22 October 2014
Worcestershire backs devolution plan for city regions as the debate over decentralisation of powers heats up.
Birmingham City Council proposes cuts to pest control and school crossing services.
An 18-year-old is charged with computer hacking and possession of child sex abuse images.
Plans for a code of practice for some religious schools are shelved, the BBC learns, after Home Secretary Theresa May suggested it should be mandatory following the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham.
A commissioner overseeing the much-criticised Birmingham's Children's Services says social workers continue to face huge challenges.
More than 300 jobs could be cut at Dudley Council as it tries to save £57m over the next three years, the authority warns.
Warwickshire's England batsman Jonathan Trott signs a new three-year contract with the Bears.
22 October 2014
Worcestershire backs devolution plan for city regions as the debate over decentralisation of powers heats up.
30 September 2014
Urban badgers now cause more problems than their country counterparts but what, if anything, can be done about them?
The head of the NHS says health services in Birmingham must improve to help improve hospitals in the city.
Simon Stevens says: We are saying that in future, university hospitals Birmingham at the QE could it self start providing GP clinics.
"In parts of the city, at the moment, it is difficult to recruit GPs were services are under real pressure and the hospital has on its balance sheet the ability to make some real investments in out of hospital care that we're going to need."
In the 17:00 bulletin: A former lecturer at the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire has been banned from teaching for life after he downloaded indecent photographs of children online.
Listen live to BBC WM.
Funding for pest control and school dinners may be cut by Birmingham City Council under its latest spending plans.
Both are among a list of low-priority services outlined by the local authority. Instead it favours arts and museums and the budget for Marketing Birmingham, as it says they attract business to the city.
On Midlands Today at 18:30 I'll be looking at how the council decided which services to prioritise.
Richard Paul told a disciplinary panel he unwittingly downloaded the explicit images of children, generated by an automatic pop-up page, which were discovered when he took his computer in for repair.
He admitted bringing his profession into disrepute at a disciplinary panel. The National College of Teaching and Leadership found he was guilty of "serious misconduct" and imposed a lifetime banning order against him.
An 18-year-old has appeared in court charged with possessing indecent images of children and computer hacking.
Charlton Floate, from Whiteslade Close in Knowle, Solihull, did not enter a plea at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.
A former lecturer at the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire has been banned from teaching for life after he downloaded indecent photographs of children online.
Richard Paul, 60, was cautioned by Staffordshire Police last November over the offence. He said he was approached by a paedophile in an adult chatroom and became "curious" as to how easy it was to access explicit pictures of children.
The leader of Birmingham City Council wants people living there to tell him if he is right to prioritise his spending on things like the Museum and Art Gallery.
More on this and other stories in our 16:00 bulletin.
I'm at the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham as a nursing shark is en route.
Well, I think it's on its way, they had trouble trying to catch Albie this morning, in its tank in Blackpool. It obviously isn't keen on leaving the bright lights of the promenade.
When it does arrive though, I'll be armed with a camera as it enters Birmingham waters. Experts hope their female shark will find him attractive and mate!
Nearly 1,000 West Midlands Police officers are enjoying second incomes, according to official figures released by the force.
Read more on BBC Sport about Cradley Heathens who are once again left without a new home.
The Labour MP for Dudley North has told the Commons the decision to release one of Britain's most notorious police killers from prison should be reconsidered.
Listen live to BBC WM for the more on this story and others.
Traffic wardens in Wolverhampton have been dishing out tickets to bus drivers - for stopping at a bus stop.
Buses outside the Moon Under Water pub in Lichfield Street have been slapped with £70 fines.
Solihull Updates posts: Birmingham hosts police officers from 14 European forces for #OpTrivium - an operation targeting overseas criminals in the UK.
Happy Diwali from all at BBC Birmingham!
There's lots of food in the office today to celebrate, with donations going to charity.
Health leaders say without drastic reforms and extra money, health care will suffer over the next five years.
The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, says more services should be provided at doctors' surgeries rather than in hospitals like the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham.
Hear more on our top story at 14:00 in the news bulletin on BBC WM.
A teenage boy's due in court charged with attempted murder, West Midlands Police have said.
The 16-year-old was arrested yesterday and remanded in custody ahead of his appearance at Birmingham Magistrates' Court later.
Police said it came after they released CCTV images of two people in connection with an attack on a 46-year-old man in Chester Road on 19 September.
The victim, who suffered stab wounds, spent eight days in hospital but is now recovering at home.
The Afrovibes Festival is taking place until Saturday at the Mac in Birmingham.
The website says it "marks 20 years of the new South Africa: 20 years since the ending of apartheid and the beginning of democracy" with a number of free events workshops and food.
This news the Cradley Heathens will no longer meet at Monmore Green puts the future of the club in serious doubt.
Over a remarkable five-year period, they have proved that the appetite remained among fans for a team to race under the Heathens banner, attracting by far the largest crowds at National League level even without having their own home.
It was already clear, though, the Heathens had outgrown speedway's third tier, and with so many other clubs struggling, it would have been a huge lift for the sport had they been able to move up.
A man's been jailed for over a decade after he admitted a "brutal assault" - despite his victim refusing to co-operate with police.
Wesley Jones, 29, was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court following a so-called "victimless prosecution".
West Midlands Police said Jones and two others attacked the 35-year-old man outside the Three Horse Shoes pub in Stirchley, leaving him with serious injuries.
He was jailed on Friday when he changed his initial not guilty plea after officers showed him CCTV footage of the assault, police said.
The Cradley Heathens are once again looking for a new home after being told that they will not be able to race at Monmore Green in Wolverhampton next season.
The Heathens, who closed down after losing their own Dudley Wood track in 1995, were revived in 2010, racing mostly at Monmore Green while they looked for a site to build a new track of their own.
However, no such site has yet been found, and now the owners of Monmore Green, Ladbrokes, have decided to allow only one night of speedway each week - Wolverhampton's traditional Monday slot.
The Cradley Heathens have been informed that they will no longer be able to continue using Monmore Green Stadium as their home track from next season.
The club says in a statement on its website: "Cradley Heath Speedway acknowledge this is a worrying time for supporters and riders alike and the management will make every effort to make alternative plans for the Heathens to be able to continue racing in 2015."
The A38 Bristol Road was closed in both directions at the A4040 Oak Tree Lane (Selly Oak Triangle) junction.
The man who's been appointed by the government to improve Birmingham Children's Services has told BBC WM he is having to "seriously nag the city council" to do more to show the city is a good place to work.
Lord Warner says social workers should be coming into the city to work, to fill shortages.
We've had the morning meeting looking at some of the stories we're going to be featuring on the programme today.
We're looking at what services Birmingham City Council could be cutting in their budget for 2015/2016. They have to save £150m but have prioritised spending on children's services, arts and museums over school catering and cleaning.
Also, we're on shark watch - as Birmingham's sea life centre awaits the arrival of Albie a nursing shark who's being brought to the city as part of the breeding programme. They're a bit behind schedule as they've had a few problems catching Albie in his tank in Blackpool, but apparently he's now on the road!
Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has signed a new three-year contract with the county.
Trott (pictured right) says: "Hopefully we can build on the success of this year by achieving greater success in the years to come."
With government borrowing rising again and its debt-reduction programme well behind schedule, the squeeze on public spending will almost continue until the end of the decade.
What makes it even more difficult is that the savings so far achieved represent mainly "the low-hanging fruit".
The next ones will be harder to reach, with some economists already warning that the savings made so far do not go nearly far enough.
Shares in the supermarket chain, Tesco, are down by 6% after it announced a sharp drop in profits and sales.
West Bromwich West MP Adrian Bailey is chair of the business committee and says the chairman, Sir Richard Broadbent, needed to step down. Hear more on this story and others in the news on BBC WM at 11:00.
As Birmingham City Council struggles to find savings of £150m in the coming year, its Labour Leader Sir Albert Bore admits his proposal to prioritise spending on the Arts and Museums will be controversial at a time when other services, especially child protection, are under unprecedented pressure.
Agonising decisions like this, far from going away, will be an increasing feature of the years ahead, whoever wins next year's general election.
Gary Rowett is now the bookies' overwhelming favourite for the vacancy at Birmingham City.
The Blues captain Paul Robinson says: "The most important thing is to pick up results. If a new manager comes in, he'll give us a boost and that's what we need now to move forward."
The head of the NHS has outlined changes he wants to see at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England is demanding above inflation increases in funding.
But with that extra cash he says health care can improve in the city.
Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh says £360m schemes designed to ease congestion on very busy sections of West Midlands motorways are a safety risk.
Outrage as Birmingham social service workers make council funded trip to Chicago to make closer links with the University of Birmingham.
Birmingham Sea Life Centre will be welcoming a Nurse Shark to it's aquarium today.
In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM we'll hear from the curator as Albie is being brought over from Blackpool as part of a breeding programme.
Furnaces - believed to be where the famous Ironbridge was cast - have been put on the English Heritage At Risk register.
English Heritage says Bedlam Furnaces in Ironbridge Gorge needs a roof to give it shelter from the weather and allow the structure to stabilise.
The Coffin Works in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter (pictured) have been taken off the list after being restored following years of campaigning.
Midland Metro tweets: Following a Tram failure- Midland Metro are now running a full 10 tram service from Bham to Priestfield, we apologise for any delays
He scored more than 200 goals for Wolves - but now club legend Steve Bull hopes to hit the back of the net with his first step into property investment. Read more online.
Arts, culture and sports are to remain a priority in Birmingham despite the city council's unprecedented level of funding cuts.
In the news at 09:00 we'll hear from council leader Sir Albert Bore about why the cultural offering is so important. Listen live to BBC WM.
Indians across the world are celebrating the biggest Hindu festival, by lighting earthen lamps, bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets. You can see photos of the celebrations on BBC In Pictures.
Pest control and school crossing services may be cut by Birmingham City Council under latest spending plans.
Both are listed as low-priority in the authority's 2015/16 budget green paper.
Arts and museums and the budget for Marketing Birmingham - which the council said attracts business to the city - are listed as high priority.
It said child protection is its highest priority, and will see a funding increase after "years of underinvestment".
Birmingham City Council has announced £150m in spending cuts over the next year, but says it will continue its support of arts, culture and sports.
Services in the city have been ranked according to their priority to assist with the budget saving process.
Council leaders say arts and culture are an important part of what puts Birmingham on the map as a great city in Europe.
There are delays and queuing traffic on the M6 southbound near Corley Services, because of an accident.
BBC Travel reports that all lanes have been re-opened but travel time is about 30 minutes.
Some mist and murk to start with this morning on a mainly overcast and dull day where scattering of drizzly showers are likely on an otherwise dry day.
Breezy with slightly milder highs of 16C (61F).
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