Live BBC Local Live: Updates from Birmingham and the Black Country on Monday 4 August 2014

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STANDARD 08:00 Good morning

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

It's a bright start to the week - there's blue skies and sunshine this morning.

Sunrise over Wolverhampton

I'm in the BBC WM newsroom today bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

STANDARD 08:16 Man dies in house fire


A 63-year-old man has died in a house fire in Walsall which crews say was caused by "smoking material".

West Midlands Fire Service says it was alerted to the blaze in Brackendale Drive at 18:35 on Sunday.

STANDARD 08:31 Fine and dry

It will be a mostly fine day, with plenty of warm sunshine and light winds.

Some cloud will build and this could bring one or two afternoon showers. However, most places will stay dry with a high of 22C (72F).

STANDARD 08:41 WW1 centenary

It is exactly 100 years since Britain entered World War One and events are taking place across the country to mark the occasion.

Birmingham Cathedral

People are being asked to turn their lights off tonight for a shared moment of reflection as part of the commemorations.

A single candle will burn at Birmingham Cathedral (pictured), while a flag will be lowered and the lights will go out at the city's Council House.

STANDARD 08:50 Car crashes into pub

A man is in hospital after a car crashed into a pub in Cannock overnight.

Car which crashed into a pub in Cannock

The ambulance service says the man, aged in his 30s, was trapped and had to be cut free.

A spokesman says: "Considering the damage to the car and the extensive damage to the building, it is extremely fortunate no-one was more seriously or fatally injured."

STANDARD 09:02 News on the hour

Steve Hermon, Journalist, BBC WM

Our lead story in the bulletin on BBC WM at 09:00: The mother of a Birmingham businessman kidnapped and murdered in Jamaica says she's devastated by his death.

STANDARD 09:12 Walsall WW1 parade

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

Hatherton Road, Bridge Street, Lichfield Street and St Paul's Street, all in Walsall, will be closed for about an hour from 11:00 as a parade is held to mark 100 years since the start of World War One.

STANDARD 09:21 'Catch my son's killer'

The funeral of a Birmingham businessman kidnapped and murdered in Jamaica is due to take place later this week.

Keith Murrain, 54, died after being kidnapped at gunpoint shortly after landing at Kingston Airport more than a month ago.

Josephine Murrain says: "I'm waiting on the government here [in the UK] to see what they can do. I hope that they can do something - catch the killer that brutally murdered Keith."