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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 8 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's it from Local Live on Monday. Join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Zero-hour contracts: 'A degree of flexibility can boost their earning power'

    David Lumb

    BBC Inside Out

    Is all the power in the hands of the employer when it comes to zero-hour contracts?

    Supporters have argued their flexible nature suits many people.

    Jason Wouhra and Lisa Williams
    Quote Message: Zero-hours contracts offer businesses and employees an important degree of flexibility. For skilled professionals, a degree of flexibility can boost their earning power, while flexibility also suits students and older people – the main users of zero-hours contracts – who cannot commit to a set number of hours each and every week." from Jason Wouhra (pictured left) Chair of the West Midlands branch of the Institude of Directors
    Jason Wouhra (pictured left)Chair of the West Midlands branch of the Institude of Directors

    A number of local councils in the West Midlands use zero-hours contracts, as well as the NEC group which has 650 employees on them.

    It says they’re needed because of the unpredictable nature of events.  

    Watch more on BBC Inside Out in hte West Midlands at 19:30 on BBC One.

  3. 'Detriorating' market made Rugeley Power Station 'unviable' for the future say bosses

    Bosses Engie said Rugeley Power Station was closing due to "the deterioration in market conditions for UK coalfired power generation". 

    Engie said market conditions for UK coal plants had "deteriorated rapidly in recent years" due to commodity prices and increases in carbon costs. 

    "Under such conditions, there was no prospect of the power station recovering its future operating costs," the firm said.

    Rugeley Power Station cooling towers

    David Alcock, CEO of Engie’s energy infrastructure division in the UK, said: “We implemented a number of changes at Rugeley a year ago in order to help maintain operations at the site but a combination of falling prices and the impact of various market changes has now made this unviable."  

  4. Travel: M42 delays warning

    BBC Travel

    A lane is closed on the exit slip road northbound on the M42 at J4 for Shirley because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.

  5. Latest: Petition against privatisation; policeman denies hoax; power station closure announced

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a quick recap of the stories we have been covering this afternoon:

    - More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against any move to hand the running of Sandwell's leisure centres to private companies

    - Three men, including a serving West Midlands Police officer, have denied being involved in a hoax call to the force which prompted a national security alert

    - The closure of Rugeley Power Station will take place in early summer, bosses have announced

  6. Cannock 7/7 hero asks movie companies to think twice following London bus bomb blast scene

    Cannock Mercury

    A former firefighter from Cannock, who was famously caught on camera giving medical assistance to a woman following the 7/7 bombings in London, has called on film makers to be more aware of the movie scenes they are making in public.  

    Paul Dadge, from Cannock, has asked movie makers to be more aware when it comes to shooting certain scenes
  7. Could IRA bombings inquest resume?

    Twenty one people were killed in November 1974 when two bombs exploded in pubs in Birmingham city centre. More than 40 years later, the families of the dead want the inquest into their deaths to be resumed. The city's coroner will decide later this week whether to do so.

    An inquest was opened and adjourned at the time, but because the case was subject to a criminal investigation which resulted in the conviction of six men, it was never resumed.

    Firemen search through the wreckage after a bomb went off in Birmingham

    Even though the convictions of the Birmingham Six were quashed in 1991, the inquests remained closed.

    No-one has been prosecuted for the IRA bombing and no-one has been arrested. And no-one has admitted to carrying it out.

  8. Rugeley Power Station closure will close in months, bosses announce

    Rugeley Power Station will close this summer, bosses Engie have announced, putting up to 150 jobs at risk.

    Conservative MP for Cannock Chase Amanda Milling has hit out at the "really disappointing" announcement and said she held "urgent talks" with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd MP.

    Miss Milling said: "Rugeley B power station has been our last connection to our historic mining heritage, with much of the locally mined coal going to the site. Today’s announcement...[is] a major blow to the Rugeley community and, most particularly, the 150 people that work at Rugeley B. 

    "My top and immediate priority is to provide support for the power station’s employees and their families, ensuring these workers get all the support and assistance that they need at this very difficult time."

  9. Police officer denies kidnap plot

    Chris Blakemore

    BBC WM

    Three men, including a serving West Midlands Police officer, have denied being involved in a hoax call to the force which prompted a national security alert.

    A false 999 call in 2014 claimed an officer was in danger of being kidnapped by a radical Muslim man.

    Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, from Yardley is currently suspended from his job as a police constable in Birmingham.

    He will go on trial along with two other men in April. 

    Amar Tasaddiq Hussain
  10. Style versus substance: Pivotal games for the Baggies

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    We’re approaching a couple of pivotal games for West Bromwich Albion, particularly with the style versus substance debate under Tony Pulis (pictured) intensifying with each passing 90 minutes.

    He can’t afford too many more performances without registering a shot on target - there have been three in recent weeks: Southampton (a), Aston Villa (h) and Newcastle (a)

    Tony Pulis

    A tricky FA Cup replay at Peterborough is far from an ideal next fixture for Pulis, but even with injuries to key players like Brunt, Evans and Morrison badly hampering him, the ones he’s got available should get through to the next round.

    But will they? Hear full commentary of the FA Cup 4th Round Replay Peterborough Utd v West Bromwich Albion on BBC WM 95.6 on Wednesday from 19:45.

  11. Birmingham fire: Blaze started by computer equipment

    The fire at a three-story building in Birmingham is believed to have started by computer equipment.

    Three people have been treated for smoke inhalation.

    View more on twitter
  12. Petition to save leisure centre trust

    More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against any move to hand the running of leisure centres in Sandwell to private companies. 

    At the moment the centres are run by Sandwell Leisure Trust, but council leaders say a business plan that will see the trust's budget cut by 75% in the next five years doesn't go far enough.

    Change.org petition
  13. Latest headlines: Petition raised over crime in Selly Oak and first cinema in 20 years to open in Walsall

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories for Birmingham and Black Country this afternoon include:

    - Almost 4,000 Birmingham University students have signed a petition demanding more police patrols in Selly Oak to tackle gangs of muggers

    - Police are investigating what they're calling an unexplained death after the body of a man was found at a house in Sutton Coldfield last night

    - Walsall is getting its first cinema in more than 20 years

  14. Zero hours contract: 'I could be picked up and dropped off when the employer wanted'

    David Lumb

    BBC Inside Out

    There are more people on zero-hours contracts in the West Midlands than any other region.

    According to a report for the Office for National Statistics, about 79,000 people in the region were on the contracts between April and June 2015.  

    Zero-hour contracts give employees no guarantee of work. This has led to criticism that power is totally in the hands of the employer. 

    Lisa Williams from Birmingham

    Lisa Williams from Birmingham says she had a bad experience working at a fast food restaurant on a zero-hours contract. 

    She says she would turn up to work, pay for parking and then be told there was no work for her. 

    You can see more on this story on BBC Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30.

  15. Watch: Calls for a limit on zero hour contracts

    BBC Midlands Today

    One of the region's business leaders has called for a limit on how long firms can keep staff on zero-hour contracts.

    Jason Wouhra, chairman of the Birmingham branch of the Institute of Directors has called for workers to be offered full-time jobs after a certain time.

    Video content

    Video caption: Business leader calls for a limit on how long firms can keep staff on zero hour contracts