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  1. County council leader Jim Harker says he wasn't invited to a meeting between borough and district council leaders on unitary authority plans
  2. The search for a missing woman, who grew up in Wellingborough and disappeared from Grimsby in 1993, has been renewed
  3. Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder has been nominated for the League Two manager of the month award
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

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

  2. Education Secretary says 'EU membership is critical' to women's rights

    BBC Politics

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has contradicted her government colleague South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom and said that women's right would be "at risk" if Britain were to leave the EU.

    nicky morgan

    Ms Leadsom, an energy minister, had said it was "absolutely not the case" women's rights would be diminished if the UK left the EU.

    However, Nicky Morgan (pictured) said: "From safeguarding parental leave to tackling discrimination in the workplace and bringing an end to violence against women and girls, our EU membership is critical in helping protect and further the rights of women around Britain."

  3. Women's rights 'being eroded' by EU, says female pro-Brexit group

    BBC Politics

    A cross-party Women for Britain campaign - launched today on International Women's Day - aims to encourage women to vote to leave the European Union in the 23 June referendum and says women's rights are being eroded because of the UK's EU membership.

    Andrea Leadsom

    South Northamptonshire MP, and energy minister, Andrea Leadsom, said women cared about issues such as the cost of living, the cost of the UK's EU membership and future prospects for themselves and their children - and argued that life outside the EU for "many people", including women, would be "much better".

  4. Weather: Rain coming and could be heavy

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will stay cloudy this evening with some patches of light rain or drizzle, before turning wet and windy overnight with lows of 4C (39F).


    Tomorrow, it will be staying cloudy and wet throughout the day with prolonged spells of rain. Highs of 6C (43F).

  5. County cricket club post loss of almost half a million, but haven't used council loan

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire County Cricket Club has published its finances for the last year and even though the county side has had an increase in losses of almost 50% it has yet to use a loan from the borough council approved last year.

    Northamptonshire County Cricket Club's finances
  6. International Women's Day: Why women can thrive in sci-fi

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    To mark International Women's Day, Jennifer K. Stuller, a pop culture historian, has spoken toDr Lorna Jowett, who specialises in film studies at the University of Northampton about the hero of the award-winning Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa, (pictured), played by Charlize Theron.

    Furiosa/Charlize Theron

    "The interesting thing about Fury Road was that its female protagonist was a woman, not a girl, with many years of experience and skill," said Dr Jowett.

    Dr Jowett, who written books on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also praises TV show 'Orphan Black' as the "most interesting female-centred science fiction series in recent years".

  7. Yellow warning issued as Northamptonshire faces persistent, heavy rain

    BBC Weather

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of rain for Northamptonshire from 01:00 to 15:00 tomorrow.

    Persistent rain, heavy at times, is expected from the early hours of Wednesday, continuing during the morning before slowly easing in the afternoon. Accompanied by windy conditions, this rain is likely to produce some flooding and difficult driving conditions.

    The Met Office say "widespread rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30 mm are expected".

  8. No decision from Avon on Maria Sharapova following positive drugs test

    Richard Conway

    BBC Sports news correspondent

    Northampton-based Avon, who have Maria Sharapova as the face of their perfume 'Luck', have told me "we don’t have a statement to make at this moment in time" over the tennis star's positive drugs test.

    Maria Sharapova

    Sponsors, such as Nike and Tag Heuer, have moved quickly to distance themselves from Sharapova, after the five-time Grand Slam tennis champion admitted taking banned substance meldonium.

  9. Website created for Chester Farm restoration project

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A new website has been launched for Chester Farm near Irchester to give more details on a £12.7m project, which is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Chester Farm

    The restoration project will aim to have the site, which contains the remains of a Roman walled town, public in May 2016 and fully open by April 2018.

  10. County council don't want to be 'simply ruling options out' over unitary authorities

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council has responded to a statement from district and borough council leaders in the county which said a countywide unitary authority was the worst option.

    council chamber

    The debate was started by a letter from Northamptonshire's MPs calling for reform of the current political systems in the area.

    Councillor Heather Smith said she "would be interested to see the analysis" that led to a countywide option being dismissed, adding her authority would "rather focus on what is required rather than simply ruling options out with no discussion".

  11. Travel: Two lanes closed on M1 northbound at junction 16

    BBC Travel

    There are two lanes closed on the M1 northbound between junction 16 (Daventry) and junction 17 (Dunchurch) due to a broken down lorry.

  12. Countywide unitary 'worst option' say borough and district council leaders

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Everyone other than the county council agrees "the worst option is a countywide unitary", according to leaders of borough and district councils throughout Northamptonshire.

    County hall

    Last week all seven of Northamptonshire's MPs asked council leaders to look at creating new unitary authorities for the council, while the leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Jim Harker, said his "ideal" would one single council for the whole county.

    In a statement, the district and borough leaders - from Corby, Daventry, East Northants, Kettering, Northampton, Wellingborough and South Northamptonshire - said although they "haven’t opened this debate", they would work to find out what is best for residents.

  13. Cobblers manager Wilder 'delighted' with McDonald's player of the month nomination

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    At Sixfields today Chris Wilder told me he is "delighted" defender Rod McDonald has been nominated for League Two player of the month, describing him a "non-league nugget".

    chris wilder

    Northampton signed the 23-year-old from Telford United at the beginning of this season, but Wilder told me there isn't many more players like McDonald in the lower leagues saying "non league players are sat in pub on a Sunday for a reason".

  14. EU referendum campaign 'quite male dominated'

    BBC Politics

    The debate on the UK's future in the EU ahead of the upcoming in-out referendum has been "quite male dominated", energy minister and South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has said.

    Andrea Leadsom

    She was speaking ahead of the launch of pro-exit Women for Britain, which aims to engage women in the referendum saying the power of the women's vote is undermined by being in the EU.

    An equivalent group Women In, which is trying to target women voters on the Remain side, says the benefits of being in the EU "clearly outweigh the costs".

  15. Oxfordshire man named following fatal collision on M1 last month

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A 45-year-old man who died following a fatal collision on the M1 on Wednesday, 10 February, has been named as Robert Gibson of Shipton Road in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

    Mr Gibson, who was a pedestrian, was in collision with a white Iveco HGV on the M1 southbound opposite the Northampton Services and died at the scene.

    An inquest was opened and adjourned yesterday.

  16. Fresh appeal in missing Jaime Cheesman case

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Police have made a fresh appeal about the whereabouts of Jaime Cheesman, who grew up in Wellingborough and went missing from her home in Grimsby in early November 1993.

    Miss Cheesman, who would now be 39, moved to Grimsby to live with her best friend a few months prior to her disappearance.

    Jaime Cheesman

    The picture on the right is what detectives think she may look like now.  

    Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gadd, in charge of the inquiry, said an "extensive forensic examination" will take place at her former address in Grimsby.

  17. Abused female ref speaks out over Wellingborough Town chairman's ban

    Robyn Cowen

    The Victoria Derbyshire programme

    The referee at the centre of a case which saw the Football Association ban a club chairman for abusing a female official has been speaking to me for the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

    Mary Harmer

    Martin Potton, the chairman of non-league club Wellingborough Town, was fined last year for using derogatory and insulting language towards 22-year-old Mary Harmer (pictured), who he said wasn't fit to referee in the men's game.

    He denied the claims, but the FA banned him for five games. You can see my full report here or by clicking on the 'Key Video' section on this page.