12:04 UK time, Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Towns and cities bid to be the location of a new training college for railway engineers of the future.
An alleged plot to oust some Birmingham head teachers and make their schools adhere to more Islamic principles is being investigated.
A 41-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in a Wolverhampton hotel.
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United.
That's it for the service today. It will return on Saturday at 08:00.
It will be dry, clear and quite chilly for much of the night, with a patchy frost for a time. It will cloud over towards the end of the night and become increasingly breezy.
Lows of 5C (41F).
A BBC investigation has revealed that a hospital superbug that's resistant to most antibiotics has been found at three locations in the West Midlands.
Our health correspondent Michele Paduano has the details on Midlands Today at 18:30.
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People wore purple ribbons - Christina Edkins' favourite colour - at the memorial service for the girl who was stabbed to death on a bus exactly a year ago.
There was an upbeat mood. Yes people were sad, but there was a big feeling of celebrating her life.
Canon Janet Chapman led the service at Birmingham Cathedral.
Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill Liam Byrne says: "Our community will simply not tolerate any nonsense that interferes with first class teaching of our children.
"These are deeply disturbing allegations, which is why Ofsted has been called in.
"We can't have a kangaroo court for a matter as sensitive as this, but if there's been wrongdoing then we must and will have decisive and immediate action."
The letter, verified by the BBC, was apparently written by someone in Birmingham to a contact in Bradford and outlines ways and means by which schools can be taken over.
It says: "We have an obligation to our children to fulfil our roles and ensure these schools are run on Islamic principles."
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson confirmed the letters had been received and that an investigation was under way.
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There is one lane closed and slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J3a M6 Toll, because of a serious accident involving four cars, says BBC Travel News
The number of inspectors on Birmingham buses has doubled, reports Birmingham Eastside.
National Express West Midlands say the move will help cut the number of fare dodgers after figures revealed that 24,000 people failed pay the correct fare in 2013.
At 17:00 with Steven Davies, hear from our reporter who attended the memorial for Christina Edkins who was stabbed to death last year.
Two people were injured after a car mounted the pavement in the Jewellery Quarter.
Mourners are gathering outside the Christina Edkins memorial.
Although the authorities have been aware of the alleged plot since November, the details have only become public now thanks to the letter which has been widely leaked.
We still don't know whether it's genuine or a fake, but that's one of the questions Birmingham City Council is attempting to answer with its investigation.
It's clearly a sensitive subject and there will be great concerns about the effect on what the authorities euphemistically call "community cohesion".
An alleged plot to oust some Birmingham head teachers and make their schools adhere to more Islamic principles is being investigated, it has emerged.
A leaked letter detailing the plan, known as "Operation Trojan Horse", claims up to four schools in the city have already been taken over.
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An earlier lane closure on the M6 exit slip road southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down lorry, has now been cleared, reports BBC Travel News.
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A campaign to persuade more people to adopt children has been launched in Birmingham.
There are currently 177 children in the city waiting for adoption, amongst the highest figures in the country.
I'm going out to the Christina Edkins memorial to report for BBC WM.
It's been a year since she was stabbed to death on her way to school in Birmingham.
The top stories in the 15:00 bulletin are:
West Midlands Police says a 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Amandeep Kaur Hothi, 29, from Wolverhampton.
Police were called to the city centre Britannia Hotel yesterday at 10:00 where Ms Hothi was found dead.
Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in a Wolverhampton hotel have arrested a man this afternoon.
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West Midlands Police tweets: Detectives continue to investigate the death of a local 29-year-old woman after her body was found yesterday in a Wolverhampton hotel.
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Carson Yeung worked in the UK as a teenager before becoming a hairstylist in Hong Kong. He made his fortune investing in Macau in the 1990s and is a prominent property developer in Hong Kong.
He bought Birmingham City in October 2009 for £81.5m from David Sullivan and David Gold, now the co-owners of West Ham.
The Hong Kong businessman was arrested and charged with money laundering two years later.
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Companies in Halesowen and Rowley Regis are being urged to take on apprentices after new figures revealed the constituency got £2.3m because of them last year.
There are delays and traffic congestion on the A34 Stratford Road in Bordesley, Birmingham, at the Henley Street junction, because of subsidence and temporary traffic lights.
Congestion goes from the A41 Stratford Road to Camp Hill Circus.
The Premier League say their fit and proper person test has been tightened since Carson Yeung bought Birmingham City in 2009.
The sale of 12% of Birmingham City has been cancelled as the buyer (a Chinese media firm) has failed to meet the deadline. Beijing Liangzhu had asked for an extension to the deadline but still couldn't come up with the money.
It does make a possible sale of the club now easier as there are fewer people to deal with - but, as ever, who knows where the Birmingham City FC story goes next?
As grandma used to say: "There's enough blue sky to make a pair of sailor's trousers!"
Sunny spells this afternoon, temperatures above average.
We have more on that story about schools being taken over... the allegation is that members of a branch of Islam are being asked to work in schools to spread rumours that Christian prayers and sex education are being taught there.
It's claimed some headteachers in Birmingham have already been forced out by the plot, known as Operation Trojan.
We know the Department of Education is investigating.
The stabbing of two men at the Mailbox's Bar Room Bar on 6 April last year was part of a long-standing feud between Birmingham families - and involved two brothers.
The Cadby brothers, from Castle Vale, went into the bar looking for 44-year-old Russell Broughton (pictured) and smashed cocktail glasses over his head.
Birmingham Crown Court heard the flare-up was the culmination of tit-for-tat attacks going back many years that were sparked by rows over an outstanding debt.
Steven Davies has the news at 13:00, including:
A BBC investigation has revealed that a hospital superbug that's resistant to most antibiotics has been found at two locations in the West Midlands.
Find out more on BBC Midlands Today at 13:30.
An alleged plot by Islamic fundamentalists to take over Birmingham schools by ousting head teachers and staff through dirty tricks campaigns is being investigated by education chiefs.
Carson Yeung's rise from humble hairdresser to wealthy owner of a British football club has attracted much media attention.
The international press pack bore witness to his fall from grace at the end of a three-year legal case.
His legal team has declined to say whether there will be an appeal. It is still unclear exactly how Yeung's six-year jail sentence will affect his British football club, Birmingham City.
Thousands of lawyers opposed to legal aid cuts in England and Wales are staging a second walk-out today in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, and hundreds of lawyers will march on Westminster in protest.
They will be addressed by speakers including former Blur drummer-turned-solicitor Dave Rowntree, the mother of Gary McKinnon, who narrowly avoided extradition to the US, and Paddy Hill, one of the Birmingham Six.
High-profile trials are set to be affected.
Plans are under way for a new Christian school, which could open in Birmingham in September next year.
The King Solomon International Business School has received funding from the Department for Education as part of Education Secretary Michael Gove's free schools programme.
The headlines at 12:00:
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In the hot seat today I have Labour's shadow education minister Tristram Hunt.
Former England batsman Mike Gatting will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in to some DIY when he visits Pedmore Cricket Club next month.
More on the story of the mother who says she was told to sleep in a hospital store room.
Richard Kirby, Chief Executive of Walsall Manor Hospital, says: "In order to enable Mary to be as close to her son as possible, we arranged for Mrs Deeming to stay overnight in our day room on Ward 16 on a 'Z bed'.
"In this room there is a storage unit which should have been locked and we will investigate why on this occasion it was not. The unit is used to store medical supplies such as catheters, tubing and saline drips, but is not used to store any drugs or medication. We are very sorry that Mrs Deeming wasn't happy with her experience and I would ask that she contacts me directly to discuss this matter."
BBC WM breakfast show presenter Pete Morgan spoke to BBC correspondent Andrew Wood, who was in Hong Kong following the trial of Carson Yeung.
He also got reaction from BBC WM's Richard Wilford and football finance expert Prof Chris Brady.
Yeung was found guilty of five money laundering charges involving almost $98m in Hong Kong on 3 March. The offences took place from January 2001 to December 2007 and involved five bank accounts.
In the headlines at 11:00, Jay Vydelingum has the news that a memorial for schoolgirl Christina Edkins will be held at Birmingham Cathedral later.
It's a year since the 16-year-old was fatally stabbed on a bus in the city as she made her way to her school in Halesowen. Listen live now.
Murder squad detectives were today trying to establish how a woman whose body was found at a Wolverhampton hotel died.
A 96-year-old woman in the West Midlands has died after contracting the extremely resistant superbug known as KPC.
Prof Laura Piddock, from Birmingham University, says there's a shortage of investment in antibiotic research, adding: "If we are really serious across the world about tackling this problem, we have to start viewing this in the same way as the high-income countries viewed the Aids crisis in the 1990s.
"It's going to take that sort of level of global policymakers' decisions to drive this forward." Hear more on BBC WM.
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone at Solihull School this lunchtime for an international women's day event and interviewing past pupils.
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It's exactly a year since schoolgirl Christina Edkins was stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham on her way to school.
There'll be a memorial service to remember the 16-year-old at St Philip's Cathedral this afternoon.
It's a miserable start to today, but bear with it. The rain will clear to leave a pleasant afternoon with warm sunshine later. Highs of 12C (53F).
I'm asking for your reaction to Carson Yeung being jailed and I have the story of a man who's suing a casino after he gambled away £300k.
Get in touch with me today on 03453 009956.
A hospital superbug that's resistant to the majority of antibiotics has been found in the West Midlands.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed one elderly patient infected with the bug KPC died in Wolverhampton.
The A4123 Birmingham New Road, in Coseley, is blocked and there is queuing traffic northbound at the A463 Shaw Road junction because of an accident, says BBC Travel News.
It's Friday - so Pete Morgan and the team are sending you a Friday wave of excitement.
At 09:00 on BBC WM:
Carson Yeung claimed he had accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars through stock trading, business ventures in mainland China, a hair salon and a keen interest in gambling.
But his trial was told he had lied about how he made his money and Yeung was described by Judge Yau as "not a witness of truth".
The businessman was unable to show where almost HK$100m (£7.7m) in his bank accounts had come from.
Mary Deeming tells BBC WM she slept for four nights on a chair by her son's bedside and, when she asked for a bed for the fifth night, nurses put one in a store room.
Walsall Manor Hospital says it will investigate why the storage unit was not locked.
An investigation is under way after a Black Country woman claimed she had to sleep in a store room full of medical equipment at Walsall Manor Hospital.
Mary Deeming's 21-year-old son Daniel has special needs and spent five nights at the hospital last week while he was receiving treatment.
I'm speaking to Mary Deeming. She claims she was made to sleep in a store room at a hospital while her son was being treated.
A cloudy start, with outbreaks of rain for many and some heavier bursts at times.
The cloud and rain should largely clear by 12:00. Highs of 12C (54F).
Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung has been jailed for six years by a Hong Kong court for money laundering.
The 54-year-old had denied laundering HK$720m (£55m) through his bank accounts between 2001 and 2007.
He was arrested and charged in June 2011, two years after he acquired the football club.
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