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18 April 2014 Last updated at 12:34

School fraud police bail four women

Four women arrested in connection with a fraud investigation at a Birmingham school are released on bail.


Jonathan TrottTrott to take break from cricket

Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues. BBC Sport

Patrick Burns, Political editor, Midlands Article written by Patrick Burns Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

Funding cuts expose polar opposites

How government austerity measures and council funding cuts make polar opposites of lifelong friends.

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

Chemists create a new cancer drug

Chemists have created a new medicine to fight cancer which they hope will overcome the problem of drug-resistant cancers.

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    Wolves v Rotherham 12:40: Steve Hermon BBC WM Sport

    Wolves are set to play in front of their biggest home crowd for over 30 years later.

    Kenny Jackett's side, who secured promotion from League One last week, host Rotherham at Molineux where 30,000 fans are expected.

    Hear commentary with Richard Wilford on BBC WM 95.6 FM from 14:00.

     
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    Your photos: Wolverhampton sunrise 12:26: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I snapped this pic while on my way into work this morning in Wolverhampton.

    Sunrise over Wolverhampton

    It looks like the weather is going to be sunny and dry today so if you take a photo while out this bank holiday weekend please do email or tweet us.

     
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    Speedway: Wolves 12:12: Mike Taylor BBC WM Sport

    Wolverhampton hope to extend their unbeaten start to the Elite League this lunchtime in a tricky away fixture at Belle Vue.

    Wolves have won their first three matches. Tom Perry rides for them as a guest, in place of Joe Jacobs.

     
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    'Information for Blues' 12:09: via Facebook

    Birmingham City FC posts on Facebook: If you're heading to Nottingham Forest tomorrow make sure you read the following information: http://goo.gl/1336S1

     
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    'Significant structural problems' 11:50: BBC WM

    There are claims the Aston Expressway in Birmingham is at risk of collapsing.

    The Tame Valley viaduct carries about 80,000 vehicles a day, and a report for the Local Enterprise Partnership says there are significant structural problems with the road.

    It warns drivers could face lane or weight restrictions in future - or it might even need to be closed altogether.

     
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    Why is today called Good Friday? 11:35:

    It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday? BBC Magazine Monitor has the answer here.

    Reverend Alistair Prince walks through Croxteth Country park, Liverpool
     
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    Benefits Street sequel? 11:20:

    It's claimed the production company behind the controversial Channel 4 programme Benefits Street is struggling to find people willing to take part in the second series, reports BBC WM.

    Smoggy from Benefits Street

    The show followed the lives of people in Winson Green's James Turner Street and five million people watched it.

     
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    'Benefit' from time away 10:59:

    The England Cricket Board confirms Jonathan Trott will take a break from the sport with immediate effect after experiencing "a repeat of stress-related symptoms" during a match earlier this week.

    ECB chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce says he's been ruled out "of all cricket this winter from late November onwards".

    He adds: "Despite Jonathan wanting to play for Warwickshire from the start of the season having spent time with him yesterday it is clear that he will benefit from a further period away from the game. He will continue with the comprehensive support programme the ECB has put in place to assist his rehabilitation."

     
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    Signalling problems 10:45:

    London Midland tweets: There are signalling problems between #Walsall and #RugeleyTV at the moment. Trains running through these stations may be delayed.

     
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    Teacher compensation 10:29:

    Hundreds of thousands of pounds was paid out to teachers across the West Midlands in compensation last year, BBC WM reports.

    Classroom generic

    Figures released by the NASUWT teaching union show that one 33-year-old teacher in our region was awarded £300k after she was badly injured breaking up a fight between two pupils.

     
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    Women released on bail 10:15:

    Four women have been released on bail after being held over an alleged plot involving bogus resignation letters at a primary school.

    The investigation is centred on Adderley Primary School in Saltley.

     
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    St George's Day 09:59:

    Dudley Council has confirmed its St George's Day celebration line-up.

    St George killing a dragon

    Performers are set to include the Sedgley Morris Men, Brierley Hill Musical Theatre, Black Country Gaz and the Kingswinford Air Training Corps band. There will also be the Great Brierley Hill Bake-Off competition!

     
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    £200m Aston Villa takeover? 09:45:

    The Telegraph reports that Aston Villa could be set for a £200m takeover by American billionaires if the club stays in the Premier League.

     
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    'Rather teach my son at home' 09:30: BBC WM

    A single mother from Birmingham says she'd rather teach her son at home than send him to the school being offered by the council.

    Karandip Pahal lives in Edgbaston with 4-year-old. All three of her choices for primary schools have been turned down and instead her son Rajan has been offered a place at a school in Balsall Heath.

     
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    Wolves v Rotherham 09:17:

    Promoted Wolves are expected to be unchanged at Molineux as they look to cement their hold on the League One title against Rotherham United.

    After clinching promotion at Crewe last weekend, if Wolves win and Brentford lose, they would be champions barring a series of mathematical improbabilities.

    You can hear full coverage on BBC WM 95.6 FM from 14:00.

     
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    Trott off with stress 09:03:

    Warwickshire and England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of stress.

    Jonathan Trott

    He returned to playing for his county side earlier this month after being forced to leave England's Ashes Tour in November.

    The 32-year-old, who played for Warwickshire against Sussex this week, is contracted to the England and Wales Cricket Board. A statement on his future is expected later today.

     
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    116mph on M6 toll 08:44:

    The central motorway police group in the West Midlands tweets: The highest speed dealt with since 0700 is 116mph on the M6 Toll. This will likely result in disqualification and a hefty fine. Speed kills!

     
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    Fine and dry 08:27:

    A cold, perhaps frosty start, then a dry and fine day with plenty of strong sunshine.

    Winds will be light and variable and it will feel warm. Highs of 14C (57F).

     
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    Risk of collapse? 08:12: James Bovill Journalist, BBC WM

    Is Spaghetti Junction at risk of collapse? The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership says more cash is needed to keep it safe.

    Spaghetti Junction

    Hear more on BBC WM's breakfast show shortly.

     
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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 today.

    We hope you have a great bank holiday weekend, whatever you've got planned. Do share your photos if you take any while out on email, Twitter and Facebook.

     

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