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Summary

  1. Driver faces jail over girl's road death
  2. Man and guide dog 'refused rides by Uber drivers'
  3. Hijab row councillor steps down from cabinet
  4. Man sentenced for coffee shop killing
  5. Female boxer making history
  6. Villa's Bacuna receives six-match ban
  7. Updates from Friday 3 March 2017

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Wilfried Zaha

    Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Brilliant strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend earn Crystal Palace victory at West Brom as they move out of the Premier League bottom three.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at St Andrew's

    Chris Wood and Kalvin Phillips

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at St Andrew's

    Chris Wood scores twice as Leeds move to within a point of third place in the Championship after winning at Birmingham.

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  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from us this Friday. If any news breaks tonight it will be posted here as normal but otherwise please join us from 08:00 on Monday for the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates.

  6. Football: West Midlands winning streak - can it continue?

    BBC WM Sport

    The Baggies are aiming to pick up a fourth home win in a row against Crystal Palace in the Premier League tomorrow.

    Aston Villa go to Rotherham looking to make it three victories on the bounce for the first time since 2010.

    Walsall could secure a fifth home victory in succession if they beat Oldham. 

    That would be their best run at the Banks's Stadium for four years.

  7. Watch: Weather for the evening and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will continue for many this evening and for a time overnight, but there will be some drier interludes too

    Rain will clear during the early hours. 

    Cloudy skies will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing an overnight frost.  Lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  8. Coming up on TV

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    A blind man from Birmingham says taxis operated by the online firm Uber have repeatedly refused to pick him up because he travels with a guide dog.

    The three-part series Extremely British Muslims was filmed in Birmingham and last night's first episode was all about how young people balance looking for love with their faith. We have been to meet some of those involved and to gauge reaction to the show.

    Tomorrow evening, Lauren Johnson will become Birmingham's first female professional boxer, and we have been to meet her.

    More on these stories and others on the Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  9. Replacement named for headscarf row councillor who has quit Birmingham's cabinet

    Waseem Zaffar stepped down from his role as Birmingham City Council's equality chief, a day after it was reported government integration tsar, Dame Louise Casey, said his accusations against a Catholic school - which we reported earlier - had been "grossly unfair and undue".

    Waseem Zaffar

    Mr Zaffar said he has also asked the council to set up a "review into all current and historical speculation against me". 

    Councillor Ewan Mackey, his opposite number on the city's Conservative opposition group, has now called on the authority to publish all correspondence between councillors and officers relating to the row. 

    Mr Zaffar said: "After careful consideration and in light of continued media and social media speculation, I have discussed the situation with the leader of the council and I have decided I will step aside." 

    Councillor Tristan Chatfield was appointed as the council's new cabinet member for transparency, openness and equality on Friday.

  10. Ralph Clarke: 101-year-old paedophile bids to cut his jail term

    A 101-year-old man jailed for a string of 30 child sex offences is contesting the length of his sentence.

    Ralph Clarke, of Erdington, Birmingham, is thought to be the oldest person convicted in British legal history.

    Ralph Clarke

    Judge Richard Bond QC said in December Clarke had been guilty of "systematic abuse" between 1974 and 1983.

    He was found guilty of 21 counts of abusing two girls and admitted nine charges relating to a boy during his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

    The former RAF serviceman's lawyers urged five senior judges at London's Court of Appeal to find that his punishment was excessive because the judge at the original trial did not take enough account of Clarke's extreme old age and the likelihood he would die in prison.

    A decision on the appeal will be given at a later date.

  11. Pub crawl team complete 20,000th ale house

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A team of devoted charity pub-crawlers have reached their 20,000th ale house in Stafford, after three decades of touring pubs. 

    The West Bromwich-based Black Country Ale Tairsters - Black Country dialect for tasters - began visiting establishments listed on a map, issued by Wolverhampton brewer Banks's, in 1984.

    The Black Country Ale Tairsters pictured in 2013

    They arrived to complete their latest milestone in a minibus at the Knot and Plough in Stafford. 

    Several veterans of the group, including co-founder Peter Hill, went to the event where they were given free beer.

  12. Man found next to moped and a wall dies

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A man has  died after being found lying next to a moped and a wall. 

    West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were called to Main Street, Clifton Campville in Tamworth, this morning . 

    They say they found a moped stuck between a lamppost and a wall. 

    Paramedics found the man lying on the other side of the wall, trapped, but he died at the scene.

  13. Birmingham school cook named among the best in the country

    BBC Midlands Today

    A Birmingham school cook has been named among the best in the country at the national School Chef of the Year competition.

    Jose Kochakkadan

    Jose Kochakkadan is a former professional chef who joined Marston Green Infants Academy so he could spend more time with his own children.

    He finished in the top three in yesterday's final at Stratford College after being highly commended for his dessert - mango frangipane with mango lassi and salsa.

  14. 'Trojan Horse': Witnesses anonymity will be protected, council says

    Lisa Wright

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    The identity of witnesses who gave evidence in the so-called "Trojan Horse" inquiry will be protected, Birmingham City Council has said.

    Park View Academy

    The authority had argued for identities to be protected after fears were raised they  may be revealed

    It said the National College for Teaching and Leadership has agreed witnesses should retain anonymity. That ruling was issued before teaching misconduct proceedings for former staff at Park View Academy.

    This is unless they have consented to be identified, or in four cases are already known to defendants.