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  1. Live updates for Tuesday 16 February have now finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from Birmingham and the Black Country Live on Tuesday.

    Join us again from 08:00 on Wednesday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    As we head towards the evening, cloud will thicken with a band of rain coming in during the early hours. Lows of 3C (37F).

    Find out more about what is in store for us.

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Coming up on Midlands Today this evening

    Criticism for an M6 scheme that allows drivers to use the hard shoulder all day and a warning tonight's show could contain swirly carpets. Tune in for more.

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  4. Fears maternity services will never return to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

    A campaign group trying to keep services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, says they doubt the maternity unit will ever reopen there. 

    Emergency changes to maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services will remain "for the foreseeable future", Worcestershire health bosses have said.

    Alexandra Hospital sign

    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said staffing had "not improved sufficiently" to restore services.

    Neal Stote, from Save the Alex campaign, said the news was disappointing but not unexpected and he believes the service will never return.

  5. The hidden crisis in rural schools

    David Gregory-Kumar

    Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Yesterday we brought you news of a hidden crisis in our education system and how it affected our poorest and most vulnerable kids.

    If you come from a disadvantaged background then your exam results depend on where you live.  

    Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy in Birmingham.

    Disadvantaged pupils are usually defined as those who are on free school meals or who have experience of foster care.

    In too many rural schools your education will be significantly worse than if you went to school in central Birmingham. I've spent the past few months investigating this gap and trying to find out what the problem is.

  6. M6 hard shoulder scheme an 'accident waiting to happen'

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    A new scheme on the M6 where motorists are allowed to use the hard shoulder throughout the day has been described as "an accident waiting to happen" by the AA's president Edmund King.

    M6 motorway

    Other similar projects in this region have involved opening the emergency lane at peak-times only, when traffic speeds are reduced. 

    Drivers we spoke to today had mixed views on the scheme - with some saying it eases congestion and others raising concerns over where drivers can pull over if necessary.

  7. Travel: M5 delays warning

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on the M5 northbound at the link road to the M6 north carriageway because of an earlier breakdown.

    Drivers are warned congestion is back to the M5 J1 for West Bromwich.

  8. Latest: Arrest over fatal raid; M6 scheme 'accident waiting to happen'; Time-warp house

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

    - A fourth man is arrested in connection with the Digbeth raid in which Akhtar Javeed was killed

    - A new scheme on the M6 where drivers use the hard shoulder during the day has been dubbed "an accident waiting to happen"

    - People have a chance to know what it was like to live in Birmingham in the swinging sixties as a time-warp house has gone up for auction

  9. Man charged with bookies assault that featured on BBC Crimewatch

    A man has been charged with wounding after a man was left with a broken nose and damage to his eye in an attack at a Wolverhampton bookies that was featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

    The assault happened at William Hill, Bargate Drive, in the Whitmore Reans area on 4 September 2015.

    The 28-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been bailed to appear before magistrates in the city on 1 March.

  10. Chance to live in a time-warp home in a swinging sixties style

    BBC Midlands Today

    A time-warp home unchanged since it was named House of The Year half a century ago is offering people the chance to live in the swinging sixties. 

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    Video caption: Time-warp home

    Built in 1966 the four-bedroom property - named Montana - in Great Barr, near Birmingham, goes under the hammer next month and is expected to fetch £240,000.  

  11. £1m timeshare gang targeted pensioners and left victims feeling humiliated

    Express and Star

    Members of a fraud gang whose £1m timeshare swindle left elderly victims feeling humiliated and stupid have been jailed.

  12. Man who left magic set at woman's home jailed

    A man who left a bag filled with a magic set, an Xbox and a Dictaphone containing an abusive message recording at a woman's home has been jailed.

    Thomas Gill, whom police said was 28 and lived on Baldmoor Lake Road in Birmingham, was jailed for 16 months for being in breach of a court order.

    Magician performing trick (generic)

    Judge Carmel Wall said he had been ordered not to harass the woman and ruled he was in contempt of court.  

  13. Blues' striker's loan move blocked

    Blues striker Alex Jones has had his loan to Wellington Phoenix blocked by FIFA. 

    The A-League side did not get the paperwork on the deal registered in time, as according to some reports in New Zealand the person responsible had lost internet access at the crucial time. 

    Alex Jones

    Meanwhile Blues Under-21s were beaten 2-1 at Hull last night.  

  14. BreakingFourth man arrested over fatal Digbeth warehouse raid

    A fourth man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of businessman Akhtar Javeed during an attempted raid of his Digbeth warehouse.

    A 22-year-old was arrested in Derby earlier on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. The arrest is connected to inquiries into the shooting during a failed robbery at his warehouse, Direct Source 3, on 3 February.

    West Midlands Police said the 22-year-old man was being questioned by detectives.

  15. Latest news: Concerns over M6 scheme; Tolkien poems found; Gun crime capital revealed

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of the top news stories on Tuesday for Birmingham and the Black Country:

    - Concerns have been raised about a scheme that opens up the hard shoulder to drivers during the day on the M6 motorway

    - Two poems by Birmingham author JRR Tolkien have been discovered in a 1936 school annual

    - The West Midlands is named the gun crime capital of the country

  16. Footballers warned off social media after Lescott's 'accidental' pocket tweet

    Mikey Burrows

    BBC WM Sport

    Former Villa coach Ray Wilkins has warned all players to stay away from social media in the wake of Joleon Lescott's "accidental" pocket tweet that angered fans.

    Lescott apologised after posting a picture of an expensive car moments after Sunday's 0-6 thrashing by Liverpool. 

    Speaking on the The West Midlands Football Phone-In last night, former Villa keeper Nigel Spink said the players should be ashamed of themselves.

  17. Sutton Coldfield MP brands Syria air strikes 'a war crime'

    The Sutton Coldfield MP and former Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell, has described the deaths of up to 50 people in yesterday's air strikes on hospitals and schools in Syria as a war crime. 

    Turkey is blaming Russia, which is on the side of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

    Moscow has yet to respond to the allegations. Mr Mitchell, said the strikes broke international law.

    The clear-up operation
  18. Yellow warning for snow in the West Midlands

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow in the West Midlands on Wednesday. 

    It says rain seems likely to turn to sleet and snow in places during Wednesday night in parts.

    Some places will see rain or sleet rather than snow but at least for some of the higher ground, and more locally at lower elevations, there may be a cover of snow - perhaps a few cm locally. 

    People are being advised to check for any disruption to normal travel routes.