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 employment tribunal involving a school linked to an alleged Islamist takeover plot is adjourned to allow authorities time to investigate.
A car smashes through two sets of railings and becomes embedded in the wall of a primary school in Birmingham.
Ex-Birmingham City left-back David Murphy reflects on his career after being forced to retire by a persistent knee injury.
The updates have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.
It will stay dry with clear spells for much of the night but cloud will increase through the early hours giving a fairly dull start.
Winds will be light and it should stay frost-free for most. Lows of 2C (36F).
I'm just finishing writing the headlines for this evening. We've been given unusual access to the site where the jury in the Joshua Ribera murder trial have been today, the nightclub where the promising rap artist was stabbed to death.
In sport, we look at the contrasting fortunes of two of our Black Country football clubs - Wolves are on a great run of form, but the same can't be said for Premier League side West Brom who are still without a win under Pepe Mel.
Fancy a flutter on the Cheltenham Festival, I'll be studying the form with our sport reporter Dan Pallet, he knows his horses! I'll be live on BBC One from 18:30.
Visit Birmingham tweets: On Saturday one of Birmingham's largest parades returns - St Patrick's Day parade! Are you going?
What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.
The fire service says a fire at a wood recycling plant in Tipton is being treated as suspicious.
Incident commander Andy Morgan says: "We've had our fire investigation team here for most of the day looking through what happened. It is suspicious. There's no real other way it could've caught fire other than a deliberate act."
Peaky Blinders tweets: We're excited to welcome Harry Kirton who was discovered at the open casting call in Birmingham! He will play Finn Shelby in #PeakyBlinders
Wolves duo Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako have been chatting to the BBC's Ian Winter in French and English. You can find out how they got on BBC Midlands Today Facebook page.
West Midlands Fire Service tweets: We've scaled down to 3 fire engines at #tiptonfire, plus high volume water pumping unit (HVP).
Crews around half-way through the operation.
Walsall Football Club are investigating allegations that two Wolves players were racially abused during Saturday's derby.
The Saddlers have issued a statement saying they're working with Wolves and West Midlands Police.
In the news at 17:00 hear what Wolves' head coach Kenny Jackett has to say on the incident, plus the latest news.
The BBC's Phil Mackie will be speaking to Richard Wilford about an alleged plot by orthodox Muslims to take over schools in Birmingham.
And our correspondent Peter Wilson has the latest as the jury in a murder case in Birmingham have visited the scene today where the victim died.
Listen to BBC WM with Richard Wilford on air now.
Statements from Wolves and Walsall indicate that the clubs are keen to work together after allegations of racial abuse towards two Wolves players.
Walsall say they "will fully co-operate with West Midlands Police and Wolverhampton Wanderers", while Wolves observe that "the complaint relates to a small number of individuals in the crowd at Saturday's game and will not sour the good relationship that exists between the two clubs".
The jury in a murder case in Birmingham have today visited the scene where the victim died.
Joshua Ribera, 18, a rapper was stabbed last September near a nightclub in Selly Oak after attending a tribute event for a knife murder victim.
I'll have a full report on BBC One at 18:30.
West Midlands Police tweets: GREAT NEWS - Missing Walsall boy Jaspreet Khun Khun, 12, has been found safe and well at a family address in Southampton.
London Midland tweets: Due to signalling problems at Bescot Stadium, trains may be delayed or altered at short notice. More info when I have it.
The top three stories coming up in the news bulletin with Steve Davies at 16:00:
Walsall and Wolves issued statements simultaneously at lunchtime with regard to allegations of racist abuse towards two Wolves players during Saturday's match at the Banks's Stadium.
Wolves' head coach Kenny Jackett says the club will fully support the two players involved, Carl Ikeme and George Elokobi.
Walsall say they are taking the matter very seriously and will ban anyone found guilty from the stadium for life.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the crash on Springfield Road this morning at about 05:00 involving a white Vauxhall Astra, to contact them on 101.
Officers discovered the vehicle embedded in the building, although no occupants were around. The school is expected to reopen on Tuesday.
Birmingham and Manchester are usually mentioned when the subject of Britain's second city comes up. But is Hebden Bridge - population 4,200 - the rightful owner of the title?
Pretty much everyone in the world knows which is Britain's biggest city, but who can name the second? Read more on BBC News.
The police seal off roads around TC's nightclub as Birmingham Crown Court arrives in Selly Oak.
The jury in a murder case in Birmingham are visiting the scene where the 18-year-old rapper Depzman died after being stabbed in September last year.
You can see more on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30.
Coming up in the 15:00 news on BBC WM:
Police in Birmingham are hunting the occupants of a car that smashed through safety barriers and became embedded in the wall of a Sparkhill school.
Late Kick Off in the Midlands is currently filming in BBC Birmingham's reception at the Mailbox.
The show returns to BBC One at 23:20, tonight shining the spotlight on Wolves and Nottingham Forest.
An advertising firm is denied permission to put up 13ft billboards in Birmingham city centre.
A "rather unusual giant squash" has been seized at Birmingham Airport after being illegally imported, Solihull Council says.
The council environmental team also uncovered 94,000 illegally imported cigarettes and 80kg of illegally imported fish.
Coming up in the 14:00 news bulletin on BBC WM:
Three homeless centres in Birmingham will get multimillion-pound revamps as part of city council plans.
Birmingham City Council says putting in new kitchens, bathrooms and boilers, rewiring, and decorating, will "significantly extend [their] life".
Wolves says it has made an official complaint to Walsall and the FA after Carl Ikeme and George Elokobi were racially abused by individuals in the crowd following Saturday's local derby. Read the full club statement online now.
Wolves says the two players "both displayed admirable restraint in the face of receiving the abuse on Saturday".
Coming up at 13:30 on BBC Midlands Today with Joanne Malin - the jury in a Birmingham murder case visit the place where Joshua Ribera was fatally stabbed.
We're out with the social work teams in Coventry finding out what some of the pressures are on modern day child protection teams
And we're previewing one of the potential Midlands winners at the Cheltenham festival tomorrow. I hope you can join us on BBC One this lunch time.
Walsall Football Club say they're investigating reports that two Wolves players were racially abused during Saturday's derby.
The Saddlers have issued a statement saying they're working with police and if anyone is found guilty of racist abuse they face a lifetime ban from the Banks's Stadium.
BBC WM's been hearing claims Muslim fundamentalists could be trying to take over running more schools in the city.
It's after a leaked letter detailing the plan known as Operation Trojan Horse claimed up to four schools have already been affected with allegations some head teachers are being replaced so schools follow more Islamic principles.
Hear more in the news at 13:00 with Steve Davies.
Springfield Police tweets: car has now been removed from the entrance of Springfield school.The school is still closed until H&S & surveyors have done their assessment
Two people have been arrested after a 20-year-old man was found in a Cannock town centre car park with severe head injuries after a suspected attack.
I'm out filming at Birmingham Conservatoire today looking at how severely disabled people from across the city are being helped to make music by using a "touch free" instrument.
It's called Soundbeam and uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound in almost any style. People who've used it so far say it's therapeutic. Links have been established with Heartlands Hospital to help patients who are recovering from life changing conditions such as strokes and serious head injuries.
You can see my report on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.
Birmingham City Council says it is carrying out investigations after claims Muslim fundamentalists could be trying to take over running some of the cities schools.
A spokesperson says: "We have received letters making allegations in relation to some schools in the Birmingham area. Birmingham City Council is continuing to investigate these allegations and therefore cannot comment further."
Springfield Police tweets: This is what happens when you drive at excessive speed. Avoid Springfield road this morning.
In the news at 12:00 we'll hear from Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell who says renaming the West Midlands as Greater Birmingham would help the region compete for business on an international level.
That and more in the news on BBC WM at midday.
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Virgin Trains tweets: All lines are open at #Coventry - trains travelling through the station may still be delayed by up to 30 minutes until approx 13:00
A number of roads in Tipton have been closed as fire crews tackle a blaze at a recycling plant.
networkwm tweets: #Bus: Large fire being tackled on Bloomfield Road #Tipton. Delays and diversions possible to buses 311, 313.
A spokesman for British Transport Police say a 27-year-old man from Coventry has been arrested following a trespass incident on the railway line this morning.
They say: "Shortly before 09:10, we were called to Coventry rail station following reports of a man on the tracks threatening to harm himself."
He was subsequently arrested and has been taken to hospital for assessment.
Virgin Trains services between London Euston and Birmingham New Street are also affected by the trespass incident near Coventry, BBC Travel news reports.
Tickets being accepted on Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry East Midlands Trains and London Midland services.
Police are appealing for information after a Vauxhall Astra hit a primary school in Moseley earlier this morning.
Officers said they arrived at Springfield Road at about 05:00 this morning, to find the car embedded in the building, but no driver or passengers were present.
A structural engineer is at the site and Springfield Primary School is closed.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the force on 101.
The fire service says 20 firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze at a wood recycling plant in Tipton, which started yesterday afternoon.
About 80 tonnes of wood recycling products are still burning, but under control.
The emergency service tweets: We'll be there most of day. Working closely with site owners who are using diggers to drag the burning material before we extinguish it.
Coming up in the news at 11:00:
Rail services between Birmingham and London have been affected after an incident near Coventry.
London Midland tweets: Owing to a trespass incident between #Rugby and #Coventry all lines are closed. Sorry for any delays caused by this, more info when known
The train operator says Chiltern Railway is accepting London Midland tickets on services between Birmingham and London Marylebone and buses were being arranged between Coventry and Rugby.
A Birmingham MP's calling for a review of how communities work with local schools following allegations Muslim fundamentalists are trying to take over running some schools in the city.
A leaked letter detailing the plan known as Operation Trojan Horse claims up to four schools have already been affected. It centres on allegations some head teachers are being replaced to make their schools follow more Islamic principles.
Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood says more support is needed for local communities.
Wolves kept their League One automatic promotion challenge on course and recorded a club-record-equalling eighth straight win by beating Walsall at the weekend.
Two goals from Nouha Dicko were followed by a left-footed strike from Bakary Sako to secure the three points.
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett described it as a "feisty game" and said he was pleased by his team's consistency.
Business leaders are calling for parts of the West Midlands to be renamed as Greater Birmingham so they can take on London and Manchester.
It's been a hot topic on Facebook this morning - Steven Lawrence writes: This is going to be another one of those ideas that is going to cost a fortune and have no benefit. Remember when they spent all that money renaming Sandwell to Sandwell. Absurd idea and Inconsiderate timing when people's jobs are not safe.
BBC Travel News reports the A460 Cannock Road in Bushbury is closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Wood Hayes Road junction and the Old Hampton Lane junction, because of an accident.
Police directing traffic.
Wolverhampton Today writes on Facebook: Motorists are advised to take care around the Penn Road Island at the junction of the A449 and the Ring Road - the traffic lights are currently out of action. The council is aware and engineers have been called out to investigate.
A woman whose son took his own life while studying at Birmingham University says lessons must be learned from his death.
In the news at 10:00 we'll hear from the life president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce about the idea to rename the West Midlands to Greater Birmingham.
That and more news stories shortly on BBC WM.
West Brom are still searching for their first win under Pepe Mel, after slumping to a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United.
The Baggies remain above the relegation zone on goal difference, having won just once in 18 league games.
Responding to calls for her to vote against the government's Care Bill, Conservative MP Karen Lumley says: "My job here is to represent the people of Redditch.
"I have listened very carefully to what the Save the Alex people have to say - I will stand up for the people of Redditch but I won't be bullied by people who think putting 35,000 leaflets through people's doors and getting people to ring my office and emailing me will make me change my mind.
That's not what I'm about I'm about representing people's views."
Sheldon Fire Station tweets: 8am at #tiptonfire High volume pump still supplying fireground. We have pumped approx 2.5million litres of water
Two goals from on-loan midfielder Ravel Morrison saw Queen's Park Rangers beat Birmingham City at their St Andrew's ground.
Birmingham manager Lee Clark said the team didn't make the most of their chances.
He beat six other dogs in the final event of the annual show in Birmingham yesterday.
There's calls to rename parts of the West Midlands as Greater Birmingham to give the local economy a major boost.
We've been asking you for your thoughts on the BBC WM Facebook page - should we rename the West Midlands to Greater Birmingham or leave it be?
Marc Curran writes: "If it brings jobs and investment do it! I'm sorry but abroad no one has heard of the Black Country they all know Birmingham though!
"It's the other towns that will put the great into a greater Birmingham. In greater Manchester all the towns get along and work together they fight for investment united with one voice."
The top three stories coming up on BBC WM at 09:00:
Members of the Save the Alex group delivered about 35,000 leaflets and are campaigning against the plans.
They want the Redditch MP, Karen Lumley to reject the bill.
The MP for Redditch says she won't be bullied into voting against changes to the Care Bill.
More than 30,000 leaflets have been handed out urging Karen Lumley to vote against Clause119. If passed, it would make it easier for the Government to close hospitals if they get into financial difficulties, without a full public consultation.
There's calls to rename parts of the West Midlands as Greater Birmingham to give the local economy a major boost.
The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is behind the idea.
It says bringing Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Solihull together would attract more investment.
networkwm tweets: #Bus: Traffic light failure on Penn Road at Ring Road #Wolverhampton. Delays possible to buses 2, 25A/25C, 26, 64, 255, 256.
Aston Fire Station tweets: Crews from Aston help deal with a large recycling depot fire in Tipton throughout last night.
Residents living near the scene of a fire at a recycling plant in Tipton are being told to keep windows and doors shut.
Firefighters have been at Bloomfield Recycling and Skip Hire damping down after the blaze yesterday afternoon but say there is still a large amount of smoke.
Highways Agency tweets: #M6 #West Midlands southbound between J3A and J3, lane 3 blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident. Delays in the area.
A rather cloudy and dull start to the day for most, with hill fog and mist in places.
Whilst some brighter spells are possible, particularly towards the southwest of the region, it will be feeling noticeably cooler than on Sunday. A high of 12C (54F).
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