15:19 UK time, Wednesday, 9 April 2014
How government austerity measures and council funding cuts make polar opposites of lifelong friends.
Police launch a murder inquiry after the death in hospital of a 27-year-old man who was injured in a fight outside a West Midlands pub.
Aston Villa edge closer to Premier League survival after a goalless draw with Southampton at Villa Park.
BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Sunday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.
It's a dry end to the day with bright or sunny spells.
Tonight it will turn chilly under clear spells, leading to a patchy frost. However, it will become cloudier during the early hours, with increasing north-easterly winds. Lows of 2C (36F).
Linda texted BBC WM's Danny Kelly in response to the pitch invasion at Molineux yesterday.
She says: "Whilst I don't agree with mass pitch invasion. Come on. Yesterday at the wolves match. It was exceptional. Who expected the scores to be as they were - 1- 1 score this pitch invasion wouldn't of happened.
"I support all west Midlands teams. So lets celebrate the achievement of Wolves not the issue of over exuberant fans."
Musicians and comedians are staging a charity concert in Birmingham to raise thousands of pounds for injured servicemen and women tomorrow night.
The proceeds from Stand up for the Heroes will go to Fisher House, the purpose-built home for relatives of soldiers being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
You can see Ben Godfrey's report on Midlands Today at 18:50 on BBC One.
It's National Record Store Day today and more indie shops were opened last year in the West Midlands than in any other area of the country.
Reporter Louise Brierley was out and about across Birmingham and the Black Country speaking to a number of people in stores. You can see photos on the BBC WM Facebook page.
The Express and Star's Wolves correspondent says another pitch invasion at Wolves in the final home game next month could lead to disappointment for the fans
Tim Nash says: "When Wolves went up from the Championship to the Premier League in 2009, they won promotion against QPR at home and there was a pitch invasion. The fans were warned if there was a repeat of that when they played against Doncaster and presented with the title and trophy the players would not come out and trophy would not be presented.
"It would be terrible if the actions of a small minority were to prevent the trophy being presented at the last home game against Carlisle (3 May). Nobody wants that to happen."
It's St George's Day on Wednesday and a number of celebratory events are taking place, including at the Library of Birmingham. Read more online.
A 27-year-old man is in a "life-threatening" condition in hospital following a fight at a pub in Streetly on Friday evening.
Two men were arrested at the scene, and both remain in police custody.
We've been asking for your thoughts on the pitch invasion during Wolves v Rotherham yesterday.
Pauline Corbett posts on Facebook: "Don't know why they did it, they spoil it for everyone, game not even finished."
Birmingham City Ladies draw 0-0 with Swedish side Tyresö in the first leg of the European Champions League semi-final. The second leg takes place next weekend.
This morning I spoke to Gareth King about his vinyl habit. He admitted spending his student loan at The Diskery as we celebrate Record Store Day across the UK.
You can find out more by following @RDSUK on Twitter.
Trains between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street are delayed due to signalling problems, Virgin Trains tweets.
Services are being diverted via Bescot Stadium.
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The John Lewis partnership is celebrating 150 years since it opened its first store in central London. BBC News look at how the retailer has changed over the years.
The retailer's expansion looks set to continue as next year John Lewis plans to open its biggest department store outside London, at Birmingham New Street Station.
Matthew Wood, 27, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm to 19-year-old Aleena Rafiq, when she answered her door in Tividale, near Dudley.
Mr Wood's partner, Lisa Wood, 25, and mother Debbie Wood, 46, are charged with perverting the course of justice.
After a troubled week behind the scenes at Villa Park, manager Paul Lambert will be relieved to concentrate on playing matters this afternoon.
Southampton are the visitors as Villa attempt to reverse a slump that has seen them lose their past four matches.
Lambert says three points are a must to lift the gloom surrounding the club at the moment. Listen to coverage on BBC WM 95.6 FM.
West Midlands Police has released its week in numbers, which includes:
Birmingham City Ladies and their opponents Tyreso get ready to kick off.
I'll be bringing you updates on BBC WM 95.6FM throughout the afternoon.
A suspected drink-driver has been arrested after a car ploughed into a police patrol vehicle, injuring two officers.
The man, aged 44, was taken into custody at about 02:40 after a Volkswagen Golf mounted the pavement and then struck the officers' car in Dudley.
The two police officers who were in the car were taken to hospital, where one remains.
Birmingham City need at least one more win to be safe in the Championship - and their excellent away form will need to continue if they're to get it at Nottingham Forest this afternoon.
Lee Novak misses out through injury, while one or two other Blues players face fitness tests to see if they make it.
There will be commentary on BBC WM 95.6FM from 15:00.
Some blue sky and sunshine is about in the West Midlands with cloud thrown in. There's some uncertainty around tomorrow but it's looking mainly dry.
Birmingham City Ladies are preparing for the biggest game in their history as they take on Tyreso in the Champions League semi-final at Solihull Moors.
The likes of Remi Allen, Kirsty Linnett and Jo Potter are expected to return to the starting line up for the first leg after being on the bench for the midweek league game with Everton.
It's a 14:00 kick-off and there'll be regular updates here on BBC WM 95.6FM.
Tristram Hunt, Labour's shadow education secretary, has warned against religious extremism in schools, reports BBC Education & Family.
In a speech to the NASUWT teachers' union, Mr Hunt said schools should not have "gender-based segregation" and that teachers must not be "undermined".
Today is National Record Store Day and I've been reporting live from across Birmingham and the Black Country visiting shops across the area this morning.
People queued outside Vinyl & Vintage in Wolverhampton from 05:30. If you missed the programme, you can listen again.
I'm sitting in for Daz Hale on Early Kick-off today looking ahead to today's big matches including: Aston Villa v Southampton and Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City, plus Birmingham City Ladies v Swedish side Tyreso in the Uefa Women's Champions League semi-final first leg.
And I want your earliest memories of going to a football match, who did you see? Listen live.
BBC Weather tweets: Perfect conditions for some of the Premiership matches, take a look. Louise L
Wolves correspondent for the Express and Star Tim Nash tells BBC WM the club can expect a "rap across the knuckles and a fine" after a number of supporters invaded the pitch yesterday.
He says: "Those who went on the pitch aren't regulars. The Wolves gate average this season has been 20,000 and there were 30,000 there yesterday and that was the first time in 33 years they've seen that."
Labour's Tristram Hunt is to issue a tough warning against religious extremism in schools. Read the full story on BBC News.
In a speech to the NASUWT teachers' union, Mr Hunt will welcome Birmingham council's investigation into the "so-called Trojan Horse conspiracy".
The Department for Education is also examining claims of schools being "taken over" by Muslim hardliners.
Three people have been charged after a teenager was seriously burnt when what is thought to be a high-strength cleaning fluid was thrown at her when she answered her front door in Tividale, police say.
Matthew Wood, 27, from Alexander Road in Smethwick, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and is due to to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court today.
Debbie Wood and Lisa Wood, of the same address, have been charged with committing an act to pervert the course of public justice.
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Wolves have released a statement on their website "condemning" supporters who invaded the pitch during the closing minutes of yesterday's match against Rotherham United.
The club say: "The minority of supporters have marred a classic game, played in a competitive spirit, and prevented the Wolves players from celebrating with the majority of home supporters in the stadium.
"The reality is that the referee was, understandably, close to abandoning the fixture, which would have nullified a tremendous victory. The club now awaits an inevitable follow-up from the Football Association."
A goal from second half substitute Michael Ngoo secured a point for Walsall as they drew 1-1 at Carlisle.
The home side went ahead as early as the 13th minute, but the Saddlers stuck to their task and were rewarded with an equaliser.
BBC Magazine takes a look at who is still buying vinyl, from the young enthusiast to a legendary DJ.
Wolves scored two last-gasp goals to beat Rotherham 6-4 in an incredible game and close in on the League One title.
Wolves looked to be coasting as Nouha Dicko's (pictured) close-range double and a Dave Edwards strike saw them respond to Kieran Agard's early headed opener.
I'll be celebrating National Record Store Day - taking a whistle-stop tour of independent music shops across Birmingham to find out how they're celebrating the occasion.
And this morning we're asking for your thoughts on the Wolves pitch invasion and what the penalties should be, after fans interrupted the game in the closing minutes. Listen live.
The shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt will criticise the government today over allegations that some Muslims are trying to impose their religious views on schools in Birmingham.
In a speech to teachers in the city, he will say there must be local oversight of schools, including academies.
The teachers' union NASUWT is meeting in Birmingham for its annual conference this weekend.
What are you up to this bank holiday weekend? If you've taken a photo of you local area share it with us and we'll feature our favourite ones on BBC Local Live.
There may be a light frost in rural areas this morning ahead of another dry and bright day with some blue sky and sunshine thrown in with some cloud.
More cloud will bubble up this afternoon, but there will still be plenty of brightness to be had. Highs of 14C (57F).
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