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Teenagers plead guilty to murdering Billy

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to murdering a man in Launceston last year. In a rare move, Justice Robert Pearce made the names of the accused minors public, given the nature of the "heinous" crime.  19-year-old Billy...

Tasmanian Wine Festival

All is in readiness for the first Tasmanian Wine Festival staged at the state's Botanical Gardens in Hobart this weekend. 20 wineries each with around half a dozen products are setting up, as are gourmet food...

Bob Brown lashes Worksafe move

The State Government's making no apologies for having the Bob Brown Foundation slapped with a Worksafe Tasmania prohibition notice. The Foundation, which has made headlines lately for its tree-sit blockades and equipment lock-ons at a West...

Ishka goes into voluntary administration

An Australian-owned homewares company, which has 60 stores nationwide, is the latest retailer to collapse into voluntary administration. Ishka employs more than 450 people, including at its Rosny Park and Launceston stores, and has been trading...

New bus service for the West

West Coasters will welcome news of a trial bus service between the region's towns. Mayor Phil Vickers says a 12-month pilot will be up and running as of next week, thanks to a $100,000 State Government...

Tasmania's stubborn jobless rate

At an unchanged 5.8% for January, Tasmania's trend unemployment rate remains the third highest in the nation in the monthly ABS report on unemployment. Only Queensland and South Australia have worse trend rates, the best state...

Guns stolen in alleged break-in

Two New Norfolk men are due in court on Thursday over an alleged aggravated burglary involving firearms.  Police allege the pair aged 33 and 35 stole three guns from a Derwent Valley home on Tuesday.  The weapons...

Tasmania's hospital health card

A report out today confirms the Launceston General Hospital has the worst emergency department bed block in Australia, with the Royal Hobart rated the nation's third-worst. Independent health policy analyst Martyn Goddard says our hospitals have...

RACT top award

A local insurer has been named Australia's best. In the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards, the RACT Insurance took the General Insurer of The Year and that is now five times in a row. RACT Insurance chief...

Post Office heist

Police are hunting an armed robber who struck at a post office south of Launceston this morning. The man walked into the Post Office on High Street at Evandale just after 10 am and produced a...