16:19 UK time, Monday, 7 April 2014
Pressure is growing for a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the Miners' Strike and an amnesty for those convicted of crimes.
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond insists Scottish independence would be a boon for the north of England because it would rebalance the UK economy.
A man from Gateshead who filmed himself swallowing a goldfish in a drink then posted the stunt online is fined £300.
Nick Compton reminds England of his skills with 115 not out as Somerset reach 246-4 before agreeing a draw with Durham.
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Three former soldiers from the region could be waiting until June at the earliest to find out if they can come home from India.
Get the full story and more with me on BBC One at 18:30.
The Middlesbrough FC head coach Aitor Karanka says he takes full responsibility for their recent results.
Boro suffered their second defeat in as many games as they lost 2-0 at Reading in the Championship.
Karanka admits the players haven't shown enough fight in recent matches.
I'm researching a story about immigration - do you live in Redcar and Cleveland and want to share your views with me? Email them along with your contact details please.
Police are looking for thieves who took the forks from the front of a fork-lift truck.
The Northumbria force is asking for help tracing whoever took the two metal forks from a JCB parked on Tunstall Village Green in Sunderland on Monday or Tuesday.
I've been hearing a stalking victim's terrifying story today.
Find out more on BBC Newcastle's breakfast show tomorrow when Alfie and Charlie will hear from experts who say stalking should never be downplayed - or its dangers underestimated.
It's St George's Day and the bells have been ringing at the old Christ Church building in Hartlepool. Thanks to the paper you can hear them wherever you are.
Critically ill children waiting for lifesaving heart surgery have been putting their troubles to one side to enjoy a party.
Staff at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital said it was a welcome opportunity for them to socialise with other children.
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When young lawyer Leah Duffield was looking for some interesting work experience there was one place at the top of her wishlist - death row in Texas.
Three Church of England dioceses have merged to form the first new one since 1929..
The Church of England says the new diocese - stretching from Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, through West and North Yorkshire to parts of County Durham - will be more efficient to run.
Yorkshire registered their first Championship victory of the season by polishing off Northants on the final morning at Headingley.
Last season's runners-up won by an innings and 120 runs after bowling out the visitors for 245.
Approval has been given for more than 60 homes to be built on green space east of Gillas Lane, near the border between Houghton and Hetton.
Who should look after our elderly? Is it down to their children, the NHS, the state or private care?
Tweet me your views for a story I'm working on at BBC Tees.
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A 55-year-old man from Oldham is the latest to be fined for holding doors open on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
He was ordered to pay £390. The Metro operator said it would prefer not to prosecute people but it was "serious and the knock on impact can be huge".
They're out of prison but it could be six months before the Indian authorities decide if three former soldiers from the region can come home.
And just what did happen when trouble-shooter Digby Jones breezed through the doors of a Newton Aycliffe company?
Watch Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.
The BBC Tees newsroom is hard at work bringing you the news from across Teesside and County Durham - including the latest on William Gouldburn's family who say he was failed in his moment of need after he waited hours for an ambulance.
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Darlington's Lingfield Point has added a member of staff to its team - she's feathered, she friendly and she's called Freya - the hawk-eyed pest control officer- who keeps the seagulls at bay - nature's way.
At Chester-le-Street, Durham have declared on 213-9 in their second innings at the end of the over in which captain Paul Collingwood scored the 70th first class 50 of his career.
He ended up on 52 not out and Somerset have 82 overs to chase a winning target of 337.
Durham are hosting Somerset in Division One of the County Championship.
Someone's definitely feeling the joys of spring - look at what we found in our email.
Lee Hargreave snapped this "magnificent blossom" in his local park in Sunderland.
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Join expert Tina Wiffen for to learn about the bats that can be found in north-east England and learn how to detect and identify bats in the wild - the class is run by the Great North Museum: Hancock.
A teenage singer and guitarist is just one step away from playing in the final of a major music competition.
Do you remember your school sports day? Is that with beaming pride or a lingering embarrassment at coming last in the egg and spoon race?
Perhaps then a new survey suggesting a third of eight to 16-year-olds would be "relieved" if competitive sport was axed won't surprise you.
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A man fined for swallowing a live goldfish as part of an internet drinking stunt says he was going to flush it down the toilet because he thought it was sick.
Gavin Hope from Gateshead was filmed downing the fish followed by a pint of beer laced with chilli during the "Neknomination" prank on Facebook.
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Slow and heavier than usual traffic on the A696 in both directions in Newcastle between Kenton Bar roundabout and Newcastle Airport roundabout.
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Darlington boxer Stu Hall has made it clear he doesn't think much of opponent Paul Butler's chances of taking his IBF world title when the pair fight on 7 June.
"He thinks he's going to stop me but there's no chance of that happening," the 34-year-old said.
Do children get on your nerves? Would you like no-children zones or kid-free carriages on trains? Or should we embrace the joy - and noise - of the youngest generation?
I'm wondering if we've become a bit intolerant of other people's nippers? Join in the conversation now by texting 81333 (start your message with the word "Tees") or phoning 01642 22 55 11.
A drug dealer who was jailed for supplying drugs to a dad-of-three on the day he died of heart failure has had her sentence reduced.
Are you patriotic? What does being English mean to you?
I'm asking because today is St George's day and he was of course the patron saint of England.
I'm going to be talking to some kids who are really getting into the spirit of the day - but will you be joining them?
The Tyne and Wear Metro has tweeted there are delays of up to 15 minutes on trains running between Monument and South Shields and South Hylton because of a police incident.
A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after an incident at Lloyds Bank in Stanley.
Officers were called to the bank on Front Street just before 14:00 yesterday following reports of a man claiming to have a firearm. A "substantial" amount of money was taken, police say.
A Hexham charity has received a surprise donation after a kind-hearted fund-raiser read of its plight in the Hexham Courant.
Eight major renewable electricity projects are being given a share of £12m by the government.
The coal-fired power station at the former Alcan site at Lynemouth, Northumberland is to be converted to a biomass plant and Middlesbrough is to have a dedicated biomass heat and power plant.
The top headlines at 09:00 include:
A bid to ban a north-east TV advertisement linking alcohol with an increased risk of developing cancer has failed.
It should brighten up as the day goes on with some sunshine developing.
There may be the odd sharp shower in the afternoon. Find out more online.
There is slow traffic on the A167(M) Central Motorway southbound in Newcastle at A186 Pilgrim Street roundabout.
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