14:48 UK time, Thursday, 5 December 2013
Chancellor George Osborne says in his Autumn Statement he hopes tax breaks for small retailers can trigger a revival on the High Street.
A further 1,000 jobs will go at Birmingham City Council due to its budget cuts, the authority's leader says.
A man who tried to murder a pregnant woman by stabbing her six times in the stomach is jailed for 15 years.
Birmingham City recall defender Amari'i Bell from his youth loan at Conference Premier side Nuneaton Town
Police say a man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after the flat blaze in Masshouse Lane, Birmingham. Traffic delays built up as crews dealt with the fire.
Network West Midland said some of its bus services had been diverted and although services had been restored, delays around the Moor Street Queensway, near the city centre, could continue during the day.
Nine people were arrested after police raided a gentlemen's club in West Bromwich on Friday.
Officers executed a warrant under the misuse of drugs act at Angels Night Club, in West Bromwich High Street.
Those looking to rent properties with two or more bedrooms in Dudley are being urged to get in touch with the council's housing services.
Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham's Labour-run city council, says the only area that will not be affected by the latest job cuts is children's services.
West Midlands Fire Service tweets: Cause believed to be arson. One man arrested by @WMPolice. We're still there for damping down, salvage and fire investigation.
BBC News Online's story about patients being made to wait in ambulances after arriving at A&E units features a function allowing you to view figures for your nearest hospital.
It reveals 92% of emergency patients were seen within four hours at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital this week - slightly lower than the national figure of 93.4%.
More on the fire at Masshouse Lane.
The fire service says the fire was in the lounge and bedroom of a flat, causing severe smoke damage to the Birmingham property and five others in the building.
BBC Midlands Today tweets: At 1.30pm on BBC One: Our Transport Correspondent @BBCPeterPlisner is live on the M6 Toll road, which opened to traffic a decade ago today
Darren Ager, from Tamworth, a haulage driver for Sainsbury's, says he does not use the M6 Toll road.
"I think we would use it more if it were free. It would be useful because one of the junctions is right outside our depot."
There is a period of settled weather on the way, with temperatures generally feeling quite mild. Plenty of cloud about too.
More on the call to make Sutton Coldfield independent of Birmingham.
Ken Rushton, from the Sutton Town Council Referendum Group, tells BBC WM's Pete Morgan the group isn't doing it because of snobbery.
He says: "This is the real governance stuff. People haven't campaigned for 12 months in the appalling winter that has just gone, for snobbishness. They have stood out there with the pens freezing up in the cold to try and get some local accountability."
Motorists in Birmingham city centre have been hit by long delays after a fire at a block of flats.
Nobody was hurt in the fire. It caused severe smoke damage to the lounge and bedroom of the flat and also damaged five other flats in the building.
A West Midlands police officer goes on trial today accused of sexual activity with a child.
Christopher Semak, from Kings Norton, is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a girl when she was aged between 14 and 15.
The 33-year-old, who has been suspended from his south Birmingham police role since April 2012, denies four counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.
Antony Parker, from Coventry, who works in banking, uses the M6 Toll about once a month for work.
"It's a useful road. If I have to be somewhere in a hurry and I can charge it to the company, then it's fantastic compared to the M6.
"But I would rarely use it at weekends. It's purely about cost. If you can take your time then it's not worth it"
Fire crews have been dealing with a fire in a block of flats in Birmingham, thought to have been started deliberately.
The fire was on the 12th floor of a 14-storey block in Masshouse Lane, but nobody was hurt in the incident.
West Midlands Fire and Rescue says the incident is being treated as arson.
Wolves match claim as six are held in the football spot-fixing inquiry, reports the newspaper.
Jamie Whitehouse tweets: Monday morning isn't so bad! @bbcwm @sandwellcouncil
Banned: 'Commie' is on Birmingham City Council's list of taboo words, reports the newspaper.
BBC WM reporter Richie Anderson is at Buckingham Palace where students from the Black Country are to be handed an Award for Technical Education by the Duke of York.
Prince Andrew set it up to recognise the success of young people choosing technical education.
Earlier problems on the M6 have now cleared after an accident earlier.
Data analysis: Ten years of the £900m M6 Toll.
It's part of the newspaper's at-a-glance guide to the important statistics of the day, including analysis and breakdown of the facts and figures.
A Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a pregnant woman from Kidderminster.
Andre Omar Smith, 24, from Great Barr, was arrested in July shortly after a 25-year-old woman - who was six months pregnant - was found stabbed and beaten at a house in Lea Street.
He's due to be sentenced later.
The M6 is partially blocked, with slow traffic southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Spaghetti Junction, because of an accident.
More that 10,000 people have signed a petition to try to make Sutton Coldfield independent from Birmingham, reports BBC WM.
At the moment services in Sutton are run by Birmingham City Council.
Friends and relatives of three members of the same family who were killed in a road accident near Tamworth gathered at Kingsbury School to pay tribute to them.
James Weston, a friend of the boys, said: "They were both just so popular, that's what makes it even more tragic."
A gang of baby-faced thugs - including one aged just 13 - have been banned from two Birmingham neighbourhoods for throwing rocks at terrified passersby, reports the paper.
Fire services have been dealing with a fire at Masshouse Lane which is causing major traffic disruption.
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WMFS Highgate tweets: Crews from Highgate. Ladywood, Aston and Kings Norton at high rise fire Masshouse Lane.
The M42 is closed causing delays of 30 minutes and queuing traffic southbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and M5 J4a.
It is because of an accident.
Six people, including ex-Birmingham player DJ Campbell, are still being questioned by police in connection with alleged match fixing in football.
The Sun on Sunday recorded former West Bromwich Albion loanee Sam Sodje claiming he could arrange for players to be booked and sent off in return for five-figure sums.
An undercover reporter also recorded Oldham striker Cristian Montano saying he tried to hack down Wolves players to try to get a yellow card in their league game at Molineux earlier this season.
Birmingham City Council has confirmed 1,000 more jobs will have to go because of budget cuts.
It's because they've now got to save £840m by 2017. The only area that won't be affected by cuts is children's services.
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Verity Milligan tweets: This morning's #Brumrise. I could get used to these epic skies! #birmingham #sunrise @brumpic @bbcwm
Former Birmingham City striker DJ Campbell is among six people being questioned in connection with allegations of fixing in football matches, his current club Blackburn confirms.
Mr Campbell was one of six people arrested on Sunday.
BBC Midlands Today reporter Bob Hockenhull tweets: More than 1000 further jobs to go at #Birmingham City Council says leader Sir Albert Bore
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Students from the Black Country are going down to Buckingham Palace today, reports BBC WM.
The teenagers from the University Technical College in Walsall will be handed an Award for Technical Education by the Duke of York.
Prince Andrew set it up to recognise the success of young people choosing technical education.
Four are injured in a two-car Wolverhampton smash.
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup saw Albion handed a home tie against Crystal Palace. Villa will host League One strugglers Sheffield United, while Blues face either Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town at St Andrew's.
This is my office today, as I'm with the students from the University Technical College in Walsall who are getting awards.
Hear the latest on BBC WM.
Two men have been arrested after a serious assault in Shard End on Sunday, the paper reports.
A decade after it opened, the owners of the M6 Toll are being told to sell it or borrow more to keep it running, reports BBC WM.
Earlier problems on the A435 Haden Way in Moseley have cleared and the road has been reopened.
Counsellors will be at a school near Tamworth this morning after two pupils and a member of staff died in a car crash.
Maggie Stewart, a technician at Kingsbury School, died in the collision at Freasley, along with her 16-year-old son Damian and 15-year-old nephew Dion Walker-Smith.
A minute's applause was held for them before Tamworth's FA Cup match against Bristol City yesterday.
It is going to be a dry day with some sunny spells and not too cold, with maximum temperatures of 10C (50F).
The A435 Haden Way in Moseley is closed, causing heavy traffic outbound between the Moseley Road junction and the Edward Road junction.
It's down to an accident and recovery work. Police are directing traffic.
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