27 August 2014
Why the Scottish referendum poses major challenges for England's regions
Three men are charged with attempted murder after an outbreak of violence in Birmingham in July.
Wolves sign young midfielder George Saville from Chelsea on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
27 August 2014
Why the Scottish referendum poses major challenges for England's regions
27 July 2014
West Midlands Fire Service want to trial technology to allow 999 callers to send them video from the scene of a fire.
A man has been arrested in Birmingham after he was discovered hiding behind the air spoiler of a lorry that had travelled on motorways from the south coast, says West Midlands Police.
Motorway police were alerted by the driver who dialled 999 at about 18:30 yesterday to report strange sounds coming from the top of his cab.
The driver had travelled from Calais and had pulled over on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between J6 and 7 to investigate the noise.
A bride-to-be from Wolverhampton today told how she went weak at the knees when she realised she'd scooped £1m on a scratchcard.
Three men have been charged with attempted murder in connection with an outbreak of violence in Birmingham.
A total of 11 people have been arrested in connection with the disorder in Sparkbrook in July which saw one man fatally stabbed and others injured, reports BBC News Online.
In the 14:00 news bulletin: Bosses at London Midland have told BBC WM they're still working with other transport providers to bring in a West Midlands travel pass.
Central motorway police unit tweets: This vehicle just seized after being driven with no insurance...600 chickens inside rear were not harmed! #noinsur
Birmingham City face Premier League opposition again in the League Cup tonight as they welcome Sunderland to St Andrew's.
Blues beat Swansea before being knocked out on penalties by Stoke in this competition last year.
Hear full match build-up and commentary on BBC WM (not available online) from 18:00.
We've been to the new Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham where they've carried out a world first - successfully transplanting a liver which would previously have been unusable.
Plus we have a report about how councils can save money and support wildlife by planting wildflowers instead of formal beds.
See more on BBC Midlands Today at 13:25.
People living in a part of Walsall say they're concerned a police crackdown on prostitution in their area isn't working.
Residents in Pleck say there are now more working girls than before and they're afraid to leave their homes during the day. There's also reports of local women being hassled by kerb crawlers.
Police say they carry out regular patrols and they're working to tackle the issue - but a dedicated team have been moved to other duties.
In the news at 13:00: Patrick Verwer, from London Midland rail company, says fare dodgers are costing it up to £10m a year.
Hear more on that story and others in the news shortly.
I've been to the Library of Birmingham this morning to talk to its director Brian Gambles about the upcoming anniversary of its opening.
The £189m building was officially opened on 3 September and has been nominated for 11 different design and architecture awards.
You can read about how popular the library has been in its first year on the BBC news website next week.
There's plenty of sunshine today in the West Midlands, with cloud building later. Here's what it should look like later this afternoon.
Keep up to date with the latest forecast on BBC Weather.
I'm filming transplant surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham who are celebrating a world first.
They've given a patient from Walsall a liver which travelled 200 miles and took seven hours to reach them.
That delay might well have made the liver unusable - but medics pumped blood and oxygen through it to revive it. See my report today on BBC One at 13:25 and 18:30.
Three men are due in court charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the neck during disorder in Sparkbrook last month, says West Midlands Police.
Bosses at London Midland say they're working with other transport providers to bring in an integrated travel pass in the West Midlands.
Patrick Verwer has been in the Hotseat with Adrian Goldberg this hour- hear more in the news at 12:00 on BBC WM.
The chief executive of London Midland Patrick Verwer is live on air and taking your calls.
In the past few minutes he has pledged to put a clear sign on all of its ticket machines at stations where there are two forms of transport (ie train AND tram) that these tickets are only for train travel.
He said different companies were still working on an integrated travel pass similar to Oyster.
Birmingham fails to get a taste of success in the latest Good Food Guide after none of the city's restaurants made the top 50 list. Read the full story online.
Walsall were knocked out of the League Cup last night by Crystal Palace, 3-0 at the Banks's Stadium, with Dwight Gayle scoring a first-half hat-trick.
After the match the Saddlers confirmed the signing of the 25-year-old French striker Mathieu Manset (pictured), who was with them on trial during the summer.
What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service, which we write here in Birmingham.
It's a busy morning with quite a bit going on. Giles Latcham is working on an incredible story about a new technique that keeps a liver destined for a transplant "alive" longer. We'll be talking to a patient and surgeon.
Elsewhere, we're meeting the head teacher of Baverstock School, which features in Panorama on BBC One this evening. We'll ask him how he's helping to turn around kids kicked out of mainstream education.
Residents in part of Walsall say a police crackdown on prostitutes has failed.
In the news at 11:00 on BBC WM we'll hear from the Pleck neighbourhood watch chairman, who says he's disgusted with what's happening in his area.
A Birmingham-based charity which looks at child protection issues says the West Midlands must take responsibility for looking after youths.
Between 1997 and 2013 at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham, a report has found.
Donald Findlater, from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, says: "The same question could be asked of the safeguarding board and of parents across the West Midlands - what are we doing to keep our children safe?"
It has been in place for over 400 years but, it turns out the Act of Union between England and Scotland is a much looser affair than many of us had thought. Read my full blog post.
West Bromwich Albion needed a penalty shoot-out to get past the Football League's bottom club, Oxford, in the second round of the Capital One League Cup at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies went ahead with an own goal in the first half, but conceded a late equaliser, before winning the penalty shoot-out 7-6.
A Birmingham charity says authorities in the West Midlands need to learn lessons from the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham.
It's after a report found criminal gangs sexually abused 1,400 children over 16 years in the South Yorkshire town. Hear more in the news at 10:00 on BBC WM.
A Birmingham school opposed to excluding disruptive students will feature in a BBC documentary tonight.
Baverstock Academy does not expel disruptive pupils and will go to almost any lengths to keep them in mainstream education.
Panorama followed students there in the run-up to exams to see if the school can honour its pledge to keep disruptive pupils in class as well as get them five GCSEs. Watch a preview of the programme online now.
I'm hoping to hear more from West Midlands Police soon about the illegal immigrant found above the driver's cab of a lorry on the M6 near Birmingham.
It's not yet clear exactly where they were stashed away. I'm also hoping to find out how long the person had been there and their condition when they were found.
An illegal immigrant has been found stowed away on top of a lorry cab by police after the driver heard noises. Read more online now.
A school in Birmingham which is pioneering a new way of teaching disruptive pupils says it will go to any length to keep them in mainstream education.
Hear more on this story in the news at 09:00 on BBC WM.
The managing director of train company London Midland is in the Hotseat from 11:00 taking your calls.
Have you got a question you'd like to ask Patrick Verwer? Email or call 03453 00 99 56 and I'll put them to him.
Motorway police found an illegal immigrant hiding above the cab of a lorry on the M6 near Spaghetti Junction last night.
The central motorway unit says the driver called officers after hearing strange noises.
London Midland tweets: Due to signalling problems at #Wolverhampton services running through this station may be delayed by up to 10 mins at short notice.
After a rather chilly start, it will be a mostly dry and bright day with sunny spells.
Towards the evening however, cloud will start to thicken in the south with winds strengthening, with a high of 20C (68F).
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