25 July 2014
Matt Hancock has been appointed the new Minister for Portsmouth - but how long will the job last?
The mother of a man who has been missing for ten years says she cannot accept that he is dead.
British engineers, including a group at the University of Oxford, experiment with with driverless cars.
England's David Luckman wins his second gold medal of Glasgow 2014 and Didcot's Dan Rivers also strikes gold.
That's all from the BBC Local Live team for the day - thanks for joining us.
Good luck to Oxfordshire weightlifter Ben Watson in the 105kg category at the Commonwealth Games this evening.
We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.
It'll be a dry evening with variable cloud and some sunny intervals.
Overnight it will be mainly dry with some good clear spells, though becoming somewhat cloudier later in the night in the west.
An overnight low of 14C (57F).
Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton's told BBC Radio Oxford he's closing in on fresh recruits up front.
The U's were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in a pre-season friendly last night and have one more warm-up game against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Appleton says he's been working hard on potential new forwards but has yet to find players who tick all of his boxes.
Plans are to be submitted for controversial road changes as part of a major housing development for Barton in Oxford.
One lane is closed on the A34 northbound at Weston-On-The-Green because of an accident involving two vehicles, BBC Travel reports.
The mother of an Oxfordshire man who's been missing for 10 years says she can't accept he's dead.
Gareth Koch, from Wantage, was 24 when he failed to return from trekking in Nepal in March 2004.
Speaking 10 years after his disappearance, Jill Koch said: "Although I would say to myself Gareth probably is dead, I can't accept it totally."
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00: Plans are being made to bring driverless cars to Oxfordshire's roads.
Leader of the county council Ian Hudspeth is considering putting in a bid for a share of £10m to be one of three places in the UK to trial the technology.
Find out how a man known only as "Impro" has fooled people around a small part of Oxfordshire - including Uri Geller - with his artistic "japes".
The mystery man's bizarre art installations have ranged from a postbox on the side of a bridge over the River Thames to a door in the middle of a roundabout.
Read his explanation for why he does it and keeping up his anonymity.
Did you holiday in Oxford in 1988? Do you remember visiting The Botanic Gardens or Oxford Castle or punting on the Cherwell?
If so, producers of a new BBC One show to be presented by Len Goodman would like to hear from you.
Holiday Of My Lifetime will see people relive their favourite childhood holiday.
If interested, call Raise The Roof Productions on 0141 427 5880 or 07462 435597.
Traffic is back to normal and both lanes have reopened on the Banbury Road at Water Eaton park-and-ride.
The earlier accident involving two vehicles has been cleared.
A woman has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Oxford.
A 45-year-old man was injured in the crash near the Evenlode Tower, in Blackbird Leys, on Sunday.
Monica Thomas, 25, of Salesian Gardens, Oxford, has been remanded in custody. Two other women, charged with affray, have been released on bail.
BBC Travel News reports Banbury Road, in Oxford, is partially blocked in both directions due to an earlier accident involving two vehicles.
Recovery work is taking place at the Water Eaton Park and Ride junction.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: Driverless cars could be tested on Oxfordshire's roads.
The government's announced UK cities can bid for a share of £10m to be one of three trial areas for the technology.
On tonight's BBC Radio Oxford drivetime show, I'll be chatting to Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth.
He'll be telling us how he's investigating putting in a bid for Oxford to be one of 10 cities across the UK to host trials of driverless cars from next year.
A Thames Valley charity is to increase its support for victims of sexual violence, exploitation and human trafficking.
It's recruiting specialist "trauma advisers" in Reading and Oxford - the first in the UK - after receiving funding from the region's police and crime commissioner.
Find out more about the work these advisers are doing in my report on BBC South Today Facebook page.
A couple have said they are determined to carry on renting out holiday boats on the Oxford Canal, despite losing two-thirds of their land.
Charlie and Carys Bruns, owners of College Cruisers, had hoped to stay for the summer season after their lease was up, but were given three days to clear the site at Jericho.
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Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00: The mother of a man from Abingdon who disappeared during a trip to Nepal 10 years ago says she will never give up her search for him.
Gareth Koch was 24 when he was last seen walking in the Sagarmatha National Park after separating from his companion.
A group of students are rowing from Oxford to London today for charity.
The team of 13 from the University of Oxford and the University of Reading are attempting to row 120km (74 miles) in a single day.
The challenge is raising money for the mental health charity Restore.
Earlier I spoke to Jill Koch, who told me her "faith has kept her going" more than 10 years after her son went missing in Nepal.
The last appeal she made for the whereabouts of Gareth Koch, from Wantange, was in 2011.
This picture above showed how he might have looked, aged 31. If you missed her interview, you can listen again on the iPlayer.
Just a reminder that the A420 Shrivenham bypass is closed in both directions due to major roadworks between the B4508 Majors road/Faringdon road and the Bourton turn-off.
Work continues until 10 September.
"I will never give up on my son."
That's from a mother of a 24-year-old man from Abingdon who disappeared on a life changing trip to Nepal 10 years ago. Hear more in the 14:00 bulletin.
Network Rail has been told it can replace a south Oxford railway bridge without installing ramps for wheelchair users and cyclists.
This morning I went to meet a group of siblings from Helen & Douglas House who will be canoeing from Oxford to Pangbourne today.
BBC Children in Need provides a grant to the charity to provide support for siblings of life-limited children using the hospice.
The grant of £113,054 was awarded in April last year and runs for three-years. You can see pictures of them before they set off from Donnington Bridge on the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page.
On the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page, we've been asking what you think of government plans to allow driverless cars on public roads as early as next year.
Would you feel safe as a passenger or driving alongside one?
Tim Cocks said: "Best of luck putting one on the A34 stop start people changing lanes at the last minute!"
Fiona Merrick added: "Will it remember to indicate when turning at a roundabout, and get in the correct lane? What happens when it loses signal whilst in motion?"
Coming up from 13:30 with Tom Hepworth, one of Oxford's oldest shops finally goes online.
Tom Turrell goes behind-the-scenes at Boswell's department store to find out why it's made the move into internet shopping more than a decade after some of its rivals.
A high-tech device to help reduce the spread of malaria has been developed by scientists in Oxford.
A wearable acoustic sensor and Smartphone app is through to the final of a competition run by Google to highlight life-changing technology.
Steve Roberts, from Oxford University, told BBC Radio Oxford only certain types of mosquito are known to carry disease.
He said: "Being able to tell the difference will allow us to identify potential risky environments where these mosquitoes breed."
Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 13:00, the mother of a Wantage man who went missing more than 10 years ago in Nepal says her faith has kept her going.
There's been no news about Gareth Koch since he separated from a companion while trekking in the Sagarmatha National Park.
Oxfordshire school teacher Zoe Shipperley has helped England's women's hockey team overcome Scotland 2-1 in their latest Commonwealth Games group match.
Scotland threw everything at the "Auld Enemy" in the second half as they tried to force the win that would have given them a medal chance.
But a relieved England hung on to set up a likely last-four clash with New Zealand.
As part of the government's announcement that driverless cars could start to use public roads from next year, cities are being invited to compete to host one of three trials.
Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth has tweeted they'll look into the idea coming to Oxford.
A man and a teenager have been charged with stealing lead from St John The Baptist Church in Oxford.
Want to know more about how the way you register to vote is changing?
This morning on the BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast show we heard how one in seven people across Oxfordshire is at risk of losing their vote by next December.
Every person will now have to register individually and about 80,000 people in the county will need to enter their details online because those currently held on government records won't match.
Oxford University scientists have shown a drug given at the time of a kidney transplant operation halves the risk of early rejection of the organ.
Alemtuzumab also allows a less toxic regimen of anti-rejection drugs to be used after the operation.
Researchers have reported their results to medical journal The Lancet and also presented the findings at the World Transplant Congress in San Francisco.
BBC Travel News reports the A423 southern bypass on the Oxford ring road has heavy traffic in the contraflow section between Kennington roundabout and Heyford Hill roundabout.
A nasty whiff is nauseating residents across Oxford.
The smell has been described as cheesy, like feet, mouldy milk, manure or raw sewage, but the cause has not yet been identified.
Visitors to Oxford are being invited to tour the Sheldonian Theatre.
The new series of tours, which run until October, aim to explore 900 years of Oxford University history, This Is Oxfordshire reports.
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Work has begun on a £33m retirement village in Witney.
The Coral Springs residential care facility in Curbridge Road, will house about 240 residents.
It will also include a restaurant, gym and swimming pool, and is expected to open in 2016.
A new zombie film is set to make Banbury the town of the living dead.
Deddington-based filmmaker Tony Jopia is urging residents to put themselves forward as zombie extras during filming, which starts this weekend.
Tests have shown a cleaning chemical or detergent is behind the deaths of thousands of fish in Didcot.
About 250 fish were first found dead at the Moor Ditch on Saturday. Fresh counts on Monday discovered about 4,400 had perished.
The government is to outline measures to permit driverless cars to be used on public roads by next year.
Engineers, including a group from the University of Oxford, have been experimenting with the technology.
Oxford United's first home pre-season friendly of the summer ended in a narrow defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Leon Clarke scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half for the visitors.
United head coach Michael Appleton felt there were plenty of positives and believes his side can only have benefited from a test against quality opponents from a higher division.
Didcot shooter Dan Rivers says mental strength as much as talent was the key to winning his gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The 23-year-old added to his bronze in the 10m Air Rifle category by winning a hard fought final in the 50m 3 Position event yesterday.
Rivers said it was vital he stayed strong as the pressure began to mount.
A 45-year-old man was injured in the crash near the Evenlode Tower, in Blackbird Leys, on Sunday night.
Monica Thomas, 25, from Salesian Gardens in Oxford, has been remanded in custody to appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court later.
Traffic is coping well with that new contraflow system that's been in place since Monday on the A4074 Southern Bypass and A34 on the Oxford ring road.
Keep tuned to 95.2FM or listen online for the latest every 15 minutes.
Blenheim Palace is considering selling off land surrounding the 300-year-old World Heritage Site to fund a £40m maintenance bill.
Today will bring some good sunny spells and we are going to have another warm day.
A cold front overnight's introduced some fresher air, which means we will have some cooler temperatures.
A high between 23 or 24C (75F).
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A420 Oxfordshire - A420 Shrivenham Bypass in Shrivenham closed and expected delays in both directions between the B4508 Majors Road junction and the the Bourton turnoff junction, because of major roadworks. Diversion in operation - Westbound via A417 East, A4185 South, A34 and M4. Eastbound via M4 and A34. HGVs over 7.5 tons via A34 and M4.
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