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Stood down

NEARLY 30 young unplaced Gippsland apprentices have been suspended by a local training organisation due to "financial reasons".

Crisis averted

INDUSTRIAL action at Loy Yang Power Station has been averted, with unions landing an 'in principle' agreement with the company on Saturday.

Drivers fined

ILLEGAL weapons, unregistered vehicles, false number plates and unlicensed drivers were busted during last week's crackdown on illegal road-users.

Honouring fallen workmates

WORKER safety continues to be compromised across the power sector, as it faces ongoing restructures, maintenance cutbacks and future uncertainty, according to industry unions.

Life changing accident

MOE'S Allan Buhagiar laid trapped for 30 minutes, as rescue crews scrambled to free his arm from underneath a six-tonne door.

Trip strengthens cities

THE sister-city bond between Takasago, Japan and Latrobe City has been strengthened following the recent Traralgon Judo Club trip.

Sokaluk sentence shock

THE pain and anguish of the past three years has come flooding back to Black Saturday survivor Shirley Gibson after a "shock" sentence was handed down to convicted arsonist Brendan Sokaluk on Friday.

Fabric of life on show

LIFE'S challenges will be depicted in an emotional Fabric Art exhibition on show at the Court House Traralgon, this weekend.

Mental health fight heats up

THE fight for improved mental health funding and staffing levels is set to intensify, according to unions.

Forum promotes positive talks

The region's leaders' efforts to guide the Latrobe Valley through an economic restructure were scrutinised by the wider community on Tuesday.

Population boom prediction

STRONG population growth has been forecast for the Latrobe Valley over the next 20 years, according to a State Government report just released.

Gambling on the rise

LATROBE Valley residents are close to exceeding last year's electronic gaming expenditure, with the community losing an average of $4 million a month on poker machines, latest statistics have shown.

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