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Summary

  1. Coventry City Council plans to raise council tax by 4%
  2. Concerns over new school plans in Rugby
  3. Updates on Wednesday 17 February 2016

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By Moira Rawlings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with news, sport, travel and weather for the area.

  2. Weather: Increasing risk of ice

    BBC Weather

    Rain will continue to clear slowly this evening, with an increasing risk of some sleet and snow.

    It will turn drier later overnight with some icy patches developing. Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F)

    Weather
  3. M6 Coventry: Two lanes blocked and queues

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are there's blocked and there's queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J2, M69 (Coventry), because of an accident.  

  4. Where are the houses planned for Warwick district?

    New recommended places for housing in Warwick district

    • Kings Hill between Stoneleigh and Coventry - 1,800 homes
    • Crewe Lane, Southcrest farm and Woodside Training in Kenilworth - 640
    • Baginton, on land north of Rosswood Farm - 45
    • Barford - 75 
    • Leek Wootton, on the site of the former Warwickshire police headquarters, - 115

    Full details can be seen here

  5. Shakespeare Street voice-coaching sessions

    As part of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Shakespeare Street project some members of the Romeo & Juliet cast went to the RSC last night for a voice coaching workshop.

    Video content

    Video caption: Some members of our cast were taken on a special trip to work with their voices.
  6. Cautious reaction to slight rise in unemployment

    Business leaders have reacted with caution to a slight rise in unemployment across Coventry and Warwickshire.

    Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: 

    “The increase underlines why everything must be done to support business growth at a time where there is economic uncertainty around the world".

    Louise Bennett
  7. New location for thousands of homes

    The locations for thousands of new homes planned for Warwick district have been revealed.

    They now include 900 at the controversial 'Asps' site near Warwick and 1800 at Kings Hill near Stoneleigh. 

    More than ten thousand homes need to be built in the district by 2029. 

    The authority also needs to take 6,000 of Coventry's homes.

    Homes
  8. Latest: Thousands of homes planned in Warwick district; Man 'too frightened' to go out after robbery

    - Warwick District Council has updated its local plan which includes almost 2,000 houses for Stoneleigh and 700 for Kenilworth 

    - A 69-year old-man has been left "too frightened" to go out after robbery near a cash-point in Bedworth

    - There's been a slight rise in unemployment in Coventry and Warwickshire.

  9. RSC professionals joined by amateurs for "Dream" evening

    Actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company are being joined on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon by amateur actors from across the country.

    They're taking part in a special performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream tonight.

    Dominic Skinner is playing Flute and says he's been very impressed by the RSC's set up.

    Amatuer performers
    Quote Message: I don't think I ever really appreciated what goes into putting on a professional production until I stepped through the doors of the RSC on Saturday from Dominic Skinner From Bearpit Theatre Group, Stratford
    Dominic SkinnerFrom Bearpit Theatre Group, Stratford
  10. Rooftop view of Coventry

    We've been sent this lovely rooftop picture of Coventry by Lee Smith.  

    Coventry

    We'd love to see your pictures too.

    @BBCCovWarks

  11. Man fears council tax change will hit finances hard

    A Coventry man previously exempt from paying the council tax is now one of the people who will have to pay, following recent changes to the system.

    Steve Spreadborough, from Wood End, is on benefits and says he will now have to pay £23 in council tax and £56 on the so-called "bedroom tax". 

    He fears the extra rise will hit him hard financially.      

    Bill
    Quote Message: It's nearly £100 out of my benefits and if they upgrade the D category, I might have to pay anything over £400 a month rent from Steve Spreadborough Resident
    Steve SpreadboroughResident
  12. Man' too frightened' to leave house after cash-point robbery

    A 69-year-old man's been left too scared to leave his house after a robbery in Bedworth

     It happened when he was taking cash out on Congreve Walk last Friday. A man came up behind him, grabbed his arm and made him turn round. 

    Police say his attacker took the money and left the man shaken.

  13. Concerns over plans for expanded primary school and new free-schools

    Kevin Lee

    People living near a primary school in Rugby are voicing concerns about plans to expand a primary school and build two free-schools at the site.

    Neighbours in Anderson Avenue say the area can barely cope with the traffic associated with the 200 schoolchildren attending Rokeby Primary at present. 

    It is thought an extra 1,500 pupils will come to the site as the primary school doubles its intake and a new free secondary school and a new free special school are opened.

    Tom Legge, from the Knowledge School Trust, which is looking to build the secondary school, said the search for a site had been difficult because of the high demand for development land in the town.

  14. Valentine's postcard mystery solved

    A Valentine’s postcard love mystery has been solved by BBC Midlands Today. 

    A dusty postcard emerged at Coventry Market which had been written in code and signed with the letter H. 

    A report on the postcard last week brought forward plenty of suggestions from viewers, and now their family has been tracked down.  

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    Video caption: Love mystery solved
  15. Ready for the best 'Bottom' in the land?

    Amy Cole

    BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today at lunch time we’ll be finding out how researchers are recruiting young scientists to develop medicine that tastes nicer to children. 

    We’ll be live in Stratford-upon-Avon where the search for the best “Bottom” in the land has reached a conclusion. 

    And up close and personal with Gordon Banks…the world cup winning goalie and former Stoke player has been speaking to Ian Winter.

    Watch us on BBC1 at 13:30