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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

    That's it from us on Thursday. Join us for more news, sport, travel and weather updates on Friday from 08:00.

  2. Steel crisis: Morale is low as questions persist at Tata in Wednesfield

    Concerns are being raised that the West Midlands is being overlooked in the rush to save jobs at Tata Steel. 

    The company has put its UK operations up for sale - although arrangements are being made to sell some sites. 

    It is not clear what will happen to Tata businesses at Wednesfield. Hear workers' concerns.

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    Video caption: Steel workers in Wednesfield: 'We just want answers'
  3. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    We will have all the latest on Tata Steel, job cuts announced at The Royal Bank of Scotland and a football-loving rescue dog.

    Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Roary the rabbit helped its owner overcome an eating disorder

    Roary the rabbit is helping his owner in all sorts of ways, including her overcoming an eating disorder.

    Watch Big Centre TV's report.

    Roary
  5. Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Warnings have been issued for heavy storms, hail and thunder later.

    Lows of 7C (45F). Find out what is in store for us later.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  6. Latest: Parents face charges over newborn's death; Agbonlahor sidelined for fitness kick; steel crisis latest

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

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

    - A father and mother have been charged in connection with the death of their newborn baby son

    - Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will be unavailable for two weeks as he undergoes a personal fitness programme

    - Concerns are being raised that the West Midlands is being overlooked in the rush to save jobs at Tata Steel

  7. Gabriel Agbonlahor: Aston Villa striker absent for two more weeks

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will be unavailable for two weeks as he undergoes a personal fitness programme.

    The 29-year-old missed last Saturday's home defeat by Bournemouth with a virus after a club suspension had ruled him out of the previous match with Chelsea.

    He was cleared after an investigation into his conduct on a recent trip to Dubai where he was pictured appearing to hold a shisha pipe.

    Gabriel Agbonlahor
  8. Speedway: Comfortable win for Birmingham Brummies

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The Birmingham Brummies warmed up for the start of their National League title defence with a thumping home win over Buxton in a Trophy match at Perry Barr last night. 

    They won 66-24 and captain Tom Perry led the way with a five-ride maximum. He was impressed with how the team kept pushing even when it was clear they'd won the meeting.

  9. Walsall pensioner's devastation as thieves steal his beloved golf clubs

    Walsall Advertiser

    A pensioner has spoken of his devastation after callous thieves stole his beloved golf clubs worth thousands of pounds.

    Brian Guest
  10. A father and mother are charged over the death of their newborn son

    A father has been accused of murdering his newborn baby son, who died a month after being taken to hospital with serious injuries.

    Daniel Sanzone, of Whitburn Close, Wolverhampton, is charged with murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect.

    The child's mother, Zoe Howell, is charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect.

  11. Fury as Halesown nursery at Manor Way Primary School given notice to quit

    Halesowen News

    A highly-regarded pre-school nursery has been given notice to quit after 32 years at a Halesowen school, sparking outrage from bemused parents.  

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  12. Police putting brakes on quad bike nuisance

    Off-road vehicles driven on the streets of Solihull have been annoying residents, say police, who have launched a crackdown.

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  13. Police appeal after woman 'grabbed' by man in Polesworth

    Tamworth Herald

    A woman received injuries after she was "grabbed" by a man in Polesworth - today's front page.

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  14. Second teen charged after mugging of partially-sighted man with cerebral palsy

    A second teenager has been charged after a disabled man was mugged following a night out in Wolverhampton.

    The victim, 20, who is partially sighted and has cerebral palsy, was robbed in an underpass on Wulfruna Street.

    Wulfruna Street

    A mobile phone and cash were stolen in the attack at about 02:30 on Friday, West Midlands Police said.

    The 17-year-old, who has been charged with robbery, was due to appear before city magistrates today.

  15. County Championship: Hampshire hold off Warwickshire to claim opening draw

    BBC Sport

    Hampshire hold out against Warwickshire's attack to draw their Championship game after Bears skipper Ian Bell makes 174.

    Ian Bell
  16. Orchestra hires first female director

    Lithuanian conductor, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, has become the first woman to be appointed musical director of Britain's prestigious City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

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    Video caption: Orchestra hires first female director
  17. Wolves won't 'sell to just anybody'- Moxey

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey says selling the Championship club on behalf of owner Steve Morgan is not proving easy as there are so few of the right potential buyers out there.

    The club have been up for sale for most of the season, following the revelation of Morgan's intentions in September.

    But long-serving Moxey told BBC WM: "We don't just want to sell to anybody.

    Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey left Stoke to come to Molineux in May 2000
  18. BreakingMurder charge over death of baby injured at two weeks of age

    Two people are due to appear in court today to face further charges in connection with the death of a baby in Wolverhampton, West Midlands Police says. Unemployed 22-year-old Daniel Sanzone from Whitburn Close, Wolverhampton, has been charged with murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect, the force says. It adds that 18-year-old Zoe Howell, from the same address, is accused of causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect.

    Previous charges for the pair - grievous bodily harm, engaging in sexual activity with a child and allowing serious injury to a child - still stand. They were brought after the then two-week-old child was taken to hospital with serious injuries in October last year.

    The boy spent almost a month in intensive care before he died.