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  1. Updates on Friday 15 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Jerry Chester

All times stated are UK

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  1. Watch: Evening and weekend forecast for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    It will be mostly cloudy and dry tonight, with rain arriving across northern areas later.  

    You can read a full forecast on the BBC Weather page.  

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  2. Blues festival's big boost to local economy

    Upton-upon-Severn's annual blues festival, which runs over this weekend, contributes more than £800,000 to the town's economy each year. 

    The figure was revealed in research carried out by Malvern Hills District Council, Profits from the event will go towards refurbishing facilities in the town such as the tennis courts.  

    More than 20,000 music lovers are expected to attend the festival.

    Upton Blues Festival stage
  3. Work on new leisure centre to start in August

    Building work on a new leisure centre and swimming pools in Bromsgrove will begin on 15 August, the council say.

    The new facility is being built next to the existing Dolphin Centre (pictured) on School Drive, which will remain open until the new one opens in 2017.    

    Artist's impression of new leisure centre in Bromsgrove

    The development will cost £13.5m, with £1.5m coming from Sport England.

  4. Watch: Rapids v Bears preview

    Dave Bradley

    Cricket commentator

    You can hear ball-by-ball commentary from me and the rest of the team from 17:30 on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

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    Video caption: Rapids v Bears T20 Blast preview
  5. Latest: Nice attack family shock; MEP bids to lead UKIP; rock festival cancelled

    Alice Porter

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

    - French woman living in Worcester tells how her sister was caught up in the Nice attacks

    - A West Midlands MEP has announced that he wants to be the new leader of UKIP

    - Malvern rock festival cancelled over delays to setting up charity

  6. Watch: Bank chief 'would rather have captained Worcestershire'

    The former Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, who wants children to play cricket, said he would rather have been captain of Worcestershire Cricket Club than run the UK’s finances.

    Perhaps he thinks interest rates would have been higher?

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    Video caption: A former Bank of England governor wants young people to learn how to win and lose.
  7. Cricket: Rapids squad for T20 derby game against the Bears

    The Rapids have named a 12-man squad for tonight's game at New Road.

    You can hear full ball-by-ball commentary on tonight's game from 17:30 on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.  

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  8. West Midlands MEP announces he is running for leadership of UKIP

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    Video caption: West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is running for UKIP party leadership
  9. Your pictures: Wild flower beds under railway bridge

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    Jenny Lewin-Jones took this picture of the beds of wild flowers under the railway bridge in Worcester.

    I'd love to feature your photos on this page - you can emailtweet us on @bbchw or message via Facebook.

    Wild flowers
  10. Latest: Robert Plant concert in Nice called off; racism pledge by council; drones ban for hills;

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Herefordshire and Worcestershire:

    - Robert Plant concert cancelled as Nice Jazz Festival is called off

    - Herefordshire Council has voted unanimously in supporting an anti-racism policy

    - People who fly drones as a hobby are being told they're not allowed to operate them on the Malvern Hills

  11. Warriors: New academy manager appointed

    Worcester Warriors have launched junior academy centres right across the West Midlands in the last three seasons and had 17 players called up to represent England from Under-16 to Under-20 levels during the 2015-16 campaign.

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  12. Rock festival cancelled

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The organisers of the Malvern Rocks Festival have announced they've cancelled this year's event. 

    They say they wanted to put the festival on "a more professional footing", with bands receiving a fee for performing. 

    However the festival, due to be held at the start of August, needed to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and that process has run into delays, the organisers say.