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23 October 2014 Last updated at 08:31

Council plans school crossing cutsBirmingham Council House

Birmingham City Council proposes cuts to pest control and school crossing services.


Dudley council house300 jobs at risk over council cuts

More than 300 jobs could be cut at Dudley Council as it tries to save £57m over the next three years, the authority warns.

School pupils'Anti-extremism' school code shelved

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.

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Worcestershire takes new lead in devolution debate

Worcestershire backs devolution plan for city regions as the debate over decentralisation of powers heats up.

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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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    News on the hour 09:55: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    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.

     
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    Bus service diversion 09:44:

    Network West Midlands tweets: Service 53 will have diversions in place today due to the closure of the Barclay Road, Bearwood. Further details here ow.ly/DcHS8

     
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    At Risk buildings 09:29: Amy Cole Reporter, Midlands Today

    Furnaces - believed to be where the famous Ironbridge was cast - have been put on the English Heritage At Risk register.

    The Coffin Works in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

    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.

     
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    'Tram failure' 09:16:

    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

     
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    From football to property 09:08: Express and Star

    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.

     
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    News on the hour 08:56: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    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.

     
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    Happy Diwali! 08:44: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    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.

    Widows light sparklers in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh October 21, 2014

    You can share your photos too - email, tweet or get in touch via Facebook.

     
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    Council saving plans 08:31:

    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".

     
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    £150m council cuts 08:21:

    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.

    Sir Albert Bore

    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.

     
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    M6 delays 08:10:

    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.

     
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    Showers likely 08:04: Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    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.

    BBC Midlands weather forecast Forecast for 16:00

    Breezy with slightly milder highs of 16C (61F).

     
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    Good morning 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you'd like to comment on any of the updates we're featuring email or tweet @BBCWM.

     

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