15:19 UK time, Wednesday, 9 April 2014
How government austerity measures and council funding cuts make polar opposites of lifelong friends.
A school governor says it is "a disaster for community cohesion" that the former national head of counter terrorism has been appointed to lead an inquiry into 25 Birmingham schools.
Searches take place for a man seen getting into difficulty in a lake.
Ed Joyce's 151 not out, his second century in the match, helps Sussex to a seven-wicket victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
A woman was injured and roads were left in chaos after a car hit railings and went into a shop front in Stourbridge.
Ed Joyce (pictured) struck 151 not out, his second century of the match, to help Sussex beat Warwickshire at Edgbaston earlier today.
Having resumed on 273-2, needing just 57 more runs for victory, the visitors lost Rory Hamilton-Brown (54) with the morning less than four overs old.
Following Ian Bell's second innings 189 not out, Warwickshire felt they were in with a good chance as the visitors began their second innings but, with the pitch flattening out, there were few problems for the Sussex batsmen.
A new Land Rover concept - a "transparent bonnet" - has been unveiled in New York. There's a discussion going on in our office as to how useful that really is though...
The top stories at 15:00:
We've had the Bake Off, the Sewing Bee and the Big Allotment Challenge, but now BBC WM proudly presents the Great British Shave Off.
Head on over to our Facebook page to watch what happened when Pete Morgan hosted a live shave-off.
We were talking beards because a study suggests that facial hair fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection.
Black Country people planning an Easter getaway are being urged to stay safe by air ambulance medics.
Flying lifesavers say they see a rise in call-outs over the bank holiday weekend with more traffic leading to more collisions.
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Former Warwickshire man Ashley Giles is to be interviewed this week for the role of new England head coach, and I see it as a straight fight between him and Peter Moores, Lancashire's current coach.
What struck me in Bangladesh during the recent World Twenty20 was how far the players and other people in the England set-up really wanted Giles to get the job.
Although that is not a reason to give it to him, it does suggest he is pressing the right buttons off the field.
West Midlands Police has criticised the appointment of a former counter terrorism chief to lead an inquiry into 25 Birmingham schools over allegations of a hard-line Islamist takeover plot.
Chief Constable Chris Sims (pictured) described Peter Clarke's appointment as "desperately unfortunate", adding that "people will inevitably draw unwarranted conclusions from his former role".
The top stories at 14:00 include:
Vote for your favourite movie to watch outdoors at this year's Brindleyplace Film Festival.
The producers of Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street have confirmed they are working on a follow-up with the working title Immigration Street.
Kieran Smith, of Love Productions, said the show was in "the very early stages" and had yet to be commissioned, reports BBC Entertainment and Arts.
He said his company had been talking to residents on Derby Road in Southampton, describing it as "a place with a long history of an immigrant population".
At 13:30 we'll be hearing the terrible story of an 84-year-old Birmingham man who was dragged from his car by thieves, as his family appeal for witnesses.
And we'll also be live in the M6 motorway control room as the new "smart motorway" signs go into operation, allowing motorists to use the hard shoulder at peak times.
The headlines at 13:00 are:
The first tranche of baton-bearers for the England leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay has been revealed, although we are still waiting to find out who will have the honour when the relay visits Birmingham on 2 June.
Baton-bearers are selected by local authorities based on their contribution to sport within the local community.
Former Olympian Jonathan Edwards (pictured) will carry the baton in Newcastle.
Nimble-fingered Erdington residents will be putting their skills to the ultimate test in the next few weeks as they aim to create a unique piece of art to commemorate the centenary of World War One, reports the Sutton Coldfield Observer.
Earlier today Pete Morgan was speaking to an expert chocolate taster, but apparently how we taste food and drink can be affected by the room we're in or even the plate we're eating off.
Following yesterday's news that Villa have suspended assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa, you've got to think manager Paul Lambert's judgment has to be questioned, but I understand he wanted this.
A run of 15 points from the past 19 games would be enough ammunition for many owners to sack their manager, but I hear owner Randy Lerner remains fully behind Lambert.
We're expecting more information at a press conference tomorrow.
Officers continued to search the lake at Walsall Arboretum this morning after a man was spotted in difficulty in the water.
The top story at 12:00:
Warwickshire have lost their match against Sussex by seven wickets. Captain Ed Joyce scored two centuries in the match, ending the second innings on 151 not out.
A surgeon who allegedly branded his initials into a patient's liver has been allowed to return to work.
Simon Bramhall, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, still faces a full disciplinary hearing.
Dudley Conservatives will survive despite the news that five long-serving top Tories are to step down at the next election, party leader Councillor Patrick Harley has promised.
A school governor has said it is "a disaster for community cohesion" that the former national head of counter terrorism has been appointed to lead an inquiry into 25 Birmingham schools.
A fan has claimed the volume at a UB40 gig made their ear bleed, but I'm sure they're not the loudest band around.
So I want to know, what are the loudest gigs you've ever been to?
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The risk of redundancy among key business sectors in the West Midlands appears to have fallen, suggests new research.
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Music at a UB40 concert was so loud it was "altering heart rhythms" and caused a fan's ear to bleed, it has been claimed.
London Midland tweets: CLEARED: Trains are now running normally between Redditch / Longbridge and Birmingham New Street #Northfield
The headlines from BBC WM include:
A bus driver involved in a crash where a teenage cyclist was killed hanged himself after suffering depression following the accident, an inquest heard.
The family of a man who was dragged from his car and attacked outside a Bilston pub on Friday night are appealing for help to trace his attackers.
Michael Green (pictured), 84, had just left the Trumpet Pub in High Street at about 23:30 when the thugs struck, West Midlands Police says
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Searches have been taking place for a man seen getting into difficulty in a lake.
Emergency services were called to Walsall Arboretum after a passer-by spotted the man at about 19:30 last night.
A lifestyle coach who defrauded Premier League footballer Peter Odemwingie (pictured) and six other clients out of more than £80,000 has pledged to pay them back.
Stoke City and former West Bromwich Albion striker Odemwingie was defrauded out of £22,000, the court heard. Claire Duke was given a two-year year suspended prison sentence.
The headlines from BBC WM include:
A former Birmingham University student has told how he considered suicide after blowing £20,000 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in high street bookies.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Birmingham that left a man in a critical condition.
"A young man is fighting for his life in hospital, so if anyone saw anything [on Monday night] and has not yet spoken to us, I would urge them to come forward as soon as possible," said Det Insp Paul Joyce.
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A man is feared to have drowned after being spotted in difficulty in a lake at Walsall Arboretum last night.
It's not yet known whether he'd fallen in or was swimming. A full-scale search by specialist police and fire teams is now under way.
It will be a chilly but crisp and clear start to the day. Another fine day then follows, with near unbroken sunshine. It will feel warm in the light breeze and strong April sunshine.
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