16:43 UK time, Friday, 27 June 2014
The Chancellor wants to create a northern powerhouse through railways, science and mayors but can he deliver?
An 18-year-old man from Sunderland is charged over an offensive Twitter message relating to the Malaysia Airlines crash.
A British schoolboy has died on a field trip in Tanzania after suffering a severe allergic reaction, an expedition company says.
Many parts of the country are basking in hot weather today with temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
While it isn't set to reach those kind of temperatures in the North East, we're hoping it will soon and want to know when it does where is your favourite spot for getting some respite from the sun and cooling off. The beach at Cullercoats is usually a popular choice.
A man was rushed to hospital after being stabbed in a domestic violence incident.
Barry Sweeney described it as "a very poignant moment".
He said all the families were together and it had been "a tear-jerking experience" when the first coffin came off.
He said: "I am hoping my son does come back but I'm hoping everyone else's does as well."
The father and brother of MH17 victim Liam Sweeney have arrived back home from the Netherlands after witnessing the first bodies arrive.
The Newcastle fan's father Barry and brother Marc saw the arrival of the first 40 coffins.
In his tribute to Harton Technology College student Jack Burden, executive head teacher Sir Ken Gibson added: "Jack was a very talented and bright young man who had intended to study English literature and education at Liverpool Hope University from September.
"His teachers have been full of praise throughout Jack's seven years at Harton and they, too, have been very keen to pass on their best wishes and deepest sympathy to the family and friends."
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The head teacher of a student who died on a field trip to Tanzania said he was incredibly popular.
Executive head teacher Sir Ken Gibson said: "I have read many of the tributes to Jack and they certainly confirm just how well respected, admired and loved he was by everyone.
"I know that the family has been inundated with cards, messages and visitors, and my thoughts remain with them and Jack's close friends at this very difficult time."
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue service tweets: A crew from Darlington have just released 2 adults & 2 children from a shopping centre lift in Darlington, using small gear.
Nearly 40 people in the North East are to lose their jobs after one of the UK's largest car parts suppliers, Uniport Automotive, went into administration.
It said it had been experiencing years of "financial stress", and despite "intensive efforts", a buyer for the whole company, which employed 1,813 people, could not be found.
Part of the business was sold, including the distribution hub and branch in Stockton. But the rest of the business has ceased to trade leaving 1,244 people redundant including 38 in the North East.
This lunchtime, why it took four hours to get a road accident victim to a hospital 10 minutes away. And the legacy of a dad who said "this isn't good enough".
Join me for lunchtime Look North.
The top local headlines at 13:00 include:
Stockton Council has approved plans to build a 49-megawatt power station near the Transporter Bridge at Port Clarence which will be used to burn waste wood.
Sunderland's move for Fabio Borini could be in doubt, BBC Sport reports, after he suffered a shoulder injury in a pre-season friendly.
The Black Cats had agreed a fee of £14m with Liverpool for the striker who spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light.
Borini went off in the first half last night as the Merseysiders lost to Italian club Roma.
A youngster with a devastating muscle wasting illness has put out a direct appeal to help him live as normal a life as possible.
Police are warning about a scam after receiving reports of people offering to sell electrical goods in car parks and streets but then handing over a bag of heavy foods or drinks.
It comes after a man paid £600 for what he believed was a laptop, iPad and iPhone from a man in the Gallowgate car park on Strawberry Lane, Newcastle, but he later found the bag contained only two bottles of lemonade.
Northumbria Police say it's possible these are the same people responsible for a number of similar offences in South Shields, Gateshead, Sunderland and elsewhere in Newcastle.
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A Darlington woman has told how a whirlwind romance ended in tragedy when her husband died as a result of a brain tumour just weeks after they married.
We've been asking you for your local hidden gems - those beautiful spots that are a little bit of heaven.
A gentleman calling himself Fat Ian contacted us last week to tell us about Felmoor Park, just north of Morpeth, which is filled with log cabins.
I popped off to meet manager Alice Dodd and you can hear our chat very shortly on BBC Newcastle. Listen here.
The B6173 at Sunny Terrace in Stanley is partially blocked at the northbound junction, BBC Travel reports.
It's due to an accident.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has released its 2013 statistics for coastal deaths and rescues.
Two people died in the Tyneside area, two more in Sunderland and one in Northumberland.
Nationally, 167 people died - the highest number since 2010.
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Argentine club Newell's Old Boys have confirmed the signing of Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco, BBC Sport reports.
The Argentine, 29, known as "Nacho", arrived on Wearside in January for £3.2m with manager Gus Poyet hoping he could fire the goals to keep his side in the Premier League.
Although Sunderland escaped relegation he did not score in eight appearances.
A warning about the "hidden dangers" of water has been issued after body of David Zikhali was pulled from the River Tees.
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The dad of tragic Toon fan Liam Sweeney told how families prayed for their loved ones as the first bodies of those killed in the MH17 crash arrived in the Netherlands.
The top headlines at 10:00 include:
Missing man Anthony Smith has been found in the Redcar area, Cleveland Police say.
The 55-year-old had last been seen at about 11:30 yesterday in the Trent Road area of the town.
A Sunderland man has been charged with making an offensive Twitter message relating to two men who died on the Malaysian Airlines passenger flight MH17 last week, Northumbria Police say.
Mitchell Tace Chapman, 18, of Pegwood Road, will appear at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on 11 August.
All 298 people on board the flight were killed last Thursday when it came down in Ukraine, including John Alder, pictured left, and Liam Sweeney who were on their way to watch Newcastle United play in New Zealand.
More tributes have been paid to Harton Technology College pupil Jack Burden, who died on a school trip to Tanzania after suffering a severe allergic reaction.
Staff at Siemens in Hebburn start work today on a major contract to produce parts for electric trains.
They will be making high-tech electrical components as part of the Thameslink programme in London.
It's set to create up to 300 jobs, so is it time to be optimistic about the jobs market in the North East?
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Plans for a conference centre that would bring a massive boost to the North East economy have not been abandoned, despite a blow of missing out on Government funding.
A North East police force that referred itself to a watchdog over a review into claims of institutional racism has had the matter returned to it for investigation.
Cleveland Police said it received criticism of aspects of its Equality Review, conducted in 2011 and 2012, and so contacted the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The IPCC has referred the matter back to Cleveland and it now looks like an external force will be appointed to investigate the matter.
A growing number of us now live alone. In London almost a third of homes are now occupied by just one person. An online article claims the stigma surrounding solo dining has started to disappear.
If you've eaten out alone, gone to the cinema, the pub, even on holiday, what was it like? What are the pros and cons?
Call 0191 232 6565 to join the conversation or get in touch on our Facebook page.
After a dull start to the day with fog over high ground, conditions will improve from the west with all except the coast seeing plenty of fine sunny weather from late morning.
It will be warm inland but cool along the coast. See more on today's forecast.
One lane is currently closed on the A1 northbound between the Blaydon and Hexham turn-off because of a broken down vehicle, BBC Travel News reports.
Elsewhere, there's slow-moving traffic on the A194(M) northbound in Gateshead near the White Mare Pool Roundabout following an accident.
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