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?
Families of victims of the MH17 crash, which claimed the lives of two Newcastle United fans, are to meet David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.
A 26-year-old woman has been raped in Newcastle, police say.
Wallsend-born Sonia Samuels says missing out on Delhi 2010 has motivated her for her Commonwealth Games debut.
That's all from Local Live today. We'll return from 08:00 on Tuesday. We leave you with more details about the Dr Who spectacular coming to the North East next year.
Stewart Park in Middlesbrough is among the North East public spaces which have picked up Green Flag awards.
Charity Keep Britain Tidy uses the awards to recognise well maintained parks, cemeteries and crematoriums.
Sixty-five places in the North East picked up green flags - fewer than any other region. Others include Saltwell Park in Gateshead and Jesmond Dene in Newcastle.
Families of the British victims of the MH17 plane crash are to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
The disaster claimed the lives of 10 Britons, including Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder.
Earlier, a Ukrainian official said "black-box" flight recorders from the plane show it came down when it was hit by a rocket.
Speaking ahead of a day on Thursday to mark Sir Bobby Robson's passing, Lady Elsie Robson said: "Bob would love the idea of all these young players coming together to learn new skills and enjoy playing some football. He'd be in his element, and no doubt helping the coaches do their job too.
"It feels like a very appropriate way to remember him. We were so pleased last year when the first Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day was such a success. I'm always touched by how fondly people remember Bob and by the wonderful support his charity receives."
Daleks and Cybermen will be in Newcastle as part of an arena tour celebrating the success of Dr Who.
The show at the Metro Radio Arena on 28 May features performances by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
Tickets go on sale on Friday at www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com.
The FA will honour former England and Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson on Thursday to mark five years since his passing.
Working with the Suffolk FA at his former club Ipswich, the FA will show its work at grassroots level, particularly with children.
Tributes will also be paid across the world and the day will spread the work of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, plus the FA will make a donation to the Foundation at the Charity Shield match on 10 August.
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A dramatic rescue in which a fisherman was killed after being swept into the mouth of the River Tees has been commemorated with a painting.
Keith Ellerby, 64, from York, was one of two men swept into the sea at Redcar's South Gare on 24 October 2011. He later died in hospital. This painting by Redcar artist Philip J Boville shows the lifeboat crew carrying out the rescue.
A two-hour siege came to an end when a man was arrested on suspicion of committing firearms offences.
Great to meet Bernie Slaven today at BBC Tees - look out for him at Boro next season.
Two lifeboat crews were forced to divert from their journey to an event in Beadnell yesterday after a kite surfer got into difficulty.
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Ashley Lindo, who today was jailed for 18 months for his part in a high-speed chase through Middlesbrough in April, had a disturbing history of dangerous driving and vehicle theft.
Eight years ago he killed eight-year-old Daniel Conroy-Curtin in Middlesbrough while driving a stolen Rover Metro, and served half of his three-year term.
Then at the age of 18, in 2009, he was sent back to a young offenders' institution for aggravated vehicle taking after another high-speed pursuit involving a stolen vehicle.
Police today said he had "not learned his lesson from the tragic events of some years ago".
Hundreds of North East parents have been fined for pulling their children out of school for a family holiday, an investigation by The Northern Echo has found.
Police have nicknamed a would-be thief "Cinderella" after he left this shoe behind at the scene of an attempted crime.
The Derwentside division of the Durham force tweeted that a man had tried to steal cider from a Cooperative store on Tyne Road in Stanley at 21:30 last night.
But the hapless robber left his trainer at the scene and police tweeted this picture of it to see if anyone might recognise it.
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Our guest this afternoon is Boro legend Bernie Slaven. Hear his story live with me on BBC Tees.
Areas of Teesside are at both the top and bottom of the North East pay league, according to analysis by a recruitment agency.
Figures put together by ManpowerGroup UK said the area of the North East with the highest average pay was Stockton, with £25,200 a year, while its neighbour Middlesbrough came bottom with an average of just £19,600.
The company said its figures were based on the annual survey of hours and earnings from the Office of National Statistics.
Cleveland Police has welcomed the sentence handed out to Ashley Lindo, who killed a boy eight years ago by dangerous driving and this year led police on a high-speed chase through Middlesbrough.
Today Lindo was jailed for 18 months. PC Thomas Bradley said: "Mr Lindo's activity that day in April shows he has clearly not learned his lesson from the tragic events of some years ago.
"It was only a matter of good luck that another tragedy was avoided this time and the sentence shows the courts take an extremely dim view of such behaviour."
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A pedestrian who died after being hit by a van in Chester-le-Street has been named by police.
Kevin Andrew McLoughlin, 45, was hit by a Ford Transit Tipper as he walked along the B6313 at Bluehouse Bank, where there is no footpath, at 23:30 on Thursday.
He suffered a fatal head injury and was confirmed dead at the scene.
Parks, cemeteries and crematoriums in the North East have picked up a total of 65 Green Flag awards from an environmental charity.
Keep Britain Tidy runs an annual set of awards for well-maintained public spaces.
But the North East did not compare well with other areas - it picked up fewer awards than any other English region.
A dangerous driver who killed a boy on a footpath eight years ago is back behind bars today after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Ashley Lindo, 24, admitted dangerous driving at Teesside Crown Court and was jailed for 18 months.
Lindo has a long history of driving offences. In 2006 he killed 8-year-old Daniel Conroy Curtin on a path near the River Tees and was locked up for three years. His latest offence involved a one-mile chase through Middlesbrough town centre, not far from the place where Daniel was killed.
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Newcastle City Council says it has acted in the best interests of elderly residents after a High Court judge ruled it is not paying enough for care of pensioners.
The company which runs care homes in the city, The Abbeyfield Society, argued that a decision by the authority to freeze payments for the care of a number of elderly residents was unfair - and the judge agreed.
The council says that at a time of severe pressure on its budgets, it will continue to work with care providers.
A man has been charged with trying to rob a shop in South Shields wielding a samurai sword, police say.
Lee Amess, 20, of Renoir Gardens allegedly walked into a Nisa shop on Whiteleas Way armed with the blade and demanded money on Saturday morning.
Staff refused to give him anything and he left without hurting anyone.
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Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe wins her heat in the 200m butterfly in 2:09.28. She's now into tonight's final. Watch the Commonwealth Games live here.
The North East continues to have the lowest house prices in England and Wales, new figures show.
The Land Registry statistics show the average house in our region cost £98,555 in June, compared with an England and Wales average of £172,011.
The North East also had the lowest growth in house prices - 0.8% in the year to June - against an average rise of 6.4%.
According to The Telegraph, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is keen on bringing Atletico Madrid winger and fellow Uruguayan Cristian Rodriguez, 28, to the Stadium of Light.
There's more transfer talk in BBC Sport's Gossip Column.
The attack is thought to have taken place between 23:00 on Friday and 04:00 on Saturday around Westgate Road, near the bowling alley.
Police said the man was in his 20s or 30s, about 5ft 8in, thin, with dark brown or black hair.
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Average house prices in the UK in June were unchanged - yes that's right unchanged - says the Land Registry. It is the only one whose index measures the actual sale price. It's not the first house price data to show a levelling off and one or two have even suggested slight falls. One reason could be April's tougher mortgage affordability rules but that's unlikely to be the only explanation.
On an annual basis, the West Midlands saw a 4.7% increase in average house prices, while the South East saw house prices jump 7.8%. At the other end of the scale, house prices in the North East are up just 0.8% since June last year.
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Teesside parents Sally and Wayne Hodgson say inspirational four-year-old Ruby will need surgery again after a tumour returned for the third time.
The Heaton-born singer's success with Crazy Stupid Love puts her alongside Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora.
Cheryl said: "It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one. So exciting!"
The top local headlines at 10:00 include:
The pregnant partner of a motorcyclist who died in a road crash has vowed never to let her unborn baby forget its dad.
Regarding strike action at passport offices, including one in Durham, the Home Office said in a statement: "We have contingency plans in place to ensure that during any industrial action passport offices will maintain a service to the public and keep any inconvenience to a minimum."
"All HM Passport Office customer service centre counters will remain open and we will be able to issue passports for those in emergency situations, with urgent travel needs."
The downing of Malaysian plane MH17 in east Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says.
The crash killed Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who were on their way to watch the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand.
The Home Office says all its passport offices, including the one in Durham, will continue to deliver a service today despite strike action taking place.
Members of the PCS union are walking out in a dispute over workload and staffing levels.
Durham County Council tweets: Apologies to anyone whose bin wasn't emptied on Friday. We're still catching up on the backlog and will be back to empty them today.
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Almost a million people turned up at the Sunderland International Air Show at the weekend - a record for the event.
The team at BBC Newcastle had a brilliant time covering it and you can hear some of the highlights this morning on Alfie and Charlie.
This bridge between Middlesbrough and Stockton is going to close for six weeks to be painted red and silver. There's more on BBC Tees and you can listen live here.
A woman from Stockton who went missing last week has turned up safe and well.
Jennifer O'Neil had last been seen on Thursday, but made contact with police late last night.
Most places will be dry with a fair amount of sunshine. There may be the odd shower, but these should be brief and mainly light. It'll feel quite warm, with temperatures slightly above average. Coastal areas may feel a touch cooler, because of an onshore breeze.
The maximum temperature will be 23C (73F). Check the forecast near you.
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A67 County Durham - A67 in High Coniscliffe closed between the Ulnaby Lane junction and the B6275 junction, because of a landslip and roadworks. Diversion in operation - via B6275, B6279 Staindrop Road, B6280 Carmel Rd North and A67 Coniscliffe Road.
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