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26 January 2015 Last updated at 08:07

Lib Dem candidate defends donationJulie Porken

Lib-Dem parliamentary candidate Julie Porksen defends accepting money from a peer who quit after plotting against leader Nick Clegg.


Police officer with driverMobile phone-using drivers targeted

Police across Durham and Cleveland launch a major crackdown on motorists using their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Artist's impression of Ocean RoadNext phase of town revamp under way

Work is under way on the latest phase a £100m regeneration of South Shields.

Richard Moss Article written by Richard Moss Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

North East poll backs move of powers to local areas

A new BBC poll suggests people in the North East are the strongest supporters of more powers for local areas.

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Chris Jackson Article written by Chris Jackson Chris Jackson Presenter, Inside Out, North East & Cumbria

Inside Out returns for a new series in 2015

Inside Out returns for a new series in 2015 but Chris Jackson's blog is coming to an end and he can now be found on social media.

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BBC Local Live

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    08:07: A19 closed northbound

    The A19 is closed northbound and there's queuing traffic between the A689 junction in Stockton and the A179 junction in Sheratonbecause of an accident. A diversion is in operation via the black diamond symbol down the A689 towards Hartlepool, then back to the A19 via the A179. There's congestion to the Norton Interchange.

    There's also very slow traffic on the A1058 Coast Road in both directions in Willington between the Silverlink Roundabout and the Coast Road junction. It's mostly in the roadworks area. Get more on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
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    08:00: Good morning Lloyd Watson BBC News

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