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

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

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 1:55 PM   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.

Husband and wife suspected each other of affair with neighbour

County Court.

Mark Russell 12:53 PM   Suspicious that his wife of 17 years was having an affair with the next-door neighbour, builder Sergio Marocchini placed a tracking device on her car.

'Fair dinkum nightmare': truck congestion looms as port expands

Truck 'nightmare' looms says transport group.

Adam Carey 12:42 PM   A truck 'nightmare' threatens as port expansion operation looms.

Victoria scraps rating scale for teachers

Benjamin Preiss 11:53 AM   The Victorian government has scrapped a controversial rating scale for teacher performance reviews and confirmed its opposition to performance pay.

Labor preselection challenger banned

Suspended: Port Phillip mayor Cr Amanda Stevens.

Richard Willingham 11:14 AM   The only challenger to federal Labor MP Michael Danby's preselection has been suspended from the party for six months because she campaigned against an ALP candidate at the state election.

Bayles killing: NSW man to be extradited to Victoria

Man extradited over Bayles killing.

Tammy Mills   A second man charged over the death of a retired butcher and grandfather will be extradited to Victoria from NSW.

Locker-room thief at Royal Melbourne Hospital allegedly takes nude selfie

The incident occured at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Marissa Calligeros   A locker-room thief at the Royal Melbourne Hospital allegedly left unusual evidence for their victim.

Melbourne Express Live: Thursday February 26, 2015

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

'Train surfer' fighting for life

Why did dozens of people do nothing?

Marissa Calligeros   An alleged train surfer is fighting for his life in a Melbourne hospital.

Man who had sex with horses 'needs help': judge

Man who had sex with horses 'needs help': judge

William Vallely   A naked man spotted having sex with a horse in broad daylight hid down behind the mare to avoid being identified, a court 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.