14:48 UK time, Thursday, 5 December 2013
Chancellor George Osborne says in his Autumn Statement he hopes tax breaks for small retailers can trigger a revival on the High Street.
Airline passengers are warned there could be further flight disruption because of a technical fault that led to delays at Birmingham Airport on Saturday.
More people visited foodbanks in the first eight months of this year than in 2012, figures released to the BBC's Sunday Politics revealed.
A woman accused of driving the wrong way along the M5 motorway is charged with dangerous driving.
Fulham end a run of seven defeats by beating Aston Villa and give new manager Rene Meulensteen his first win in charge of the club.
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A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Solihull this morning, West Midlands Ambulance Service says.
The crash happened on Hobs Moat Road at about 11:10. The 17-year-old motorcyclist suffered head, face and leg injuries.
On BBC WM earlier Ed Doolan looked back at a show he hosted with Nelson Mandela in 1993 when he visited the ICC.
If you missed it you can listen back on the BBC iPlayer.
Birmingham shoppers were treated to a Claus encounter of the furred kind on Saturday as hundreds of Santas took to the streets, the paper reports.
The Tamworth Herald reports grief counsellors will be attending Kingsbury School tomorrow to support students struggling to come to terms with the loss of two pupils and a staff member following a fatal crash on Friday evening.
The number of people using foodbanks across the West Midlands this year has already passed the number who used them in the whole of 2012, BBC Sunday Politics West Midlands reports.
The Trussell Trust, which runs many foodbanks, says the increase is linked to the government's changes to the benefits system.
The government says it's because there are more foodbanks opening.
Acocks Green Police tweet: Vehicle crime in the West Midlands is at its lowest for 32 years and we want to make sure this trend continues #OpRepel
Fairly breezy this afternoon, but staying mild. Highs of 11C (52F).
A fan just in front of us has brought her Lamb mascot for good luck.
We'll be live on BBC WM from 14:00.
BBC Travel News says the A456 is partially blocked at Halesowen because of a vehicle fire and recovery work.
I'm outside Kingsbury School which is very much the focal point for the communities grief after the fatal crash near Tamworth on Friday.
Friends are laying flowers outside the school which the two boys attended and where Maggie Stewart worked. I spoke to some 16-year-old lads who said they were friends with the two who died and the boys were very popular and loved football.
There's a sense of terrible shock and grief.
A classic Cup set-up, non-leaguers at home to a struggling Football League club.
Being underdogs won't faze Tamworth, who have to grapple with clubs with bigger reputations most weeks in the Skrill Premier. The Lambs have plenty of Cup pedigree, making the third round on three occasions since 2006, and will be confident of stretching a brittle Bristol City side here today, backed by a raucous home crowd no doubt.
We've got live coverage of the FA Cup 2nd round game on BBC WM 95.6FM from 14:00.
Kingswinford's Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir is holding its annual Christmas concert at Dudley Concert Hall next weekend, the paper says.
The Independent newspaper reports that cycling activists are planning a major political campaign at next year's local council elections to sway results in favour of bike-friendly candidates.
The London Cycling Campaign developed an online lobbying system as part of its Space for Cycling project and is working with other cycling groups to set up similar systems in places including Birmingham.
Solihull Council tweets: Today the Council House car park is free to park upto 13:00 hrs. After this time you have to pay to park.
There were queues of about 10 minutes to enter New Street Station last night due to overcrowding, the blog reports.
We sprung a surprise on 75-year-old Harry Worrall from Wolverhampton who spends his time driving children for Wolverhampton Council and remains an active football referee.
With the help of the Football Association we took Harry to St George's Park, the home of the England team, for an exclusive look around after being nominated by his friends.
If you'd like to surprise a loved one, email us your nomination and we'll see if we can work our magic.
Aston Villa are very good on their travels, as we saw against Southampton on Wednesday, but I do not see them winning two on the spin away from home.
Tamworth must wait on the fitness of on-loan striker Richard Peniket who is struggling with a dead leg.
Manager Dale Belford otherwise has a fully fit squad but long-term absentees Jack Evans and Jordan Rose are out.
Airline passengers may face further delays today after a major air traffic control glitch caused major disruption at airports across the UK and Ireland, the newspaper reports.
One of the UK's biggest live fashion and beauty events is taking place at the NEC until 10 December.
The singer and presenter Peter Andre says he'll be at the venue later today for a signing.
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup will be made at 16:10.
Locally, the FA Cup third-round draw numbers are: 3 Aston Villa, 5 Birmingham City, 41 West Bromwich Albion and 63 Tamworth or Bristol City. Read more on BBC Sport.
Aston Villa will take on Fulham at Craven Cottage at 13:30.
Paul Lambert's side have the second best away record in the top flight behind Arsenal, but the Villa boss refutes suggestions that his side rely on the counter-attack.
You can hear full commentary on BBC WM 95.6 FM later.
Dudley Council is set to launch a one-stop web page with key winter weather information, the paper reports.
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In our last programme before Christmas I'll be joined by the Labour MP for Walsall North David Winnick and the Independent MEP for the West Midlands Mike Nattrass.
Also joining us this week is Anne Danks from the Trussell Trust. We'll be live on BBC One from 11:00.
Crowd control measures will be in place at New Street Station on Friday nights and weekends up until Christmas.
Steve Lewis, Network Rail station manager, said: "The safety of passengers is our priority and last Friday [29 November] we saw nearly 200,000 passengers use the station, a 75,000 increase on a typical day."
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Kingsbury School in Tamworth says it is open today so people can pay their respects to two pupils and a staff member who died on Friday evening after being involved in a crash.
Dean Cox's first-half goal fired Leyton Orient into the third round of the FA Cup at the expense of Walsall.
Despite Walsall starting the better in the first half, Cox's close-range strike put the hosts ahead just before the break.
Volunteers from all walks of Birmingham life slept out in the car park of St Basils' Digbeth headquarters to collect sponsorship cash on Friday night, the paper reports.
Tributes are paid to three members of the same family who died in a crash near Tamworth.
Maggie Stewart, her son Damian and his cousin Dion Walker-Smith died in the collision involving three cars and a lorry, the BBC understands.
Neither Ms Smith nor her sons have been formally identified by police, but the boys' football club and school have issued statements.
London Midlands says that owing to vandalism at University station in Birmingham trains that pass through it may be revised at short notice and University won't be served until further notice.
People using Birmingham New Street station on Friday nights and weekends are being asked to allow extra time for their journeys due to the increase in passengers over the Christmas period.
Network Rail says crowd control measures will be used to prevent overcrowding on the platforms and at busy times passengers may be asked to wait on the station concourse to allow platforms to clear.
BBC Travel News says the A38 Bristol Road in Selly Oak is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions at Selly Oak Triangle because of an accident.
A stoppage time goal from second half substitute Kyle Bartley rescued a point for Birmingham City as they were held to a draw by Middlesbrough at St Andrew's.
Twice Blues had to come from behind as they again made life difficult for themselves on home soil.
Catholic Church tweets: Happy Anniversary to Bishop David McGough, Auxiliary Bishops of Birmingham; 8 years since his Episcopal ordination today
Security is being stepped up at a West Midlands Co-op store after it was one of two raided on the same day, the newspaper says.
Hodge Hill Constituency 'Community Action and Priority Team' tweets: Again this morning someone left their car running and unattended. It was stolen. Don't give these thieves the chance-keep hold of your keys!
Airline passengers are being warned there could be further disruption today due to yesterday's technical fault at the National Air Traffic Service.
You can see Birmingham Airport's arrivals and departures board online to get the latest information.
West Bromwich Albion are just two points above the relegation zone in the Premier League after losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City.
It was the Baggies third straight defeat in a nine-game run that has yielded just one win.
Airline passengers have been warned there could be further disruption today due to Saturday's technical fault at the National Air Traffic Service.
Airports across the country, including Birmingham, were affected by the fault at the centre in Hampshire, which has now been resolved.
Rather cloudy at first with scattered showers in places but these should ease through the morning with increasing amounts of sunny spells developing, particularly across the east.
It will be fairly breezy but will remain mild, lows of 11C (52F).
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