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By Jenny Coleman

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Merseyside and West Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.  

  2. Weather: Dry night, rainy morning

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    It'll be dry this evening but cloud will thicken overnight with rain returning by morning.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the north west on Friday 8 July

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  3. Huyton Dog's charity search launches foster care scheme

    This is Holly, she's poorly and has cancer, but the Dogs Trust in Huyton is hoping someone could offer a little special time and a foster home for short stays.


    The charity's Home from Home fostering scheme is being rolled out across the region in the hope of giving dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes the chance to be looked after in a temporary home whilst they wait for their forever family to adopt them.   

  4. Football: Liverpool referee will be match official at Euro 2016 final

    Jake Collin from West Derby (pictured right) will be one of the match officials for the Euro 2016 final in Paris on Sunday. 

    Jake Collin (right)

    He's been selected as one of the assistant referees for the big game.

    Mark Clattenburg will referee the game after also officiating in this year's FA Cup final and Champions League final.

  5. Offensive Hillsborough T-shirt was 'banter'

    A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster said it was 'banter' with Liverpool-supporting friends.

    Paul Grange, 50, of Worcester, admitted a public order offence and was fined £600 by magistrates.

    Paul Grange
  6. Travel: Partial blockage on Runcorn Expressway

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    The Weston Point Expressway in Runcorn is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound at Runcorn Widnes Bridge because of a broken down lorry. 

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  8. LJMU lecturer wins award for children's fiction

    A novel written by a Liverpool John Moores University lecturer has won an award for children's fiction.  

    Horatio Clare

    Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Welsh writer Horatio Clare is about a young boy who seeks help from wild animals in the woods to break his father's depression.

    Clare was announced as the winner of the 2016 Branford Boase Award on Thursday evening and said winning the prize, which is given annually to a debut novel, "means the world to me".

  9. Tour de France 2016: Wirral's Steve Cummings wins stage seven

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    Wirral's Steve Cummings has won stage seven of the Tour de France after an impressive solo ride on the final climb saw him win by more than a minute.  

    Steve Cummings celebrates winning stage seven of the Tour de France

    Cummings' success means four of the first seven stages of this year's Tour have been won by Britons, with Mark Cavendish victorious in three.

  10. Thumbs up from 100-year-old Bob as BT gets him back online

    You may remember Bob, 100 years young and lost without his internet connection for the last seven weeks. 

    Well after Radio Merseyside and plenty of you got on to BT to get it sorted, they've been out, fixed it, and we hooked up with him online for a quick chat!

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    Video caption: 100-year-old Bob gets back online after social media highlights his plight
  11. Play 'daisy chains' instead, says council parks cut report

    A council in Merseyside considering plans to close dozens of play parks has suggested children "make daisy chains" instead.  

    Daisy chain

    Sefton Council has proposed removing play equipment, fences, paths and bins in up to 140 parks in a new report

    It recommends making Sefton's parks more "natural" in order to save money and suggests children make "dens, daisy chains" and "environmental art". The council needs to make savings of £64m after already cutting £120m since 2010.

  12. Mayor hopeful Steve Rotheram vows no borough will be left behind

    Steve Rotheram has vowed to represent every part of the Liverpool City Region if he is elected its mayor next year.

    Steve Rotheram

    Launching his manifesto, the Liverpool Walton MP and political aide to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed no borough would be left behind by devolution.

    Labour's candidate will be chosen next month, with Mr Rotheram running against Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger. The date for the mayoral election has been set for 4 May.  

  13. Ringo Starr still won't sign autographs

    He may have been surrounded by dozens of fans helping him celebrate his 76th birthday but that didn't mean Ringo Starr has softened his position on autograph hunters.

    Ringo Starr

    The former Beatles drummer staged an open concert outside the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles, and urged people around the world to say "peace and love" at midday. 

    He said: "I don't autograph. All autographs are on stuff that I've (done). One of my paintings or something I'm involved with, and it goes to charity. 

    "It doesn't just go out there for other people to sell."

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  14. Liverpool's Hope Street to close all next week for graduates' celebrations

    One of Liverpool's major roads is to close all next week to allow university graduates a chance to celebrate. 


    Hope Street will shut from 06:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday between Mount Pleasant and Duke Street.

    Graduation ceremonies from John Moores University are taking place at the Anglican Cathedral - and it's hoped the closures will allow a festival atmosphere.

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  16. Steve Rotheram vows 'no borough will be left behind' in Metro Mayor manifesto

    Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram, says no borough should be left behind when more political powers are devolved to Merseyside as he unveiled his manifesto to take charge of the Liverpool City Region. 

    Steve Rotheram

    Bidding to win his party's nomination to contest the new Metro Mayor position, Mr Rotheram said he will build new homes across the six boroughs, protect green spaces and parks and be a "lean, low-cost" metro mayor.   

    He says he would "work collaboratively to take the six districts forward with no borough left behind", adding "it's not about being a Liverpool politician, it's about having that reach outside".

  17. Art work appears on streets of Liverpool for city festival

    Spotted any odd objects on the streets of Liverpool this week? Chances are they could be part of the Liverpool Biennial arts festival which starts this weekend.

    This sculpture by artist Sahej Rahal is behind the Town Hall on Exchange Flags.

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