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 former Birmingham City apprentice makes a bid for Paralympic glory after overcoming brain damage to captain the England Cerebral Palsy football team.
A police officer had sex with a 14-year-old girl after texting her to say he could be jailed if their affair was discovered, a court hears.
Birmingham City winger Chris Burke says their unbeaten run has improved their morale.
Firefighters in Sandwell and Dudley boroughs are striking on Friday and Saturday in their protracted battle to save their pensions.
West Midlands Police traffic team tweets: RTC in W'hampton damage only car vs chip shop. Brings a new meaning to drive through fast food #lucky
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It's two weeks until Christmas. Have you bought your crackers yet?
Today there will be hundreds of them in Birmingham city centre as people try to break the world record for the longest Christmas cracker pulling chain.
There will be a countdown to get people to pull them all at the same time and if you've not registered, fear not - people can turn up at Brindley Place from noon and take part.
Birmingham City Council's licensing committee meeting at 10:00 will be streamed live on the internet. You can watch it here.
The Black Country firm responsible for a huge pile of rubbish which towers over homes in Brierley Hill has had its licence revoked by the Environment Agency, BBC Midlands Today reports.
The company, Refuse De-rived Fuel Limited, was repeatedly ordered to reduce the waste heap. Now the business has been told it must remove all remaining rubbish by February.
A car careered into a fish and chip shop in Wolverhampton last night.
Today we're discussing a report in the Birmingham Mail that violent crime in the area has risen 5% year on year. In Birmingham alone it's gone up by 13% - and I don't know why.
So you tell me. Why is violent crime on the up? Give me a call on 08453 009956 or text 81333 starting your message WM.
The longest Christmas cracker pulling chain record is currently held by the RuneScape Community, in London, who set it in November this year.
One of the West Midlands' most famous sporting names the Cradley Heathens is to be revived in 2014, the club confirms.
It's after the Dudley Heathens confirmed they'll be reverting back to their original name when they defend their National League Speedway title next year.
Club chairman Nigel Pearson says: "We used the name Dudley because we weren't sure what the response would be, but it's clear the majority of our fan base are from the Cradley days."
More than 600 people are aiming to form the world's longest Christmas cracker pulling chain today.
Lydia Ellis, marketing manager for Brindley Place, Birmingham, where the attempt will be made at at 12:30, says more than 603 people are required to break the current record.
"We've had over 800 people sign up in advance but we just hope everybody turns up."
Birmingham beats international competition for a foreign investment award.
The newspaper has a special report which has discovered violent crime has soared by 13% in Birmingham.
A former Birmingham City apprentice is making a bid for Paralympic glory after overcoming brain damage to captain the England Cerebral Palsy football team.
At 18, Jack Rutter was an aspiring Premier League footballer who had spent eight years with the Birmingham City Academy, reports BBC News Online.
But in 2009, just months before he was due to find out if he would be offered a professional contract, he was punched to the ground on a night out.
Hospitals in the Midlands are having to recruit hundreds of nurses from overseas.
The BBC has discovered hospitals in the region plan to recruit the foreign nurses because of staff shortages.
A chilly start for many with some locally dense fog patches, which will be slow to clear through the morning.
All areas will remain dry throughout and it will also become increasingly sunny during the afternoon, with highs of 9C (48F).
It's rather grey and murky here in Birmingham city centre this morning.
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