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.
A man is arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a man in a house fire in Gateshead.
Council bosses in Durham rubberstamp plans to close the five remaining care homes the authority runs in the county.
A man who admitted killing a 63-year-old man from Morpeth on a night out with a single punch is jailed for five years.
Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday's Premier League game between Manchester City and Sunderland.
The One Show on BBC One tonight features a piece about Hartlepool inventor Maurice Ward before he died.
I met him in 2010 and had a chat about some of his inventions.
We also have reaction to Gateshead's draw at Conference promotion rivals Braintree and we'll preview tomorrow's Women's Super League 2 action.
I'll be looking at how people in one Teesside town are being invited to grow sunflowers this spring in memory of those who lost their lives during World War One.
Join me on BBC Tees breakfast tomorrow from 06:00.
Middlesbrough Football Club tweets: Lee and Dimi lend a hand in the Riverside ticket office as Monday's Early Bird Season Card deadline draws near
Durham need three wickets to clinch victory against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
The home side are 185/7, 133 runs behind the champions. Listen live on BBC Sport.
A sunny evening will turn cloudy overnight. It will be milder than recent nights with some outbreaks of rain later. The rain will largely affect the western areas, although some light patchy outbreaks are possible elsewhere. Winds should freshen a little. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F). Whitley Bay still looks good though.
I've been to take a closer look at EDF's Teesside wind farm off the coast of Redcar. You can see my report tonight on Look North from 18:30 on BBC One.
Yorkshire's opening game of the County Championship season has ended in a draw against Somerset.
The Tykes declared their second innings on 193/4 with New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson 57 not out. Yorkshire took 11 points from the game and are next in action against Northamptonshire at Headingley from Sunday.
A woman who was found dead at an address in Hartlepool died from a wound to her left arm, Cleveland Police say.
Angela Smeaton, 50, was found dead in Eddleston Walk. Paul Smart, 49, of the same address has been charged with her murder and will appear at Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.
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The woman who died at a house in Eddleston Walk in Hartlepool in the early hours of Tuesday morning has been named as 50-year-old Angela Smeaton.
Paul Smart, 49, of the same address, appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates' Court today charged with her murder and will appear at Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.
A man who was killed in a crash on the A692 Lobley Hill Road in Gateshead on Monday has been named as Neil Readman, 49, from Dipton in County Durham.
Mr Readman's Peugeot 308 left the road near Marley Hill by the junction with Schoolhouse Lane and hit a hedge before rolling on to its roof. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.
I'll be joined by Boro and Pools fans on BBC Tees Sport from 18:00. I'll also have news on Durham and Yorkshire in the County Championship and the latest on the Redcar Bears.
A man who admitted killing 63-year-old Ronald Hayes (pictured), of Morpeth, Northumberland, with a single punch on a night out in Chester in November, has been jailed.
Kevin Gardner, 26, from Cheshire, was jailed for five years after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Chester Crown Court.
In the run-up to Easter weekend, the pastry chef at the Sage Gateshead has been experimenting with some chocolate Scotch eggs.
Anthony Wright's recipe includes chocolate eggs, cake crumbs, raspberry jam and toasted coconut. Yum. His sweet treat follows the news that a butcher in Merseyside was selling Cadbury's Creme Eggs wrapped in sausage meat.
Japanese firm Hitachi has secured £2.7bn of funding for its contract to bring new high-speed trains to a key London to Scotland route.
The UK government announced that nearly 500 carriages for the East Coast line will be built at Hitachi Rail Europe's factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
We'll be hearing about the remarkable story of a Tyneside toddler who owes her life to the quick reactions of North East medics - and the potential killer will surprise most parents.
Join us on BBC Newcastle after 16:00.
Durham councillors have decided to close the last elderly care homes in the county. The five homes in Peterlee, Stanhope, Ferryhill, Chester-le-Street and Belmont employ 170 people and have 40 residents.
We have full reaction on BBC Tees after 16:00.
The clubs last met in March's Capital One Cup final when City were victorious, but Manuel Pellegrini's side have won just two of their last eight Premier League meetings with the Black Cats.
Sunderland won four of those games 1-0, with Phil Bardsley getting the winner in November's fixture at the Stadium of Light.
Ominously for the visitors, City have a formidable home record, having won 14 of their last 15 league games. More match facts are available in the BBC Sport preview.
Police targeted suspected drug dealers in early morning raids on a Middlesbrough estate.
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A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 53-year-old man suffered substantial burns in a house fire in Gateshead and later died.
The fire happened at around 18:35 on Tuesday at an address on Redemarsh, Leam Lane.
This year's Hartlepool Big Lime Triathlon will be held on September 21, the council says. Comprising a 750-metre open water swim, a 20-kilometre bike ride and a five-kilometre run, last year's event attracted 170 entries.
Athletes can register at www.entrylive.com. Entry costs £30 for members of British Triathlon and £35 for non-members.
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History was made during the nine-minute first meeting of the new North East Combined Authority.
There's a wicket in the cricket as Durham's Graham Onions bowls Kyle Coetzer for 12. Northants CCC now 60-2.
The odds are stacked against Sunderland for tonight's game against Manchester City.
Defender Phil Bardsley will be missing at the Etihad Stadium as he begins a two-match ban for picking up 10 yellow cards. Midfielder Liam Bridcutt, pictured, will be absent for personal reasons.
Man City will be without Yaya Toure but Sergio Aguero is fit. Sunderland are desperate for points in their battle against the drop while City need the win to keep the pressure on title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea.
The top headlines at 14:00 include:
The A66 in Darlington is still partially blocked eastbound between the A67 junction and Great Burdon Roundabout because of an overturned water tanker and recovery work, reports BBC Travel News.
Durham Council's cabinet has just voted to close all five of its elderly care homes in the county.
After a good bite to eat, we're sailing to the Teesside wind farm off the coast of Redcar on the Yorkshire Belle.
An intriguing afternoon lies ahead as Northants have been set a target of 319 to win in 69 overs. Thoughts of a Durham declaration never emerged because they were all out for 244 in their second innings as James Middlebrook took 5-62 and Andrew Hall 3-57.
Michael Richardson top-scored for Durham but was only able to add another six runs to his overnight score when he was dismissed for 59. Durham's last five wickets were only worth 55 runs. At lunch Northants are 27-0 after six overs.
SMILE Through Sport, which was founded by North East Paralympian Stephen Miller, has been given a cash boost.
The organisation received £165,879 of funding from Sport England's Inclusive Sport fund. Stephen Miller said it would "allow us to provide opportunities to some of the hardest to reach groups within the North East".
Durham head coach Jon Lewis says Kumar Sangakkara would be a "tremendous" addition for his side amid reports the wicketkeeper-batsman will join the county champions on a short-term basis.
A man has died following a house fire in Gateshead, Northumbria Police say.
The 53-year-old suffered "substantial burns" during the blaze in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, at 18:35 last night.
The family of Middlesbrough student Matthew Jordan have also given their "heartfelt" thanks to everyone who offered support while he was missing.
"Everyone has been a great tower of strength to us over the past few difficult weeks," they said in a statement. "You all took Matthew to your hearts and made it your mission to find him. Without all of your help we would have been lost."
Home Office immigration teams staged raids at a string of premises across Tyneside and Northumberland and arrested eight people.
The family of Middlesbrough student Matthew Jordan, whose body was found in Cumbria yesterday, have paid tribute to him.
Mr Jordan went missing while on a night out with friends and hundreds of people were involved in the search for him. His family said: "We found you Matthew, we love you dearly and are taking you home to be at peace."
Three addresses in the Grove Hill area of Middlesbrough were targeted by police in a drugs raid this morning where almost £1,000 of drugs were recovered.
Three men and a woman were arrested. Sgt Brian Hallas said: "We know that drugs are being dealt on foot, on bikes and in vehicles across the estates."
I've been down to Bents Park in South Shields to see how the preparation is going for the Great North Passion which airs on BBC One on Friday.
The event will reveal a giant installation in the shape of a cross in an innovative retelling of the story of the Passion.
I'm at the official opening of Redcar's offshore wind farm this afternoon. Now I don't know if it's the French influence from owners EDF, but there's a sensational buffet on offer.
A new Sportingintelligence report claims Newcastle United pay their first-team players an average of £1,591,000 a year - or £30,600 a week. This puts them 88th in the global money list, although this was a 4.3% drop on last year. Their total wage bill is now an eye-watering £39,793,000 a year.
Sunderland stand at 109th in the table with their players getting an average of £1,452,000 each - or about £28,000 a week. Nice work if you can get it...
Manchester City top the list with average annual wages of £5.3m, or £102,000 a week.
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Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix has surprised those going to audition for the X Factor in South Shields by making an appearance to wish them good luck.
The group won the competition in 2011 and have since had chart success on both sides of the Atlantic.
Look North political correspondent Mark Denten tweets: Durham Council Exec meeting in Crook to make decision on whether to close county's last 5 elderly peoples care homes.
Manchester City are the highest paid team in global sport with first-team players getting an average annual wage of £5.3m, according to Sportingintelligence's report.
They are one of three British clubs in the top 10 with Manchester United in seventh (£4.322m) and Chelsea in 10th (£3.984m). See the whole top 10.
Durham Police's road policing unit tweets: Lingfield Point Darlington slip road closed due to overturned tanker. A66 East Bound carriageway passable with care.
The top headlines at 11:00 include:
More people in the North East are finding work, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
Employment in the region rose by 12,000 to 632,000 in the last quarter.
If you fancy having a crack at fame, auditions for the X Factor are taking place at the Customs House in South Shields today until 16:00.
What song would you sing? I'd like to sing Take On Me by A-ha, but I'd struggle hitting that high note. Tweet @BBCNewsNE.
Unemployment between December and February in the North East dropped by 10,000, taking the total to 124,000.
However, the region's rate of unemployment remains the highest in the country at 9.3%, according to the Office for National Statistics.
A national food bank charity says the number of people asking for emergency food parcels in the North East has increased by 463%.
The Trussell Trust, which has nine food banks in the North East, says almost 60,000 people have been given three days worth of food aid in the last year - a quarter of which were children. Michael Nixon from the Newcastle West End food bank in Benwell said some children who visited "haven't eaten for two or three days".
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has dismissed suggestions he is on the verge of quitting the club.
The Black Cats, who face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tonight, are seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League with six games remaining.
"It looks to me that people are expecting me to walk out," Poyet said. "I don't know why they have that impression. I'm not going to quit."
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Gateshead had keeper Adam Bartlett to thank for maintaining fifth spot with his late penalty save ensuring a point against rivals Braintree.
Braintree had 18 shots during the match while Gateshead only managed one shot, which wasn't on target.
Brendan Foster and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards will carry the Queen's baton in Newcastle and Gateshead as part of celebrations for the Commonwealth Games.
Dame Kelly Holmes, president of Commonwealth Games England, said: "Our England baton-bearers are going to play a crucial part when the Queen's Baton Relay arrives in England on May 31st.
"They have all been selected due to their passion for sport and the way in which they share this with their communities and look to get people involved and active."
Here's the weather for Newcastle this afternoon - looking balmy!
His body was found at the Northumbrian Water transfer station in Riding Mill, Hexham. Police said no third party was involved.
The body of a woman has been found on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle.
It comes after police were called to the Redheugh Bridge in Gateshead yesterday following reports of concern for a woman. Officers are in the process of identifying the body.
About 600,000 children across England are discovering which primary school they will attend this September. It's the first time that all local authorities have announced their decisions on the same day.
The Government says it will make the process less confusing and stressful but rising demand for places means many families will miss out on their preferred choice.
How much does it matter which primary school you go to? Call BBC Newcastle 0191 232 6565 or tweet @bbcnewcastle
County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service tweets: House fire at Seaham was a small fire in ground floor living room.
The first customers at Stockton's PoundPub have said it was a good thing for the town, but local councillors have expressed concerns.
A 49-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman's body was found on Teesside.
The body of the 50-year-old woman was found at an address in Eddleston Walk, Hartlepool, shortly after 01:00 yesterday. The man will appear before Hartlepool magistrates later.
BBC Travel News is now reporting the closure on the A66 is because of an overturned water tanker, not an oil tanker as previously thought.
The road is closed in both directions between the A67 junction and Great Burdon Roundabout.
Great North Run creator Brendan Foster and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards have been named as sporting heroes who will carry the baton as part of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay.
The relay will tour Newcastle and Gateshead on Friday 13 June, visiting local landmarks and acting as the centrepiece for events happening to celebrate the countdown to Glasgow 2014.
The baton is visiting 70 Commonwealth nations and territories ahead of the Games' opening ceremony on 23 July.
After a cold start it will be dry with sunny spells. Sunshine will turn hazy in the afternoon. Cloud will thicken by the evening but it should stay dry. Winds will freshen a little in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).
The A66 in Darlington is closed at the A67 junction because of an overturned oil tanker, reports BBC Travel news.
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