11:53 UK time, Tuesday, 14 May 2013
The tragedy of Stephanie Bottrill's suicide highlights the dispute over changes to housing benefit.
About 50,000 people are expected to come to Birmingham this weekend for the city's annual two-day Pride festival.
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke hints at a transfer but the club will demand around £25m if they agree to his departure.
Caroline Gall BBC Local Live That's it for me from today - have a lovely Saturday evening. I will be back at 0800 on Sunday until 18:00.
Three suspicious scrapyard fires in the Black Country in the past week could have been started by the same people, police say.
About 50 vehicles were destroyed in the latest fire at A&A Auto Express in Smethwick, on Friday night.
On Tuesday night, 100 vehicles were destroyed in Saltbrook Scrapyard in Cradley and Black Country Car Spares in Wolverhampton was also targeted.
On at 1900 with Michael Collie.
Muslim women from the Sparkbrook community have condemned the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich but have also spoken of their fear of reprisal attacks. And we'll have a full report on Birmingham Pride as around 50,000 people descend on the city to celebrate Equal Love.
Late evening sunshine will give way to a clear and dry night, but becoming cold with a grass frost developing in many rural parts, and perhaps some isolated mist or fog patches towards dawn, but soon clearing.
The daughter of a man killed on his way home from a mosque says she believes his death was racially-motivated.
Mohammed Saleem, 75, was stabbed after leaving the Green Lane Mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham, on 29 April.
His daughter, Shazia Khan, said police were not listening to her family and her brother was threatened, apparently by the English Defence League, prior to their father's death.
West Midlands Police said it would work "tirelessly to find the killer".
Pictures of suspected criminals will be shared via a mobile app within minutes of them being caught on CCTV in the West Midlands, police have announced.
Facewatch will allow smartphone and tablet owners to view CCTV images and submit information about them.
Det Ch Insp Adrian Atherley said almost 200 images were uploaded during a pilot, leading to nine arrests.
The Birmingham Architecture Festival is offering an Architectural Photography Uncovered talk as part of its three-day event.
Running on Monday the free event sees talks by Richard Southall and Ilona Zienliska, experts in the field.
Birmingham Pride is well under way. The parade has made its way through the city centre and the music, including a DJ set from JLS and a performance from Banarama, has begun.
Thanks to Emilie Whitaker who sent us this photo from the festival.
The free Birmingham City Council mobile web app is now available.
You can use it to looks for council jobs, find and get directions to any leisure centre, library, school, museum, or household recycling centre in the city and get contact details for your councillor.
It can be used on any smartphone. To use the app, simply click here
A display celebrating the forthcoming opening of the new Library of Birmingham has been awarded a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
A spokesman for the Birmingham City Council team behind the display said it was designed to show the beauty of the new library and some of the magic behind three of the city's best know writers - JRR Tolkien, Annie Murray and Benjamin Zephaniah.
The display can be seen at the BBC Gardeners' World Live show at the NEC next month before moving to Centenary Square.
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We're talking to @thelaurawright after 3 who's performing at the opening of the new centre court at Edgbaston Priory.
We'll be talking to a Belgian journalist about Aston Villa's Christian Benteke
Plus Brian McFadden formerly of Westlife was in Birmingham this week performing and talking to me about golf
Two teenagers were sexually assaulted in separate attacks within a couple of hours of each other by someone police believe was the same man.
The girls were attacked in Rubery, Worcestershire, on Thursday.
The first attack happened in New Inns Lane at about 08:00 BST while the second was in an alleyway in Barrington Road at about 09:40.
A new heritage trail is launched in the Handsworth and Lozells areas of Birmingham today.
The people who've put it together say they want to shine a positive light on the two Birmingham suburbs.
The trail visits places such as Handsworth Park, St Mary's Church and nine Georgian houses.
When some of the world's fastest men on two wheels go racing at the World Superbike championship at Donington Park on Sunday it'll represent the ultimate test for 12 engineering students from the Black Country.
The students from the Black Country University Technical College will be putting skills learnt in the classroom into action in the pits.
So far this year, two of the students brothers Kurt and Matt Wigley have been racing in the British Superbike championships and turning up with a team of mechanics from college has certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Mr Mahmood, who chairs the all parliamentary committees on Islamophobia and tackling terrorism, says there are two problems: "If they make an approach, they have to be fairly secure and safe in the sense that that person is likely to come across to work with them.
"If they don't what they are doing is exposing themselves as officers and also the service to these people which is what's happened in this instance.
Meetings have been held for families affected by an investigation into an alleged sexual assault at a nursery in Worcestershire.
Det Supt Amanda Blakeman, of West Mercia Police, said she had concerns about the way data was managed, in particular incomplete parent and guardian contact details, making it hard for police to get in touch with all those affected.
Bright Eyes Nursery, which has branches in Droitwich, Bromsgrove and Redditch, has not commented.
More than 30 of the coalition's flagship schemes, including the West Coast Main Line scheme, which runs through Birmingham, are at serious risk of failure, a government annual report has warned.
The Major Projects Authority (MPA) has given 32 projects a red or amber/red rating, meaning they are deemed unachievable or in doubt.
There are still delays on the M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 at Wednesbury.
BBC Travel says the average speed is 25 mph.
Shazia Khan, the daughter of Mohammed Saleem, a man killed on his way home from a mosque, says she believes his death was racially-motivated.
Mr Saleem, 75, was stabbed after leaving the Green Lane Mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham, on 29 April.
His daughter, Shazia Khan, said police were not listening to her family and her brother was threatened prior to their father's death.
West Midlands Police said it was continuing the "difficult and complex investigation".
West Midlands Police tweets: We're at @BirminghamPride all weekend with a policing operation in place to keep everyone safe and ensure all visitors have a great time.
A Birmingham man who West Midlands Police say is a career criminal has been jailed for stealing from a string of convenience stores after police caught him hiding under a bed.
Paul Johnson's been sentenced to three-and-a half years for stealing more than £6,500 worth of cigarettes.
Robberies took place at shops across the West Midlands including Birmingham, Sandwell and Walsall.
There's a broken down vehicle on the M6 southbound at J9, A461 at Wednesbury.
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Early cloud will break to give a dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine. Feeling much more pleasant than Friday with temperatures several degrees warmer and lighter winds.
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A463 West Midlands - A463 Gospel End Road in Sedgley closed eastbound between the Avington Close junction and the B4563 The Priory junction, because of long-term roadworks. Diversion in operation - Traffic is being diverted via The Northway, Wolverhampton Rd, High St and Dudley St. National Express West Midlands buses 27 and 27A will be diverted via Netherby Rd and Ettymore Rd. Expect delays.
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