Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday, May 21
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Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday, May 21

Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond, including weather, traffic updates and what the capital is talking about.

That's all from us this morning Canberra.

A tornado almost two kilometres wide has roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighbourhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on a primary school.

The Canberra community has rallied around the children of Kathreen Ricketson and Rob Shugg who died tragically last week in a drowning incident off the WA coast.

And Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74.

To keep up to date with the latest in Oklahoma this morning, tune in to our live blog by Megan Levy.

A Canberra Centenary number plate.

A Canberra Centenary number plate.

Early we told you the first Centenary number plate had sold at auction for more than $9000.

We can now tell you the winner of the auction was Stefan Jeremenko from Wanniassa. 

Executive Director Culture and Communications, Chief Minister and Cabinet, ACT Government Jeremy Lasek said Mr Jeremenko is a plumber, and plans to put the plates on his truck.

The money raised from the auction will go to Dollars for Dilli.

More on the tornado situation in the US, where a monstrous tornado almost two kilometres wide has roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighbourhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on a primary school.

The tornado has wrecked hundreds of homes and at least two schools.

The storm, with sustained winds of at least 267 kilometers per hour, struck the suburb of Moore, where images from a KFOR-TV helicopter showed the Plaza Towers Elementary School in a pile of rubble.

At least 75 students were in the school at the time, KFOR reported. As many as 30 may have been rescued, the station said.

We'll have a live blog on the tornado to keep you up to date shortly.

Canberra detectives have carried out one of the largest single ecstasy seizures on record in the ACT, finding drugs with a street value of more than $150,000 in a Latham home.

The bust included the seizure of a pill press, the first seized by ACT Policing in more than a decade.

ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations detectives searched the home around 3.20pm on Monday, finding drugs, a pill press and three vehicles suspected to be used in drug sales.

A 27-year-old man is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court later today.

The drugs have an estimated street value of over $150,000, making it one of the largest single seizures of MDMA in the ACT.

The drugs have an estimated street value of over $150,000, making it one of the largest single seizures of MDMA in the ACT.

Photo: ACT Policing
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Sad news out of Germany today.

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, has died at 74.

Manzarek died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family.

The musician was suffering from bile duct cancer.

 

Ray Manzarek, second right, with John Densmore, Robbie Krieger and Jim Morrison of the Doors.

Ray Manzarek, second right, with John Densmore, Robbie Krieger and Jim Morrison of the Doors.

The Australian dollar has surged past 98 US cents as the American currency takes a breather from its rally ahead of an economically-busy week. 

The Aussie dollar was recently buying 0.981 US dollars, 0.762 Euro and 0.6431 pounds. 

Australian shares are set for a flat start after Wall Street eased on concerns about the Federal Reserve's stimulus plans but European shares gained strongly, with London's FTSE100 hitting a 13-year high.

Join the Markets Live blog from 9.30am.

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Nick Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgios.

Photo: Colleen Petch

We've had confirmation that Canberra's rising tennis star Nick Kygrios has been awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the French Open.

The 18-year-old has rocketed up more than 600 places in the ATP rankings since the start of the year.

It is his first major in the men's draw after winning the junior title at the Australian Open. 

Let's just cross our fingers he doesn't draw Nadal, Federer or Djokovic in the first round when the tournament begins next week. 

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