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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    You can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.  

  2. Weather: A few showers this afternoon and evening, becoming dry overnight

    BBC Weather

    There could be a few showers this afternoon, which will be wintry on higher ground. 

    There'll be light winds and highs of 10C (50F).

    The showers will continue tonight for a while. It'll become dry in the early hours and temperatures will drop to 2C (36F).

    Tomorrow should be mostly dry, with sunny spells and highs of 10C (50F).

    You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

    Weather graphic
  3. Tata Steel: Union says staff in Workington have 'been under a cloud'

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    I'm at Tata Steel in Workington and have been speaking to Steve Gibbons from Unite.

    Quote Message: Workington staff have been under a cloud for months, things look even more uncertain now." from Steve Gibbons Unite
    Steve GibbonsUnite
    Steve Gibbons
  4. No 10 rebuffs Labour plea to recall Parliament

    The government has no plans to recall Parliament to discuss the steel crisis, Downing Street says.

    More than 250 people are employed by Tata Steel at two sites in Workington and Shap.

    Earlier Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said MPs should be summoned back from recess.

  5. Families whose babies died at Barrow hospital welcome new unit plans

    Families whose babies died because of failings at Barrow's hospital have welcomed plans for a new maternity unit. 

    Health officials approved the new £11m centre today. The proposals were drawn up following last year's Kirkup Report, which was set up after the deaths of 11 babies and one mother. 

    Lesley Bennett's baby daughter Eleanor died at the Furness General Hospital in 2004 - the first preventable death caused by poor care.  

    Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria she said she's particularly pleased that the plans include measures to encourage health services to work together.

    She said:

    Quote Message: Whereas in the Kirkup inquiry they said it was very fractured. This is about them all working as one team and it's just going to become second nature to them."
  6. Catch up with new drama set in Lake District

    Missed any of the BBC One six-part drama series The A Word?

    It is set in the Lake District and follows the story of a family including a child with autism.

    Well here's episode one:

    And the full second episode:

  7. Britain's steel industry: What's gone wrong?

    Over the past few months, one part of the UK economy, the steel industry, has been grabbing the news headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.

    The announcement by India's Tata Steel of its plans to sell its loss-making UK business, putting the jobs of thousands of workers at risk, is the latest and most devastating blow to the industry.

    You can see an in-depth report, by BBC Business reporter Tim Bowler, here.

    Steel plant
  8. Today's fells forecast: Cloudy with poor visibility in wintry showers and fog

    If you're thinking about heading out on to the fells this afternoon, here's today's fells forecast:

    • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: - 1C (30F) 
    • Winds: Moderate or fresh west to southwesterly, gusts 30mph. 
    • Cloud: Broken cloud 2,300 feet (700m), lowering to 1,300 feet (400m) in showers. 
    • Visibility: Good, falling poor in wintry showers and in hill fog. 
    • Freezing level: Around 2,600 feet (800m).
  9. Luke Joyce: Carlisle boss Keith Curle backs midfielder following criticism

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle United boss Keith Curle has spoken in support of midfielder Luke Joyce following recent criticism from a section of supporters.

    The 28-year-old was booed when he came on in the 62nd minute of Monday's3-2 win against Bristol Rovers.

    "Luke wants to do everything he can do, not only for this club, but for himself too," Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria.

    "He brings maturity, professionalism, a willingness to work, learn and encourage younger players around him."

    Luke Joyce
  10. Labour leader calls for MP recall over steel industry woes

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Parliament to be recalled to discuss the crisis in the steel industry.

  11. Weather: Chilly, dry and bright afternoon with a few showers

    BBC Weather

    A chilly, dry and bright afternoon for many across the region. A few showers will move in, some of these with a wintry feel on high ground. 

    Light south-westerly winds with highs of around 10C (50F). 

    You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

    Weather graphic
  12. Osprey has arrived in south Cumbria

    Hot on the heels of the return of ospreys to Bassenthwaite over the Easter weekend, another osprey has arrived at a nest in south Cumbria. 

    The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is trying to establish whether the bird, at the Foulshaw Moss, has previously nested there.

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  13. Tata Steel in Cumbria: What we know

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Here's what we know about Tata Steel in Cumbria:

    • It has two sites - at Workington and Shap.
    • The company employs 225 people in Workington and 28 people at Shap.
    • The site at Workington is one of the largest engineering facilities in the UK - comprising 19,200 square metres of workshop capacity.
    • The site at Shap is a lime quarry and has been producing quicklime and limestone products since 1962.