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Summary

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

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country on Tuesday.

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

  2. Fly-tippers filmed dumping waste in Birmingham

    Two men have been jailed after admitting dumping mattresses, sheep carcasses and other items around Birmingham. 

    Augustin Dobre and Ionut Muti were caught on CCTV in a Birmingham City Council investigation into illegal dumping on Priory Road in Aston.

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    Video caption: Caught on camera: The fly-tippers dumping tonnes of waste

    They were recorded leaving building rubble, heating pipes and other items. 

    Dobre, 23, of Village Road in Aston, was handed a six-month prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, while 24-year-old Muti, of Wood Lane in Handsworth, will serve 11 months.

  3. Tunisia terror attack inquests delayed

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Inquests into the deaths of 30 Britons killed in a terrorist attack on a beach in Tunisia have been pushed back to next year as a judge admits there is still an "enormous amount" of work to do.

    Adrian Evans, 49, from Tipton, his nephew Joel Richards, 19, from Wednesbury and father Charles (known as Patrick) Evans, 78, died when a gunman opened fire on the beach in Sousse in June.

    Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richards

    Also among the dead were former Birmingham City footballer Denis Thwaites, 70, and his wife Elaine, 69.

    The next pre-inquest hearing is expected to be held on May 25 this year. A date for the full inquest has been set for January 16 2017.  

  4. Travel: Bilston delays warning

    BBC Travel

    There is very slow traffic on the A463 Black Country Route westbound in Bilston, in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

  5. Latest weather for the West Midlands

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. Latest: Inquest delayed for Tunisia terror victims and travel disruption after fire at pizza takeaway

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Here's a look at some of the top stories for Birmingham & the Black Country today:

    - Teachers at a Birmingham school strike for 18th time in 10 months

    - Fire at a pizza takeaway closes road 

    - Inquests delayed for Tunisia terror attack victims

  7. Demolition firm releases new statement one week after Didcot Power Station collapse

    Great Barr Observer

    The demolition firm contracted to the Didcot A Power Station has released a new statement one week on from the devastating explosion leaving one person dead and three people still missing.  

    Coleman and Co apparatus
  8. Artist paints Shakespeare, using friend as body double

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    Geoff Tristram says he set himself the most difficult artistic challenge - create the first portrait of the Bard in centuries. 

    The Stourbridge painter spent two months with oil and canvas creating an extraordinary portrait. 

    The work will go on show in Stratford Upon Avon to mark the 400th Anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.

    Take a look yourself at 18:30 GMT on Midlands Today.

  9. English teacher at centre of school strike is 'victimised', union claims

    Joanne Writtle

    BBC Midlands Today

    As we've been reporting throughout the day, teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham are striking again - this time over the suspension of English teacher, Simon O'Hara.

    David Room, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers in Birmingham, says Mr O'Hara has been "victimised" over his union activities.

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    Video caption: Teacher 'victimised' said union secretary

    Headteacher Tony Wilson denies the claim, saying the teacher has been suspended as part of a "fair and open" conduct and discipline process.

    He adds Mr O'Hara's suspension is "a neutral act" with "no presumption of guilt".

  10. Boundary review faces unequal struggle for equal votes

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Suddenly it's politics by numbers: predominantly negative numbers.

    The Midlands stands to lose six MPs and 63,400 voters in two separate, but not entirely unconnected, projects to redesign and reconstruct our electoral machinery. 

    We are told both are aimed at fairer voting. 

    Campaigners warn they could have the opposite effect.

  11. Head of strike school says grades should not be affected

    Joanne Writtle

    BBC Midlands Today

    The head of a school where teachers are on strike for the 18th time in 10 months says pupils grades should not be affected.

    Tony Wilson said special consideration should be given to students affected by the strikes.

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    Video caption: Head of strike school says pupils' grades should not be affected
  12. Video: Could a wooden post and a white bag keep deer of the roads?

    David Gregory-Kumar

    Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Over recent years the number of deer killed by cars driving through Cannock Chase has been on the increase. 

    In the last year alone more than 160 were knocked down in the Staffordshire beauty spot. 

    But now a radical new idea from America to keep deer away from the roads is being tried out. 

    A warning, you may find some images in his report upsetting. 

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    Video caption: Could a white bag on a stick save motorists and deer?
  13. Latest: Teacher at centre of strike 'victimised' and description of 'mystery' stabbing victim

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Good afternoon, here's the latest headlines from Birmingham and the Black Country

    - Road disruption after pizza takeaway fire

    - English teacher at centre of strike 'victimised', says union

    - Description of 'mystery' stabbing victim released by police

  14. Mum of leap year baby: 'It's cheaper'

    As families celebrated the arrival of leap year day babies, one mum joked that her new arrival would make life cheaper, with a birthday once every four years.

    Donna Day gave birth to baby Drew, her third daughter, on 29 February at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.  

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    Video caption: Leap year baby mum: 'It's cheaper'