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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our coverage from across the day

    That's it from our live updates on Tuesday. We're back with more news, travel, sport, and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday. Join us then.

  2. Hospital trust says it has learnt lessons after death from side-effects of the pill

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    The Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has expressed its "deepest sympathy to the family of Fallan Kurek".

    The trust said it had investigated the circumstances of her death and had "established a robust action plan" to increase awareness at all its hospitals of the risk factors associated with chest pain.

  3. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It has been very chilly and it's going to stay that way because of some freezing fog lingering.

    Lows of -1 (30F).

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    Video caption: Weather presenter Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather for the West Midlands
  4. Coming up on TV

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    We'll be finding out the latest in the investigation into the bomb scares that meant thousands of school pupils were evacuated. 

    Join us for more on this and other stories.

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  5. Video: Horsing around at a Birmingham care home

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    Two miniature Shetland ponies have taken a trip to a care home in Birmingham.

    Their visit was designed to cheer up residents who need 24-hour care and were unable to go out. 

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    Video caption: Shetland Ponies visit care home
  6. Travel: Severe M5 delays

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M5 southbound between the M6 interchange, at J8, and J1 for West Bromwich because of a crash, drivers are warned.

  7. Latest: School bomb scares; deadly side effects of the pill; Shetland Ponies visit care home

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of some of the stories we are reporting in the BBC WM newsroom:

    - Thousands of pupils were evacuated as four schools in the West Midlands received bomb scare calls

    - A teaching assistant died from a blood clot in the lungs caused by side effects from the contraceptive pill which were not effectively treated, an inquest has concluded  

    - Two miniature Shetland Ponies had a day out at a care home in Birmingham to cheer up residents who need 24-hour care and cannot get out

  8. Indefinite hospital order for man who killed his partner in Nechells

    A man who killed his partner has been given an indefinite hospital order at Birmingham Crown Court today. 

    Ozekell Empire, 31, was deemed unfit to stand trial following the death of Andrea Carr, whose body was found at their home on Nechells Park Road in December 2014. 

    A post-mortem test initially proved inconclusive, but West Midlands Police today said "further tests concluded she died of asphyxiation".

    Andrea Carr

    Following a two-day trial of facts, the jury was satisfied Empire had killed Andrea, according to the force.

    The family of Andrea Carr, said: "Andrea is dearly missed and we hope that nobody else has to endure loss in these circumstances. We are happy with the decision of the court but nothing will replace Angie in our lives."

  9. Your photos: Sunrise captured in Bentley

    John Bray

    BBC Midlands Today

    We have been sent some fantastic sunrise photos. Thanks to Alan Coyne for sending in this picture he captured over Bentley.

    If you want us to share your photos, email us.

    Sunrise over Bentley
  10. Video: Head teacher pledges to make up for lost time after bomb scare

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    A Black Country head teacher has pledged to make up the teaching time lost during a bomb scare that affected his and three other schools in the region earlier.

    Pupils at Holly Lodge, Oldbury Academy and Bristnall Hall, in Sandwell, were evacuated and lessons at Leasowes High School in Halesowen were halted.  

    Vince Green, principal of Bristnall Hall, said the school was "disappointed" to have lost the time today. West Midlands Police gave all four schools the all clear by 13:30.

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    Video caption: Bomb scare leads to thousands of pupils being evacuated from four West Midlands schools
    Quote Message: The threat came directly into school. from Vince Green, principal of Bristnall Hall Academy
    Vince Green, principal of Bristnall Hall Academy
  11. Side effects of the pill 'not effectively treated' caused teaching assistant's death

    A teaching assistant collapsed and died from a blood clot caused by taking the contraceptive pill after being sent home from a minor injuries unit with painkillers, an inquest has heard.

    In a narrative conclusion, South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh ruled that Fallan Kurek, 21, died from a "massive" pulmonary embolism after the side-effects of the pill were not effectively treated; the nurse diagnosed her pain as being muscular.

    The hearing was told that Ms Kurek, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, was assessed by a nurse at the town's Sir Robert Peel community hospital on 8 May last year after complaining of chest pains and feeling breathless.

    Brian and Julia Kurek outside South Staffordshire Coroner's Court in Cannock after attending an inquest into the death of their daughter Fallan Kurek

    Ms Kurek, who had been given prescriptions for the pill at her GP's surgery in October 2014, and January and March 2015, collapsed at her home and went into cardiac arrest three days after attending the community hospital.

  12. Leasowes High bomb scare dismissed as a 'hoax' by councillor

    Dudley council has spoken to us about the bomb scare earlier at Leasowes High School.

    Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Leasowes High school in Halesowen was evacuated this morning after receiving a call which turned out to be a bomb hoax.

    “We are working with West Midlands Police on this incident, but there is no suggestion of any other threat to other schools in Dudley borough."

  13. Teaching assistant died 'from side effects from the pill'

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    A teaching assistant died from a blood clot in the lungs caused by side effects from the contraceptive pill which were not effectively treated, an inquest has concluded.

    Fallan Kurek, 21, died in hospital in May last year after being found collapsed at her home in Tamworth.

    Her father Brian, speaking to the media shortly after his daughter's death, said she had been looking forward to the rest of her life and described her as "confident, cheeky and bubbly".

  14. Don't hound us from Himley Park - Dog owners speak out over ban

    Express and Star

    Dog owners say they are being unfairly targeted by council bosses set to ban the pets from sections of a popular park.  

    Carl and Kelly Smith with Dottie
  15. Football: Birmingham sign Harriers prospect

    Birmingham City have signed teenage midfielder Luke Maxwell from National League side Kidderminster for £75,000 on a three-and-a-half-year contract.  

    Luke Maxwell
  16. Two brothers 'transferred £10,000 to a terrorist fighter', court told

    Two men accused of funding terrorism by sending money to their brother in Syria have appeared in court.

    Mohammed Iqbal Hussain, 25, and Mohamed Suyaubur Rohaman, 32, from Walsall in the West Midlands, are alleged to have transferred £10,000.

    Mr Hussain also faces three other terror funding charges. Their lawyer indicated they would plead not guilty.

  17. Video: The football league for overweight men

    A new football league for overweight men has been launched in the West Midlands.

    One hundred and fifty men applied for just 80 places on the Man versus Fat football programme, which is being funded by Solihull Council.

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    Video caption: Football league for overweight men launched in Birmingham
  18. 'Business as usual' for bomb-scare-call school tomorrow

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Bristnall Hall Academy principal Vince Green said it would be "business as usual on Wednesday" after police gave the school the all clear following a bomb scare call earlier.

    On today's decision to evacuate pupils, he said: “I spoke to the vice principal and staff told pupils very calmly that we were evacuating the school and they were going home for the rest of the day.

    "Children who could not go home were taken to nearby Moat Farm School until they could be collected. Parents were notified by text and social media about what was happening."

    He said he was angry and disappointed at what had happened.

  19. Sandwell bomb scare calls schools to reopen tomorrow

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Head teachers at the three Sandwell schools affected say the schools will remain closed for the rest of the day but will be open as usual tomorrow. 

    The borough council and parents should check the schools’ websites for any updates.