Live BBC Local Live: Updates from Birmingham and the Black Country on Wednesday 16 January 2013

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  • News, sport, travel and weather from 16 January
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STANDARD 0800

Good morning, it's Stephanie Barnard here in the BBC WM newsroom. I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather today.

STANDARD 0802 Weather

A cold start with widespread frost. Sunny spells developing later. Maximum temperature 0C (32F).

STANDARD 0815 Alcohol zones

A ban on drinking alcohol on the street is being widened to include more parts of the West Midlands. Listen live to BBC WM

TWEET 0838

Birmingham Newsroom tweets: We gritted last night but please be careful on the #brum roads this morning. #wmgrit #localgov

TWEET 0845 Alcohol zones

James Bovill, BBC WM reporter, tweets: Empty beer cans in Quarry Bank. Police and council want to ban street drinking here to stop trouble.

Empty beer cans at Quarry Bank

STANDARD 0853 Coming up

Adrian Goldberg asks: "Are Christians treated as second class citizens?" Listen to BBC WM after 09:00.