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  1. Updates on Wednesday 25 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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

    That's it from us on Wednesday.

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

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Through tonight rain is affecting northern parts of the region.

    Lows of 9C (48F).

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Ramadan advice for Birmingham diabetics

    Muslim diabetics in Birmingham have been urged not to put their health at risk by fasting during the forthcoming month of Ramadan.

    Throughout Ramadan, from 7 June until 6 July this year, most Muslims are required to refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

    But diabetics are exempt from this if fasting would put their health at risk. Here is more information about the risks.

  4. Robert Plant forced to cancel appearance at Meltdown festival

    Black Country-born Robert Plant says it is with "great disappointment" he's had to withdraw from the bill at this year's Meltdown Festival in London next month. 

    A statement from Plant's representatives said: "Robert is a defendant in a court case in LA which was due to take place May 10th. Through court rearrangements, the hearing has been moved to June 14th."

    Robert Plant

    The Led Zeppelin star and bandmate Jimmy Page are currently at the centre of a copyright claim over their song Stairway to Heaven. Lawyers for the estate of one of the members of the band Spirit claim they stole the intro from Spirit's 1968 song Taurus. 

    Led Zeppelin have denied the claim.

  5. Latest: 'Child abuse' probe; child rapist found abroad; Tata Steel bids

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Wednesday's news, here are our stories from the past few hours:

    - A "major" child abuse investigation has been launched in Birmingham after a man was arrested and charged with making indecent images of children

    - A child rapist who fled the UK has been arrested in Brazil after three years on the run

    - Bids to buy Tata Steel's UK operations are being considered

  6. Tata considers bids for UK steel plants

    Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones have travelled to Mumbai for a Tata board meeting to discuss bids for Port Talbot and its other UK steel operations.

    The deadline for potential buyers to make formal bids closed on Monday.

    Tata has declined to say how many actual bids it has received.

    The firm employs just under 800 people across the West Midlands.

    Tata Steel
  7. Brave Norton meningitis survivor Robert Parsons gets set for 10K charity challenge

    Stourbridge News

    Sixteen years after his life changed forever - brave Norton meningitis survivor Robert Parsons is challenging himself to complete a 10K walk as a way of thanking all those who helped him on the road to recovery.  

  8. Comedy club chain's Glee over 20th Century Fox legal ruling

    The makers of American television show Glee have lost the latest round of a trademark battle.

    Twentieth Century Fox had appealed against a Deputy High Court judge's ruling that it breached a trademark owned by a British comedy club chain.

    But three Court of Appeal judges have dismissed a challenge.

    The Glee TV show aired in 2009

    Comic Enterprises had claimed that Twentieth Century Fox's broadcast of Glee in the UK had breached its trademark rights to the phrase The Glee Club. Twentieth Century Fox disagreed.

  9. Light railway for Dudley's tourist attractions?

    Fancy a trip on a light railway to see Dudley's tourist attractions?

    The town has been given £75,000 to look into providing a railway to support tourism.

    The proposed service will link Dudley Zoo on Castle Hill and the Black Country Living Museum on Tipton Road.

    Bosses revealed yesterday they hoped to expand the museum, where scenes for the BBC's Peaky Blinders have been filmed, by a third in size.

    Black Country Living Museum

    The £20m proposals include creating a new 1940s'-style town complete with a pub and library.

  10. Susan Whiting: Murder jury given majority direction

    The judge in the trial of a husband and wife accused of killing a student with learning difficulties - has told the jury they can come to a majority decision on the last verdict. 

    Steven Beards from Walsall was convicted o Monday of murdering Susan Whiting. The jury is still deliberating on the charge against Julie Beards. At least ten have to agree.

    Julie Beards (left) and Steven Beards with an intermediary appointed by the court to help Mrs Beards
  11. M6: Two lanes blocked near Aston Expressway

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are blocked on the M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an accident, BBC Travel News reports.

  12. Latest: Convicted rapist found; 'child abuse' investigation; murder trial jurors deliberate

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a quick recap of our top stories on Wednesday:

    - A convicted rapist sentenced in his absence to serve 11 years in jail has been tracked down in Brazil

    - A "major" child abuse investigation has been launched Birmingham after a man was arrested and charged with making indecent images of children

    - Susan Whiting: Murder trial jurors resume their deliberations

  13. County Championship: Bears lie in third after Durham victory

    BBC Sport

    Paul Collingwood and centurion Keaton Jennings helped Durham to a four-wicket victory against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

    Warwickshire would have gone top of the table if they had won, but lie third having suffered their first Championship defeat of 2016.  

    Keaton Jennings
  14. Golf course cash will help regenerate Tamworth, council bosses pledge

    Tamworth Herald

    Millions of pounds made through the sale of Tamworth Golf Course will be ploughed into the town's regeneration, council bosses have vowed.

    The former Tamworth Golf Course
  15. Tram extension through Birmingham city centre given green light

    The government has given the go ahead to the extension of the Midland Metro from New Street to Centenary Square in Birmingham city centre.

    It is hoped the work will be finished by 2019.

    First tram service on a new extension on 6 December in Birmingham
  16. Coming up on TV: Hundreds of lecturers on strike

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    Hundreds of college and university lecturers across the region have walked out as part of a national two-day strike. 

    And Birmingham radio legend Ed Doolan has been honoured for services to broadcasting. 

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

  17. Convicted rapist once of Rugeley tracked down to Brazil

    A convicted rapist, formerly of Rugeley, has been tracked down to South America after he failed to answer bail in 2013, say police.

    Portuguese Antonio Pedro De Olivera Alves, now aged 44, formerly of Aneurin Bevan Place, was convicted in his absence of one count of rape of a girl under the age of 13 and was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in June 2013.

    Staffordshire Police said when he failed to appear at Stafford Crown Court, the judge ordered a European Arrest Warrant.

    Antonio Pedro De Olivera Alves

    In September 2014, Alves was tracked down to Brazil.

    The force said Alves would remain in custody until the Brazilian Supreme Court made a decision about his extradition back to the UK.

  18. Coming up on TV: Calls to improve firearms information sharing

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    Researchers say governments across Europe must improve the way they gather and share information about firearms to help cut gun crime and tackle terrorism. 

    Scientists from Coventry University believe the number of deaths and injuries caused by guns could be reduced - and they've presented their findings to the European Parliament in Brussels. 

    I'll have more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One