23 February 2015
Targeting, switching and swinging in Midlands numbers game as election draws near.
Four hospital workers are suspended and a fifth resigns after a senior anaesthetist accidentally killed himself.
A woman says she is "absolutely devastated" after a car crashed into her living room less than 24 hours after she moved in.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says his side are "still alive" in the relegation battle after beating West Brom.
BBC WM has found the number of hospital beds in the West Midlands being taken up by people who drink too much has increased.
More details in the news at 12:00
Birmingham City climbed a place to 13th in the Championship table with a 1-0 win over strugglers Blackpool at St Andrews last night.
Former Blues boss Lee Clark's first return to the ground since being sacked in October ended in disappointment for him, as a goal from Andrew Shinnie (pictured) left Blackpool side adrift at the foot of the table.
Clark was back at the Blues for the first time since being sacked in October and desperate for a first away win of the season.
Cannock Chase is an incredibly important contest at the General Election with Labour needing just a 3.5% swing to take the seat from the Tories.
That's one reason why the Prime Minister is in town today as he showcases the Government's Help to Buy scheme.
Tory incumbent Aidan Burley (pictured) announced last month he won't be contesting the seat he won in 2010.
I'll be looking at this key battleground on tonight's Midlands Today, join me on BBC One from 18:30.
Crufts 2015 kicks off at the NEC today.
I've been taking a look at some of the photos - I have to say I was torn between using one of a dog wearing shoes, and a dog wearing a onesie. So thought... I'll share both with you!
The Express and Star newspaper is running a live page on events - keeping you up to date with the latest.
In the news at 11:00 on BBC WM: A petition signed by 2,500 people to save a pub in the Black Country has been presented in Parliament.
There's been reaction on social media from some local MPs after David Cameron said he would only take part in one televised debate ahead of the election.
Labour MP for Selly Oak Steve McCabe tweets: "David Cameron knows he can't possibly agree the same TV debate format he demanded in 2010 as it would expose his woeful record. Not up to it"
Richard Burden, Labour MP for Northfield tweets: "Cameron 'final offer' on TV debates: Cowardice projected in a way that displays utter arrogance"
Downing Street's criticised broadcasters for the "chaos" of the negotiating process.
Wolverhampton City Council has rubber stamped its budget plans to save £134m.
Leader Roger Lawrence said £88m of that has already been identified, in a full council meeting last night.
Last year the council said up to 2,000 jobs could be axed as it looks to make savings over the next five years.
There are calls to increase the price of alcohol after BBC WM found the number of hospital beds being taken by people who drink too much is on the rise.
More details in the news at 10:00
Birmingham is only now overturning a deliberate government policy to undermine economic growth which led to 70 years of decline.
The rise of the city in the immediate years after the Second World War led to fears at the top that it was becoming too powerful at the expense of the rest of the country.
Overseas Victoria Cross recipients from World War One are to be honoured at a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Specially designed slabs have been laid at the Arboretum in Staffordshire to mark each of the 145 VCs awarded .
Each stone includes the name, rank and regiment of the recipient and the date the medal was won.
Scores of hire companies have already seen their vehicles fully booked as groups of fans prepare to travel to the national stadium.
More than 25,000 supporters will be making the journey for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Bristol City on March 22.
A recovering alcoholic from Birmingham says putting up the price of alcohol will not ease the pressure on hospitals dealing with drunk people.
Hear more on our top story in the news at 09:00 on BBC WM.
The number of hospital beds in the West Midlands being taken by people who drink too much is rising.
New figures from Public Health England show that in Birmingham, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Cannock admissions for alcohol-related episodes rose in the last six months of 2014 to more than 28,600 which is 600 more than the same period in 2013.
It comes as hospitals are under increasing pressure because of demand.
tweets: Travel Update - Crufts 2015 starts this morning (05/03) at the NEC. Please allow extra travel time if you work or live nearby.
One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M42 northbound between junctions 5 and 6 for Birmingham Airport because of an accident.
There is severe congestion.
Stay up to date on the BBC travel page.
Variable cloud with some bright or sunny spells likely, particularly towards the south and east.
Staying dry for many although the cloud maybe thick enough in places to give a little light rain, mainly in the west. Fairly mild with a high of 10C (50F).
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