12 August 2014
Will a new High Speed rail link tunnelled under the Pennines boost the economy of the North of England?
The family of a Bradford man stabbed to death two years ago make a fresh appeal for information to find his killers.
The business secretary says giving government funds to keep a coal mine near Knottingley open "wouldn't be good value for money".
A co-operative plans to open a £13m new coal mine in West Yorkshire that could employ about 60 miners.
Leeds United sign Ternana striker Mirco Antenucci on a two-year deal, their 11th signing this transfer window.
Paul Hudson is the weather presenter and climate correspondent for BBC Look North in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
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This evening, there'll be some brighter spells but still the risk of a few showers with a minimum temperature of about 8C (46F).
Tomorrow, there'll be variable cloud, sunny spells and isolated showers, perhaps most frequent in the east later.
The top temperature will be about 16C (61F).
There's a remarkable tale of triumph over adversity on BBC Look North at 18:30 this evening, with the story of Leeds Rhinos fan Joel McBrinn who'll be at Wembley on Saturday for the Challenge Cup final.
The 26-year-old came back from the very brink of death after he was savagely attacked by a gang of youths in Leeds nine years ago - suffering major injuries including a fractured skull.
Recovered, though not in full health, Joel says he's looking forward to the big match: "I predict a classic this year - right down to the wire and Leeds will do it."
Scores of jobs are set to go at the Huddersfield headquarters of nursery products firm Mamas & Papas with the family-run business launching a 30-day consultation with its 440 employees.
With Leeds West Indian Carnival just days away, BBC Radio Leeds presenter Nick Ahad's got into the carnival spirit this morning.
Nick's wearing an outfit by Rhian Kempadoo-Millar who's created costumes featuring Yorkshire flat caps and the feathers, sequins and all-out bling of traditional Caribbean carnival costumes.
The festival itself takes place on Bank Holiday Monday and looking at the weather forecast for the day, it'll bring a much-needed injection of colour and warmth to the city.
Fire crews were called to Luddenden Foot after a horse fell in the River Calder on Wednesday.
One of my colleagues in the BBC Leeds newsroom has just spoken to West Yorkshire Police who say roads which were closed due to a serious crash near Halifax are now being reopened.
A biker was seriously injured and airlifted to hospital after he was in collision with a van on the A58 Whitehall Road out of Halifax, near the junction with the M606.
National Rail tweets: Trains are now running normally between Leeds and Barnsley following a signalling problem near Normanton.
'Sir Kev' has hoisted the Super League and World Club Challenge trophies numerous times - but the Challenge Cup has always eluded him.
There's likely to be heavy disruption at one of West Yorkshire's busiest traffic hotspots after a serious accident involving a motorcyclist who's been airlifted to hospital.
The biker was seriously injured when he hit a van on the A58 Whitehall Road out of Halifax - near the junction with the M606 motorway.
Nearly half of all mothers in Leeds are the main breadwinner in their household, despite women continuing to fall behind their male counterparts in wages.
A roll of honour featuring a list of Halifax butchers who served in the army during World War One has been lovingly restored to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war.
The Butchers' Roll of Honour differs from many other memorials in the borough as it is inscribed not with the names of those who died, but rather the butchers who enlisted in each year of the war - although it's likely that some of the names on the roll did not make it back.
The roll is now back in place in Halifax Borough Market after being repaired and cleaned.
Bradford Bulls forward Chev Walker has signed a one-year contract extension.
The 31-year-old joined the Bulls from Hull KR in August 2010 and has made 16 appearances this season.
An operation to stop part of Huddersfield Broad Canal being choked by weeds is under way, with the release this afternoon of 4,000 weevils who face the task of eating as many of the weeds as possible.
The weevils are being released by the Canal and River Trust near Colne Bridge so they can munch their way through the Azolla weed to help keep the canal healthy and clear.
They breed quickly so collectively they can eat their way through a very large mass of the voracious water fern in just a few weeks.
Live blog: All the GCSE results news and results from across the Bradford district as they come in.
A motorcyclist's been seriously injured and airlifted to hospital after a crash at a West Yorkshire traffic hotspot.
Police say the bike collided with a van on the A58 near Halifax. There are likely to be delays in the area for some time.
Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.
A motorcyclist's been airlifted to hospital after a crash at one of West Yorkshire's busiest traffic hotspots.
The biker was seriously injured when his machine was in collision with a van on the A58 Whitehall Road out of Halifax - near the junction with the M606 motorway.
West Yorkshire Police have told me this means Chain Bar roundabout - at Junction 26 of the M62 - will be closed until at least 17:00, and it's likely to cause disruption well into the evening rush.
BBC Travel News reports the A58 Whitehall Road in Oakenshaw is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Chain Bar and the B6379 Westfield Lane junction because of a serious accident involving a van and motorbike.
The rare discovery of a recently killed adder snake in Haworth has prompted a Keighley man to urge people to report sightings of this reclusive creature.
Leeds United have striker Mirco Antenucci from Italian side Ternana for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal.
The 30-year-old has spent his entire career in his native Italy, plying his trade for nine different sides.
West Yorkshire's GCSE students have been opening their envelopes as new figures show a slight rise in the proportion of GCSE entries getting A* to C grades.
The number obtaining a C or above in Maths is up - but the A to C rate in English is down slightly with government changes being blamed.
Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.
With news that thousands of gravestones in West Yorkshire have failed safety tests, I've been to one graveyard in Normanton near Wakefield to find out more.
There must be at least 200 stones with a wooden stake driven in to the ground to keep them in place, upright and safe, with the work carried out by Wakefield Council.
But local families have been telling me this has caused immense distress and upset. One woman told me it was "disgraceful" while another, whose mother is buried there, described it as "disgusting, not on".
Computer games programmers in Huddersfield have been realising their electric dreams with a shoot-em-up smash hit.
National Rail tweets: Trains between Leeds and Barnsley may be delayed by up to 15 minutes because of a signalling problem near Normanton.
There's been a slight rise in the proportion of GCSE entrants in Yorkshire getting A* to C grades.
The figure's risen to 64.9%, but nationally English has shown its biggest drop in the history of the exams - down by almost 2%.
Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.
Former Derby starlet Mason Bennett has revealed he was inspired to join Bradford City by the goal-scoring exploits of Nahki Wells.
At least 2,000 Castleford Tigers fans have waved off the players as they set off on their journey to Wembley, with high hopes of returning with the Challenge Cup.
I asked one fan if Cas would be victorious at Wembley, and they corrected me saying "when".
Another fan, Jane, told me: "This club's the heart of the town and it's just amazing how everyone's come together".
Join me at 13:30 on BBC Look North as I find out how fire services in Yorkshire are working with phone providers to disconnect people who make hoax calls.
And it's the big day for teenagers waiting to see how they've done in their GCSEs. We'll be out at one Yorkshire college as former students open the envelopes to find out their fate.
A major police operation to tackle class A drug dealing in Bradford, which has seen jail sentences of more than 300 years handed out, has one last suspect to track down.
Thousands of gravestones in West Yorkshire have failed safety tests and have been deemed unstable.
Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.
A body believed to be that of missing Ilkley father-of-two John Stiles has been recovered from remote high ground in the Russian Caucausus Mountains.
More on the news that up to 90 jobs are under threat at the Mamas & Papas nursery products headquarters in Huddersfield.
In a statement, company chairman David Scacchetti says the UK retail environment is "the toughest I've experienced in the 30 years since we founded Mamas & Papas".
"It has become clear that we need to take action if we are to maintain our proud position as a brand trusted by parents across the world," he adds.
It's a proper Northern scene, a right Yorkshire scene in fact, at The Jungle, the home of the Cas Tigers, as the team prepares to set off for Wembley for the Challenge Cup final.
The cheer when the buses set off will be about as loud as when Cas put the first try over the bar at Wembley. There are hundreds of Tigers supporters here wearing those famous orange and black colours, the music's on and the hooters are blaring.
Tigers fan Mandy tells me: "It's amazing. It's fabulous for the town and everybody's really excited."
The stage may be empty now - after all the festival itself doesn't actually start until tomorrow - but preparations are clearly well under way.
Thousands of music fans are expected to start descending on the site in the next few hours to hear big names such as Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Queens of the Stone Age.
The BBC has learned that as many as 90 jobs are under threat at the Huddersfield headquarters of nursery products store Mamas and Papas.
The company says it's trying to restructure "in the face of a persistently tough trading environment".
It's also asking the landlords of its 60 British shops to cut rent charges.
The business secretary says giving state aid to Kellingley Colliery probably won't happen because it doesn't offer value for money for tax payers.
But UK Coal says it is still trying to save Kellingley, saying it's continuing to hammer out a deal with Whitehall.
Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.
Shipley MP Philip Davies is demanding that judges slash the numbers of crooks given bail - as official figures reveal more than 1,000 criminals each week walk free before being jailed.
West Yorkshire Fire Service has just tweeted this picture of the dramatic rescue of 14-year-old Gypsy the horse yesterday.
Gypsy stumbled into the River Calder from a nearby field. As they Fire Service says: "Well done crews!"
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An explosion and fire in a Dewsbury town centre restaurant halted a wedding party last night as more than 200 people were evacuated.
Abubaker Rawat, who we reported yesterday had gone missing, has been found safe and well, West Yorkshire Police have said.
Kirklees Police say they'd like to thank members of the public for their assistance in finding the 24-year-old Batley man.
The owners of Kellingley Colliery say they're continuing to hammer out a deal with the government to borrow money which means the pit can be gradually run down.
The company insists it will keep looking for options during any managed shut down period.
Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.
UK Coal, the owner of threatened Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley, says it's still trying to save the pit from immediate closure.
The firm says despite remarks by Business Secretary Vince Cable dismissing the possibility of £100m state aid, it's continuing to seek a deal with the government to borrow the cash meaning the site can be gradually run down.
Andrew Mackintosh, from UK Coal, has told BBC Radio Leeds: "That's what it will take to make a sustainable coal-mining business."
Crime-fighting Laycock residents have been urged to halt their night-time patrols in the village.
A gang of burglars targeted a student house in Headingley in the middle of the night and stole cheese and meat from the fridge, a court heard.
The owners of Kellingley Colliery insist they're not giving up hope of saving it from closure despite the business secretary saying state aid for the pit wouldn't be value for money.
Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.
Chris Kitchen, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (pictured), says the Government seems intent on cutting miners at closure-threatened Kellingley Colliery adrift.
Mr Kitchen's comments come after BBC Radio Leeds revealed Business Secretary Vince Cable has dismissed the possibility of state aid to secure the long-term future of the UK Coal-owned pit as not "good value for money".
Mr Kitchen said: "It's a disgrace what Vince Cable is saying. We've not even had UK Coal put in an application for state aid and he's already saying he's not in favour of it."
The main musical entertainment might not begin until tomorrow but some revellers just can't wait to get the party started at this year's Leeds Festival.
Thousands of gravestones in West Yorkshire have failed safety tests and been deemed unstable as part of a national health and safety scheme.
Councils have been forced to secure the headstones with wooden posts and plastic tape (pictured) until family members can repair them.
Figures supplied to the BBC show in Bradford 800 stones have been secured, while 950 in Calderdale and 1085 in Wakefield have failed the test. We couldn't get any figures from Leeds or Kirklees councils.
A hungry army of 4,000 weevils is to be released into a canal in Huddersfield later today in an effort to stop it being choked by a voracious weed.
The 2mm long weevils are to be given a new home in the Huddersfield Broad Canal so they can eat the invading Azolla water fern (pictured).
If unchecked, the fern could cover the surface of the canal with a thick mat cutting light and oxygen levels in the water.
Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I ask whether your school days really were, as the cliché goes, the best of your life?
The Business Secretary is dismissing fresh proposals to secure the long-term future of Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley.
UK Coal had suggested that £100m of state aid would keep the pit running until 2018, but Vince Cable says the proposals do not represent good value for money.
Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.
Castleford Tigers' Weller Hauraki has revealed teammate Craig Huby is back in full training and will have a fitness test today before the team head to London ahead of Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Leeds Rhinos.
Huby dislocated his elbow in their semi-final win over Widnes.
Hauraki told BBC Radio Leeds: "He's going good, did full training and looking pretty good, but it all depends on himself if he's fit to play."
Police are appealing for help to trace 14-year-old Haworth boy Lewis Robert Dewar, known as Bobby, who hasn't been seen since leaving his home at about 17:00 on Tuesday.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has dismissed the possibility of securing the long-term future of Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley as not being "good value for money".
UK Coal had suggested at a meeting with the Government and miners' unions last week that £100m of state aid could keep the pit running until 2018.
But Mr Cable has told BBC Radio Leeds: "£100m could do a whole lot of other things supporting jobs in growth industries".
Today, there'll be variable cloud with some bright or sunny spells but also scattered showers to start.
The cloud will thicken from the north with showery bursts of rain pushing southwards later as the breeze freshens.
The top temperature will be about 16C (61F).
BBC Travel News reports that the A64 in Bramham, Leeds, is closed eastbound between The Fox and Grapes pub and the A1(M) J44 junction because of the Leeds Festival.
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