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Rail chaos to spread to Melbourne's roads, schools and businesses

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Adam Carey 9:15 PM   The transport chaos that will grip Melbourne today stands to be repeated in days and weeks ahead, with both protagonists in the industrial dispute giving no hint that they will compromise on their positions.

Woman dead after car crash in Warrnambool

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Chloe Booker 7:10 PM   A woman has died following a car crash in Victoria's south west.

Yarraville's parking meter war heats up

A vandalised parking meter in Yarraville.

Katie Wong Hoy 7:06 PM   Yarraville traders say the implementation of parking meters is having a damaging impact on their businesses. 

Conflict-of-interest scandal hits Education Department

New Education Department training will help councils "identify and address irregular financial activities".

Timna Jacks 7:04 PM   The Victorian Education Department is embroiled in a conflict-of-interest scandal, with a senior manager found to have reviewed complaints about a company where he was also employed as an executive, a report reveals.

'Ugly' City Road to undergo major facelift

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Aisha Dow 7:03 PM   It one of Melbourne's most disliked main roads, an "ugly wasteland" dominated by asphalt and traffic.

Last vestiges of East West gone with acquisition overlay scrapped

Gone for good: Planning Minister Richard Wynne  acquired for the link, said the East West Link project had caused distress in affected communities.

Benjamin Preiss and Aisha Dow 6:15 PM   The final vestiges of the controversial East West Link have been scrapped.

Wealthy sperm donor fears contact from more than two dozen offspring

A rich donor is begging the Andrews government to keep his identity secret from the 24 children he's fathered.

Julia Medew and Craig Butt 5:54 PM   A wealthy sperm donor who has more than 24 children is pleading with the Victorian government to keep his identity secret because he fears his offspring will want to contact him and establish relationships.

Student expelled for reporting sex abuse, inquiry told

Boarding house of horror: Former students speak of sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar.

Bianca Hall 5:52 PM   A Geelong Grammar School nurse has paid tearful tribute to boys who committed suicide, and died of drug overdoses, after suffering at the hands of a serial molester who abused more than 40 boys at the elite school.

Matthew Guy calls in Ombudsman over electorate officer rorts allegations

'Why won't [Daniel Andrews] just own up?': Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy.

Richard Willingham 5:50 PM   The Coalition has upped the pressure on Premier Daniel Andrews over allegations that Labor rorted electorate officer entitlements, with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy calling on the Ombudsman to investigate.

Homicide squad investigates suspicious death of baby girl in Heathcote

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Marissa Calligeros and Nino Bucci 5:20 PM   A three-month-old baby girl has died in suspicious circumstances at Heathcote, in central Victoria.

Yarraville family baker changes hands after 65 years

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Katie Wong Hoy 4:49 PM   Keith Prentice donned his flour-covered apron for the last time on Thursday as the family-run Heather Dell bakery in Yarraville changes hands after 65 years.

Markson Sparks! presents the Prime Minister's latest employment initiative

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Konrad Marshall 4:43 PM   In Ringwood on Thursday Prime Minister Tony Abbott was merely one half of an odd pairing with the shiniest of Sydney PR impresarios.

Schools in chaos as trains grind to a halt

Schools are bracing for major disruption to class tomorrow due to Melbourne's train strike, with one school expecting half of its students will be forced to stay home.

Timna Jacks 3:27 PM   Schools are bracing for major disruption to class tomorrow due to Melbourne's train strike, with one school expecting half of its students will be forced to stay home.

How to beat the Melbourne train strike

Train commuters will need to find another way in and out of the city on Friday.

Tom Cowie 3:26 PM   Commuters face a day of chaos when the train strike hits on Friday. Here are some options for those who need to get in and out of the city.

Melbourne train strike: regional commuters spared pain

 V/Line trains will bypass all Melbourne stations they would normally stop.

Adam Carey, Tom Cowie 3:11 PM   All V/Line trains will run on Friday, leaving regional commuters largely unscathed from Melbourne's day of rail chaos.

High profile father and son harness racing team avoid jail for betting fix

Harness racing identity Shayne Cramp will plead guilty to illegal betting charges.

Adam Cooper 3:03 PM   Two fixed races that landed trainer Shayne Cramp and father Greg a combined $1570 may have killed their careers.

More than 500 extra taxis to hit the road to ease Melbourne's train strike

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Adam Carey 2:47 PM   More than 500 part-time taxi operators have been given permission to hit the road and help people get around during tomorrow's train strike.

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Geelong Grammar student expelled after reporting sex abuse, inquiry told

Boarding house of horror: Former students speak of sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar.

Bianca Hall 2:46 PM   A former student says he was expelled and his mother billed for unpaid fees after reporting abuse.

Leaked report reveals where the Martu people's money went

Former WDLAC boss Tony Wright

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How you can help refugees in Europe and at home

Elderly Syrian refugee Halima Ali holds her granddaughter Amal, 4, while sitting outside their tent at an informal settlement near the Syrian border.

Marissa Calligeros 2:41 PM    Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Here are some of the ways you can help at home.

Lake Tyers father of six jailed for manslaughter

Martin Townsend pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ronald Wilson.

Mark Russell 1:53 PM   A father of six to three different women who killed a man he wrongly suspected of being a love rival has been jailed for seven years.

Amateur AFL footballer wins bid for reduced sentence over on-field attack

Jailed amateur footballer Joshua Graeske.

Mark Russell 1:29 PM   An amateur footballer jailed for attacking an opponent during a game has had his prison sentence reduced by two years on appeal because of his youth and remorse.

Victim has "no memory" of repeated abuse at Geelong Grammar

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Timna Jacks 1:06 PM   A Geelong Grammar School student who was abused up to 40 times by a school tutor he considered a "father figure" has no memory of the abuse, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard.

'Harassed' into debt: Dodgy colleges still target vulnerable students, inquiry told

Students accrued huge debts from a course that a salesperson told them was free, the inquiry was told.

Henrietta Cook 9:19 AM   Despite federal and state efforts to crack down on unethical private training colleges, vulnerable students are still being 'harassed' into debt and dodgy courses, a Senate inquiry has been told.

Man questioned over Swanston Street sex assault

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Marissa Calligeros 7:34 AM   A man has been questioned over the sexual assault of a young female worker at an adult entertainment club in Melbourne's CBD.

Melbourne train strike: what we know about the commuter disruption

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Tom Cowie 7:09 AM   Metro has released a timetable of the last train services in and out of the city before industrial action by the Rail, Train and Bus Union takes place at 10am on Friday.

Dud routes: without trains, Melbourne commuters on these six lines face a hellish trip to the city

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Tom Cowie and Liam Mannix 11:12 PM   Call them Melbourne's pinch points, or the hot spots of hurt. On Friday, when the train strike occurs, commuters on these six routes face the hardest and most painful trip into the city.

New feeder shows families that hunt together, eat together

African wild dogs test their new collaborative feeder at Melbourne Zoo.

Chloe Booker   African wild dogs instinctively know how to work together.

Green light for Melbourne train strike

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Adam Carey, Marissa Calligeros and Clay Lucas   Train services could yet run as normal on Thursday, if Metro and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union can agree on how to manage a pre-dawn one-hour strike, but Friday's strike looks certain.

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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.