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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 8:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 2 February 2016

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    Local Live has finished for Tuesday. Join us from 08:00 on Wednesday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Blog: the ins and outs of EU red cards, red lines and emergency brakes

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    The likelihood of an EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016 seems to fluctuate by the day, but at the time of writing it looks more probable than ever.

    So in as little as four months time, we could find ourselves making the most important political decision of our lives: to leave or to remain in the European Union.

    For this week's Sunday Politics programme, our BBC Shropshire Political Reporter Joanne Gallacher has been taking soundings on both sides of the issue in her county.

    Voting in the European Union
  3. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Look out for a few showers over the next few hours and it is a lot colder than yesterday. Lows of 7C (45F).

    Find out more about the outlook tonight.

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    Video caption: Charlie Slater with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Latest: Body found in car boot; 'unhappy' Wolverhampton; officer denies 'misleading over Plebgate'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories we have been reporting this afternoon:

    - The body of a missing Smethwick music shop owner has been found in the boot of his car parked in Edgbaston 

    - Just one in five Wolverhampton people said they were happy in a nationwide survey

    - A police officer thanked Andrew Mitchell for his "candour" at a meeting to discuss the "plebgate" row, but the following day told a radio station he had been evasive, a tribunal has heard

  5. Showcase for Birmingham and the Black Country's filmmakers

    Six screenwriters have come together to write a short film to try to boost the profile of film-making across Birmingham and the Black Country. 

    Each writer has written a minute of a short film set in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, which is hoped will tour the festival circuit.

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    Video caption: Six writers - one film
  6. Watchdog to review death after Walsall Manor Hospital stopped treatment

    The Health Ombudsman is to look again at whether the death of a Walsall woman was avoidable.  

    Audrey Humpage, aged 70, died in January 2014 after doctors at Walsall Manor Hospital withdrew treatment. They said that she was terminally ill with cancer when in fact she had a pelvic abscess. 

  7. Unhappy Wolverhampton: Mayor says Black Country folk 'get on with life'

    Daniel Wainwright

    Data unit - English regions

    Official statistics have shown the smallest proportion of happy people in England are living in Wolverhampton. 

    Despite its low happiness rating, however, Wolverhampton has also emerged as the place where people feel the least anxious, with 58.5% rating themselves at zero or one out of 10 for anxiety.

    St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton
    Quote Message: Wolverhampton and Black Country folk are, by nature, hard-working and self-deprecating - that's why in this area we are famous for our sense of humour - and this research shows that while we may sometimes be a little bit grumpy, we don't worry and get on with life." from Councillor Ian Brookfield Mayor of Wolverhampton
    Councillor Ian BrookfieldMayor of Wolverhampton
  8. Police release picture of Smethwick music shop owner found dead in car

    West Midlands Police has released a picture of Smethwick music shop owner Tanveer Iqbal, whose body was found in the boot of his car in Portland Road, Edgbaston.

    Tanveer Iqbal pictured on a BBC News backing
  9. Birmingham's NEC was seen as Britain's shop window

    Birmingham's NEC was the site of the first outside broadcast since the BBC's former Birmingham base Pebble Mill opened.

    When it opened 40 years ago, it was seen as Britain's shop window to the rest of the World.

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    Video caption: Pebble Mill at One at NEC opening
  10. Driverless vehicles will pull into Birmingham in £2.2m funding package

    Great Barr Observer

    A fleet of high-tech driverless cars are set to hit the streets of Birmingham next year following the approval of a £2.2m funding package.  

    An artist’s impression of the new driverless vehicles
  11. Watch: When the Queen opened Birmingham's NEC

    Today marks Birmingham National Exhibiton Centre's 40th year.

    It was unveiled in a blaze of glory, comparable to the best exhibition centres in the World, to showcase the best of Britain's wares.

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    Video caption: Queen's NEC speech
  12. Network Rail working to clear tree on Birmingham-Walsall line

    Network Rail says it's working to clear the Birmingham to Walsall line after a tree fell on it this lunchtime.

    Handsworth fire station said there were reports earlier that the tree was on fire.

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  13. Fallen tree closes railway track

    Three trains are stuck on a track and passengers are having to stay inside the carriages after a fallen tree took down power lines and narrowly missed a house.  

    It happened near the junction of Wellington Road and Upper Grosvenor Road in Handsworth Wood, blocking the Birmingham to Walsall line, Handsworth fire station said.

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    The fire service says the line could be closed all day for repairs.

  14. Just one in five Wolverhampton people are happy, survey says

    The largest proportion of happy people in England are living in Mid Sussex, the smallest in Wolverhampton, according to official statistics.

    Data collected over three years has been used to measure the wellbeing of more than 300,000 people across the UK.

    On average, people rated their happiness between seven and eight out of 10.

    Couple on beach
  15. Police officer 'gave misleading account of Plebgate meeting', tribunal hears

    A police officer accused of giving a misleading account of a "Plebgate" meeting praised Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell for his "candour" before telling the media the politician had been evasive, a tribunal has heard.

    Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton (pictured in the beige coat) and two other Police Federation representatives met the Tory MP at his constituency offices in October 2012, three weeks after the then cabinet minister Mr Mitchell was refused permission to cycle through the main gates at Downing Street and accused of insulting officers.

    Composite image showing the three officers (left) when they met Mr Mitchell (right) at his Sutton Coldfield constituency office in 2012

    Serving Warwickshire Police officer Mr Hinton is alleged to have made misleading comments about what was said at that meeting in an interview on BBC Radio Five Live on October 13. 

    A misconduct panel has been convened at the force headquarters to hear an allegation that the officer - who denies any wrongdoing - breached the force's professional standards of honesty, integrity and conduct. 

  16. Transfer Deadline Day round-up: Remi Garde might quit over lack of transfers

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Newspaper stories today suggesting that Remi Garde might consider his future as Villa manager following their failure to improve the squad in the transfer window may attract some sympathy from Villa supporters.  

    Garde told us yesterday that any signings the club did manage to make on deadline day would not be his first choices.  

    Villa’s League position didn’t make the task easier, but any slight lift in morale from the recent brief unbeaten run now appears to have been lost.  Without reinforcements, and ten points from safety with 15 games to play, Villa head to West Ham tonight.

  17. Latest: Body found in car boot; Birmingham's NEC hits 40, pilot death arrests

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

    - The body of a missing Smethwick music shop owner has been found in the boot of his car parked in Edgbaston 

    - The National Exhibition Centre could expand further, its chief executive has said as the venue turns 40 years old

    - Tanzanian police have arrested three suspects over the death of a UK pilot, who grew up in Birmingham, and had been working for a conservation fund when his helicopter was shot down by poachers

  18. Music shop owner found dead in car boot

    The body of a 33-year-old missing music shop owner has been found in the boot of his car parked in Birmingham.

    Police say they are working "around the clock" to try to piece together Tanveer Iqbal's last movements.

    Police cordon at Portland Road, Edgbaston