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Summary

  1. Energy firm Npower, which employs 1,200 in Leeds, unveils UK job cuts
  2. Company to vacate Scarcroft site in Leeds in December 2017
  3. Union says lack of detail on affected jobs has created 'awful uncertainty'
  4. Closure of Leeds manufacturer after floods is 'terrible news' says MP
  5. Ten empty houses for every homeless person in Yorkshire, BBC finds
  6. Updates on Tuesday 8 March 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning, with all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from West Yorkshire.

    If you spot anything that you think we should be talking about while we're not live, why not email us.

  2. 'Northern poorhouse' warning as Npower announces big job cuts

    The scale of job cuts announced by Npower earlier could help to create a "northern poorhouse", unions have said.

    Npower sign

    The energy firm earlier confirmed it is to lose 2,400 jobs in the UK by 2018. 

    It has several bases in northern England, with 1,200 staff employed at two sites in Leeds, one of which is earmarked for closure by the end of 2017.

    Tom Allison, regional organiser for the GMB union, said "We have a chancellor whose mantra is the Northern Powerhouse, I suggest the scale of these job cuts, if they do materialise in our region, this could be a northern poorhouse."

  3. West Yorkshire in pictures: Leeds Victoria Quarter

    Take a look down one of Leeds' most famous shopping quarters. This beautiful picture was taken by Ana Zamru earlier today.

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  4. Weather: Cloudy and cold evening ahead

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    A cloudy night evening ahead with outbreaks of rain and hill snow spreading east overnight. Lows of 3C (37F). 

    Weather

    Tomorrow we'll have a cold, cloudy and wet day with some heavy spells of rain and also hill snow at times. Highs of 5C (41F).   

  5. Rush-hour travel update: Collapsed manhole on A58 causing long delays

    BBC Travel

    Oh dear, this isn't what we need at rush hour.

    We've got one lane closed, causing long delays on A58 Wellington Road eastbound in Leeds between Armley Gyratory and the A58(M) Inner Ring Road junction. 

    It's all down to emergency repairs and a collapsed manhole. Congestion on M621 to J2, A643 (Elland Road).

  6. Latest headlines: Uncertainty over Npower in Leeds and 10 empty homes for every homeless person in Yorkshire

    The latest headlines in West Yorkshire tonight include:

  7. Yorkshire amongst heaviest alcohol-consuming areas

    Around 2.5 million people in Great Britain, 9% of drinkers, consume more than the new weekly recommended limit for alcohol in a single day, and those in Yorkshire are among the worst offenders.

    Graph

    The 2014 data predates the new limit of 14 units of alcohol per week for men which began in January.

    Although habits may start to change, experts say the figures are concerning.

    The chief medical officer says there is no safe level of regular drinking.

  8. Analysis: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats resignation takes sport by surprise

    James Deighton

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    This lunchtime we heard the news that Brian Smith has resigned as head coach from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

    Early season sackings aren't really a surprise these days, but a resignation after just five games of the new season has taken a lot of people by surprise, including myself.

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    Video caption: James Deighton on the Brian Smith resignation
  9. Npower job losses: Unions say impact will 'create northern poorhouse'

    Charlotte Leeming

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    I've been at the offices of Npower in Seacroft this afternoon as the company announces 2,400 job losses.

    More than 1,200 people are employed by the energy giant in Leeds. 

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    Video caption: Charlotte Leeming reports from the Seacroft Npower offices.
  10. Coming soon: New Yorkshire Air Ambulance under construction

    I wonder if they've gone for full leather interior, sat nav and air con package. If not, lets hope they at least got some free mats for the cockpit.

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  11. West Yorkshire in pictures: Leeds skyline at dawn

    Although sunrise seems like a long time ago now, I just had to share this amazing shot of the Leeds skyline from first thing this morning!

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  12. Latest headlines: Could the lights go out at Npower's offices in Leeds and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Brian Smith resigns

    Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire:

  13. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Your reaction

    You've been taking to Twitter to react to the news that the head coach of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Brian Smith, has resigned..

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  14. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Club release statement on Smith

    In the last few minutes the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats released this statement on their website on the news that Brian Smith has resigned.

    Quote Message: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats can confirm that Brian Smith has resigned as Head Coach with immediate effect. A press conference will take place at 12.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday) at Belle Vue Stadium. There will be no further comment at this time." from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats website
    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats website
  15. Update: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach asked for contract to be terminated

    More on the news that Brian Smith has resigned as head coach of Super League club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

    Brian Smirth

    The 61-year-old Australian, brother of Warrington coach Tony Smith, joined Wakefield in May 2015, before signing a new one-year deal last October.

    BBC Radio Leeds reports that Smith asked for his contract to be terminated after speaking to the Wakefield players on Tuesday morning.

    Wakefield have won just one of their five league matches so far this season.

  16. BreakingWakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach resigns

    Brian Smith has resigned as head coach of Super League club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

    More to follow soon.

  17. Listen: Bradford City manager philosophical after injury to Rory McArdle

    Following Bradford City's 0-0 draw with Bury, in which defender Rory McArdle suffered a dislocated shoulder, manager Phil Parkinson looks ahead to the game tonight against Burton.

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    Video caption: Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson previews their League One Burton clash.
  18. Listen: Your views on Calderdale playground smoking ban

    Johnathan I'Anson

    BBC Radio Leeds

    Smokers in Calderdale will no longer be able to light up in childrens' play areas.

    A proposed recommendation to introduce smoke-free playgrounds has been approved by the council. This also includes e-cigarettes.

    I've been in Calderdale finding out more.

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    Video caption: Calderdale Council approves recommendation to introduce smoke-free playgrounds.