Training for trains: Railway towns bid for HS2 college
Costing around £20 million, it would be England's first new Further Education College for 20 years. Training the next generation of railway engineers for the age of the high-speed train, it could open in as little as three years' time.
It would unveil new horizons for specialists in rail construction and environmental studies.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says the college would have "cutting-edge technology and use state-of-the-art equipment" providing training courses for the "specific needs" of the project which is expected to generate more than 2,000 apprenticeships.
But where exactly would it be?
West Midlands jobless figures point towards election run-in
This week's Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show unemployment is dropping faster in the West Midlands than anywhere else in the UK, outside southeast England.
And only last month, the accountants KPMG reported our region was leading the way on job creation too.
Councils battle between themselves over HS2 station
Divide and Rule - it's a tactic employed by the great generals in ancient classical armies, by feudal kings and by modern-day political power brokers.
And now the company charged with delivering the first stage of the £42bn High Speed Rail project, HS2 Ltd, is being accused of doing it too.
Why charities are counting the costs of council cuts
Stand by for yet another spike in the number of reports of further council cuts (or savings) leading to the loss of yet more local jobs and services.
It's the time of year when local authorities decide their budgets for the next 12 months, with an extra tightening of the belt dictated by George Osborne's Autumn Statement two months ago.
Combating the threat of extremism in Birmingham
In the constant struggle to keep the UK safe from what's become known as "home-grown" terrorism, Birmingham is one of Britain's most vulnerable areas.
I think back to a conversation I had a few years ago with a well-placed Home Office source.
Wolverhampton City Council stops spending to 'prevent insolvency'
Wolverhampton is not the first big city authority to raise the spectre of going bust. Birmingham City Council has said much the same thing for more than a year now.
It's become something of a "ritual dance" as councils struggle to draw up their budgets for the coming year.
New Year, new Midlands marginal seats as elections near
Welcome to Dudley
It's a town famous for its castle and for its zoo. But who will be the kings and queens of the political jungle in this town of two marginal seats?
Boost for shops, pubs and cafes in High St fight back?
We weren't expecting too many thanks in the chancellor's Autumn Statement.
But two Midlands backbenchers were to be pleasantly surprised during George Osborne's 50-minute update to Parliament on the state of the nation's finances.
Midlands councils to act on social fund payments
Just imagine you face a sudden, unexpected emergency which could plunge you into acute hardship and possibly even put you at risk of losing your home.
Where would you turn for help?
New year new life in the country for migrant workers?
Eric Pickles says he doesn't know.
And Jack Straw doesn't know either.