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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's all for today - we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.

  2. Rutter ready for Superstock

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    The Wordsley rider Michael Rutter will line up in second place on the grid for this evening's Superstock race at the North West 200 event in Northern Ireland.

    Rutter's career total of 13 wins at the North West, which is the biggest-attended annual sporting event in Ireland, is two short of the all-time record.

    Michael Rutter

    You can see the race live on the BBC Sport website from 17.15.

  3. Tamworth Herald: Front page

    Tamworth Herald

    The front page of the Tamworth Herald this week:

    Tamworth Herald front page
  4. Boxer bows out: 'I'm not the fighter I once was'

    BBC Sport

    Read more on BBC Sport as three-time world middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin hangs up his gloves and retires from the ring.

    Matthew Macklin: Ex-British and European champion and world title challenger retires
    Quote Message: It's been a real rollercoaster - I've had a great career but I know now is the right time to bow out. Fifteen years is a long time in boxing and I'm not the fighter I once was. from Matthew Macklin Boxer
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  5. Could trains stop at fewer stations to help improve services?

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    The current franchise run by Virgin Trains is up for renewal and the Government is starting the process of inviting new bidders. 

    But cast your mind back more than three years and you might remember that the Government was forced to scrap the last renewal process after its assessment of bids was described as a shambles.

    Virgin Trains

    To get it right, there's a consultation exercise. It's wants views on converting more first class carriages into standard class to reduce overcrowding on the line. 

    It's also suggesting that trains stop at fewer stations to help improve capacity and speed up journey times. 

  6. Watch: Head of flagship academy trust resigns

    Phil Mackie

    Midlands correspondent, BBC News

    The head of a flagship multi-academy trust praised by the prime minister has resigned, leaving its five schools with an uncertain future.

    Chief executive of Birmingham's Perry Beeches Academy Trust Liam Nolan is stepping aside so it "can move forward", staff have been told.

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    Video caption: Flagship academy trust head Nolan resigns
  7. Sports club treasurer gambles £200k takings

    The treasurer of a sports club in Sutton Coldfield who gambled more than £200,000 of its takings has been jailed for fraud, police say

    Jeffrey Hampson

    Jeffrey Hampson was in charge of finances at Boldmere Sports and Social club. He admitted transferring the cash to his own trading account and squandering it on high risk stocks and shares.false

    Hampson, from Walmley, managed to repay some of it but he had lost £122,000 by the time he was caught. 

    He's been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.   

  8. Blues director 'optimistic' about new owners

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    Birmingham City director Panos Pavlakis says he is optimistic that the club's potential new owners will be able to carry them forward.

    Trillion Trophy Asia are the preferred bidders for parent company Birmingham International Holdings, and will likely complete a takeover once shares in BIH start trading again in Hong Kong.

    Listen to the interview in full.

    Birmingham City director Panos Pavlakis speaking to BBC reporter Richard Wilford
  9. Video: New cancer treatment takes breath away

    Scientists in Birmingham say they have proved cancer patients can be trained to hold their breath for more than five minutes to allow for more effective treatment.

    Dr Mike Parkes, from the University of Birmingham, called it a "great success".  

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    Video caption: New cancer treatment takes breath away
  10. Watch: 'Downgrade first class train carriages to ease overcrowding', says government

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    The Department for Transport is suggesting more first class carriages should be converted to standard to ease overcrowding on the West Coast Mainline, which runs through the West Midlands en route from London to Edinburgh.

    The Government is also proposing trains stop at fewer stations. It's all part of a consultation on a future 'InterCity' rail franchise.

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    Video caption: West Coast franchise
  11. MP calls for power station jobs help

    The government's being urged to help workers who'll lose their jobs if, as expected, Rugeley B power station shuts in the summer. 

    The plant's owners are blaming what they call the "deterioration in market conditions" for coal-fired power stations in the UK. 

    The Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, Amanda Milling, is urging ministers to intervene to help the workers being laid off.

    Rugeley B power station
  12. Mayor of the West Midlands election could take place in May next year

    Rob Mayor

    Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

    A draft of the law for an election for a Mayor of the West Midlands next year has been released.

    It was expected that polling would have been on the same day as local elections, but this document appears to confirm a date of 4 May.

    A draft of the law for an election for a Mayor of the West Midlands next year has been released.

    At the moment, it hasn’t been decided whether the first holder of the office will serve a three or four-year term.

    The Mayor will preside over a combined authority including Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country councils, and is likely to have powers over things like transport, housing, skills and jobs.

  13. Doctors train patients to hold breath for cancer treatments

    BBC Midlands Today

    Doctors in the Midlands say they've proved breast cancer patients can be trained to hold their breath for more than five minutes.

    Health professionals say it enables medics to administer radiotherapy treatment in a single daily dose. 

    Patient being treated by doctor

    Researchers found if patients kept still then doctors could target the cancer with a radiotherapy beam without harming nearby healthy tissue. 

    At the moment, most radiotherapy sessions are delivered while patients breath normally. 

  14. BBC Birmingham to expand: 'Bursting with pride'

    Joe Godwin

    Director, BBC Academy and BBC Birmingham

    Last Wednesday, Birmingham hosted a premiere for BBC Two's worldwide hit drama series Peaky Blinders

    I was bursting with pride watching the hordes of fans lining the canal outside The Mailbox to catch a glimpse of the cast led by star Cillian Murphy and writer Steven Knight. 

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    Video caption: Hundreds gather for a red carpet screening of Peaky Blinders in Birmingham

    For BBC Birmingham to host an event for a series that has touched the hearts of people in the Midlands really was very special. 

    After such a special moment last week I wasn't sure how this week could compare, but today we have announced a package of measures that will build on the Corporation’s existing £125m investment in Birmingham. Read the full blog post online.

  15. Macklin retires from boxing

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM

    The Birmingham boxer Matthew Macklin has announced his retirement, two days short of his 34th birthday.

    Macklin won 35 of his 41 professional fights, 22 of them by knockout. He had three shots at World Middleweight titles, missing out on a split decision to Felix Sturm in 2011.

    His final bout was a victory over Brian Rose in London only last month.

    Birmingham boxer Matt Macklin