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Melbourne Express: Friday September 4

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Tom Cowie 7:28 AM   Melbourne Express is a live morning blog, updating commuter information and breaking news around Melbourne.

Convicted of growing 119kgs of cannabis - and fit work with children

School children.

Beau Donelly 1:38 AM   A Melbourne man jailed for growing a commercial quantity of cannabis is fit to work with children, a tribunal has ruled.

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 1:08 AM   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.

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

Roads chief tells workers: stay at home if you can.

Adam Carey 12:07 AM   The transport chaos that will grip Melbourne on Friday 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.

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 11:46 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.

The train strike is a first world problem - donate your myki fare to charity

The train strike may ruin your day, but it could be a lot worse.

Chloe Booker and Liam Mannix 11:12 PM   The shocking image of a drowned Syrian toddler has inspired a fundraising page urging Melburnians to donate their Myki fares on Friday to the humanitarian crisis. 

Bride of runaway groom scores $10,000 wedding gift

Murat Shomshe and his bride, Belinda Dulevski.

Steve Butcher 10:51 PM   The bride in the case of the runaway groom who skipped bail has received a belated $10,000 wedding gift.

Yarraville family baker changes hands after 65 years

Keith Prentice at Heather Dell Bakery in Yarraville.

Katie Wong Hoy 10:50 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.

Student expelled for reporting sex abuse, inquiry told

Catherine Parsons.

Bianca Hall 10:44 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.

Former premier's son to Tom Napthine to run for seat vacated by dad

Denis Napthine with his son Tom.

Alex Sinnott 6:00 AM   A week is a long time in politics and it is safe to say the past five days have been particularly eventful for the Napthine family.

'Ugly' City Road to undergo major facelift

City Road, Southbank

Aisha Dow 10:34 PM   It's one of Melbourne's most disliked main roads, an "ugly wasteland" dominated by asphalt and traffic.

Traditional lotto sellers fear Tatts expansion into petrol stations

Family-run businesses selling lotto tickets fear the impact of an expansion of lotto ticket sales to Caltex Safeway petrol stations.

Richard Willingham 9:37 PM   Family run businesses selling lotto tickets fear they will be pushed to the brink due a plan from Tatts to sell tickets in Caltex Safeway petrol stations in Victoria

Woman dead after car crash in Warrnambool


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.

Tighter management of restraints used in schools

Childcare generic. Cute children playing with blocks.

Henrietta Cook, Education Reporter 12:15 AM   Schools physically restraining students or placing them in solitary confinement must explain themselves.

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.

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

  Victoria Police

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

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.

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

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie 2:41 PM   Exclusive

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.


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.


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.