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  1. Updates on Monday 25 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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

    Local Live has finished for Monday. Join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Man V Fat football league - the biggest losers are the biggest winners

    The final match in a football league set up to tackle obesity in the West Midlands takes place tonight. 

    Man V Fat was launched in Birmingham for anyone with a body mass index of more than 30. 

    Over the past 14 weeks, the league's 80 players have lost 1,700lb between them. It's been decided not just on points won - but pounds of fat lost. 

    Man v Fat
  3. Trams returning to Birmingham New Street

    The Midland Metro will start running from Birmingham New Street Station on 22 May. 

    Footage released by Centro shows testing underway on the section of track that runs along Corporation Street in the city centre.

    The opening of the new section will allow commuters to finally travel directly from Wolverhampton to New Street.

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    Video caption: Tram testing
  4. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It has been a chilly afternoon with some drizzle.

    Overnight, many showers will clear as will the clouds so temperatures should drop. Lows of 1C (34F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  5. Travel: M6 delays warning

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J5 for Castle Bromwich and J6 for the A38(M) Aston Expressway because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.

  6. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

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

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    Video caption: BBC Midlands Today preview
  7. Faeces bacteria found in KFC ice: How can you tell the restaurant you're eating in is clean?

    BBC News Magazine

    A BBC investigation found bacteria with traces of faeces on the ice served in a branch of a well-known fast food chain. 

    Since most UK restaurants don't have to display their hygiene rating, how can you tell you're not at risk of food poisoning?

    Find out more.

    waiter and food
  8. Susan Whiting: Walsall murder accused deny the charges

    A jury has been sworn to try the case of a husband and wife accused of murdering a woman with learning difficulties.

    Steven Beards, aged 34, of Rowland Avenue, Bentley, and 35-year-old Julie Beards, of Heather Close in Walsall are accused of murdering 20-year-old Susan Whiting last August in Bloxwich. Both deny the charges.

    Susan Whiting

    The pair appeared today at Leicester Crown Court for the opening of their trial, which is due to last up to three weeks.

    The prosecution is expected to start on Tuesday morning.

  9. Rugeley train delays as vehicle collides with bridge

    Cannock Mercury

    Train services to and from Rugeley and also those that run through the town have faced delays after a vehicle struck a bridge.  

    The bridge
  10. CCTV: Police seeking pair in connection with theft from dementia sufferer

    Police investigating the theft of £250 from an elderly dementia sufferer have issued CCTV stills of two men they want to trace. The 76-year-old victim was stopped in an alleyway near Market Street, Kingswinford, on the afternoon of Saturday 2 April. He was shown a map and asked for directions and, while distracted, the cash was stolen from his pocket.

    CCTV still of the two men police want to trace
  11. Fatal car crash in Redditch

    A car driver has died after a crash with a lorry this morning.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Alders Drive, Redditch, just before 8:00 this morning. When the crew arrived, they found a police officer carrying out CPR on the car driver.

    A spokesperson said: “The ambulance staff took over, but it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

    The man driving the lorry was unhurt.  

  12. Latest: Faeces bacteria found at KFC; BHS jobs at risk; teacher banned indefinitely

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of our top stories:

    - Faeces bacteria was found on ice at a Birmingham KFC which was served to an undercover researcher

    - Hundreds of jobs are at risk at BHS after the retailer filed for administration

    - A former Birmingham primary school teacher has been banned from the profession indefinitely after touching pupils

  13. County Championship: Bears pick up key wickets

    BBC Sport

    It's day two of the County Championship match between Warwickshire and Yorkshire. The Bears have picked up the key wickets of Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning leaving the reigning champions six wickets down.

    A few moments ago, Worcestershire were 115/1, trailing Gloucestershire by 265 runs with nine wickets remaining. 

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  14. P-p-p-p-pick up a penguin (and hand-rear it) in Dudley

    You may or may not know it’s World Penguin Day but bird keepers at Dudley Zoological Gardens are busy playing mum to an abandoned Humboldt chick. 

    Keepers are hand-rearing the chick who they found barely alive on the beach of the attraction's Penguin Bay enclosure.

    Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “It was very touch-and-go when we discovered it, as it wasn’t doing well.

    Trainee Keeper Jess Jones with the Humboldt penguin chick

    “We think it’s about a month old, so has been parent-reared for a few weeks, but we’ve no idea who mum and dad are and why it was abandoned.

    “Sometimes if there’s more than one chick the parents will abandon the weaker one, or if it’s the stronger one it may have wandered off on its own and no-one came to get it back.”

  15. Miscarriage: "It can be a very lonely place"

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    Video caption: Miscarriage: "It can be a very lonely place"

    A Black Country woman who has had five miscarriages has welcomed plans to open the UK's first national research centre dedicated to understanding why it happens.

  16. Discarded syringes among hazards faced by firefighters

    The Fire Service has this afternoon shared an image of a scene crews came across while tackling a fire in Soho Road, Birmingham, on Thursday.

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  17. Finger lickin' bad: Faeces found on KFC ice in Birmingham

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    Video caption: Finger lickin' bad: Faeces found on KFC ice in Birmingham

    The KFC chain has said it is investigating after bacteria from faeces was found on ice served at a restaurant in Birmingham.