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  1. Cuts totalling £65m will be signed off by Northamptonshire County Council today
  2. Hundreds of medical positions were vacant in Northamptonshire's hospitals in December
  3. Northampton Borough Council "frustrated" by lack of progress on St Edmunds Hospital site
  4. Updates on Monday, 29 February 2016

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By Pete Cooper

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Local Live for Northamptonshire is finished for today, but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the news, weather, sport and travel for the county.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Rain overnight and tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be dry and cold this evening with outbreaks of rain overnight. Lows of 0C (32F).

    Weather map

    Tuesday will start cloudy, wet and windy, with temperatures peaking at 12C (54F).

  3. Asbestos exposure compensation for ex-serviceman 'marvellous'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Fred Minall, an ex-serviceman from Northampton who contracted a fatal lung disease after asbestos exposure in the navy, said it's "marvellous" he will now be allowed to claim compensation in the same way civilians can...

    My first and lasting reaction is that of relief. This news is marvellous and I could not have wished for better. - Fred Minall
  4. Ex-serviceman with fatal lung disease to get compensation

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A former serviceman from Northampton who has the terminal lung condition Mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos has been told he will be entitled to compensation.

    Fred Minall

    Fred Minall was exposed to asbestos when he was in the navy, but originally servicemen and women were not allowed to claim compensation in the same way civilians could.

    At the end of last year, the government changed the law - but Fred still missed out because it was only for those diagnosed from when the law changed. Today that ruling has changed, and Fred will now be paid.

  5. Borough council should buy St Edmunds Hospital site claims Labour councillor, but authority says it's too 'expensive'

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Danielle Stone, the Labour borough councillor representing the area in Northampton that the derelict St Edmunds Hospital sits on, told me it should be bought by compulsory purchase.

    She also said the council should then be responsible for developing the site, which is earmarked for a care home.

    But the Conservative authority said buying the site is not an option...

    St Edmunds It is a long and expensive legal process and if the order was contested, the outcome would be uncertain and to no-one's advantage. This would be an expensive building to own and maintain at the taxpayer's expense."
  6. Headlines: County council budget approved... Ex-serviceman to receive asbestos compensation

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • Plans for £65m worth of cuts at Northamptonshire County Council have been approved at a full council meeting
    • A former serviceman from Northampton who has a terminal lung condition caused by exposure to asbestos has been told he will be entitled to compensation
    • Musical Kinky Boots, based on the film of the same name about the Northamptonshire shoe factory, has picked up seven nominations at the Olivier Awards
  7. Defender Prosser could start tomorrow against Wimbledon

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder said midfielder O'Toole (pictured) should be available after illness for tomorrow's game against AFC Wimbledon, but he's less optimistic about defender Rod McDonald.

    John-Joe O'Toole

    The 23-year-old is also feeling under-the-weather and that means Luke Prosser is likely to make his full debut on Tuesday at Sixfields.

  8. Fotuali'i set to make comeback from injury in Saints second-string side

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Saints' scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i (pictured) is back from injury tonight. He returns from nine weeks out with a hamstring problem for the club's second-string against Sale.

    Kahn Fotuali'i

    He's included in a strong starting 15 alongside eight other first-team players. New signing Campese Ma'afu is on the bench.  

  9. BreakingCounty council cuts of £65m approved

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The county council has approved its budget for 2016-17, which includes £65m of cuts to services, including closing a care home and stopping the school meal service "Nourish".

    County council chamber

    It was voted though 32 votes to 18 and puts nearly 350 jobs at risk, although the council believes many workers will be redeployed.

    The councillor in charge of finance, Conservative Bill Parker, described it as "the most challenging budget this council has ever had to present".

  10. Kinky Boots musical picks up seven Olivier nominations

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Musical Kinky Boots, based on the film of the same name about the Northamptonshire shoe factory, has picked up seven nominations at the Olivier Awards.

    Kinky Boots

    The nominations include two for Best Actor in a Musical - for Killian Donnelly, who plays fictional factory owner Charlie Price, and Matt Henry, who plays drag-queen Lola.

    Kinky Boots is also up for Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music. The Olivier Awards will be held at London's Royal Opera House on 3 April.

  11. 'You confusing us with Barcelona?' Wilder happy with point despite end of winning run

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton's winning run of the last 10 League Two games came to an end at the weekend with a 0-0 draw away at Hartlepool

    But despite that, manager Chris Wilder told me he's pleased with a point that leaves them 10 points clear at the top of the table.

    icky Featherstone of Hartlepool United, Ricky Holmes of Northampton Town

    I asked Wilder whether they could win the next 10 games and he told me: "You confusing us with Barcelona? Saturday was a good point, thanks".

  12. Burrell 'playing with smile on face'

    BBC Sport

    Northampton's Luther Burrell is playing with a "smile on his face", according to Saints' director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

    Luther Burrell

    Burrell struggled after being left out of the World Cup squad, but has since formed a strong centre partnership with Harry Mallinder for Saints.

    "He's looking fast, running hard with the ball, making good decisions and is strong in defence," said Jim Mallinder. "It's really pleasing that Luther is back on his game."

  13. Weather: Dry with hazy sunshine

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a fine, dry start to the day as you can see from this picture of Kettering from BBC Weather Watcher 'Rosemary'.


    That sunshine should continue this afternoon but might become hazy, with a high of 6C (43F).

    You can find a full forecast where you live on the BBC Weather website.

  14. Corby steelworkers at parliament to listen to debate on industry

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Steelworkers from across the UK, including Corby, have travelled to parliament to warn that their industry is still in crisis and needs support.

    Corby Steelworks

    They will listen to a debate in the Commons called by Labour in the wake of thousands of UK job losses, blamed on cheap Chinese imports and high energy costs.

    About 30 jobs are to go at the Tata Steel tube works in Corby.

  15. Headlines: Council cuts to be approved today... Calls for action over St Edmund's Hospital site

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are the lunchtime headlines:

    • Cuts totalling £65m will be signed off by Northamptonshire County Council at a meeting under way at County Hall
    • There are fresh calls for action over the future of St Edmund's Hospital in Northampton
    • More than 300 nursing and 70 doctor posts were vacant across the county's two general hospitals in December
  16. Lib Dems say county council should be replaced with three unitary authorities

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The opposition Liberal Democrats on the county council say the budget from the ruling Conservatives will "damage lives".

    Chris Lofts

    Rather than proposing an alternative budget, Lib Dem group leader Chris Lofts has called for the council to be "shut down completely" and replaced with three new unitary authorities.  

  17. Northampton man convicted of abusing three young children fails to quash conviction

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A Northampton paedophile who abused three young children over two decades has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.

    Jonathan Stanton committed a catalogue of sex offences against his victims from the early 1980s onwards. He was handed an 18-year extended sentence, made up of an 11-year jail term and seven years on extended licence, at Northampton Crown Court in February 2014.

    The 51-year-old, of Glasgow Street, St James, argued his trial was unfair, but Mr Justice Spencer said Stanton faced a powerful prosecution case and received a fair trial.