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By Alex Homer

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

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

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Showers will steadily clear overnight. Lows of 2C (36F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Aston Villa: Stiliyan Petrov training to play again after cancer fight

    BBC Sport

    Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is in training with a view to coming out of retirement four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

    The Bulgarian, 36, wants to play professionally again and says the relegated club is his "priority".

    Petrov played for Wychall Wanderers in the West Midlands Central League in 2014 having retired the previous year.

    Stiliyan Petrov

    Petrov hoping to play again as a pro

    Stiliyan Petrov

    Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov plans to play professionally again, four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

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  4. Reason for Susan Whiting's murder 'is a mystery'

    Susan Whiting had been invited to dinner and to stay overnight at her friend Julie Beards' home, Leicester Crown Court heard.

    Prosecuting, Gareth Evans said Mrs Beard and her husband Stephen killed her by hitting her on the head with a blunt object.

     "Why she was killed remains a mystery. Was it all about sex or was it a grudge also being settled?" he asked.

    Steven Beards, 34, of Bentley, West Midlands, is accused of murdering and raping Ms Whiting in Bloxwich last August while wife Julie Beards, 35, of Walsall, is also accused of murder. Both deny the charges. 

    Watch Peter Wilson's report on Midlands Today, BBC One at 18:30.

  5. Trial of murder-accused Walsall couple begins

    A husband and wife have gone on trial accused of the murder of a woman with learning difficulties in Walsall. 

    Stephen Beards aged 34 and 35-year-old Julie Beards both deny the charges. 

    The prosecution said 20-year-old Susan Whiting had been drugged, raped and killed after being a guest at the couple's Bloxwich home in August last year.

    Susan Whiting
  6. Latest: Historic junior doctors' strike; Austin Reed administration; LDV vans now made in China

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

    - Today marks the first all-out junior doctors' strike in NHS history

    - Clothing chain Austin Reed, with stores in Birmingham and Walsall, has appointed administrators

    - LDV vans - once made in Birmingham - are back but are now being made in China

  7. Running the rule over new LDV vans

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    For years, Leyland Daf and LDV were British brands. Their vans were amongst the most popular on the market.

    When the firm went bust seven years ago, it looked like the make had gone forever.

    But LDV is back. The Maxus isn't made in Birmingham anymore, but in China.

    And BBC Midlands Today has taken two former workers to run the rule over the new vehicle.

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    Video caption: LDV is back
  8. Former Birmingham man who shot DJ in the face is jailed

    A former Birmingham man who shot a DJ in the face after being asked to leave a pub 20 years ago has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of wounding.

    Anthony Stephens, who police said was a member of biker gang The Outlaws, fired the bullet which became lodged in his victim's brain at The Plough on London Road, Coventry, on the morning of Sunday 20 October 1996.

    Anthony Stephens

    Stephens fled to Ireland immediately after the shooting where he went into hiding, said the West Midlands force. He was arrested when he came back to the UK on 22 November 2013 and landed at Birmingham Airport.

    The tattoo artist, now 49, who was formerly of Cranberry Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham, was cleared of attempted murder and wounding with intent but found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm yesterday.

  9. Jon Whitney: Walsall interim boss wants Saddlers players to 'man up'

    BBC Sport

    Walsall boss Jon Whitney wants his players to react positively when they host League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.

    The Saddlers shipped four second-half goals to suffer their heaviest league defeat of the season at Bradford City on Saturday - and Whitney is looking to them to "man up" after the 4-0 loss.

    Walsall head coach Jon Whitney
  10. Austin Reed in administration: A failed turnaround

    Retail specialists Alteri Investors purchased the struggling firm Austin Reed, a firm which once dressed Winston Churchill, for an undisclosed sum last week.

    The firm had closed 31 of its more than 200 locations last year, at the start of a major reorganisation.

    shirts on Austin Reed hangers

    New owner Alteri Investors loaned £6m to Austin Reed last year, to improve its online operations and purchase new stock.

    They appointed administrators from Alix Partners, a global advisory company that had originally been brought in to help Austin Reed's turnaround.

  11. Skilled builders shortage holding up Midlands work, it is claimed

    Ben Sidwell

    BBC Midlands Today

    A shortage of skilled builders is holding up work and pushing up prices. That's according to the Midlands construction industry.

    Wages rose by 6% last year which is well ahead of the national average of 2%. 

    Staffordshire building firm, Cameron Homes, is tackling the issue by hiring more apprentices and has linked up with a new skills centre in Birmingham to recruit staff.

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    Video caption: Skilled builders shortage holding up Midlands work, it's claimed.
  12. Flu jabs 'more effective in morning'

    James Gallagher

    BBC News Website, Health Editor

    Morning flu jabs provoke a stronger immune response than those given in the afternoon, a study suggests.

    The trial at 24 doctors' practices found people vaccinated before lunch produced the most defensive antibodies.

    The University of Birmingham team suggested immunising people in tune with the body's natural rhythm could be a cheap way to save lives.

    Flu jab
  13. Dudley carer stole thousands to meet online friend

    A carer has been jailed for stealing thousands from a vulnerable man to fund a trip to the United States to see someone she met online.

    Sarah Grey was an assistant care co-ordinator for Dudley Council (pictured) entrusted to help a 50-year-old man to manage his finances.

    But she encouraged him to take out a loan and pocketed the money herself, said West Midlands Police.

    Dudley Council
  14. Three hundred at junior doctors' rally

    Up to 300 people are in Victoria Square, Birmingham where junior doctors are holding a rally.

    They are joined by members the NUT, NUJ, PCS, UNITE  and  members of Stop the War.

    Ministers have said the first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history is a "bleak day.".

    Doctors in Victoria Square
  15. Junior doctors gather for rally

    Junior doctors are holding a rally in Birmingham's Victoria Square.

    The doctors went on strike at 08:00 and action, over the imposition of a new contract, will last until 17:00.

    Similar action is due to be held tomorrow.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has expressed disappointment that the stoppage was taking place, but said the government would not back down and halt the imposition of the new contract.  

  16. Latest: Junior doctors strike; Austin Reed administration; Bowie 'liked Peaky Blinders'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of the stories we have been running on Tuesday so far:

    - The first all-out junior doctors' strike in NHS history is taking place

    - Clothing chain Austin Reed, with stores in Birmingham and Walsall, has appointed administrators

    - David Bowie was keen for his music to feature in Birmingham gangster series Peaky Blinders

  17. Slow traffic on motorways

    BBC Travel

    There's a lane closed and slow traffic on the M54 eastbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of emergency repairs, BBC Travel reports.

    There's also slow traffic on A38 St Chads Queensway outbound in Birmingham at Lancaster Circus, because of an accident earlier on and slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened but there's congestion to J2, M69.

  18. Coming up on TV

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    BBC Midlands Today

    We will have all the latest from the junior doctors' strike and more on a Chinese firm set to relaunch a vehicle  previously made by the collapsed Birmingham van maker LDV.

    Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  19. Travel: Severe delay warnings

    BBC Travel

    A two car crash on St Chads Queensway in Birmingham city centre, is causing tailbacks outbound at Lancaster Circus.

    There are also severe delays on the M6 southbound between J9 for Wednesbury and J8 for the M5 interchange, drivers are warned.