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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage from across the day

    Local Live has finished for Birmingham and the Black Country on Thursday. Join us from 08:00 on Friday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Cloud is steadily working its way over from the west. We're going to get some mist and fog patches. Lows of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood presents the afternoon weather forecast for the Midlands
  3. Chef Glynn Purnell warns children about sugary foods

    "We don't read what's in labels - beans, pasta sauces - it's up to us to read them and educate our children and try and lead a healthier life.

    "When I was a child, sweets and chocolate were a treat but it's about balance."

    Michelin-stared Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell was back at his old primary school today with his mother, its senior dinner supervisor, to warn children about sugar in their food.

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    Video caption: Purnell's sugar warning
  4. Journey to Syria revealed by terror accused Tareena Shakil

    Dominic Casciani

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    A British woman accused of planning to become a so-called jihadi bride has revealed the route and methods used by smugglers working for the self-styled Islamic State (IS).  

    Tareena Shakil was filmed at East Midlands Airport on 20 October 2014

    Speaking from the witness box at her trial, Tareena Shakil told Birmingham Crown Court she had been passed through a series of safe houses in Turkey and Syria on her way to the IS "capital" Raqqa.

    The 26-year-old, from Birmingham, denies encouraging terrorism and being a member of IS - the trial continues.

  5. Travel: Severe delays in Hall Green

    BBC Travel

    Robin Hood Lane in Hall Green, Birmingham, is closed and there is slow traffic in both directions between the Sherwood Road junction and the Highfield Road junction because of a burst water main, drivers are warned

    A diversion is in operation too.

  6. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham tackles bed-blocking

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    Staff at one of the region's biggest hospitals say a new £2m computer system is helping them free up beds and cut waiting times for patients. 

    It allows medics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to see at a glance when beds might become available. 

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    Video caption: How Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham tackles bed-blocking
  7. Birmingham City: Manager Gary Rowett signs new rolling contract

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett signs a new one-year rolling contract at the Championship club.

    Gary Rowett
  8. Latest: Terror-accused feared 'hell' and council 'economical with truth' on fines income

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Thursday's news, here are our headlines:

    - A mother accused of taking her son to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State  has told a court she feared going straight to hell if she stayed in England

    - Birmingham City Council has been accused by an ex-MP of being "economical with the truth" over its use of £6m brought in from bus lane fines

    - BBC Radio 5 live is behind the scenes at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where staff say a new £2m computer system is helping them free up beds and cut waiting times

  9. Terror accused Tareena Shakil 'feared going straight to hell'

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A mother accused of taking her son to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State (IS), has told a court she feared going straight to hell if she stayed in England.  

    Tareena Shakil

    Tareena Shakil claimed conversations with a man named Fabio Pocas, whose online profile showed an armed man posing with the black flag of IS, helped to convince her to move to the country.

    But the 26-year-old, originally from Burton upon Trent and more recently from Birmingham, told the jury she was ignorant of the nature of the banned group. 

    She denies joining IS and encouraging acts of terror via Twitter - the trial continues.

  10. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham's 'condom man'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), hospital outreach worker Talib has been using barber shops as a “gateway” to speak with “hard to reach members of the community”.

    Known as “condom man,” once or twice a week Talib hands out condoms to people in the salon; who may not otherwise buy contraception from a chemist.

    We're broadcasting from behind the scenes of QEHB all day. Listen live.

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    Video caption: QEHB outreach worker Talib explains why he uses barber shops to teach people about STIs.
  11. Fabbrini back on Blues' radar

    BBC WM Sport

    There are rumours that Diego Fabbrini is back on Birmingham City's radar. We believe there may well be serious interest in a deal.

    Diego Fabbrini
  12. Kingstanding and Great Barr councillors 'disgusted' after 34 homes approved close to elderly complex

    Great Barr Observer

    A housing development on an old Kingstanding pub site has been given the go-ahead.  

    The Hare and Hounds pub
  13. Latest: Donations 'could make homelessness worse' and how QE is tackling bed-blocking

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of some of the stories we've been reporting on Thursday so far:

    - Giving blankets and money "could be making homelessness problem worse", it has been claimed

    - Birmingham City Council has been accused by an ex-MP of being "economical with the truth" over its use of £6m brought in from bus lane fines

    - BBC Radio 5 live is behind the scenes at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where staff say a new £2m computer system is helping them free up beds and cut waiting times

  14. Chef goes back to former school with his mum the dinner lady to teach about 'hidden sugar'

    Birmingham's Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell visited his old Chelmsley Wood school to team up with mum, Patricia, a senior dinner supervisor, to teach children about the dangers of eating too much sugar.

    The chef's message at Bishop Wilson CofE Primary School was to make children aware of the "hidden sugars" in "instant" food and to show them how to make tasty alternatives.

    Glynn Purnell, his mother Patricia and Midlands Today's Elizabeth Glinka
  15. UK car manufacturing hits 10-year high in 2015

    Car manufacturing in the UK has hit a 10-year high, with more vehicles exported than ever before, according to the industry's trade group.

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said almost 1.6 million cars were built in 2015, up 3.9% on 2014.

    Mini plant in Cowley, Oxford

    Production of the Mini rose by 12.4% last year to 201,000 and Toyota produced 190,000 cars, up 10.4%.

    Vauxhall's production rose by 9.5% to 85,000, and Jaguar Land Rover - with its engine plant in South Staffordshire - saw a 9% rise to 489,000.

  16. Income from £6m bus lane fines 'not yet put towards city transport'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    When bus lane cameras began to be enforced in Birmingham in September 2013, the Labour-run city council denied claims it was a "money-making" move, saying income would be put into transport.

    In a reply to a BBC FOI request, the council said the total income from fines was £6,157,359 from September 2013 - December 13 2015 and the money had not yet been earmarked for any such projects.

    The council insisted today: "Just because a specific project has yet to be identified does not mean the money will not be spent in this area, it simply means it has yet to be spent. 

    "As with all council spend, allocation of fund for specific projects must be carefully thought through to ensure best value for money.”

  17. Schools ranked by raw GCSE results for last time

    Katherine Sellgren

    Schools in England are being judged on the basis of raw GCSE results for the last time, heralding the end of school league tables in their present form.

    Head teachers are welcoming changes that means from next year, schools will be measured on a broader range of results across eight subjects.

    School pupil taking an exam

    The government says schools have risen to its moves to toughen standards.

    You can compare schools in your area on the Department for Education website by entering your postcode or council area here.

  18. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham specialises in facial reconstruction

    BBC 5Live

    One of the strengths for which the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is perhaps best known is facial reconstruction.

    After schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban, she received immediate treatment in Pakistan where surgeons removed a bullet which entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, grazing her brain.

    The teenager was then flown to the UK and was admitted to the QEHB on 15 October 2012 to receive specialist treatment, before the old footage below shows her leaving as an inpatient in January 2013.

    Listen live to our coverage behind the scenes of QEHB today.  

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    Video caption: Shot girl Malala leaves hospital
  19. Bus lane fines which topped £6m 'not about making money' - council

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    The total income from bus lane fines in Birmingham was £6,157,359 from September 2013 - December 13 2015, a BBC Freedom of Information requested showed.

    The number of fines nearly halved from the first year cameras operated to the second.

    The city council said: “The fact that the number of fines has reduced clearly suggests that motorists are getting used to the bus lanes and our enforcement and that the signage is clear.

    The Priory Queensway

    “As we have always made clear, this is not about making money but about reducing congestion and emissions, and keeping cars out of bus lanes will very obviously help reduce congestion and fewer cars on the road will reduce emissions."