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By Carlie Swain

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's it for today's updates.

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Weather: The all important weekend forecast

    BBC Weather

    Not a bad weekend ahead, the sun's coming out and it's staying warm. Rebecca has the details. 

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands
  3. Football season is back

    BBC Sport

    So while the summer has been filled with plenty of sport - Wimbledon, Euro 2016, cricket and now the Olympics, the wait for league football is finally over. 

    The football league season swings into action tonight and we'll be following our Shropshire teams every step of the way.


    Join Shropshire United for all the build up of Shrewsbury v MK Dons and AFC Telford United v AFC Fylde from 14:00 on BBC Radio Shropshire

  4. Badgers may not spread TB to cattle through direct contact

    Pallab Ghosh

    Science correspondent, BBC News

    Badgers may not transmit TB to cattle by direct contact, according to new research.

    A study suggests that cows contract the disease by coming into contact with infected faeces and urine in pasture.


    The scientists involved suggest that advice given to farmers to control the spread of the disease may need to be reassessed.

    The research has been published in Ecology Letters.

  5. Football: Mellon has sights set on strikers

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon says he has a couple of strikers in his sights after being left light up front with Tyrone Barnett's departure this week to Wimbledon. 

    The Town manager knows he can't break the bank - but he's tracking two good players who'd make an impact at the Town.

    Mickey Mellon
    Quote Message: We will look for impact and with a couple of ideas we want to pursue we'll know very quickly whether we'll get them over the line." from Mickey Mellon Manager, STFC
    Mickey MellonManager, STFC
  6. Headlines: Telford and Wrekin Council leader gets backing; fundraising bid to keep 'historic' china

    Carlie Swain

    BBC Local Live

    Our top stories this evening:

    - Shropshire Council leader backs neighbouring authority on fairer funding bid

    - A house hit by a lorry has been demolished due to a "high risk" to the public

    - Coalport China Museum hopes to raise more than £60k to keep hold of some of its most important pieces

  7. How does rent compare in the county?

    In Shropshire, the median annual gross salary is £25,574, leaving £1,713 a month after tax and National Insurance contributions. Experts recommend spending no more than 30% of this on housing, which would be £514.

    An average studio flat costs £327 a month. A similar one-bedroom property costs about £430 a month, while a two-bedroom home is about £530.


    In Telford and Wrekin, the median annual gross salary is £24,149, leaving £1,632 a month after tax and National Insurance contributions. Experts recommend spending no more than 30% of this on housing, which would be £490.

    An average studio flat costs £336 a month. A one-bedroom property costs about £441 a month while a two-bedroom home is about £542.

  8. 'Sky-high' rental hotspots across England revealed

    People spend more than a third of their disposable income on rent across large parts of England, a BBC investigation has found.

    Analysis shows the average rent of a one-bedroom property in almost half of all districts, boroughs and cities would cost more than 30% of the median take-home salary for the area.

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    Video caption: Where is it most expensive to rent a home?
  9. Artist works to change attitudes surrounding disability in Rio

    Kate Tebby

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics is just hours away, but aside from that the Games aspire to be much more. 

    And there's one dimension to the Rio Olympics that an artist has been working hard on over the last three years. 

    Zoe Partington (pictured right) from Cleobury Mortimer is partially sighted, and as a disabled artist she's been travelling to Rio since 2013 to change attitudes about disability and disabled artists.  

    Barbara Lisicki (left) Zoe Partington (right)

    Hear more from Zoe on Saturday Breakfast with Eric Smith tomorrow from 06:00

  10. Weather Watchers: Can you see me?

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The cows are certainly making most of the warm conditions across Shropshire today. 

    Thanks to Weather Watcher Betton Bear for this snap of what's going on in Norton in Hales. 

    Norton in Hales
  11. Football: Telford defender say he's lucky to still be playing

    BBC Sport

    AFC Telford United's Dan Preston has revealed he's lucky to be playing after a footballing injury nearly left him paralysed.

    Dan Preston

    Preston has rejoined the Bucks three years after leaving to join Tamworth. But shortly after his move he suffered a fractured skull in a game against Leamington, leaving him with a blood clot on the brain. 

    He's now made a full recovery but admits he's lucky to be playing. 

  12. Travel: Delays around Shrewsbury and Oswestry

    BBC Travel

    On the A5 around Shrewsbury traffic is slow after two separate incidents. 

    There are delays between the Dobbies Island and Edgebold Roundabout due to a broken down vehicle. 

    Meanwhile, one lane is closed on the Westbound A5 before the Preston Island due to a broken down vehicle. 

    And the A483 is blocked in both directions at the Mile End Roundabout in Oswestry due to an accident. 

    You can find all the latest travel news here.

  13. Football: Halstead signs new one-year deal

    Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Mark Halstead has signed a new contract to stay at the club for an extra year.

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  14. BMX event arrives in Telford

    The final two rounds of the British BMX series are being staged at Dawley in Telford for the first time - today and over the weekend. 

    Practice starts at 16:00 this afternoon with racing getting under way at 12:00 tomorrow. 

    The racers are aged from five to 56.

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  15. Latest headlines: Dash-cam appeal in Shrewsbury murder inquiry; house hit by lorry is demolished

    Carlie Swain

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the stories we're looking at this afternoon: 

    - Detectives investigating fatal stabbing believe drivers may have filmed vital footage

    - Hinstock lorry crash house demolished

    - Shropshire Council leader backs neighbouring authority in fairer funding bid

  16. Telford rugby player describes overcoming disability

    Zac Presland from Telford has Down's syndrome and moderate learning difficulties, but that hasn't stopped him from getting stuck into playing rugby.

    The 22-year-old has written a blog about playing for the Shropshire Stags team, which trains in Bishop's Castle. 

    Zac Presland
    Quote Message: The aim is to enable disabled players like me to take part fully in a game of rugby. It makes me feel really happy to now have new friends who value me." from Zac Presland Rugby player
    Zac PreslandRugby player
  17. Council leader backs neighbouring authority on fairer funding

    The leader of Shropshire Council, Malcolm Pate, has given his support to Shaun Davies, leader of Telford and Wrekin Council in his "fairer funding" bid. 

    Mr Davies says they're losing out on £12m every year and he wants the regions two MPs to help him lobby ministers to ask for more.

    Mr Pate says by the same calculation Shropshire Council's shortfall is £35m per year between the authority and the average council. 

    Malcolm Pate
    Quote Message: If the government were to adjust funding to the average this would more than solve all of our financial difficulties in Shropshire, and take the pressure off services that are not having to be so drastically cut back in other parts of England." from Malcolm Pate Leader, Shropshire Council
    Malcolm PateLeader, Shropshire Council
  18. Watch: Your questions to the BBC Shropshire sports team

    BBC Sport

    You can join the BBC Shropshire sports team every Friday at 12:30 for a Facebook live chat ahead of the weekend's local fixtures. 

    Today's questions focused heavily on new signings and our commentary team were pushed on how well Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United will do this season. 

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    Video caption: BBC Shropshire sports team talk new signings