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Summary

  1. Talks held over Coventry FC move to Butts Park Arena
  2. Warwickshire County Council to join West Midlands Combined Authority
  3. Move to label 'incorrectly filled' bins defended
  4. Updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Winch

All times stated are UK

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  1. Live updates are ending for the day

    That's the end of our rolling news service for the day.

    We'll be back with your news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Weather forecast: Showers will gradually ease

    BBC Weather

    Heavy, slow moving and perhaps thundery showers during the early evening will gradually ease to leave dry conditions.

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    Video caption: Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands
  3. Latest news: Butts Park groundshare talks; new special educational needs school planned

    Moira Rawlings

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here's a quick look at some of the stories we're covering in the Coventry newsroom this evening:

    - Coventry Rugby Club has confirmed it's in discussions with the Sky Blues about a future groundshare at the Butts Park Arena

    - Plans have been revealed for an £8m project to build a new school for up to 80 children with special educational needs at Whitley

    - Coventry-based JLR is launching its F-Pace Jaguar

  4. Aston Expressway: Lane blocked

    BBC Travel

    There's a lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich).  

  5. Chinese delegates visit local businesses

    A delegation of Chinese businessmen have made their only UK stop in Coventry and Warwickshire today as they look at investment opportunities in Europe.

    Members of the Investment Promotion Agency of Chinese Ministry of Commerce were shown around MIRA in Nuneaton as well as the Warwick Manufacturing Group's base at the University of Warwick.

  6. BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

    BBC Midlands Today

    Anthony Bartram, Producer

    We have a huge story today, particularly if you are a basketball fan! He’s 6ft 11in and one of the biggest names in NBA history. 

    Retired Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olujawon (pictured), has moved his family to the West Midlands and is now putting his skills to good use by helping a small community basketball club in Birmingham. 

    Hakeem’s not the only big name on the programme tonight...

    Hakeem Olujawon playing basketball

    As Jaguar launches its new F-Pace in the UK we’ll be giving the new “sports utility” the once over with motoring experts and talking to workers on the production line. 

    Finally if you’ve been toiling away in the garden you’ll be interested in our weather presenter Rebecca Wood’s assignment today. 

    She’s at Coventry University looking at the latest biomechanics research which uses computerised avatars to assess how much a spot of weeding can improve your health. Join us on BBC One from 18:30 tonight.

  7. Butts Park Arena: Capacity could reach 25,000

    Rosie Eaton

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A revamped Butts Park Arena could be used to accommodate up to 25,000 supporters, according to Coventry Rugby Club chairman John Sharp.

    Butts Park Arena

    The club has been talking to the Sky Blues for a couple of years about training together and community work, and he feels a potential groundshare is a natural extension of their relationship.

    Any work to increase the capacity of the arena would have to be within the space they already have rather than taking on nearby land.

  8. Tense at Trent Bridge

    Warwickshire 373 & 236 v Nottinghamshire 383 & 119-7 - tea

    Clive Eakin

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    "All results still possible at Trent Bridge though sadly the threat of rain looks favourite.

    "Having finally got on halfway through the day Warwickshire made an early charge for victory with two wickets in two balls from Keith Barker.

    "But Samit Patel has taken the fight to the Bears with an attacking innings to keep Notts in the game.

    "At tea, Warwickshire need three more wickets, Notts need 108 runs." 

  9. Stewart 'itching' to play for Blaze

    BBC Sport

    Coventry Blaze's latest signing Liam Stewart says he's itching to play for the club.

    Rod and Liam Stewart, and Rachel Hunter

    Despite being born in the UK, the 21-year-old will count as a foreign import having been raised in the USA.

    Stewart, who's the son of music legend Rod and former model Rachel Hunter, says he's over the injury that limited him to 13 appearances for the Alaska Aces last season.

    Quote Message: The injury is fully recovered now and I am itching to get back on the ice to start the season from Liam Stewart
    Liam Stewart
  10. Latest: No deal yet over Butts Park Arena; combined authority decision makes sense for county

    Martin Winch

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the stories we're across in the Coventry newsroom this afternoon:

    - The Sky Blues say no decision has been made over a possible move to the Butts Park Arena

    - The leader of Warwickshire County Council says the idea of becoming a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority makes sense

    - The movements of offenders using GPS technology will be piloted in eight police areas, including the West Midlands

  11. Butts Park Arena: Ambition to have football at stadium

    Rosie Eaton

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    I've spoken to the chairman of Coventry Rugby Club, John Sharp, following a report the Sky Blues are closer to a potential move to the Butts Park Arena

    He told me that there's no definite timescale for a proposed expansion of the stadium, it could be around three years, but that there was a meeting with football club officials and architects earlier this week.

    Mr Sharp said they're at the feasibility stage and are not sure how long planning permission and building will take.

    But there is an ambition from him to produce a stadium which would suit both clubs, large enough to accommodate football crowds, but also sensitively designed so smaller rugby crowds aren't like "peas in a pod".

  12. Listen live: Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire

    Greg Smith of Nottinghamshire

    Listen to live BBC local radio commentary as both sides look to clinch victory in a rain-affected final day of the County Championship match.

  13. Rain frustrates cricketers at Trent Bridge

    BBC Sport

    Rain has prevented the start of play on the final day of Warwickshire's county championship match in Nottingham.

    As and when any play gets underway we'll have ball-by-ball commentary.

    Trent Bridge
  14. Queen's speech: Satellite-tagged inmates could be sent home on weekdays

    The 63rd Queen's Speech has been delivered, detailing the laws the government is planning to introduce in the coming year.

    As part of the changes the Queen said satellite tracking tags will be used to monitor offenders in pilot schemes which could see inmates being sent home on weekdays to hold down jobs.

    The tags will watch the movements of offenders using GPS technology and will be piloted in eight police areas including Staffordshire, West Midlands and Hertfordshire from September.

    The Queen