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21 October 2014 Last updated at 07:08

Job cuts warning at Walsall CouncilWalsall council offices

More than 400 jobs could be cut at Walsall Council along with closures of libraries and children's centres, the authority warns.


Birmingham manager Lee ClarkClark sacked by Birmingham City

Birmingham City sack manager Lee Clark and his assistant Steve Watson, with Blues lying 21st in the Championship. BBC Sport

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Police commissioners to be decommissioned say Labour

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Are urban badgers a problem or a boon to city life?

Urban badgers now cause more problems than their country counterparts but what, if anything, can be done about them?

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    Dark clouds above city 08:49:

    This was the view from the BBC's Birmingham office at the Mailbox earlier this morning, as dark clouds gathered above the city.

    Sky over Birmingham

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    Train delays 08:40: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    If you're travelling via train to the North West from the West Midlands today, there's some hold-ups.

    Virgin Trains is running with an emergency speed restriction on the West Coast Mainline between Preston and Lancashire, with 15-minute delays expected.

     
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    Congestion on A34 eases 08:29: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    We had reports of congestion on A34 towards the underpass where it flooded last week. It looks OK to me.

    The A34
     
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    Flights OK at Birmingham Airport 08:18: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    The weather has not yet caused any problems at Birmingham Airport.

    Some Lufthansa services could be cancelled due to unrelated strike action. Passengers are advised to check with Lufthansa directly to see if their flight is affected.

     
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    Video: The hurricane effect 08:05:
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    News on the hour 07:56: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    In the 08:00 bulletin: There will be a consultation about whether to close some libraries and children's centres in Walsall.

     
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    Gales 'coincide with rush hour' 07:47:

    The Met Office said the gales would "coincide with the morning rush hour in places".

    Forecasters warn that fallen leaves could impede drainage, increasing the risk of surface water on roads and causing difficult driving conditions.

     
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    Heavy traffic 07:41:

    John Pugh texts to say the A34 from Walsall to Birmingham is "very heavy" past the Scott Arms.

    That tallies with the latest information from BBC Travel, which reports stop-start traffic and delays on the A34 Birmingham Road southbound in Great Barr between the Scott Arms traffic lights and the A4040 Aston Lane junction.

    Keep up to date with the latest travel information here.

     
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    Gales forecast 07:33:

    The Met Office has issued "be aware" warnings, with gales forecast for much of the UK, while BBC Weather said heavy rain was already spreading across many areas.

    Weather map
     
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    Problems on Stafford Road 07:24:

    The A449 Stafford Road in Dunstall, Wolverhampton, is partially blocked at the Gorsebrook Road junction because of a broken down vehicle, says BBC Travel.

     
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    M6 delays 07:19: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    On the M6 there is a lane closed on the exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J7, for the A34 at Great Barr, because of a broken down vehicle.

    For more information visit BBC Travel.

     
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    Gale-force winds 07:13: Sara Blizzard Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Today there will be gales for all parts. The rain from overnight will soon clear south-east, then colder and clearer conditions will follow.

    There will also be scattered squally showers, which bring a risk of hail and thunder, spreading across the region. Highs of 11C (52F).

     
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    Travel disruption 07:09: BBC WM

    Thousands of people face travel disruption today, with 10% of flights being cancelled at Heathrow Airport because of strong winds and heavy rain.

    This is all down to the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.

    There's a Yellow Weather warning in place for the West Midlands but no word yet on disruption to flights at Birmingham Airport.

     
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    Good morning 07:00: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    I'm back in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    We've started the Local Live service an hour earlier today to update you with the situation as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo arrive. Get in touch with us today via email, Facebook and Twitter.

     

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