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    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J16 for A3400 Stratford Road to J15 for A46 Warwick By Pass Warwick.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound from J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) to J15, A46 (Warwick), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It should be a dry and clear night with lows of 7C (45F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport and M42 J7.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and M42 J7, Coleshill, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Sir Vince Cable in Brexit studies role

    Sir Vince Cable will teach at a Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, it has been announced.

    Sir Vince, who leaves his role as the Liberal Democrat party leader next week, has joined the centre as a visiting professor.

    Sir Vince Cable

    “The former business secretary has been appointed to the think tank to offer insight and analysis, and brings with him decades of experience working in frontline politics.” the university said.

    He will focus on “looking at the economics and scenarios” related to Britain’s exit from the EU.

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    Video caption: CCTV footage shows Sidali Mohamed coming face to face with killer

    Sixteen-year-old Sidali Mohamed was stabbed to death after a brawl outside Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham.

  6. MP backs protest against flyover demolition

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter, BBC WM

    The Labour MP for Perry Barr has threatened legal action against Labour-run Birmingham City Council over its decision to demolish the A34 flyover.

    Khalid Mahmood joined protesters who say traffic in the area will be made worse and residents are not being properly consulted.

    Campaigners at the scene

    More than 10,000 people have signed a petition to keep the flyover.

    The council says it will be replaced with a better integrated junction system including cycle lanes and more pedestrianisation and the solution is based on detailed research.

    The work is due to be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games - which some protesters claim is the main reason for the change which they call short-sighted.

    But BCC says it will support its clean air strategy, improve bus reliability and leave Perry Barr with a better transport network in the future.

    I will be looking into the issue on this week's Sunday Politics Midlands on BBC One at 1100.

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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport and J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a car that's broken down.

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

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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley and J3A for M40.

    M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M42 southbound between J4, A3400 (Shirley) and J3a M40, because of a break down.

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

  9. Playground repaired after 'mineshaft' damage

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Joe Sweeney

    A playground in a Wolverhampton park has been closed after damage caused by a suspected mineshaft.

    Work is being carried out to make the area in the north of Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, safe after the Coal Authority contacted the city council.

    The play area in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton,

    Phil Bateman, Labour councillor for Wednesfield North, said the work was expected to take two weeks but it could be longer.

    “At the moment the full works area is fully fenced off, which also includes the skate park, and this will all be fully reinstated upon completion of the works," he said.

    The council added the work was being paid for and managed by the Coal Authority and it wanted the area made safe and restored "as soon as possible".

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    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J1 for A41 Birmingham Road West Bromwich and J2 for A4123 Wolverhampton Road Oldbury.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M5 southbound between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a car that's broken down. In the roadworks area.

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

  11. Moeen Ali: World Cup has 'changed cricket in our country'

    Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali, who featured in England's World Cup triumph, says he believes the victory will bring a new audience to the sport.

    "This has changed cricket in our country," he said.

    Moeen Ali

    Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester his father, Manir Ali, echoed the sentiment, saying school children "will all be talking about cricket today."

    Mr Ali, who watched the game at Lords, said the atmosphere at the ground was "electric".

    "Everyone was in tears and were jumping in the air," he said.

    "It was absolutely amazing.

    "The nails on my fingers have gone".

  12. Campaign over railway sleeper plant

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Campaigners say they will step up their campaign against a new factory in Wednesbury.

    NetworkRail said it would apply for planning permission this month to build a plant on Bescot sidings to produce about 600,000 concrete railway sleepers a year.

    Artist's impression of Bescot  concrete sleeper factory

    But the 'People of Wednesbury Say No to Network Rail' group says it will lead to noise, air pollution and traffic congestion.

    Carol White, of the group, says 21 schools within a one-mile radius of the proposed site could be affected by silica used in the manufacture of cement.

    But Network Rail has said the factory would not produce cement which will instead be brought into the plant in sealed lorries and unloaded in an airtight area within the building so it can’t escape into the atmosphere.

    It has also estimated the number of HGV vehicles coming onto the site would average 30 a day, or some 7,500 a year.

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    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3400 Stratford Road and J15 for A46 Warwick By Pass Warwick.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) and J15, A46 (Warwick), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Brooklyn Beckham directs Birmingham band's video

    Brooklyn Beckham has made his debut as a music video director with an indie band from Birmingham.

    The 20-year-old son of David and Victoria is behind the visuals for Jaws' latest single End Of The World.

    Brooklyn Beckham

    Beckham, who is on an internship with photographer Rankin, approached the rock band after seeing them perform live.

    He and his friend Louis Valentine Berry made the film in Coseley, West Midlands, over two days.

    Partly filmed at the Roaring Tiger Karate Club, Coseley, the video is a tribute to drummer Eddy Geach's late father, who practised the martial art.