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  1. Updates on Monday 18 July

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for Merseyside and west Cheshire have now ended but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, videos, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Weather: Warm and muggy night in store

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a day filled with sunshine, it looks like we're in for a warm, muggy and uncomfortable night across the region with light winds.  

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    Video caption: Weather

    Some patchy cloud may develop in places later in the night.

  3. Coming up...

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme we'll take a closer look at a report which has revealed pre-school boys in St Helens are least likely to attain key learning skills.

    Dog kayak challenge

    And we have a lovely report about a Warrington man who's embarking on a 100-mile charity kayak adventure - with his trusty pet dog, Max, coming along for the ride.  

  4. Super League: Warrington overcome tiring Castleford

    BBC Sport

    Warrington solidify their Super League top-four place with a second-half blitz of Castleford.

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    Warrington Wolves
  5. Reds linked with £20m swoop for Toon midfielder

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool are chasing Newcastle's Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, with the Reds looking to negotiate a £20m deal, the BBC Sport Gossip column reports.

    Georginio Wijnaldum
  6. Inside the secretive world of drugs boss Ron Fitzgibbon

    Liverpool Echo

    “Moody” vehicles, remote control cars and encrypted phones - this was the lifestyle drugs kingpin Ron Fitzgibbon pursued in a bid to evade cops.

  7. Travel: Gas leak causing rush-hour delays

    BBC Travel

    Emergency repair work to a gas leak is causing congestion in Midghall Street in Liverpool, with one lane closed near the junction with Vauxhall Road.

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  8. Liverpool hotter than where?!?!

    It's been a scorching sunny day across the region, but how does today's weather compare to other parts of the world?

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    Try this fun comparison tool

  9. Fishing suspended after algae discovered in Liverpool lake

    Angling and other activities at Newsham Park lake has been suspended from today after blue-green algae was discovered there, Liverpool City Council has said.

    Newsham Park lake

    Tests by the Environment Agency have confirmed the presence of the algae, which grows in certain weather conditions and can be hazardous to pets and wild animals.

  10. Man and dog kayak from Hull to Warrington for RSPCA

    A man and his pet dog are kayaking 100 miles to raise money for the RSPCA.

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    Video caption: A man and his pet dog are kayaking 100 miles to raise money for the RSPCA.
  11. Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

    BBC Travel

    Trains aren't stopping on Merseyrail Northbound at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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  12. Cannabis farm worth £177k found in Fairfield, Liverpool

    Merseyside Police are investigating after a cannabis farm worth £177,000 was found inside a flat in Fairfield.

    Cannabis plants

    The 44 plants were discovered on Edge Lane early this morning and the electricity was also found to have been illegally bypassed. 

    Officers are now dismantling the growing equipment.

  13. Warrington South MP David Mowat tweets about new role as junior health minister

    Warrington South MP David Mowat has been promoted to junior health minister in the latest round of appointments by new prime minister Theresa May.

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  14. More jail time for wife who splurged drug lord husband's riches on botox, handbags and haircuts

    Liverpool Echo

    The wife of a convicted drugs baron who splurged cash on botox, cosmetic dentistry and expensive salon cuts faces extra jail time - after failing to pay back her criminal riches

  15. Labour leadership challengers to pitch for support from MPs

    Labour leadership challengers, Wallasey MP Angela Eagle and Owen Smith, are to hold a hustings later to pitch for support from their parliamentary colleagues. 

    Angela Eagle and Owen Smith,

    The two MPs have both launched bids to replace Jeremy Corbyn but Mr Smith feels only one of them should stand against the leader in the final vote. 

    He has indicated he will withdraw from the contest if the Merseyside MP wins more support.