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28 August 2014 Last updated at 08:28
Patrick Burns Article written by Patrick Burns Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

Scottish referendum will test regions south of border

Why the Scottish referendum poses major challenges for England's regions

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David Gregory-Kumar Article written by David Gregory-Kumar David Gregory-Kumar Science & Environment correspondent, BBC News

Supercharging the humble 999 call with streaming video

West Midlands Fire Service want to trial technology to allow 999 callers to send them video from the scene of a fire.

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    Murder accused 'drank 25 cans a day' 10:08: Birmingham Mail

    A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death at their Midland flat regularly drank more than 25 cans of lager a day, a court heard.

     
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    West Midlands snubbed by foodies 10:06: Adrian Goldberg Presenter, BBC WM

    The Good Food Guide top 50 restaurants in the country came out yesterday - and Birmingham's been snubbed!

    Even though we've got 4 Michelin starred restaurants, cities with no stars, like Manchester and Liverpool, were both on the list.

    So I want to big up the West Midlands' best restaurants this morning - if you could put one restaurant in to the Good Food Guide, which would it be and why?

    Call in on 03453 00 99 56 or text 81333 (start your message with WM).

     
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    News on the hour 09:59: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Some 650,000 parents in the West Midlands have cut back on food in a bid to pay their rent or mortgage, according to housing charity Shelter. Hear more in the news at 10:00.

     
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    Watch: Police riot training 09:46:

    Watch this exclusive footage of riot training in action, offering an insight into the dangers faced by public order officers at West Midlands Police.

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    City of Colours 09:44: Birmingham Post

    A sea of colour and artistry will descend on Digbeth next weekend for the first City of Colours festival.

     
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    Term bus pass 09:36:

    NX West Midlands tweets: Have you got your Term Plus pass sorted for back to school or college? You can sign up by direct debit til 7th Sept http://ow.ly/ALuUL

     
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    New striker 09:27:

    Walsall have responded to their slow start to the new League One season by making striker Mathieu Manset their seventh summer signing.

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    'Devoted Dad' 09:18: Birmingham Mail

    A biker killed in a horror road crash was a devoted dad who helped his baby son fight a rare form of cancer.

     
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    Park ready for winter 09:16: via Facebook

    Sandwell Valley Country park posts: In early June, we re-sowed one of our fields with a special mix, (barley, wheat, linseed and a few others) which are already starting to produce seeds.

    Field in Sandwell Valley Country Park which has been re-sewn

    Over the winter, when there is normally less food available, this field will be a really important source of food for many visiting and over wintering birds.

     
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    News on the hour 09:00: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Police are investigating a burglary at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. A range of trophies were taken from cabinets in the foyer sometime last night.

    I'll have more in the hourly news bulletin.

     
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    Watch: Revived donor liver 08:45:

    Doctors have successfully transplanted a "revived" donor liver into a patient.

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    Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, pumped warmed blood through the organ after it was transported 200 miles in an ice box.

    They said the liver - taken from a cardiac death victim - would previously have been deemed "unviable".

     
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    Chief executive's expenses 08:32:

    The £232,000-a-year chief executive of two health trusts claimed up to £30,000 in expenses for hotels and transport over the past year, it has emerged.

    The BBC has obtained records of 92 hotel stays by West Midlands and East of England ambulance services chief Anthony Marsh.

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    The ambulance services said Mr Marsh's combined role actually saved £130,000 in public money.

     
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    Some sun 08:21:

    A fine morning with patchy cloud and some sunny spells. Showery outbreaks of rain will spread from the west this afternoon, the odd heavier burst possible, but should only last a couple of hours before clearing.

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    Solihull diversion 08:11:

    The A41 Solihull Bypass in Solihull entry slip road is closed southbound at the B4025 junction, because of resurfacing work. Diversion in operation - via Lode Lane and Hampton Lane to join the A41 Solihull Bypass. Expect delays.

    See BBC Travel for more local updates.

     
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    Good morning 08:00: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    Morning all, I'll be bringing you updates from Birmingham and the Black Country from now until 18:00.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can email or tweet us.

     

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