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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 February 2016

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage through the day

    That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

    We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

  2. Thursday's Breakfast Show with Howard Bentham

    Howard Bentham

    Radio Oxford presenter

    Superfast broadband is often seen as one of those household essentials like electricity and water, but despite millions of pounds being invested in the technology here in Oxfordshire, people living in some of the county's smaller villages fear they will never get it. 

    Close up of a broadband router and cable

    A select committee of MPs is visiting rural communities in Oxfordshire which don't have superfast broadband - to see what can be done - and we'll hear from the digital economy minister and Wantage MP Ed Vaizey.

    Join Howard for the full story from 07:00.

  3. Tonight's TV: Man found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Guilty of preparing acts of terrorism, the man who helped a teenager travel to Syria to fight for so-called Islamic State.

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    Video caption: Geraldine Peers brings you the stories coming up at 18:30.

    Also, how doctors have been demonstrating in Oxford city centre as part of the national strike and why Oxfordshire County Council says an extra £9m from the government won't stop cuts to services.

    Join Geraldine Peers for all the region's news at 18:30.

  4. Wi-fi available at library thanks to grant

    Henley Standard

    Visitors to Henley library have been given easier access to the internet thanks to the installation of wi-fi made possible thanks to an £86,000 grant from Arts Council England. 

  5. Weather: Feeling cold and frosty

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    With clear skies and light winds, temperatures are set to fall this evening.

    Emily Wood

    There will be a frost in places, with overnight lows of -2C (28F).

    You can get a full 10-forecast on the BBC Weather site.

  6. Sport headlines: Oxford United vs Mansfield reaction and Manor announce new F1 driver

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    This evening's top sports stories:

    • Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says the team didn't play to their potential for the whole 90 minutes in their draw with Mansfield
    • The Banbury-based Manor team have confirmed that German Pascal Wehrlein will make the switch to F1 on the back of a DTM championship campaign last season
    • Oxfordshire-based Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton is building up her jockey experience with a hunters' chase at Fakenham next Friday
  7. Latest headlines: New children's centres plans unveiled

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this evening:

    • Childcare at 11 of Oxfordshire's children's centres would continue to be funded for until April 2017 under new proposals for the service
    • Multimillion-pound plans to redevelop land opposite Didcot railway station may be approved within a few hours
    • Oxford detective drama Endeavour - the prequel to Inspector Morse - will return for a fourth series
  8. Travel latest: Cutteslowe delays and Botley Road lights failure

    BBC Travel

    • The A40 queue for the roadworks at the Cutteslowe roundabout roadworks is stretching back to Marston
    • The A420 Botley Road is looking very busy with a traffic light failure at the Ferry Hinksey Road junction in Oxford

    You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

  9. Children's centres proposals 'have changed'

    Proposals to close the county's children's centres have changed a lot, according to the cabinet member for children, education and families.

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    Video caption: Proposals for the county's children's centres have been improved, Melinda Tilley says.

    Melinda Tilley said she didn't want to make the cuts, but the financial situation at the council made them inevitable.

    The new offer would mean along with eight new Children and Family Centres catering for 0-19-year-olds, childcare at 11 of the exisiting centres would be funded until April 2017 and some universal services also maintained.

  10. Changes to Oxfordshire children's centre plans dismissed by campaigners

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News Online

    Changes to plans to cut Oxfordshire children's centres after a consultation have been dismissed as "a few crumbs" by campaigners.

    Save Oxfordshire Children's Centres Campaigners protest in November
    Image caption: The Save Oxfordshire Children's Centres Campaigners held a protest in November

    The council has proposed closing all 44 centres and replacing them with eight new facilities in a bid to save £8m, but has now said the eight centres would be accompanied by childcare at 11 of the existing centres until 2017.  

    Quote Message: They have suggested taking millions of pounds away and now they are throwing a few crumbs back to appease us. There was a huge response to the consultation, and I'm sure that's because most people wanted to save the centres. I think it would be really sad if this is all they do as a result. from Jill Huish Campaigner
    Jill HuishCampaigner
  11. Extra council funding 'won't stop cuts'

    The leader of Oxfordshire County Council says extra temporary funding from the government is not enough to stop the planned cuts.

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    Video caption: Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth welcomes temporary funding boost.

    The county has been allocated an additional £4.5m for two years to support with the transition of services and the authority aims to set up a community fund to help local groups take on the running of services they want in their area.

  12. Doctors 'should be valued'

    Doctors should be paid extra for working unsociable hours, according to a GP registrar working in Oxford.

    Striking medical staff demonstrating in Oxford city centre
    Image caption: Striking medical staff demonstrated in Oxford city centre this afternoon

    Thousands of junior doctors are staging their second 24-hour walkout in a dispute over pay and conditions.

    Quote Message: There are many people in the UK who work Saturdays with no additional rate, but for every one of those who work with no additional pay I can name many who do. Have you ever called a plumber out on a Saturday and not expected to pay a premium? Actually we feel that we should be valued. from Rachel Ward GP registrar
    Rachel WardGP registrar
  13. Victoria Pendleton riding towards Cheltenham race

    Oxfordshire's Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton is to take a significant step towards competing as a jockey at the Cheltenham Festival next month.

    Victoria Pendleton

    She's riding her big race hope, Pacha Du Polder, in a hunters' chase at Fakenham, in Norfolk, next week.

  14. Traders on road near industrial estate say potholes are killing business

    Oxford Times

    A worn out road is driving people round the bend, with traders saying it is causing damage to cars almost on a daily basis.  

  15. Junior doctors contract 'could be imposed'

    The government should consider imposing its new contract on junior doctors, the chief executive of NHS providers which represent the trusts says.

    Striking doctors in central Oxford
    Image caption: Striking doctors in central Oxford

    Thousands of doctors have gone on strike after formal talks broke down in January.

    Quote Message: Three thousand operations cancelled today; we can't carry on like this. We need to bring this to a conclusion. If the BMA won't accept a fair and reasonable offer, then yes, it is legitimate and sensible for the secretary of state to consider an imposition. from Chris Hopson Chief executive NHS Providers
    Chris HopsonChief executive NHS Providers
  16. The Oxford Book Club with Sarah Franklin

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Writing and publishing lecturer Sarah Franklin joins David Prever to remember Margaret Forster, and review Amy Liptrot's The Outrun and Primary Colours by Joe Klein.

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    Video caption: Reviews from Sarah Franklin, writer & lecturer in publishing at Oxford Brookes University
  17. Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever: Didcot Gateway

    David Prever

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Tonight we'll find out whether multimillion-pound plans to redevelop land opposite Didcot railway station will be approved.

    The 'Didcot Gateway'
    Image caption: The 'Didcot Gateway' include plans for a hotel, shops, leisure facilities and apartments

    Some locals are concerned the £60m development would mean the loss of community facilities - and that South Oxfordshire District Council is both the applicant and the body who would grant permission.

    Join David Prever for that and more from 16:00.

  18. Latest headlines: Oxfordshire's pilot "right-to-buy" scheme fuels Corbyn and Cameron clashes

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This afternoon's top stories in Oxfordshire:

    • A new contract could be imposed on junior doctors, despite today's 24-hour strike at hospitals in England, including in Oxfordshire
    • A "right-to-buy" scheme being piloted in Oxfordshire was the source of a commons row between Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron
    • A flood alert has been issued for the River Thames in the Benson area
  19. Cameron and Corbyn clash over 'right-to-buy'

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused David Cameron of presiding over a "very damaging housing crisis," at Prime Minister's Questions, saying he had failed to replace homes sold off under "right-to-buy" which is being extended to housing association tenants in a trial in Oxfordshire and some other areas.


    Mr Cameron hit back by saying he would "increase the housing supply in the social sector" saying two new homes would be built for each one sold off by local authorities in London, where shortages are the most acute.

    But Mr Corbyn said measures in the Housing Bill would result in the loss of 180,000 affordable homes while only one-in-every eight council homes sold under "right-to-buy" had been replaced with a social home.