15:19 UK time, Wednesday, 9 April 2014
How government austerity measures and council funding cuts make polar opposites of lifelong friends.
An alleged plot by hard-line Muslims to takeover some Birmingham schools is the subject of three inquiries - but will we ever learn the truth?
England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues.
That's all from BBC Local Live. We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in Birmingham and the Black Country from 08:00 tomorrow.
We've one of the country's favourite comedians on Midlands Today this evening. Frank Skinner, born and bred in the Black Country, is back doing a stand-up tour after a break of seven years.
I've had a good old chat with him and he's come out with some fascinating stuff.
An ironic twist is the first time I met him he was interviewing me, in other words the other way round, on his Fantasy Football League programme about 20 years ago!
We'll also look ahead to the Easter weekend weather and hear how the big Bank Holiday getaway's going - by road, rail and air.
Happy Easter everyone!
A generally dry night for all areas with prolonged clear spells and light, mainly northerly, winds. This will lead to a rather chilly night for all, with a grass frost likely, particularly towards the north.
There's heavy traffic on the M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened, BBC Travel News reports.
And it's slow going on the M42 northbound between J3a M40 and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an earlier broken down vehicle.
It's the start of the Bank Holiday weekend and the great "getaway" is already underway, as people take to the roads, rail and air for a short break.
I'm at Birmingham Airport tonight, to see how busy it is.
More on Midlands Today, BBC One at 18:30
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a carjacking in Bilston in which an elderly man was left needing surgery, BBC WM reports.
Michael Green, 84, was dragged from his car and assaulted as he left the Trumpet pub at about 11:30 on Friday.
Mr Green, who uses a walking stick, needed an operation on his hip and remains in hospital.
Two women and four men are being questioned in connection with an assault in which a woman suffered 15% chemical burns.
The 19-year-old answered a front door in MacDonald Close, Tividale, and had a high strength cleaning fluid poured over her.
A man, 60, was also hurt.
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Gary Barlow popped into a Birmingham restaurant after he performed at the LG Arena.
The union which represents prison officers says jails in the West Midlands are in crisis, reports Midlands Today.
The Prison Officers Association says its members are being asked to travel hundreds of miles to help fill staff shortages in the region.
More details on BBC One at 18:30
There's slow traffic on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened, BBC Travel News reports.
And one is lane closed and heavy traffic on M42 northbound between J3a M40 and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of a broken down vehicle.
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A woman is taken to hospital after her husband accidentally crashed his car into their kitchen
I'll be talking this evening to the Black Country comedian and football fanatic Frank Skinner.
He's looking forward to returning home with his one-man show in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.
A five-year-old girl saves her mother when she collapsed in front of her.
Midlands Today's Louisa Currie sent this picture of last night's UK premiere of Tom Hardy film Locke, which was held in Birmingham.
She says "spot the journalist - there are more than a few!"
Birmingham Magistrates' Court has been hearing how Cardiff-based welterweight Fred Evans teamed up with a friend to launch an "unprovoked" attack on a nightclub reveller which left them unconscious.
Evan, 23, was fined £453 and ordered to pay £250 costs for his "limited" role in the assault.
A 19-year-old woman was doused in what's thought to be a high-strength cleaning fluid when she answered the door of a house in Tividale.
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of wounding, one person arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to wound and two people on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice, West Midlands Police say.
Four men and two women have been arrested over an attack which left a woman with serious burns.
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A 2012 Olympic silver medal-winning boxer has been fined for his part in an assault at a Birmingham nightclub.
Fred Evans admitted hitting a reveller at Legs 11 over an argument about a TV programme.
Later this afternoon, drier and brighter conditions will move in from the north and most places will be dry by the evening. Highs of 15C (59F)
Overnight, many parts will remain dry but rather chilly, with a grass frost possible. Lows of 2C (36F)
On Midlands Today this lunchtime - we'll have the very latest on the arrest of four women in Birmingham in connection with a fraud investigation at one of the schools at the centre of allegations of a plot by Muslim hardliners.
We'll also look at a report on what the Prison Officers Association is calling a "staffing crisis in Midlands prisons" as officers are drafted in from other parts of the country because of shortages.
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Actor Tom Hardy greeted fans on the red carpet as his new thriller Locke had its UK premiere in Birmingham last night.
Here's BBC Midlands Today's arts correspondent, Satnam Rana, waiting for the star.
A British-based consortium is willing to pay in the region of £32m, but there is also interest from China, Australia and the Middle East.
Owner Carson Yeung was jailed for six years in March after being found guilty of money laundering.
A shortage of prison officers in the West Midlands means guards from other parts of the country are travelling hundreds of miles to work here.
BBC WM reports that 470 left their jobs last year, and only 40 new recruits were taken on.
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A new series following Birmingham's older adults care teams over the course of a year starts tonight on BBC Two at 21:00.
Protecting Our Parents will look at life from the perspective of the professionals, families and the elderly.
More than half the lamb curries and takeaway kebabs tested in Birmingham were found to contain other meat, according to Which magazine.
Chicken and beef were present in some, while other meat could not be identified at all, said the consumer organisation.
Four women have been arrested as part of a fraud allegation at a Birmingham school.
A 47-year-old woman was arrested from an address in Ward End, a 40-year-old from Sparkhill, a 45-year-old from a house in Alum Rock and a 47-year-old picked up from an address in Solihull.
Four women have been arrested in connection with an on-going fraud investigation at a Birmingham school, say West Midlands Police.
It's alleged the women were involved in a bogus resignation letters plot at Adderley Primary School in Saltley, police say.
The British Geological Survey confirmed a quake in Rutland, Leicestershire, was preceded by a much smaller one in Solihull which happened at 19:16 BST on Wednesday of 0.9 magnitude.
Police looking into Philip Floyd's death say CCTV had shown two cars driving down Forest Road in Moseley and a man running along the road.
Det Sgt Neil Aston said he was now certain Mr Floyd had not been hit by a car but had received a blow to the head and been left in the road.
Police say a man found collapsed in a road in Moseley in January was murdered.
They originally thought 50-year-old Phillip Floyd had been hit by a car, but a post mortem examination revealed he suffered a blow to the head.
A woman is being treated for serious burns after a man poured high strength cleaning fluid over her.
It happened on Tuesday afternoon as she answered a knock to her door on MacDonald Close in Tividale.
Police are looking at CCTV footage from the area which shows the attacker running off with three other men.
The Aston Expressway is at 'considerable risk' of collapsing, engineers say
Joanne Malin tweets: Oh what a beautiful morning! Still chilly though. #bruton park Solihull
Jasper Carrott and UB40 were among the stars at the UK premiere of the film Locke in Birmingham last night.
It stars Tom Hardy and was written and directed by Birmingham's Steven Knight, who created the BBC drama Peaky Blinders.
The British Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake in Leicestershire this morning was preceded by a tremor in Solihull last night.
The Solihull tremor happened at 19:16 and measured 0.9 on the Richter Scale.
The quake in Rutland measured 3.2 and happened at 06:07.
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Tests on lamb curries and minced kebabs from takeaways in Birmingham found more than half had been mixed with other meats.
In Birmingham, five of the 30 samples contained no lamb at all.
Meat in a few of the samples couldn't even be identified.
There's traffic congestion on B4563 Vicar Street in Sedgley between the A459 Dudley Street junction and the A463 Gospel End Street junction, BBC Travel News reports
There's fury as young mums are banned from competing in Miss Birmingham.
Prison officers from hundreds of miles away are being drafted in to work in West Midlands prisons, BBC WM reports.
Guards are regularly travelling from places like Northumberland after 470 officers left their jobs in the region last year - and only 40 were taken on.
A rather cloudy day with some patchy rain at times, especially in the morning.
Later in the afternoon, drier and brighter conditions will move in from the north and most places will be dry by the evening. Highs of 14C (57F).
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A38(M) West Midlands - A38(M) Aston Expressway in Birmingham closed in both directions between A4540, Dartmouth Circus and M6 J6, Spaghetti Junction, because of roadworks during the night. Diversion in operation.
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