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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services.

    M42 Worcestershire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, from J1 for A38 Birmingham Road to J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 from J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) to J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services), 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 weekend weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Any rain should clear through this evening, giving way to clear periods with the odd shower and lows of 3C (37F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. Pupils 'given first aid after Ash Wednesday discomfort'

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A school's launched an investigation after saying dozens of students needed first aid following a traditional Ash Wednesday service.

    Saint Augustine's Catholic High School

    Saint Augustine's Catholic High School in Redditch says it happened during the event this week in which ash crosses were drawn on the heads of Year 9 and Year 11 pupils.

    In a letter to parents, it says some students said they were suffering discomfort and all youngsters were then told to wash the ashes off "immediately".

    In total, the school says 73 students, 16 staff and the chair of governors were affected and were given first aid, then told to get further medical attention.

    The ashes are going to be analysed and a report drawn up.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Summer start for Hereford bike share scheme

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    A new bike share scheme is to be launched in Hereford this summer, allowing people to pick up a bike from anywhere in the city and use it for as long as they need.

    Two of the bikes

    Herefordshire Council says a phone app will allow people to find a bike and unlock it and then lock it again when they're finished with it.

    The authority says there's no cost to the council as operator Beryl will run and maintain the scheme across the next two years.

  7. Munitions workers honoured for International Women's Day

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Dozens of people dressed as munitions workers from the two World Wars have cycled around Hereford today to mark International Women's Day.

    Some of the women who worked at Rotherwas

    They rode between historic sites such as the shell store and Bullinghope Church to honour the thousands of women who worked at the Rotherwas factory, near Hereford.

    The women were nicknamed Canary Girls as, for some, the effects of their work were immediately visible - a lurid shade of yellow that stained their skin and hair.

    Today's ride was organised by Lin Mathias as part of her art degree.

    Quote Message: We're celebrating our own canary girls, they are the munition workers that worked at Rotherwas so everywhere we go on the ride is something specific to their lives because they didn't just make bombs." from Lin Mathias Artist
    Lin MathiasArtist
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

  9. Government 'very open' to ways to help struggling hospital

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Staff at the Royal Worcestershire Hospital are currently facing "very significant challenges", according to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    It follows his visit to the hospital yesterday, where he spoke to staff and patients about the problems with the NHS trust that's in charge of the county's three main hospitals.

    The trust has been in special measures since December 2015 and is rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

    Quote Message: There's more that needs to happen clearly and I'm very open to proposals. You work out what you need and come to me and we'll see what we can do. It isn't just money, it's also about things that can be improved within the hospital right now." from Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health
    Matt HancockSecretary of State for Health
  10. Fire service spends £2.5m on 10 new engines

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Ten new fire engines have been delivered to fire stations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire at a cost of £2.5m.

    The fire service says the new engines have bigger water tanks and cameras, which give views all around the vehicles.

    One of the new fire engines
  11. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start it will be a cloudy day with some spells of rain and highs of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands