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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It should be a dry day with sunny spells and patchy cloud - highs of 13C (55F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, from J2 for A441 Alvechurch to J3 for A435 Alcester Road Portway.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 from J2, A441 (Alvechurch) to J3, A435 (Portway), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Any early evening showers should clear leaving a dry night with lows of 5C (41F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. Jesse Norman to replace Jo Johnson

    The MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire has been appointed Transport Minister.

    Jesse Norman is replacing Jo Johnson who quit in protest over Theresa May's handling of Brexit, Downing Street said.

    Jesse Norman

    Mr Norman, who has been MP for the constituency since 2010, had previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport.

    Mr Johnson stepped down last week after calling for a second referendum to be held.

  5. Pothole campaigners call for long-term strategy

    Roads campaigners have called for a long-term strategy to "eliminate the backlog" in pothole repairs and road maintenance projects.

    This year, the number of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes reached a three-year high, according to the RAC.

    A harsh winter and hot summer are thought to be partly to blame.


    Today the government confirmed the West Midlands would receive £43m from a £420m fund to repair potholes.

    But with winter around the corner, some have suggested the fund is too little and too late.

    Between them, Shropshire Council, Herefordshire Council, Worcestershire County Council and Staffordshire County Council maintain almost 10,000 miles of roads.

  6. Child killer branded 'evil incarnate'

    A convicted child killer has been branded "a monster" by a judge after being found guilty of abusing two young children in Hereford in the 1990s.

    robert Ewing

    Robert Ewing, 64, was given a life sentence in 2015 and ordered to serve a minimum 32 years in jail for murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Paige Chivers.

    Last week, a jury at Preston Crown Court found him guilty of indecently assaulting a young boy in the Hereford area in the early 1990s and he's now been given an additional 14 years.

    On Friday the judge at Preston Crown Court, Philip Parry said Ewing was "evil incarnate".

  7. Hospital patients to be transported by fire crews

    Hospital patients in Redditch could soon be getting a lift from local fire crews, due to a new pilot project.

    Hereford & Worcester Fire Service is teaming up with Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust to help ease pressure on beds at the Alexandra Hospital this winter.

    Alexandra Hospital

    However, while the Worcestershire Royal Hospital is expected to be short of beds this winter, the Alexandra Hospital actually has a surplus, a trust board meeting heard last week.

    The trust says the partnership, which they're trying out for six months, will support safe early discharge of patients who may need additional help to settle them back home.

    The fire service has agreed to provide the service for six months free of charge, which "will enable us to identify the exact requirements of such a service in the future", the trust said.

  8. Badger cull: Vets accuse ministers of 'barefaced lies'

    BBC News

    A campaign group of vets has accused Defra and its ministers of telling "barefaced lies" about the effectiveness of one of its badger culls in England.


    The group has written to the Chief Vet, Dr Christine Middlemas, asking her to ensure that the department retracts "insupportable claims that its badger cull policy is working".

    Culling was authorised in Herefordshire and Staffordshire in September.

    In response, a Defra statement said: "The latest statistics showed reductions in new outbreaks of bovine TB in the initial cull areas, an encouraging sign that the steps we have taken have had a positive impact."

  9. West Midlands gets £43m winter road repairs fund

    A £43.5m fund for winter road repairs and local road maintenance has been announced for councils across the West Midlands.

    It will cover repairs to pot holes and other maintenance projects.


    Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement in the budget, with details of the funding issued today by the Department of Transport (DfT).

    Staffordshire will get the most funding with almost £8.9m followed by Shropshire which received £7.2m.

    It brings the region's total funding for roads this year to £144m, said the DfT.

    Regional breakdown of funding
  10. In pictures: Beacon lit for Remembrance Day

    Thousands of beacons were lit across the country to mark the end of Remembrance Day, on the centenary of the end of World War One.

    This was the moment it was lit at Fort Royal Park, in Worcester.

  11. Norovirus-hit ward closed to visitors

    A Warwick Hospital ward has been closed to visitors, due to a suspected outbreak of norovirus.

    However, there's good news at Hereford County Hospital.

    Restrictions set up last week after an norovirus outbreak on three wards have now been lifted.

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