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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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

    That's it from Local Live on Wednesday. 

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

  2. Airport mix-up: A Brum blunder

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Meet the Sutton Coldfield couple who were planning to fly from Birmingham Airport to Las Vegas.Until they realised a crucial mistake.

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    Video caption: Airport mix-up: Booking mistakes Alabama airport for its West Midlands namesake
  3. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into West Midlands Police after yesterday's outcome of the Hillsborough inquests.  

    Walsall swimmer Ellie Simmonds has broken her own world record; and we look back at what happened last night in League One.

    More on these stories and more in Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Latest: Watchdog looks into police; revenge porn investigations; hit-and-run appeal

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the headlines from the newsroom on Wednesday afternoon:

    - The spotlight has turned on West Midlands Police after the Hillsborough inquest verdict yesterday - the region's force investigated South Yorkshire Police's actions after the disaster

    - Revenge porn: Nearly a quarter of the 61 offences reported in the West Midlands led to charges

    - Witness appeal after motorcyclist "left for dead" in Birmingham hit-and-run earlier this month

  5. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    The sunshine of this afternoon is unfortunately about to change. Frosty conditions overnight.

    Lows of -1C (30F). Find out more.

    Video content

    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  6. Couple out of pocket after holiday blunder

    Corinne Wheatley

    BBC WM, Journalist

    A Sutton Coldfield couple have been left more than £1,000 out of pocket after a holiday blunder. 

    Richella Heekin and Ben Marlow

    Richella Heekin, 26, spent two years planning a surprise 30th birthday trip to Las Vegas for her boyfriend, Ben Marlow. 

    But they turned up at Birmingham Airport to find Richella had booked flights from Birmingham, Alabama, in the US. 

    She said: "I literally, my face... dropped. I was devastated."

  7. Travel: M6 northbound delays

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J6, for the Aston Expressway, and J7, for Great Barr, because of an earlier breakdown, drivers are warned.

  8. Inderjit Dhariwal: Bouncer jailed for one-punch killing at Oldbury charity event

    A bouncer has been jailed for six years and eight months for assaulting guests at a charity fundraiser and punching one man dead with a single blow, say police.

    Nicolas Salhan (pictured top) was among security staff hired for the event in Samsons banqueting suite, Oldbury, on 21 November last year, said West Midlands Police.

    Nicolas Salhan

    The 37-year-old Salhan – from Haybridge Avenue in Stourbridge – swung a punch at father-of-three Inderjit Dhariwal as he challenged another doorman, Jonathan Davies, over his aggressive attitude. Davies admitted a charge of affray and was jailed for two years and four months, said police. 

    Mr Dhariwal suffered fractures to bones in his throat and a fatal head injury as he fell to the floor. He was taken to hospital where he was placed in an induced coma, but later declared dead.

    Inderjit Dhariwal
  9. Birmingham City Ladies' match

    BBC WM Sport

    Birmingham City Ladies are in action at Solihull Moors tonight, looking for their first points of the season in the FA Women’s Super League

    They're playing newly promoted Doncaster Rovers Belles. Kick-off is at 19:45.

  10. Cutbacks leave Stourbridge in Bloom future looking less than rosy

    Stourbridge News

    Council cutbacks have killed Stourbridge's entry in the prestigious Heart of England in Bloom campaign this year.  

  11. Hanks' message for Villa fans: 'Hang on'

    BBC Midlands Today

    This has been one of the most-watched Facebook posts we have seen recently.

    Hollywood actor and Aston Villa supporter Tom Hanks tells fellow fans to "hang on" after their side's relegation from the Premier League.

    Opinion is split over the star giving his footballing views, but Belinda Hopkins asked the A-lister to buy the club.

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    Video caption: Tom Hanks' message of support for Aston Villa fans after relegation
  12. Driver dies weeks after fire engine collision

    David Lumb

    BBC News Online

    An elderly man has died in hospital after his car was involved in a collision with a fire engine in Sutton Coldfield. 

    The engine and its crew were on their way to a 999 call when the crash happened on Kingstanding Road on 11 March. 

    The man - in his 80s - was treated in hospital but passed away some weeks later. The fire service said an investigation was continuing. 

  13. Birmingham engraver's painstaking efforts to hone his tribute to The Queen

    Birmingham engraver Graham Short spent three months creating a miniature portrait of The Queen; and it appears Her Majesty approves.

    Watch Big Centre TV's report.

    Graham Short at work
  14. Ellie Simmonds & Bethany Firth break world records at British Para-swimming trials

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport

    Walsall's Ellie Simmonds and team mate Bethany Firth broke their own world records as they secured more Rio qualification standards at the British Para-swimming trials.  

    Ellie Simmonds
  15. Planned Tamworth restaurant complex likened to 'scene from Blade Runner'

    Tamworth Herald

    Plans for a "high-quality" development that would have brought two restaurants to the outskirts of Tamworth town centre have been refused - after its modern design was criticised

  16. Shane Sutton: British Cycling chief resigns amid sexism and discrimination claims

    BBC Sport

    British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton has resigned amid claims of sexism and discrimination towards elite cyclists.

    He had been suspended while the sporting body investigated allegations of derogatory comments about Para-cyclists.

    Great Britain cyclist and former Halesowen Cycling Club sprinter Jess Varnish previously said Sutton made sexist comments towards her and told her to "go and have a baby".

    Sutton, 58, has denied all wrongdoing.

  17. Walsall interim head coach on promotion chances and previous job

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Walsall interim head coach Jon Whitney says "credit to the club and the fans" for not losing belief, as the Saddlers bounced back from the 4-0 defeat at Bradford City by beating Shrewsbury Town. 

    Jon Whitney

    The 2-1 win on Tuesday guaranteed at least a play-off place in League One, while narrowing the gap on second-placed Burton Albion to three points.  

    Whitney (pictured above) told BBC WM: "I've heard from some sources that we haven't got a cat in hell's chance in the play-offs. But that fuels me." 

    He added: "I dug graves for two-and-a-half years. This is a doddle compared to digging clay graves at six o'clock in the morning."  

  18. Latest: Revenge porn investigations; Hit-and-run appeal; Distracted drivers caught

    Corinne Wheatley

    BBC WM, Journalist

    Here are some of the headlines from the newsroom today:

    - Revenge porn: Nearly a quarter of the 61 offences reported in the West Midlands led to charges

    - Witness appeal after motorcyclist "left for dead" in Birmingham hit-and-run earlier this month

    - Distracted drivers caught during motorway police crackdown