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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

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

  2. Archers' domestic abuse plot 'inspired by Thomas Hardy novel'

    The outgoing editor of The Archers, which is recorded in Birmingham, has revealed that Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles partly inspired its contentious domestic abuse subplot.

    The novel tells the tale of a milkmaid who murders a man who, it is implied, rapes her in her sleep.

    Interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House on Sunday, Sean O'Connor said he was also influenced by the Victorian play Gaslight.

    Louiza Patikas and Timothy Watson
  3. Birmingham shows steel with festival's cup commission

    More than 200,000 cups made from stainless steel in Birmingham will be handed out to revellers at Glastonbury Festival.

    The cups are being tried out as part of organisers' efforts to reduce the amount of waste produced on the site.

    Organiser Michael Eavis shows off a steel cup

    Festival-goers will pay a deposit for one of the cups to use throughout the event before returning, donating or keeping it at the end of the weekend.  

  4. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Staying largely cloudy with some bright spells at times. Where the cloud is thick enough, it may lead to the odd spot of light rain or drizzle.   

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

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Coming up on TV

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight: Crisis at Aston Villa as two high profile directors Mervyn King and David Bernstein hand in their resignations with immediate effect.

    Their departures come as the club counts the soaring cost of relegation from the Premier League. 

    More on this story and others in the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  6. Travel: M6 northbound delays

    BBC Travel

    There's a fuel spillage causing problems at the M6 northbound at J6 for the Aston Expressway, drivers are warned.

  7. Aston Villa resignations: Sale could be imminent

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    For the club to release this detail about the progress of the sale talks around the club, suggests it is imminent.

  8. Latest: New Villa board members quit; man killed his partner at their home; arrest over Smethwick stabbing

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of our headlines on Monday:

    - Aston Villa board members David Bernstein and Mervyn King quit

    - A man has admitted murdering his partner in Tipton because he could not accept their relationship was over 

    - A man is arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal stabbing in Smethwick

  9. Aston Villa resignations: New dawn or false dawn?

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Aston Villa announced former Manchester City chairman David Bernstein and former Governor of the Bank of England, Lord King, had joined the board - in March and February - as a sign of the club's commitment and recognition of its need to change the club's structure.

    Their resignations with immediate effect will leave fans questioning whether that apparent new dawn was more of a false one.

  10. Aston Villa resignations: 'Regret' at duo's departure but sale talks 'extensive'

    Aston Villa has issued a statement on the resignations in the past few minutes, expressing its "regret" at the resignations of Mervyn King and David Bernstein.

    In it, the club stressed its chairman, Steve Hollis, was "engaged in extensive negotiations in relation to the sale of the club" and that fellow recent addition to the board Brian Little would "continue to advise the chairman on all football-related matters".

    It said the search for a new manager "remained a priority".

  11. Aston Villa relegation fallout: Bernstein and King resign

    Here's the resignation letter from David Bernstein in full. In it he writes: "The issues at the club are fundamental and the solutions are radical and do not lend themselves to compromise."

    Resignation letter from Bernstein
  12. County Championship: Bears' Bell bowled by one that kept low

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM

    Captain Ian Bell's innings has been cut short by a ball that kept low from Tim Murtagh as Warwickshire reply to Middlesex's 452 all out.

  13. Thousands of Cannock homes hit by multiple power cuts

    Cannock Mercury

    More than 2,000 homes in Cannock were plunged into darkness after a faulty cable cut electricity supplies – the second such power problem faced across the district in just over a week.  

  14. Latest: Cost of relegation; man killed partner; Smethwick stabbing arrest

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Monday's news, here are our top stories so far:

    - Aston Villa's relegation 'could cost £200m'

    - A man has admitted murdering his partner in Tipton because he could not accept their relationship was over 

    - A man is arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal stabbing in Smethwick

  15. Super-gonorrhoea: Sexually-transmitted infection which can cause infertility found in West Midlands

    Doctors have expressed "huge concern" that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England - including cases in the West Midlands - and to gay men.

    The new superbug prompted a national alert last year when it emerged in Leeds, as one of the main treatments had become useless against it.


    Public Health England acknowledges measures to contain the outbreak have been of "limited success".

    Doctors fear the sexually-transmitted infection, which can cause infertility, could soon become untreatable.

  16. Villa relegation: Fanzine editor condemns players

    Dave Woodhall, editor of Aston Villa fanzine Heroes and Villains, has some strong words for the players involved in the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

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    Video caption: Fanzine editor condemns Villa players
  17. Watch: Car theft gang members ram police

    Seven men from Birmingham and the Black Country have been given prison sentences for their part in a car theft ring that stole high-end vehicles totalling £500,000 in the space of a month, police say.

    The West Midlands force said the gang, also linked to burglaries, stole cars in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

    Two members, when spotted in a car by police, rammed officers' unmarked vehicle in a bid to evade capture, driving through red lights and on the wrong side of carriageways before being forced to stop. Here's the video:   

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