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18 December 2014 Last updated at 15:06

Two dogs die in 'lit cigarette' fireThe fire-damaged house

Two dogs have died in a house fire caused by a lit cigarette at a home in Stoke-on-Trent.

Dr Anthony MarshTrust to replace chief executive

The chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service is to leave a similar role in the East of England - 12 months after he took up the role.

Patrick Burns Article written by Patrick Burns Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

West Midlands councils braced for funding cuts

As councils learn how much money they will have next year to spend on local services, Patrick Burns looks at the situation in the West Midlands.

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David Gregory-Kumar Article written by David Gregory-Kumar David Gregory-Kumar Science & Environment correspondent, BBC News

Mysterious starling murmuration secrets unlocked?

How you can help scientists learn more about starling murmurations, the wildlife ballet of the skies.

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