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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's all for today's live updates, but we're back from 08:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    Staying mainly dry overnight with just isolated showers affecting some parts during the evening.

    Some potential for patchy frost in rural spots.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands
  3. Serious case review into death of Coventry baby

    Here's more on the serious case review into the death of "Child E", who died with cocaine and alcohol in his blood.

    The report describes how the baby's mother drank up to the three litres of lager before sharing a bed with him. At about 04:30, she got into bed next to her brother and put her son by her side, despite the crib being in the same room. 

    The woman woke at about 09:00 to the sound of her brother screaming the baby's name - her arm was draped across the boy's stomach.

    Low levels of cocaine and alcohol found in the baby's system showed he was not deliberately given them but exposed to them.

  4. News: Coventry baby died with cocaine and alcohol in blood; rail firms vying for West Midlands franchise

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of our main stories today:

    - Suffocated baby boy died with cocaine and alcohol in his blood

    - Three rail firms have been shortlisted to take over West Midlands franchise

    - Polesworth takeaway fined after pools of blood found in freezer

  5. Coventry Pride secures sponsorship from University of Warwick and Coventry University

    Coventry's two universities have stumped up £10,000 each to help fund this year's Coventry Pride. 

    The cash will help pay for the city's second Pride festival based around Fargo Village. 

    Coventry Pride logo
  6. Coventry baby 'died with cocaine and alcohol in his blood'

    A baby boy who suffocated after sharing a bed with his mother and uncle had cocaine and alcohol in his blood, a report into his death has found.

    The five-month-old died after a party at his parents' squalid house where cannabis was growing in the loft.

    Coventry Council house

    A coroner ruled "Child E's" death in May 2014 was accidental and his parents were not prosecuted for neglect.

    The findings, in a serious case review, will go before Coventry City Council on Thursday 14 April.

  7. New Admiral Nurses set for Coventry and Rugby

    A new service that helps the families and the carers of people with dementia is to be launched in Coventry and Rugby.

    Six Admiral Nurses are to serve the two areas thanks to a partnership project between the NHS, Dementia UK and Coventry University. 

    Admiral nurses
  8. MP writes to council over withdrawal of students' free bus service

    The MP for North Warwickshire Craig Tracey is calling on the county council to review its decision to withdraw free bus passes for youngsters in the village of Warton who travel to Polesworth school.

    The council says the journey is less than three miles and can be safely walked but the MP says cars travel at speed on the road and it has narrow pavements.

    From September parents will be expected to pay £375 per pupil for the bus service, which the MP says is "not fair", adding he "doesn't believe the explanation for the changes are valid".

    Polesworth school coach service
    Quote Message: A detailed assessment of the most suitable walking route from Warton to Polesworth High School has been received. This report indicated all sections of the route have been confirmed as safe for an accompanied child to walk to school. from Statement from Warwickshire County Council
    Statement from Warwickshire County Council
  9. Polesworth takeaway receives large fine for pools of blood in freezer

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A Polesworth takeaway has been handed one of the largest fines in the borough council's history for breaking food hygiene rules. 

    Maya takeaway freezer

    Bosses of the Maya restaurant, in Market Street, admitted eight breaches of food safety rules after an inspection found containers of food left on the floor, a dirty sink with filthy cloths and pools of blood and water at the bottom of the freezer.

    They were handed a £33,208 fine by magistrates in Nuneaton.

  10. News: Rail firms shortlisted to run franchise; ambulance service 'merger talks'

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    These are some our headlining stories this afternoon:

    - Three rail firms shortlisted to run the West Midlands franchise

    - Two ambulance services 'have held merger talks', the BBC has learnt

    - Polesworth takeaway receives large fine for breaking food hygiene rules

  11. Bears bring in Gooch in coaching role

    BBC Sport

    Warwickshire have announced the appointment of former England captain Graham Gooch as a batting consultant.

    The 62-year-old former Essex coach, who scored 8,900 runs for England in a 20-year Test career, has been coaching the Bears batsmen in pre-season.

    Graham Gooch

    Bears bring in Gooch in consultant role

    Graham Gooch

    Warwickshire confirm that former England captain Graham Gooch is working for them as a part-time batting consultant.

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  12. Three rail companies in running to operate services through Coventry and Warwickshire

    Bidders have been shortlisted to take over the regional rail services operated by London Midland when its franchise ends in 2017. 

    London Midland is in the running to retain the contract but will face competition from MTR, which will operate London's Crosssrail service, and Abellio which has routes in East Anglia.

    London Midland train
  13. Tickets available for BBC Radio 3's Sound of Shakespeare Live

    Starting Friday 22 April, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at the RSC’s The Other Place and more venues across the town.

    BBC 3 Sounds of Shakespeare

    Tickets for all events are free from the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Shows and Tours websites. 

  14. Andy Sullivan to make Masters debut

    The Nuneaton golfer Andy Sullivan will be making his first appearance in the US Masters which starts today in Augusta. 

    Andy Sullivan

    Sullivan, who tees-off at 15:32, says he's been trying to get a feel of the course over the past few days.

    Quote Message: I've played it quite a few times now and I really feel like it suits my game. I'm looking forward to the week. from Andy Sullivan
    Andy Sullivan

    Full details of the BBC's live coverage can be found here.  

  15. County Championship: How do you prepare a cricket pitch?

    BBC Sport

    When the first ball of Warwickshire's County Championship season is bowled this Sunday, fans and players alike will look admiringly on the verdant, carpet-like playing surface.

    But what actually happens to get a cricket pitch ready? 

    BBC Sport spoke to head groundsmen at Warwickshire's Edgbaston, an international Test cricket ground.

    Warwickshire's groundsmen
  16. Watch: Midlands ambulance services 'in merger talks'

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    The proposed merger between West and East Midlands ambulance services could lead to an organisation that would cover a population of 10.4m people and an area of 11,500 sq miles. 

    West Midlands Ambulance Service says discussions are at an early stage but health economist Lestyn Williams, from Health Services Management Centre, has expressed doubts over the proposals.

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    Video caption: Two ambulance services have held talks about a possible merger, the BBC understands
  17. News: Ambulance service merger talks; £1m pothole fund; Coventry band The Enemy to split

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    These are some of the headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

    - Two ambulance services 'have held merger talks', the BBC has learnt

    - Coventry and Warwickshire councils share pothole action cash

    - Indie trio The Enemy to split