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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage from across the day

    That's it from Local Live on Wednesday. Join us again from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Action to prevent flooding at Weddington flats

    Nuneaton News

    Action could be taken to solve the problems at one of Nuneaton's flooding hotspots.

  3. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's rather chilly in the breeze, but we've started to see things brightening up.

    Highs of 9C (48F).

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    Video caption: Afternoon BBC Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Travel: M6 southbound delays

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic on the M6 southbound between J5, for Castle Bromwich, and J4a, for the M42, because of an earlier crash, even though all lanes have been reopened.

  5. Budget Day bouquets and bombshells for the Midlands

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    If you run a Midlands newsagent's or a pub, this was the Budget for you.

    Trumpeting his business-friendly raising of business rate thresholds, the Chancellor said a typical newsagent in Nuneaton would pay no business rates at all.

    Nuneaton, you may remember, was the scene of one of the defining declarations in last May's general election.

    George Osborne delivers the budget

    George Osborne went on to list a series of changes to business taxation but the first spring Budget after a general election which produces a majority government is usually the moment when chancellors feel emboldened to do all the controversial things they really want to do.

    But with the forthcoming EU Referendum already causing ructions throughout his party, he played safe. Read more.

  6. Latest: Floral tributes to murder victim; M6 crash saw two go to hospital; jobless count falls

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

    - Floral tributes have been left outside a former Coventry nightclub, a year after Daniel Kirkwood was murdered after a fight broke out there

    - A four-car crash on the M6 southbound saw two men taken to hospital and brought the carriageway to a standstill earlier

    - The number of people out of work in the West Midlands fell in the past quarter but remains above the national average

  7. Scalextric cars raced by mind control by Warwick students

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    A group of students from Warwick University are using mind control to race cars on a Scalextric track. 

    The students are showcasing their work at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. 

    Cheuck is one of them and said the key technology was in the headset they used which picked up electrical impulses from the brain.

    Scalextric cars
  8. Jimmy Spices closes in Stratford

    Stratford Herald

    A well-known Stratford restaurant has closed its doors with the company behind it expected to enter liquidation later this month.  

  9. Tea party for fellow nonagenarians to mark the Queen's milestone

    Have you had an invite to join Coventy's Lord Mayor at a tea party to mark the Queen's 90th birthday?

    If you have, you must be 90 years old, because that's the stipulation to be able to go.

    The Queen

    The celebration is being held at St Mary's Guildhall on 21 April. The Lord Mayor, Michael Hammon, says he's looking forward to marking the occasion.  

  10. Unemployment down in the West Midlands but still above national average

    BBC Midlands Today

    Unemployment is down in the region again.

    In the West Midlands,150,000 people were unemployed, according to latest figures up until December, which was down 3,000 on the previous quarter - a rate of 5.4%.

    The national rate is 5.1%, so we are still slightly above the average.

  11. Information appeal after 74-year-old man robbed in Bedworth

    A 74-year-old man was robbed and had cash stolen from him in Bedworth, say police.

    Police say it happened at about 22:00 on Monday in Anderton Road.

    Officers are appealing for witnesses and say the robber ran off along Newcomen Road.

  12. Drivers who photographed Warks motorway smash could face prosecution

    Rugby Observer

    Drivers who used their phones to capture traffic chaos on a Warwickshire motorway could face prosecution.  

  13. Budget 2016: BBC's Live coverage continuing

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The Chancellor George Osborne has finished delivering his Budget statement today to MPs.

    Our BBC colleagues are continuing to bring you updates with reaction and expert analysis to - get the latest by visiting their BBC Budget 2016 Live page.

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    Video caption: The chancellor opens his 2016 Budget with upbeat comments about the UK economy.
  14. Flowers in tribute to murder victim a year on

    Flowers have been placed outside the former Society Nightclub in Coventry, a year after the murder of Daniel Kirkwood.

    Mr Kirkwood was with a group celebrating a friend's birthday when a fight broke out in the club.

    Tobijah Thompson, 25, stabbed Mr Kirkwood in the neck.

    Floral tributes
  15. Jobless count across the West Midlands dropped in the past quarter

    Paul Marriott

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    The number of people out of work across the West Midlands fell by 3,000 in the three months to December. 

    A total of 150,000 were out of work. Nationally, the number of people with jobs was down by 28,000 to just under 1.7 million.

  16. Efforts to tackle gangs and gun crime

    BBC Midlands Today

    A new taskforce has been officially launched in Birmingham today to tackle the problem of gangs.

    It follows a surge in gun crime in recent months in the West Midlands.

    The group, launched by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, includes representatives from the public and voluntary sectors, brought in to advise how to deal with the root causes of problems. 

    Gun crime datapic
  17. Latest: M6 southbound crash; jobless count drops; defender 'confident' of return before season's end

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

    - A four-car crash on the M6 southbound saw two men taken to hospital and brought the carriageway to a standstill

    - The number of people out of work in the West Midlands fell in the past quarter but remains above the national average

    - Sky Blues defender "confident" of return before the season's end

  18. Football: Leamington close on title spot

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Leamington have moved to within three points of the Southern Premier League leaders Poole Town after a 3-0 win at home to Dorchester.