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  1. Goodnight from us

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from us for another day.

    We're back at 06:00 GMT with all the latest news, travel, sport and weather for the county.

    Is there something you'd like to tell us about? We'd love to hear from you.

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    Video caption: Budget 2017: Five key points

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Spring Budget. Here are five key points from his speech.

  3. Honour for Medway war hero

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    France's highest military decoration, the Legion d'Honneur has been awarded to a war hero from Medway. 

    93-year-old Ray Grose was part of the second wave of troops that landed on the Normandy beaches in June 1944. 

    Ray lost many of his friends during the Normandy landings, and was also wounded himself. 

    Ray Grose
  4. What's your #onegooddeed this month?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    We launched #onegooddeed this week, with a spring clean for Thanet.

    If you do a good deed for someone in March, tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

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    Video caption: One good deed litter pick in Broadstairs
  5. An improving weather picture

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's getting drier and staying very mild. Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 1830
  6. Why the promise of free transport to grammar schools may not be all it appears for Kent

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    In today's Budget, the Chancellor announced he'd be extending free transport for children who get free school meals to their nearest grammar school.

    It's been welcomed as good news for Kent, by several of the county's MPs.

    But in reality it won't make all that much difference.

    Philip Hammond

    Kent County Council already offers this so there's no real change for parents.

    There is one key difference though and that's in the distance.

    Kent County Council's cut-off point is 6 miles, while the Government will fund travel to a school up to 15 miles away.

    It is good news too for the County Council money men, as it means the Government will fully cover the cost in future.

  7. Hospital praised for reducing injury during childbirth

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent has become one of the best in the country at preventing women from suffering injury during childbirth. 

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    Video caption: Hospital becomes one of the best at preventing injury during childbirth
  8. Update: Car park death latest

    Kent Police has told us that the victim of the suspected murder in a car park in Tunbridge Wells was aged in his 40s, not his 20s as previously stated.

    Earlier today officers arrested two men - aged 34 and 19 - on suspicion of murder.

    The body of the victim was found in the Torrington Road car park yesterday.  

  9. Budget 2017: Social care gets a boost.

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    A major announcement on funding for social care.

  10. BreakingArrests over car park death

    Officers have arrested two men on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in a public car park in Tunbridge Wells.

    The body of the victim, a man aged in his twenties, was found during the early hours yesterday,  after police were called to a stairway on the first floor of the Torrington Road car park by Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

    Today a 34-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, both from Tunbridge Wells, have been apprehended.

    The victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place on Thursday.

  11. It's dull and wet

    Kate Kinsella

    Weather presenter

    Will the wet and mild weather continue? Here's my latest forecast.   

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  12. 450 homes to be built on green land in Capstone Valley

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Over the years campaigners have fought off development in the Capstone Valley.

    Today, the government has given a win to developers. 

    The green light has been given for 450 homes to be built on Gibraltar Farm, despite opposition from local people, Medway Council and local MP and minister Tracey Crouch. There were concerns over infrastructure, wildlife and the loss of green space. 

    Tracey Crouch says there is a worry more development will follow.

    Quote Message: Once you start developing one area of Capstone Valley then I'm afraid it unlocks all the other areas because all of a sudden the special aspects of Capstone Valley that had protected it from development have suddenly been taken away.

    She also says local people have been ignored.

    Tracey Crouch is a minister in the government and says of course she lobbied her colleagues over the plans, but it hasn't worked. 

    Perhaps a drive to meet government housing targets is outweighing the concerns of Conservative councils and MPs?

    There's a lot of disappointment from those who have campaigned against it and there is talk of what the next possible step could be the challenge the decision.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J6 for A229 and J5 for A20.

    M20 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M20 London-bound between J6, A229 (Chatham) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

  14. Kevin Peachey

    Personal finance reporter

    Couple check paperwork

    Kevin Peachey

    Personal finance reporter

    Here is how the first of two Budgets this year could have a big impact on your household finances.

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  15. Budget 2017: More on free school transport

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    Some Kent pupils already qualify, regardless of the Chancellor's announcement.