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?
Newcastle United pay tribute to the two fans who died in last week's plane crash in Ukraine, in their first match since the disaster.
Police searching for a missing Sunderland man they fear may have been murdered have urged anyone who recognises his car to get in touch.
The creation of babies using sperm and eggs from three people moves a step closer, say scientists at Newcastle University.
BBC Tees' Chantalle Edmunds tweets: An essential companion to any news shift! Time to fill this to the brim #tea #milk #nosugar
Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery.
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There's the official opening tonight at Celtic Park in Glasgow by none other than Her Royal Majesty.
So we've been celebrating some of our North East hopefuls. I spoke to Morpeth Harrier and Alnwick lass Laura Weightman on my show this morning as well as her mother Diana. Find out who her famous coach is and how she has prepared.
She'll be taking to the athletics track on Monday for the heats of the 1500m, then the finals, fingers crossed, will be on Tuesday.
A flying enthusiast from Northumberland has flown a microlight across the Atlantic and back to raise money for the charity Unicef.
Eddie McCallum set off three weeks ago, first flying over the Scottish Highlands before crossing the volcanoes of Iceland and skirting the Greenland ice cap, to make it safely to Canada and then the United States.
Eddie landed to a hero's welcome last night back in his home village Longframlington. I'll have more on this on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
The parents of a girl who is battling a rare cancer have thanked fundraisers after their appeal to pay for treatment abroad passed the £200,000 milestone.
Cleveland Police has said it is now carrying out a recovery rather than a rescue operation for David Zikhali. The 20-year-old student was with friends when he got into difficulties in the water near the Millennium Bridge in Stockton on Monday evening.
After an overnight break, the dive team from Northumbria Police has resumed the search, which will now be covering a wider area.
A very warm afternoon with sunny spells. It will be cloudy, misty conditions will be more persistent on coasts keeping it cooler.
Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). Check the forecast near you.
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Head Ranger of the Farne Islands David Steel tweets: Puffins starting to depart the Farne Islands; here is one of our chicks leaving this morning #NTNature
He added it had been an "excellent breeding season" for puffins.
All Reception, Year One and Year Two children in state-funded schools will be entitled to free lunches under a new scheme, saving parents hundreds of pounds a year. At Carr Hill Primary School new ovens are being installed to cope with the extra demand.
An extra 2,000 meals are expected to be cooked across Gateshead using local food suppliers, which the authorities say will bring an extra £250,000 into the local economy and create new jobs.
I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.
Concern is growing for a mother of two, missing from her home in Shildon for more than a week.
Helen Martin, 30, was last seen in the West Cornforth area wearing a grey sweater, black jacket and wedge sandals.
Insp Jon Rowland said: "Understandably her friends and family are growing increasingly concerned about her. We believe that she may be somewhere in the Bishop Auckland area."
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The family of one of the Newcastle fans killed on flight MH17 has joined other relatives in the Netherlands as the first few victims' bodies are flown back there.
Liam Sweeney's dad Barry and brother Marc have travelled to Amsterdam which is where the Malaysian flight took off from.
Loved ones of Chloe Fowler and Tonibeth Purvis who were killed in a drowning tragedy today called for safety improvements exactly a year on.
A recommendation to scrap plans for six traveller sites in Stockton is to go before the borough council later.
It follows public protests over the proposals, and earlier this week, the council's cabinet voted to ditch the six sites it had earmarked.
If the plans are are thrown out, the council will have to start the process all over again, and go through another six month consultation period once new sites are identified.
A taxi driver wrestled with a knife-wielding yob in his cab after he refused to pay - just hours after the same thug terrified a shop worker with a knife.
Fabio Borini's £14m move from Liverpool to Sunderland is yet to be completed, BBC Sport reports.
The clubs have agreed a fee but the striker still needs to agree personal terms and will play for Liverpool in the friendly with AS Roma on Wednesday.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet said they needed to "get in touch with the player and start negotiating", while Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said Borini is "considering" the possible move.
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A woman waited almost four hours for an ambulance while trapped in a car after an accident.
Being the sporting hunk and ripped athlete that I have trained hard to be - Today I will talk all things Commonwealth games, and will unleash on the North East my own sports challenge the like of which Sir Chris Hoy goes through every day.
We will talk to a North East competitor just to give sport true gravitas in case my offering doesn't before 12:00 on BBC Newcastle.
A fresh warning about the dangers of swimming in rivers and lakes during the hot weather has been given - a year to the day after two teenage girls died while swimming in the River Wear.
Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler drowned after getting into difficulties while swimming at Fatfield near Washington at the start of last year's school holidays.
A man has been left in a critical condition after a collision between a scooter and a pedestrian on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough at about 18:30 on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old rider of the off-road style 50cc Yamaha scooter suffered serious head injuries, internal injuries and lacerations.
The pedestrian, also aged 21, suffered a broken foot and lacerations and is described as being in a "stable" condition.
Kate Avery, from Shildon, County Durham has replaced Jo Pavey in the 10,000m running event in the Commonwealth Games.
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later. Organisers say up to a billion people are expected to watch it and the competitive events get under way tomorrow.
A pioneering treatment to prevent blindness that could save the NHS £1bn a year is being launched this week by a small firm in the North-East.
The search for a swimmer missing in the River Tees is due to resume later this morning after student David Zikhali, 20, got into difficulties near the Millennium Bridge in Stockton on Monday evening.
A friend of Mr Zikhali's, Commonwealth Games sprinter Richard Kilty, said the news was "absolutely devastating".
He said: "David was the most loving guy you'll ever meet. He's always laughing, he's always joking. He's loved by everyone across Stockton."
BBC Newcastle tweets: We are talking about the future of Quaylink buses in Newcastle Gateshead this morning. What do you think of bus services in the North East?
A grey start with widespread mist and low cloud. This will lift and break inland giving a very warm afternoon with sunny spells. Cloudy, misty conditions will be more persistent on coasts keeping it cooler.
Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). Check the forecast near you.
There's slow traffic on the A19 southbound in Cramlington after Moor Farm Roundabout because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on, reports BBC Travel News.
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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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