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Pakenham couple killed in plane crash

A Victorian couple have died in a light plane crash in mid-west NSW.

75-year-old man charged with child stealing after Pakenham park incident

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Allison Worrall A 75-year-old man has been charged with child stealing, following an alleged incident in Pakenham on Sunday morning.

Man found dead in Kosta Boda Boulevard, Pakenham

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Rania Spooner and Nick Toscano Homicide detectives have ruled out foul play in the death of a man who was found lying in the middle of a street in Melbourne’s south-east.

Trains resume after two people are hit on Werribee and Pakenham lines

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Jessica Wright Services resume on two of Melbourne’s suburban rail lines after people were hit by trains in separate incidents.

Dandenong fault triggers long rail delays on Cranbourne, Pakenham lines

Adrian Lowe Commuters on two train lines in Melbourne's south-east face long delays after an equipment fault at one of the city's busiest train stations.

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Victoria's birth rate falls to lowest in Australia

Ellen Kwek with baby Zoe at home in Carlton North.

Ben Schneiders Victoria has the lowest birth rate in Australia and is well below the level needed to sustain the state's population without migration.

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Preschool teachers strike

Farrer kindergarten pupils Elsa Connell, Grace Evans  and Oliver Turnbull discuss the merits of a kiwi fruit for lunch.

Benjamin Preiss Dozens of kindergartens will close on Wednesday as preschool teachers strike for a new pay deal. Early learning association says it offered a much-improved deal but union wants to strike to pressure...

Zoo's East West Link car park uncertain as planning minister overrules road authority

Petra Stock at a park near the zoo which is earmarked to become a carpark.

Clay Lucas It is surrounded by two car parks and rail and tram lines, but it is still a quiet and little-used triangle of Royal Park grassland. Not for long.

Rain, lightning cause transport, power, traffic chaos

Lightning over Melbourne's CBD.

Carolyn Webb, Deborah Gough, Caroline Zielinski Lightning and rain cause more than 20,000 Victorians to lose power, parts of train system to shut down, traffic lights and rail crossings to fail and floods and flight delays.

Trains will continue to fail until ageing signals are replaced: PTV chief

Trains at Flinders Street Station where there is a proposal that the train doors open for 45 seconds.  The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. April 25 2013.

Adam Carey Melbourne's train system will continue to fail in foul weather until its ageing signals are replaced with newer, more reliable technology, says head of Public Transport Victoria.

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Police investigate horrific Victorian crash

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Beau Donelly Police are investigating a horrific collision in northern Victoria that claimed the life of a young girl and left five other people with serious injuries.

Melbourne storms: long delays for commuters after transport system meltdown

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Deborah Gough Melbourne's train system went into storm-induced meltdown on Monday morning as lightning strikes and power surges caused up to 60 minute delays and suspended lines.

Mental illness stigma a barrier to workforce, study finds

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Nick Toscano Two in five Australian employers would not consider hiring people with a mental illness because of fears they might break down at work or take too many sick days, a new study has found.

Major train delays follow death on tracks

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Yolanda Redrup Trains are returning to normal on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines after a person was killed on Thursday afternoon.

Trains running again after bomb unit deems backpack at Carnegie Station 'not dangerous'

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Jane Lee Buses are no longer replacing trains in both directions between Caulfield and Oakleigh stations, but Alamein line remains suspended.

Promise broken on Auditor-General powers to follow the money

Finance Minister Robert Clark.

Henrietta Cook The Napthine government has broken a promise to give the Auditor-General powers to scrutinise the records of private companies who deliver billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded projects and services.

Doubters fear signal upgrade won't work on Melbourne's old and complex rail network

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Adam Carey A half-billion dollar plan to run trains every two minutes along Melbourne's busiest railway line using cutting-edge high-speed signalling is in doubt because of fears the technology will not work on...

Local train maker cut out of the loop in Napthine government's multibillion-dollar rail boost

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Adam Carey The next generation of Melbourne trains could be built by a Chinese government-owned rail giant with strong ties to MTR, Metro's Hong Kong parent company, which is also majority owned by the Chinese...

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Man, 75, faces court charged with false imprisonment of boy, 14

Security threats at Victoria's courts are soaring.

Jane Lee A man has been charged with falsely imprisoning a teenager in the state's south.