Boom gate failures: rail line shut indefinitely

Adam Carey 10:56 AM   The Stony Point rail line is closed indefinitely following a series of safety breaches in which boom gates failed to drop for an approaching train.

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Easter Thursday shopping frenzy rivals Christmas Eve

Easter Thursday is beginning to rival Christmas Eve in shopping transaction figures.

Marissa Calligeros 4:06 PM   The Thursday before Easter is now one of the busiest shopping days of the year, new figures show.

Truck rolls after crashing into rail bridge in Essendon

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Vanessa Desloires 4:04 PM   A man has been trapped after his truck hit a rail bridge in Melbourne's north-west.

Counselling for judges as sex abuse cases takes toll

Chief County Court Judge Michael Rozenes has volunteered for a new 'Judicial Resilience Program'.

Jane Lee 4:02 PM   Judges need 'an opportunity to heal', a leading psychologist says.

Jilted fiance arranged to have love rival killed

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Mark Russell 3:54 PM   A man jilted by his first cousin who he planned to wed in an arranged marriage has been found guilty of organising to have her new lover killed.

Easter 'game-changer' gives hope to believers

Church leaders share the message of Easter.

Vanessa Desloires 3:43 PM   Emptiness, in its many forms, is the key theme for the Catholic Church this Easter. Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart said emptiness was a way of life for "far too many people". 

Area declared safe after explosive scare in Geelong


Rania Spooner 3:18 PM   Streets have been evacuated, a man is in custody and the bomb squad are headed to a home in Geelong where an explosives device has been found.

Seven reasons not to go camping this Easter

Seven reasons not to go camping at Easter

Vanessa Desloires 2:41 PM   Easter Long Weekend. For Victorians, it marks the end of the good weather, and the last opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and spend quality time together before the really good TV starts. 

Basic camping fee axed in national parks

Mount Buffalo.

Richard Willingham 2:25 PM   Campers have been handed an early Easter gift with the state government dumping camping fees for more than 500 basic camp sites.

Police rule out probe into Belle Gibson charity fraud claims

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Beau Donelly, Nick Toscano 1:13 PM   Victoria Police has ruled out investigating embattled social media entrepreneur Belle Gibson despite revelations she failed to hand over thousands of dollars raised in the name of charity.

What's open in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend

Easter eggs.

Marissa Calligeros 1:12 PM   Where and when to shop, how to get around and where to go in case of an emergency this Easter long weekend.

'Preposterous' to claim ice-addled car thief was unarmed in Docklands police shootout, court told

Police at the scene of the shooting at Docklands in November, 2012.

Mark Russell 1:08 PM   Claims that a man high on ice was unarmed when gunned down by police during a dramatic shootout in a Docklands car park were ‘‘preposterous and utterly implausible’’, a court has heard.

Sexually assaulted, punched: gang of four attack woman

Crime scene

Marissa Calligeros 1:08 PM   A woman has been sexually assaulted by four men who surrounded her, punched her and yelled abuse at her in Melbourne's CBD.

Accused killer of boy and grandmother sobs loudly at remand hearing

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Steve Butcher and Alana Schetzer 1:06 PM   A woman charged with murdering a four-year-old boy and his grandmother sobbed loudly throughout her remand hearing on Friday in a Melbourne court.

A very Australian Passover

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Drug history: body in burnt-out car identified

Dung Tri Pham was found dead in the back seat of a burning car.

Rania Spooner 12:11 PM   The charred remains of a suspected homicide victim found in a burnt out car a week ago have been identified as a Vietnamese-born man with a drug past.

Woman accused of Albanvale murders 'stabbed boy, grandmother with garden shears'

Alistair Mach.

Alana Schetzer 11:06 AM   A 45-year-old woman has appeared in an out of session court charged with the murder of a four year old boy and his grandmother in Melbourne's west on Tuesday evening.

Latrobe Valley home to some of Australia's biggest polluters

AGL's Loy Yang A power plant, the country's largest single emission plant.

Lisa Cox, Benjamin Preiss 9:41 AM   Four coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley are among Australia's biggest polluters, a new analysis shows.

Seven reasons to hate the end of daylight saving

Marissa Calligeros 9:40 AM   It's a sad day when daylight saving ends.

Aussie 'Street View Streaker' outs herself

Before: A woman proudly posed topless as Google took shots of Port Pirie streets in South Australia,

Shane Hendrickson 9:08 AM   Aussie who recently rose to fame as the "Street View Streaker" comes forward to reveal her footpath "flash" story.

Melbourne Express: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yolanda Redrup 9:04 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to get the morning off to a good start.

Two men with stab wounds found dead at Geelong house

The two bodies were found in the south-eastern Geelong suburb of Whittington about 10.30am.

Rania Spooner, Marissa Calligeros 8:30 AM   Two men, aged 23 and 30, have been found dead by the mother of the older man in a house home in suburban Geelong.

Council wants heritage protection for 'dominating eyesore'

Local residents say the radio tower should be demolished.

Aisha Dow 7:12 AM   An ageing radio tower in leafy Surrey Hills was once dubbed the "most prominent and dominating eyesore" in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Christopher Pyne asks al-Taqwa principal to explain himself

Leader of the House and Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Henrietta Cook 10:29 PM   Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has asked the principal of Al-Taqwa College to explain why he told students that Islamic State was a western plot.

One in 10 hospital beds left empty: report

Many unused beds appeared to be in metropolitan hospitals.

Craig Butt 6:56 PM   One in 10 hospital beds in Victoria are not being used, a review into the state's hospital capacity has found.

Former Labor treasurer appointed as VicTrack chairman

Former Victorian treasurer John lenders.

Richard Willingham 6:40 PM   The Andrews government has appointed former Victorian treasurer John Lenders chairman of VicTrack.

Police appeal for help to find missing Rosanna boy

Missing: 12-year-old Hayden Warren

6:37 PM   Police are concerned for the welfare of a 12-year-old boy who has been missing for two days. 

Woman, child, found dead in western suburbs

Mai Mach was found killed in her Albanvale home with her grandson.

Chloe Booker, Tammy Mills and Vanessa Desloires 6:13 PM   Flowers and a small child's toy have been left outside a home in Melbourne's west where a four-year-old and his grandmother were stabbed to death on Tuesday.

Shorten's seat of Maribyrnong included in branch-stacking inquiry

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Richard Willingham 6:09 PM   The use of pre-paid credit cards to sign up people to the Labor Party is being investigated as part an internal inquiry into branch stacking in the Victorian ALP.

Prosecutors drop manslaughter charge against snorkel tour operator Torie Mackinnon

Torie Mackinnon

Adam Cooper 5:48 PM   Prosecutors have dropped a manslaughter charge against snorkel tour operator Torie Mackinnon over the death of a passenger who was hit by her boat's propellers.


Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.

Birthing policies must be based on women's needs

The key to making home birth safe is to ensure that a woman's care is appropriate for her.


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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

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