Officers honoured after injuries in explosion

Tammy Mills   Police get calls like it every hour of every day in Melbourne and the call to Hambleton Street in Middle Park a year ago was no different.

Latest Victoria news

A bird's-eye view of Melbourne from 1945 to 2015

'Melbourne 1945' is a project by Nathaniel Jeffrey, which shows how much the city has changed in the past 70 years.

Tom Cowie 3:30 PM   Just how much do you think Melbourne has transformed in the past 70 years? Now it's easy to find out.

Court row over cancelled link project on hold

An artist's illustration of the East West Link.

Adam Carey 3:23 PM   A court battle between the state government and the consortium contracted to build the cancelled East West Link toll road has been adjourned until May after the briefest of hearings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday.

City's recycled soap saving lives in India

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Bridie Smith 3:05 PM   We've all done it. Ripped open a packet of soap in a hotel bathroom only to use it a couple of times before checking out and heading home.

My Place column

Sally Ahern's favourite place.

Sally Lewer Ahern 2:54 PM   Sally Ahern delights in the legacy of an unknown stranger.

Ute driver jailed over Rathdowne Street rampage

Police inspect the ute that smashed into Carlton's North's Paragon Cafe in June last year.

Adam Cooper 2:25 PM   A man who drove a stolen ute onto a Carlton North footpath, sending diners and pedestrians diving for their lives, has been jailed for four and a half years.

Get used to second-rate services: warning on council rates cap

Warning on hit to services from council rates cap

Josh Gordon and Richard Willingham 12:57 PM   Victorians might have get used to shabbier parks, local roads and rubbish collection under a state government plan to cap rate council rate increases, a leading international ratings agency has warned.

Hodson murders: Paul Dale pursues damages for jail time

Supreme Court.

Mark Russell 12:43 PM   Former drug squad detective Paul Dale is pursuing his damages claim against the Victorian Government over alleged mistreatment when he was locked up in Barwon Prison awaiting trial over the execution murders of a police informer and his wife.

Mutilated genitals tweet: push to remove councillor

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman.

Nino Bucci and Rania Spooner 12:20 PM   Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for the removal of a Bendigo councillor who sent a disturbing image of babies with mutilated genitals to a woman who supported a local mosque development.

Cow dies of anthrax, farm in quarantine

Cow dies of anthrax on Victorian farm,

Marissa Calligeros 12:09 PM   One farm is under quarantine and six others are being vaccinated amid anthrax fears.

Trial of Ian Thomas, accused of killing mother, father, to move to Melbourne

Mark Russell 11:10 AM   A Supreme Court judge has decided with ‘‘considerable regret’’ to shift from Wangaratta to Melbourne the trial of a man accused of murdering his parents in the north-eastern Victorian town.

Three more charged in ACG Security money laundering probe

Tax Office workers are set to join a growing number of other public service workers that have been protesting against new work agreements.

Marissa Calligeros 10:46 AM   Three more Melbourne men have been charged over alleged tax fraud and money laundering at a national security company.

Melbourne Express Live: Friday February 27, 2015

Tom Cowie 9:01 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Tyre change sparks freeway crash

changing tyre

Marissa Calligeros 8:54 AM   A man is lucky to be alive after his car was hit by a van as he changed a tyre in the middle of the Eastern Freeway on Friday morning.

Full speed ahead as Andrews government scraps slower limits

The previous government's decision to change all 70km/h to 60km/h has been dropped.

Adam Carey 8:41 AM   Victoria's 70km/h and 90km/h speed limits are set to stay after the Andrews government scrapped plans to progressively remove them.

Body parts: police resume search for more remains of devil-tattooed man

Slain man Brendan Bernard.

Marissa Calligeros 8:15 AM   The search for the remaining body parts of slain man Brendan Bernard resumes on Friday.

Abbott's 'secret plan to cut wages': Andrews applies blowtorch to struggling PM

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says Tony Abbott has a secret plan to cut wages.

Josh Gordon 12:44 AM   The wages of ''hundreds of thousands' of Victorians could be cut by up to a third under a secret Abbott government plan to abolish penalty rates and the minimum wage, Premier Daniel Andrews has claimed.

Sports Minister under fire over Queensland trip for cage-fighting event

John Eren

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 10:20 PM   Victoria's Sports Minister has been accused of being influenced by a free trip to Queensland from the controversial cage-fighting industry, which was lobbying for an end to a ban on the spot. 

Bendigo councillor tweets genital mutilation image to mosque supporter

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman.

Nino Bucci and Rania Spooner 9:30 PM   A local councillor opposed to the building of a mosque in Bendigo sent a disturbing image of babies with mutilated genitals to a woman who supported the development.

Safety alert issued over emergency service uniforms

Craig Butt 7:20 PM   A safety alert has been issued over a potentially cancer causing chemical used in emergency services uniforms.

Hunters unite for the right to kill

Australian Deer Association president Col Brumley and one that didn't get away.

Carolyn Webb 7:19 PM   Glenn McGrath should be proud to hunt wild game, says the head of the Victorian deer hunting body, which is organising an exhibition of 200 deer heads.

Abbott-factor plays out at university clubs

Generic students

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 6:46 PM   There's no mention of Tony Abbott or any Liberal logos at the Monash University Liberal Club tent.

Queen Victoria Market traders fear extended hours will threaten family businesses

Wayne Chitty from Happy Tuna Seafoods does not want the market's operating hours to be extended.

Aisha Dow 6:32 PM   Queen Victoria Market traders are worried their family-owned businesses will be threatened by plans to open the precinct day and night, seven days a week.

Couple whose baby died after home birth waited three times longer for midwife than expected

Adam Cooper 6:29 PM   A couple whose daughter died days after she was born in a state-backed home-birthing program endured a wait for a midwife three times longer than they expected, a court has heard.

Internet access for prisoners 'could cut reoffending'

Internet

Rania Spooner 6:16 PM   A prominent Victorian human rights organisation has argued that giving internet access to prisoners could reduce reoffending when they are released.

National security company in organised crime probe

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Marissa Calligeros and Steve Butcher 4:17 PM   Three Melbourne men arrested as police investigate tax fraud and money laundering at national security company.

County Court judges warn on baseline sentences

County Court judges are warning baseline sentences will stretch resources.

Jane Lee 4:14 PM   County Court judges warn baseline sentences will lengthen criminal trials and increase the number of criminal appeals, putting more pressure on the court's stretched funding.

Drug-affected, sleep-deprived driver Jason Coomber jailed over fatal crash

County Court.

Adam Cooper 4:13 PM   A drug-affected driver had not slept for at least two nights when he crashed his car into a tree, killing his sole passenger, a court has heard.

Police fear 'subculture' of dangerous behaviour on Melbourne's train network

Metro train.

Allison Worrall and Adam Carey 3:49 PM   Police have warned of a growing "subculture" of criminal and dangerous behaviour on Melbourne's train network, after a young man was critically injured while train surfing on Wednesday night.

Former AFL footballer Billy Nicholls turned to ice, crime after he was delisted, court hears

William 'Billy' Nicholls played 16 games for Hawthorn and Richmond from 2001-04.

Liam Mannix   A former Hawthorn and Richmond footballer became addicted to ice after being delisted and was suffering from drug-induced psychosis when he shot two men, a court in Geelong has heard.

Opinion

East West: Is Victoria open for blackmail?

If Dan Andrews pays compensation, it will set a terrifying precedent.

Is Daniel Andrews the new Keating?

Is Andrews going to be the progressive Labor premier ready to seize the moment?

Metro Rail – keep the plans on track this time

The trains will become even more crowded in the next decade. Will we cope?

Victorian masterpiece deserves to be restored

Flinders Street Station was the headstone of the city's wild days and nights.

Being an underworld snitch can be deadly

The Victoria Police's inability to manage informers in recent years has resulted in three murders.

How we can better protect at-risk witnesses

The fight against organised crime is being hindered.

How Andrews made a rod for his back

If there is one lesson from Tony Abbott's woes, it is that voters have little tolerance for leaders who say one thing and do the opposite.

Video

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".

Andrews to negotiate East-West payout

Government may face a compensation bill of up to $1.2b for scrapping the East West Link.