8 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron's recent visit to the Midlands brought into focus the political debate around localism and growth.
A new flight route between Birmingham and China, the first UK service to operate outside London, lands at the city's airport.
Luke Wright's 89 and Craig Cachopa's Championship debut 84 helps Sussex into a strong position against Warwickshire.
The first direct flight between China and Birmingham landed this morning.
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The government-commissioned report into alleged attempts by hardline Muslims to influence how a number of Birmingham schools are run will be officially released later today.
The content of the report into the so-called Trojan Horse plot, expected to be damning, was leaked to the Guardian last week, so there are unlikely to be many surprises.
We'll bring you updates as soon as possible.
A West Midlands Police officer has been referred to the force's professional standards department over a "sexist and offensive" tweet.
It shows a picture of a man in a car with a woman who has her mouth covered. The accompanying message says: "A car designer has won an award for designing a seat belt which helps cut down on vehicle noise pollution #IWantOne"
The first flight between China and Birmingham has landed. It is the only UK to China air route to operate from outside London and was made possible by a runway extension. The aircraft was met by fire engines spraying an arch of water in welcome.
The 248-seat A330-200 aircraft is due to begin its outbound flight at 12:00 and will fly between Beijing and Birmingham on three dates up to 6 August.
In addition to the delays caused by the closure of the tunnels in Birmingham, an earlier accident has caused problems on the M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich).
All lanes have reopened but travel time is about 45 minutes. Congestion to J10, A454.
See BBC Travel News for more information.
Any patches of mist or low cloud will soon disperse through the morning. Otherwise it will be another dry and fine day across the region, with some good sunny spells and it will become very warm in many places. Highs of 25C (77F).
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