professor Simon Chapman defended his use of the term 'wing nuts' to describe anti-wind farm campaigners.

Bianca Hall 7:03 PM   One of Australia's leading public health professors has delivered a scathing assessment of anti-windfarm activists, comparing them to people who believe in aliens, reincarnation and other "irrational ...nonsense or faith-based beliefs".

Man admits deceiving Myer over work history

Andrew Jeffrey Flanagan, whose fake resume led to him being sacked shortly after being appointed to a top position at Myer.

Adam Cooper 5:52 PM   The man hired by Myer as an executive on a $400,000 salary on the back of a falsified resume has pleaded guilty to deception charges.

Stuck in traffic in Melbourne? Blame men

Young people are needing experience in all sorts of conditions.

Aisha Dow 5:47 PM   According to figures just released by Melbourne City Council, a surprisingly proportion of those who travel into the CBD for work are still commuting by car.

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Parliamentary committee to scrutinise port lease plan

Port of Melbourne

Benjamin Preiss 5:26 PM   Plans to lease the Port of Melbourne that would raise billions of dollars will now go to a parliamentary committee for further investigation.

Victims stalked through legal system

Family Court of Australia at the Federal Court building in Melbourne

Miki Perkins 5:22 PM   Family violence offenders are using the legal system to keep stalking and contacting their former partner through repeated court appearances, highlighting the need for court facilities where victims feel safe.

Cabrini Hospital wants nurses to pay for parking

Cabrini Hospital has proposed charging nurses for parking while most doctors park for free.

Nick Toscano 5:10 PM   Nurses at one of Melbourne's top private hospitals are outraged by a move to make them pay for parking at their workplace, while most doctors will continue to park for free.

Man stabbed after road rage incident in Sunshine West

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Tom Cowie 4:45 PM   A man has been taken to hospital with stab wounds after a road rage incident outside a shopping centre west of Melbourne on Wednesday.

No work to do, existence of Major Projects Victoria questioned

 State Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan along with member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos and Mark Wild CEO Public Transport Victoria , makes an announcement about next generation, high-capacity trains for Melbourne on June 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Richard Willingham 4:14 PM   The very existence of a special state government authority set up to deliver major projects has been questioned by Victoria's financial watchdog because there is little work for it to do..

Pensioner avoids jail after evidence from 'Australia's friendliest comedian'

Former circus clown John Braybrook outside court.

Steve Butcher 4:10 PM   It was no laughing matter when "Australia's friendliest comedian" delivered some of the best lines to help keep a pensioner from prison for growing a large marijuana crop.

Melbourne man Toan Truong killed in front of pregnant wife and child for secret marijuana crop

Police illustration of a suspect in relation to the death of Toan Truong.

Nino Bucci and Tammy Mills 3:52 PM   A father who was shot and killed in front of his pregnant wife and three-year-old son during a home invasion had been growing marijuana in a bedroom without telling his wife.

Members of Romanian card-skimming gang jailed

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Mark Russell 3:29 PM   Integrity of the banking system compromised, sentencing judge says.

Julian Knight moved to solitary for planning Port Phillip Prison riot

Julian Knight at the Supreme Court in 2004.

Michael Inman and Nino Bucci 2:58 PM   Mass murderer Julian Knight has emerged as the possible ringleader of a push to riot inside the maximum-security Port Phillip Prison in protest against a smoking ban.

Push to relegate sleazy live scene to the past

sexual harassment is common at festivals

Benjamin Preiss 2:53 PM   For too long nightclubs, music venues and festivals have provided men with opportunities to grope and harass women but the state government is hoping to change that.

Why does it feel so cold?

When it's windy, you'd best rug up.

Marissa Calligeros 2:51 PM   Melbourne gets cold, but it doesn't get that cold. So why does it feel so cold?

Runaway groom's trial adjourned as doubts emerge over wedding

Murat Shomshe.

Adam Cooper, Liam Mannix 1:54 PM   Runaway groom Murat Shomshe has had his looming trial adjourned, but doubt has emerged over whether the wedding he was granted bail to attend even took place.

Documentary shines a light on St Kilda's notorious Gatwick Hotel

Gatwick House on Fitzroy St.

Chloe Booker 10:25 AM   Just as residents like complain after moving near loud music venues, St Kilda's newfound gentry often blame their woes on the Gatwick Hotel.

Residents missing as fire Mulgrave house

The fire at Topaz Court, Mulgrave this morning.

Liam Mannix 9:29 AM   A fire that tore through a house in Mulgrave early Wednesday morning is being treated as suspicious by police – and the home's two occupants are still missing.

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Pub argument ends in bashing

Police tape

Liam Mannix 7:38 AM   An argument in a Horsham pub turned nasty when a man who got evicted from a pub snuck back in and allegedly bashed his victim.

Young man sought over death of 60-year-old

Police wish to speak to this man

Liam Mannix 7:09 AM   Police are searching for a young man who may have been involved in the death of a 60-year-old man in Newtown – despite the older man's death not being treated as suspicious.

Underworld matriarch Judy Moran to appeal murder conviction

Judy Moran arriving at the Supreme Court in 2011.

Chloe Booker 11:51 PM   Gangland widow Judy Moran is planning to appeal her murder conviction for the slaying of her former brother-in-law Des "Tuppence" Moran.

AWU demands local jobs for level-crossing removals amid concerns over China trade deal

**** Vehicles driving through a railway crossing in Christchurch on Wednesday. Level crossing. Rail safety.
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Nick Toscano   Australia's biggest blue-collar union is demanding a guarantee that jobs created by dozens of level crossing removals will not go to Chinese workers under a new trade deal.

Opinion

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

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.

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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.