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.
Flights at Birmingham Airport are delayed because of a technical problem at Swanwick air traffic control centre in Hampshire.
Two children and a mother are rescued from a fire in a Birmingham city centre apartment block by jumping into a duvet.
A man pleads guilty to the double murder of his former partner and her baby son.
Wolves cut short Liam McAlinden's three-month loan spell at League One rivals Shrewsbury Town.
Have we achieved Mandela's "rainbow nation" here in the West Midlands? I want to hear your views this morning. Email me your thoughts.
Plus I'll be meeting three special Santa's who are climbing Birmingham's Cube building today.
Our shiny new signing Iain Lee is on BBC WM right now with a new Saturday morning show for Birmingham and the Black Country. Say hello!
West Bromwich Albion will be seeking to improve a run that has seen them win just one of their last eight Premier League matches as Norwich City visit The Hawthorns.
The Baggies are just five points clear of the relegation zone and head coach Steve Clarke feels they have drawn matches they should have won.
There will be full commentary of the match on BBC WM 95.6 from 15:00.
Birmingham Cathedral tweets: A Book of Remembrance for Nelson Mandela is available in the Cathedral today We are open until 430 Come and share your thoughts
Birmingham Airport warns that some of its flights may be delayed today due to a "technical problem with UK Air traffic Control".
The National Air Traffic Control Service said its Swanwick centre, in Hampshire, was having "difficulty switching from night time to daytime operation".
Birmingham Airport writes: "Passengers are advised to check the Arrivals / Departure pages of this site or check with their airline for specific flight details. Further information will be posted on this site when available."
Hospitals in Birmingham and Solihull have been highlighted for having worryingly high death rates, according to a report.
I'll be chatting with our resident gardening expert Phil McCann in the next 30 minutes so if you've got a question call us on 08453 00 9956.
He'll be explaining how to reuse tennis balls in the garden.
Two children and a mother were rescued from a fire in a Birmingham city centre apartment block by jumping into a duvet.
The fire service says the family is being treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.
Three people have died following a crash near Tamworth on Friday evening, say police.
A lorry and three cars were involved in the collision in Freasley, near the junction of Trinity Road and Overwoods Road, just after 17:00.
The female driver and two male passengers in one of the cars were killed. Another male car driver was taken to hospital.
It should stay dry for most with some bright or sunny spells and feeling milder than recent days.
However, a lot cloud always brings the chance of an isolated shower, with western parts most prone to these. Highs of 10C (50F).
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