Off-track V/Line in enforced go-slow

Adam Carey   Years of inadequate maintenance funding have left Victoria's country railways so run down V/Line is looking at padding out its timetables so it can run trains at reduced speeds.

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Magistrates to receive family violence training

Jane Lee 9:47 PM   Victorian magistrates will be trained on family violence, including dealing with perpetrators, as part of a plan to make women and children safer in the courts.

Gas leak forces evacuation

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Beau Donelly 7:18 PM   Residents in Melbourne's west have been evacuated from their homes due to a major gas leak at a petrol station.

Victorian election 2014: Redesdale residents see red over electoral seat shift

Stephanie Ryan, candidate for the Nationals in the seat of Euroa at this year's state election.

Adam Holmes 6:48 PM   Redesdale residents are worried they could miss out on political representation once the state election is over, having moved from the seat of Rodney to the newly-formed seat of Euroa.

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Victorian election 2014: federal small business minister Bruce Bilson intervenes in REIV dispute


Josh Gordon, Mark Hawthorne 6:36 PM   Federal small business minister Bruce Bilson has been accused of intervening in the state election by demanding a lobby group withdraw a campaign against the Napthine government.

Tough sentences ineffective, say family violence groups


Tom Cowie 6:15 PM   Tougher sentencing may have the opposite effect by making women feel more intimidated through fear of reprisals.

Conflicting promises worry hospitals

Julia Medew and Kate Hagan 6:11 PM   Some hospital executives are worried redevelopments promised by one major political party will not be matched by the other before Saturday's state election.


So where does that $3b come from? And go to?

Peter Martin 5:58 PM   So Tony Abbott says he's given Victoria $3 billion for one purpose and one purpose only.

Man rams police car in chase

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Beau Donelly 5:56 PM   A man has been arrested after ramming a Mercedes into a police car while being chased by authorities in Sebastopol.

Victorian election 2014: John Howard on campaign trail with Denis Napthine, Dee Ryall

All smiles: John Howard meets a fan at Eastland.

Tony Wright 5:42 PM   No outstretched hand fell unshaken; no proferred baby went undandled; no selfie avoided.

Tackling the east-west morning peak hour challenge

Traffic commute.

Darren Gray 5:24 PM   Our peak hour drive starts in Champagne Rise, a quiet street in the outer eastern suburb of Chirnside Park almost 40 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD. It's nearly 7am but the street is wide awake. At one house a man hangs up Christmas decorations as a young boy watches on, while across the road a man strides towards his car for the morning commute.

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TAFE teachers set to strike next year

TAFE staff across Victoria are set to strike.

Vanessa Desloires 5:09 PM   The start of the school year could be thrown into disarray as teachers at some of Victoria's biggest TAFE institutions prepare to strike as wage negotiations stall.

Labor vows to remove asbestos from 1200 schools

Richard Willingham and Vanessa Desloires 5:04 PM   Asbestos in 1200 Victorian state schools would be removed by 2020 under an "ambitious" $100 million Labor party plan.

Labor pledges $500k jab for Homes for Homes program


Aisha Dow 5:01 PM   Home owners will be asked to donate a fraction of their home's future sale proceeds to charity, by placing a caveat on the property title.

Bandidos clubhouse raided as part of murder mystery

Police raided the Bandidos nightclub as part of an investigation into the death of a man found near Keilor cemetery.

Tammy Mills 4:59 PM   The Bandidos clubhouse has been raided as part of a Homicide Squad investigation into the Keilor Cemetery body find earlier this year.

Margin Calls

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Angus Holland 4:40 PM   In the final runup to the Victoria state elections the party leaders have been out and about at kindergartens, schools andshopping centres.

Rough landing for light plane

The light aircraft makes a bumpy landing.

Rania Spooner 3:56 PM   A light aircraft has made a dramatic landing after circling above Essendon Airport due to a suspected problem with its landing equipment.

Abbott government defends plan to scrap the water commission even as drought looms

Drought concerns spread - just as the National Water Commission faces the axe.

Peter Hannam 3:50 PM   The Abbott government has been accused of “complacency gone mad” over plans to abolish the National Water Commission.

Drug dealer escapes jail term

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Adam Cooper 2:46 PM   A young man granted bail while on drug charges so he could visit South America to attend the soccer World Cup has been fined for his offences and will avoid a jail term.

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What's app-ening on voting day?

Vote Victoria: The election draws near.

Hannah Francis 2:27 PM   Check out our guide to the best election apps for this year's Victorian election.

Food-poisoning scare at the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club function centre

Food poisoning

Deborah Gough and Marissa Calligeros 2:07 PM   More than 100 people have been struck down by a gastro outbreak at the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club in Melbourne’s south-east.

Gatto defies taxman

Former Carlton Crew boss: Mick Gatto

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 6:00 PM   The Australian Tax Office has rejected an offer of $500,000 from Mick Gatto to settle his outstanding $10 million tax bill amid concerns the underworld figure has concealed his wealth among family members and associates.

Sinkhole that trapped woman revealed as old well

An old well which trapped a woman in Springvale South

Marissa Calligeros 1:04 PM   A council has confirmed a suspected sinkhole, which opened up beneath a woman in Melbourne's south-east, is an old well that had been covered up with timber and overgrown with grass.

Wife's killing too well-planned to be 'crime of passion', court hears

Avjit Singh, left, and Sargun Raji.

Mark Russell 12:41 PM   The horrific killing of Sargun Raji by her estranged husband had been so well-planned that it could not be described as a ‘‘crime of passion’’ but a premeditated act by a selfish man, a court has heard.

Sinkhole woman suffers heart blockage from hypothermia

The Spingvale sinkhole which is on the site of an old well.

Marissa Calligeros 11:40 AM   The woman who fell into a sinkhole in a Melbourne backyard remains in hospital with a blockage to her heart due to hypothermia.

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Police re-open corruption probe over alleged kickbacks at Victoria's convention centre

Police have re-opened a corruption probe into alleged kickbacks at Melbourne's convention centre.

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker 11:36 AM   Police have re-opened an inquiry into corruption at Victoria's convention centre involving allegations its former operations manager received kickbacks from favoured suppliers.

Hoddle Street killer given addresses of alleged Duntroon attackers

Knight arrives at the Supreme Court in 2004.

Christopher Knaus 11:32 AM   Mass murderer given locations of former alleged attackers, despite concerns he could still hold a grudge.

Call for lenient sentence over link to one-punch death

David Cassai was killed by one punch on New Year's Eve 2012.

Mark Russell 11:10 AM   A man has claimed he deserves a more lenient sentence because he will be ‘‘forever linked’’ to the tragic death of ‘‘one-punch’’ victim David Cassai.

Council truck driver dumps liquid on main road

Bianca Villarosa 9:59 AM   A local council truck driver has been caught on camera dumping liquid on a main road in Kooyong.

Toilet ploy: Police hunt lewd stalker

A comfit image of the alleged Sale stalker.

Marissa Calligeros 9:22 AM   Police are hunting a stalker who has been caught masturbating in a woman’s home west of Melbourne.

Woman finds knife wrapped in Subway foot-long sandwich

A Traralgon woman found knife in her Subway sandwich.

Rebecca Symons 9:13 AM   A bite into a Subway sandwich could have been a sharp surprise for a Traralgon woman


The secret report Napthine won't let you see

Much work went into the preparation of a state-based reform agenda, so why has it never been released?

Victorian jobs: Hockey will have the last say

Denis Napthine's employment boast is actually an admission of failure.

State election: grubby campaign, tight result

Fifty-one days out from polling day, the battle for power is set to get nasty.