08:09 Sunny start remains dry
After a largely sunny start to the day cloud will increase, there will still be sunny spells and most places will remain dry, as any afternoon shower will be very isolated.
Feeling warm inland, but slightly cooler towards the coast. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F). Check the forecast near you.
08:19 North gets 'transport plan'
Newcastle is among five cities in the North of England which are to unveil a £15bn plan to improve road and rail connections in the region.
The joint One North report will include plans for a new 125mph inter-city rail link, faster links with Newcastle and better access to ports and airports.
It has been developed by an alliance of five cities - Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield, after Chancellor George Osborne said faster links between Manchester and Leeds could create a "powerhouse".
08:25 Reward for missing man
A £3,000 reward is now being offered for information about the disappearance of Sunderland man Robert Hutchinson.
The 57-year-old was last seen on 23 June, when he left his home on Corporation Road in Hendon, in his blue Nissan Micra.
Police believe he has been murdered - two men have been arrested and released on bail.
08:47 Lights outColin Briggs, BBC Look North
Even the Millennium Bridge and the Sage Gateshead saw their lights go out.
The move was aimed at echoing former Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey's famous words as war was declared: "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime".
08:58 News on the hour
The top headlines at 09:00 include:
- BBC Newcastle: Newcastle is one of the five biggest cities in the North who are unveiling a joint plan to improve transport links in the region.
- BBC Tees: It's been revealed that many charities in the North East are facing a hidden funding crisis because they're reluctant to talk about cuts to their incomes, research has found.
09:07 Free advertising spaceCara Thorpe, BBC Newcastle
About 13 million passengers passing through Heathrow Airport are going to be greeted with images of the North East.
Our region beat Northern Ireland, the Midlands and the North West to scoop the VisitBritain competition winning £1m worth of free advertising around Heathrow Airport.
09:21 £100k wage tally dropsSunderland Echo, Newspaper
The number of workers being paid more than £100,000 at Sunderland's council has dropped by more than half.