15:19 UK time, Wednesday, 9 April 2014
How government austerity measures and council funding cuts make polar opposites of lifelong friends.
A list of the schools Ofsted has been sent in to inspect over an alleged plot by Muslim hard-liners to seize control of governing bodies is published.
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey says money will be spent on improving manager Kenny Jacket's squad this summer.
BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.
Cloudy with rain at first this evening, perhaps turning heavy for a time, before clearing away north-eastwards.
A dry night will follow, but with light winds and clear skies, mist, fog and low cloud is likely. Lows of 5C (41F).
Nick and Mary are out celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday. No truth in the rumour Nick was in the class below him at Stratford Secondary.
Meanwhile I'm back in the studio with the amazing achievement of young cancer patient Stephen Sutton, who's raised more than £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Plus Jeanette Tranter, who despite living in Kingswinford for more than 50 years has only just become a British citizen! So congratulations and happy St George's day to all. Tune in to see what happens on BBC One from 18:30.
Elections will be held in 161 councils in England and 11 brand new councils in Northern Ireland on Thursday 22 May 2014, the same day as voting in the European election.
BBC Politics guides you through which elections are taking place and where.
Bosses at Brinsford Young Offenders Institution say a new governor has been appointed to address concerns following a report detailing a series of failures at the prison.
BBC Midlands Today posts on Facebook: Kate Collins, from the Teenage Cancer Trust, pays tribute to Stephen's story after he raised more than £1m.
She says the money will be used to "speed up the plans it already has in place to bring in more specialist Teenage Cancer Trust nurses into hospitals, more youth workers and expand the units".
Here's a quick look at what's coming our way this weekend... It may be an idea to keep an umbrella close at hand!
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey says money will be spent on improving manager Kenny Jacket's squad this summer.
Moxey says: "We want to keep the momentum going through the summer and into the start of the Championship season.
"We want to play with the same gay abandon that we did this season and, with the support of our fans, who knows what we can do?"
There are three different reports being prepared into the Trojan Horse allegations.
One by Peter Clarke, who has been appointed by the Department for Education, and others by Ian Keeshaw and Stephen Rimmer, who have been appointed by Birmingham City Council.
The top three stories coming up in the news bulletin at 17:00:
The A435 High Street in King's Heath is partially blocked and traffic is queuing in both directions at the Poplar Road junction because of a broken down bus. Read the latest on BBC Travel News.
Four men have been arrested after police officers executed drugs warrants at three addresses in Sparkbrook.
Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton, who was named a Birmingham Mail local hero, has thanked all those who have helped him reach his target of raising £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Birmingham City Ladies are 90 minutes away from the Champions League final and BBC WM Sport will be in Sweden to see if they can pull off the biggest result in their 46-year history.
The semi-final against Tyreso is level at 0-0 after the first leg and although their opponents include some of the stars of world women's football, Blues Ladies have defied the odds before and are confident of doing so again.
Hear coverage on BBC WM 95.6FM from 13:00 on Sunday, with kick-off at 13:45.
Birmingham City Council, which is carrying out an inquiry into the Operation Trojan Horse allegations, has made public a list of 18 schools, following what it called "misinformation" in the national press coverage over the weekend.
We'll hear from council leader Sir Albert Bore in the news shortly on BBC WM.
Comedian Jason Manford praised the efforts of terminal cancer patient Stephen Sutton, who has raised £1m for charity.
Manford, who met 19-year-old Stephen and helped with his fundraising efforts, says the teenager's positivity is "inspiring".
He told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "It's just phenomenal. The guy is not bitter about leaving early, he's just happy that he was invited to the party at all."
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A list of the schools Ofsted has been sent in to inspect over an alleged plot by Muslim hard-liners to seize control of governing bodies has been published.
Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore says Ofsted would publish its reports in "the first or second week of May".
Led Zeppelin is today releasing two recordings which have never been heard in public before.
They're among dozens of tracks which the band will officially release in June, alongside re-issues of their first three albums.
One of the recordings is the band's take on the blues classic Keys to the Highway, which was recorded in 1970.
The top three stories on BBC WM at 15:00:
BBC Tours tweets: Look who waltzed into BBC Birmingham today! @bbcstrictly The lovely Flavia and Vincent!
They popped in for a chat with BBC WM's Adrian Goldberg - if you missed it, listen to the last 40 minutes of the programme online.
Lancashire (247 and 105-4) lead Warwickshire (324) by 28 runs with six wickets standing.
Warwickshire bowled impressively all morning to create a winning chance from a game that looked likely to be drawn after yesterday's rain.
All the seamers found a testing line and length, restricting scoring opportunities, and Jeetan Patel's off-spin is proving increasingly difficult to play on a worn pitch.
Paul Horton remains unbeaten on 64 - his patient approach in both innings of this match has been Warwickshire's biggest obstacle, and set an example to his Lancashire team-mates. Keep up to date with the scorecard on BBC Sport.
Stephen's Story has resonated with so many people today, with many getting in touch to donate and send their best wishes to the teenager who gave his "final thumbs up" to the world last night on Facebook while in hospital.
You can read about his journey and past blog posts online., as well as his bucket list.
The top stories at 14:00 are:
Comedian Jason Manford says he's "inspired" by a 19-year-old from Burntwood who has raised more than £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
He tells BBC WM: "He told me it was terminal [cancer]. You would think he would be depressed by it.
"He's not bitter about leaving the party early, he's just happy that he was invited to the party at all. It's inspirational. At the age of 19 he's done more in the past few years then some people do in a lifetime."
There's some brightness around in the West Midlands, but lots of cloud and rain in the late afternoon and through the evening.
Coming up in Midlands Today at 13:30 - the leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore condemns two national newspapers for their reporting of the alleged Trojan Horse plot by Muslim hardliners to infiltrate Birmingham schools.
And we'll be looking ahead to the big celebrations in honour of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Join us for the latest on BBC One.
Stephen Sutton has raised £1m for charity after he posted a final farewell message to followers of his blog, reports BBC News Online
The 19-year-old from Staffordshire asked people to help him raise £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The top story at 13:00 is:
Happy St George's Day! Although some celebrate 23 April each year, many are unaware and disinterested.
The weather in Manchester is kinder today than it was for most of yesterday, but Warwickshire's match here against Lancashire seems likely to be drawn unless the Bears make a flying start today.
Warwickshire's Director of Cricket Dougie Brown was much encouraged by their bowling after the rain stopped last evening, but they couldn't take a wicket in a 22-over session against some obstinate Lancashire batting.
Jeetan Patel found some turn and bounce, and Chris Wright seemed in a better rhythm, so there is encouragement, but there's no time to waste. Hear ball-by-call coverage
Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council Mark Rogers says a confidential email address will also be set up alongside a telephone hotline and postal address, for people to send information to about claims that a number of schools in the city have been taken over by Muslim hardliners.
He tells the BBC: "If there's anyone out there who has information they think will benefit our inquiry, send it to one of those three contact points and they will be published by the city council before the end of the week."
Birmingham City Council says a hotline will be set from Monday for whistleblowers to come forward with specific concerns over the Trojan Horse allegations.
The council's announced a review group into the claims Islamic hardliners are trying to influence how schools in the city are run.
The review group includes the Bishop of Birmingham David Urquhart and Labour MP Liam Byrne. See the full list on the council's website.
The top three stories coming up on BBC WM at midday:
Great news, Stephen Sutton's Just Giving page has now received more than £1m in donations.
A teenage blogger with terminal cancer is close to raising £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.
Stephen Sutton, 19, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 and started raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
As it stands at just after 11:00, his Just Giving page has raised more than £990,000.
We've just learnt who'll be on Birmingham City Council's review group for the inquiry into the Trojan Horse allegations.
The authority is investigating claims that hardline Islamists are trying to take over some schools in the city. Hear more in the news on BBC WM with Steve Hermon shortly.
I'm at a media briefing at Birmingham City Council. Here's the official list of 18 schools inspected by Ofsted investigating the so-called Trojan Horse letter alleging an Islamic plot to influence how schools are run.
Council leader Sir Albert Bore says leaks to the Telegraph newspaper were "wholly reprehensible and completely unacceptable" and the Cabinet Office is investigating the source.
Noticeable by his absence on the review group is Khalid Mahmood MP - and by his inclusion Kamal Hanif, head at Waverley.
Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood, has terminal cancer. When he was diagnosed, he made a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died.
One of them was to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and it went so well, he said he wanted to raise £1m before he lost his battle with the illness.
Pete Morgan on BBC WM spoke about Stephen's campaign as well as talking to his family and people affected by his story. Listen online now.
From Birmingham to Milton Keynes - Shakespeare's legacy exists far beyond the confines of Stratford-upon-Avon.
On the Bard's 450th birthday, BBC News takes a tour of the "sceptred isle" that inspired his works and looks at how the locations have changed.
BBC Midlands Today will be live from Stratford-upon-Avon from 18:30 on BBC One.
In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM, we'll hear from the Howard League for Penal Reform, after a young offenders institution near Wolverhampton was labelled one of the worst that inspectors have seen.
Birmingham City officials are meeting in Hong Kong today to discuss four potential bids to buy the club.
The interested parties are said to be a British-based consortium willing to pay about £32m, plus bidders from Australia, China and the Middle East.
The club has been for sale for two years and the team are currently battling to avoid relegation from the Championship.
Campaigners are calling for a young offenders institution near Wolverhampton to be closed after inspectors found inmates were living in squalor.
Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick described conditions at Brinsford Young Offenders Institution as the worst his team had seen.
The call for it to be shut has come from the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Happy St George's Day and Happy Birthday Shakespeare!
Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes are in Stratford tonight for Midlands Today, celebrating the bard's 450th birthday.
We'll be asking just what Shakespeare means to the Midlands economy (lots) and how the Midlands will be celebrating this big anniversary for the next few days. If you've got any thoughts then drop us an email.
The uncle of a 19-year-old from Birmingham who is dying of terminal cancer says his nephew hopes to raise £1m today.
Stephen Sutton started a bucket list of things he wants to do before he dies, which includes raising £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Last night he wrote on Facebook that he was facing "the end" after being taken ill at home.
Andrew Reeves says: "Hopefully today we can make £1m, especially as it's St George's Day and Stephen is like St George. We can't express how he's been - he's just unbelievable."
The top three stories coming up on BBC WM at 09:00:
There's delays and queuing traffic on the M6 northbound at J8, M5, because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars earlier on. Travel time is about 55 minutes. Read the latest on BBC Travel News.
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A damning report into Brinsford Young Offenders Institution, near Wolverhampton, has found violence levels too high, inefficient security and drug usage three times above targets. Read the full story on BBC News.
A West Midlands teenager with incurable cancer is getting closer to his final wish of raising £1m for charity.
Stephen Sutton, 19, from Burntwood, posted a message on social media from hospital last night which led to a massive increase in his fundraising total for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
I'll be speaking to Stephen's uncle on BBC WM in the next 20 minutes. Listen live.
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