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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Good evening from the Local Live team here in Coventry. That's it for the live updates today, but we'll be back from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

  2. Wasps train for their biggest game in a decade

    Dan Pallett

    BBC Midlands Today Sport

    Wasps play their biggest game for almost a decade on Saturday as they take on Saracens in the semi-final of the European Champions Cup at Reading. 

    Wasps last won Europe's top prize in 2007. 

    I've been down to their training base in West London.

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    Video caption: Wasps train for their biggest game in a decade
  3. Conservatives call for 'extraordinary' council meeting over chief exec role

    Conservatives on Coventry City Council are calling for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the arrangements that allow the authority's chief executive to take up an extra, senior role at the West Midlands Combined Authority.

    It's emerged Martin Reeves is spending two days a week in the temporary position, with an acting chief executive filling in on council matters.   

    Tory opposition leader John Blundell says there's been no formal council meeting to agree the restructuring. He says there are problems with transparency, adding the public has a right to know exactly what the arrangements are.

    In a statement, the council said it's important for a city that is "moving at such high pace" to have a "go-to senior manager" available when Mr Reeves is on combined authority business. 

  4. Warwickshire PCC election

    Election statements for the six candidates standing for the position of Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner are available here

    Warwickshire PCC candidates
  5. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Staying cloudy but dry through this evening and overnight, with no frost expected and lows of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  6. News: Coventry Conservatives 'concerned' by chief executive role; and PG Tips chimp dies

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    These are some of the headlining stories today:

    - Conservative opposition councillors say they're concerned at chief executive's dual role for combined authority

    - Last original PG Tips chimp dies at Twycross Zoo

    - Ninety-year-olds gather in Coventry to celebrate Queen's birthday

  7. Last original PG Tips chimp Choppers dies at Twycross Zoo

    The last of the original PG Tips chimpanzees has died at Twycross Zoo.

    Choppers, who was 48, played Ada in the memorable adverts which were broadcast on TV from the 1950s.

    The zoo said the "much-loved" ape had signs of heart and liver failure and the decision to put her to sleep was made on Wednesday.

    Choppers
  8. Watch: New cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital

    Birmingham Children's Hospital has shared images of how its new cancer centre could look.  

    The four-storey building is due for completion in late 2017  

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    Video caption: New cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
  9. Happy Birthday your Majesty

    The Lord Mayor of Coventry hosted a party at the city's Transport Museum this lunchtime for those celebrating the same birthday year as the Queen. 

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  10. Local radio station to champion Godiva Festival

    The BBC has committed to covering 42 festivals across the country in a partnership between BBC Local Radio and BBC Music, creating a one-stop shop for the festival experience this summer.

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire will be championing the Godiva Festival and coverage will be collated into a digital collection on BBC Online.

    Coventry Godiva Festival logo
    Quote Message: I'm thrilled. The festival is so important for the city it’s fantastic that we'll be involved. We’re looking to provide 12 hours of live radio coverage so that our listeners can be part of the festival. from Andrew Bowman Managing Editor, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire
    Andrew BowmanManaging Editor, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire
  11. Is Wasps' Christian Wade the quickest rugby player in England?

    Sonja McLaughlan

    Sports reporter on BBC Radio 5 live

    The winger scored six tries in one game for Wasps, and once ran 100 metres in just 10.8 seconds.

    He also has a very polite message for England head coach Eddie Jones as he tries to earn a place in his squad to tour Australia in June.

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    Video caption: Christian Wade, who scored six tries in one game, once ran 100 metres in 10.8 seconds.
  12. News: Chief exec's combined authority role; work starts on regional children's cancer centre

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

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

    - City council confirms chief executive's role at combined authority takes him away two days a week

    - Work starts on Birmingham Children's Hospital cancer centre

    - Longest bus route in Europe to be scrapped

  13. Chief exec's role takes him away two days a week

    Coventry City Council has confirmed that it's being run for two days a week by an acting chief executive, while the current one, Martin Reeves, works on his new role heading up the new West Midlands Combined Authority.  

    The council's Excutive Director of Place, Martin Yardley, is stepping into Mr Reeves' shoes. 

    It was announced in March that Mr Reeves would be the interim chief executive of the new body which comes into effect in June. 

    Speaking at the time, leader of the council Anne Lucas said she had full confidence in Mr Reeves' dual role and wouldn't allow him to take on the responsibility if he wasn't able to "look after himself" and the city "properly".

  14. Wasps 'overachieved' expectations this season

    Dan Pallett

    BBC Midlands Today Sport

    Wasps rugby club are hoping to take more than 6,000 fans from Coventry to their European Cup semi-final on Saturday.  

    They're taking on Premiership rivals Saracens at the Madejski stadium in Reading. It's the first time in 9 years that Wasps have reached the last four of the competition.

    Director of Rugby Dai Young says the club's in a great position at a crucial point in the season.

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    Video caption: Wasps prepare for European semi-final
  15. Free Coventry Shakespeare performance

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    The cast and crew are getting ready for tomorrow's performance of Romeo and Juliet.

    Crowds will be gathering in Coventry's Broadgate from 18:30 with the performance starting at 19:00. 

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    Video caption: Cast of Romeo & Juliet prepares for Coventry performance
  16. Leak casts doubt on claim £175k-salaried council chief Reeves is doing his job

    Coventry Observer

    Coventry council is facing questions over whether chief executive Martin Reeves is doing his job for which city taxpayers pay him £175,000 salary and whether the public has been misled – as a leaked email revealed underling Martin Yardley was quietly appointed ‘acting chief executive’.  

    Martin Reeves
  17. Queen's 90th birthday: Beacons to be lit across Warwickshire

    Six beacons will be lit across Warwickshire later to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. 

    Beacon at Packwood House

    They're part of a chain of 900 beacons in the UK and around the world, with the first lit by Her Majesty later today. 

    National Trust properties Packwood House, Baddesley Clinton and Coughton Court are among those taking part. 

  18. Watch: Coventry stalking victim 'almost killed'

    Zoe Dronfield, who was stalked and attacked by her ex-partner, says the police are still not taking the problem of stalking seriously enough.

    In an interview last year, she told the Victoria Derbyshire programme about the escalation of violence against her and how the police dealt with it.  

    Jason Smith is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm.  

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    Video caption: Attack victim: 'I was almost killed'