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Summary

  1. Telford tax payers consulted on proposed increase
  2. Hospital staff monitored for stress, as re-organisation plans wait to be signed off
  3. Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United set to announce more signings
  4. Updates on Friday 6 January

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 partially blocked eastbound at J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of a police incident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

  3. Weather: Warmer weather this weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    The recent cold snap seems to be over and we're forecast some slightly warmer temperatures this weekend - reaching 9C (48F) in places.

    There is a chance of some mist and fog in places too.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the latest West Midlands' weather forecast.
  4. Boss the stowaway cat found new home

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    Video caption: Boss the runaway cat is fostered

    A stowaway cat who travelled 200 miles away from his home has been fostered. 

    Boss was found meowing in the back of a van in Swanscombe, Kent, on 20 December. It's thought he crawled into the vehicle in Telford or Birmingham. 

    A big social media campaign followed to find his owner with thousands of people sharing a video but no one has come forward to claim him. 

    It's hoped he will be found a new permanent home soon.

  5. Watch: Shrewsbury manager pleased with latest signings

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury travel to Swindon this weekend after adding three new faces in the transfer window.

    Jack Grimmer and Olly Lancashire are both out after picking up injuries over Christmas, but Paul Hurst has high hopes for his new recruits and has been talking to us about the two latest ones - Alex Rodman and Freddie Ladapo.

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    Video caption: Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst is pleased with his latest two signings
  6. Weak pound 'benefiting dairy farmers'

    A weak pound in the wake of the Brexit vote might be harming some industries, but dairy farmers seem to be benefiting.

    Andrew Bebb, who farms outside Shrewsbury, says sterling's performance against the Euro means it's more expensive for milk processors to import milk.

    Meanwhile, it also makes British-produced milk and dairy products more competitive price-wise on the continent

    Mr Bebb says he expects milk prices to continue to rise in the coming months.

    Cow
  7. Watch: Shropshire man fears becoming 'entombed'

    Fergus Walsh

    Medical correspondent

    The campaign group Dignity in Dying is supporting Shropshire's Noel Conway, who is seeking a judicial review of the 1961 Suicide Act.

    He has motor neurone disease, says he fears becoming "entombed" in his body as his muscles gradually weaken.

    Mr Conway, wants a doctor to be able to prescribe a lethal dose when his health deteriorates.

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    Video caption: Terminally ill man seeks law change over assisted suicide
  8. BreakingTerminally ill man launches assisted-dying legal challenge

    Fergus Walsh

    Medical correspondent

    A terminally ill man from Shropshire has begun a new legal challenge for the right to die, the first since MPs voted against a change in the law.

    Noel Conway, who's 67, has motor neurone disease and wants to be helped by a doctor to end his life when his health deteriorates.

    Carol and Noel Conway

    Mr Conway can't walk, needs help with eating and breathing and has been told he has less than a year to live, so he wants a doctor to be able prescribe a lethal dose, when life becomes intolerable.

    The supreme court rejected a similar legal challenge three years ago and parliament has also rejected proposals to allow assisted dying.

  9. Headlines: Muller announces further milk price rise; 'no promises' over council job cuts; new signings for Shrewsbury and Telford

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Our top stories this afternoon:

    - Muller plans further increase to the amount it pays farmers for their milk

    - Council can make "no promises" over redundancies

    - Shrewsbury and Telford add more players in January transfer window

  10. Ice hockey: Tigers return to action against title-rivals

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Telford Tigers return to action after their extended Christmas break tomorrow, when they travel to face title-rivals Milton Keynes Lightning.

    The Tigers are six points clear at the top of the English Premier League table, but their opponents have a game in hand on them, so a win for Milton Keynes could see that big lead disappear.

    Rick Plant vs MK Lightning

    Tigers head coach is aware his side need to come out of the blocks quickly and has had the players training for a full week, to make sure they are ready.

    Quote Message: It has been nice to have the break and we might be a bit sluggish to start, but the guys have blown the cobwebs away in training this week." from Tom Watkins Telford Tigers head coach
    Tom WatkinsTelford Tigers head coach
  11. Milk price increase 'due to market conditions'

    Muller isn't the only dairy company increasing the amount it pays farmers for their milk - the other big players are also doing it and Hanwood dairy farmer Andrew Bebb says it comes down to supply and demand.

    He explained that low milk prices in the past have led some farmers to cut production or leave the business altogether, causing a supply-shortage - and the dairy companies are having to pay more as a result, up to 40 pence a litre in some cases, in the run-up to Christmas.

    Andrew Bebb
  12. Muller to pay dairy farmers more

    Muller will be paying its dairy farmers a little more for their milk, starting next month. 

    The Market Drayton-based company will be paying just over a penny a litre more, saying it wants to pay a competitive milk price to farmers.

    Muller factory

    It increased the amount it pays them by 2.5p per litre at the beginning of the year and says its suppliers have seen their milk price increase by an average of 45% since the start of October.

    The latest rise means farmers will get 27.5 pence per litre from next month.

  13. No promises on further job losses at Telford and Wrekin Council

    There could be more job-losses at Telford and Wrekin Council, the councillor responsible for finances has warned.

    The authority is looking at ways to save between £25m and £30m from its annual budget and Lee Carter has said it always had to "review the position in terms of our workforce".

    Lee Carter

    Mr Carter says the council has cut 1,200 posts since 2010 and that it had tried hard to reduce the impact through voluntary redundancies and "moving people around", but he couldn't make any promises for the future.

    Quote Message: We'll do as much as we can to make sure that the effects of this austerity and the savings we have to make has as little impact as possible on our workforce, who day after day come into work and try to deliver for the people of Telford." from Lee Carter Telford and Wrekin Council
    Lee CarterTelford and Wrekin Council
  14. Watch: Loan-striker confident Shrewsbury can beat the drop

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town's new loan-signing Freddie Ladapo hasn't been at the club very long, but he knows a little bit about League One, having spent the early part of the season on loan at Oldham.

    And he is confident Shrewsbury can stay up.

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    Video caption: Striker Freddie Ladapo has completed a six month loan move to Shrewsbury Town
  15. Headlines: Council redundancy warning; power station optimism; football clubs add fresh faces

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Our headlines this afternoon:

    - "No promises" over redundancies at Telford and Wrekin Council

    - Optimism over future of power station site

    - Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United bring in fresh faces

  16. Football: Telford sign 18-year-old on month-long loan

    Nick Southall

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    AFC Telford United have added to their squad by signing 18-year-old midfielder Tony Donaldson on a month's-loan from Doncaster Rovers.

    He'd recently joined Rovers on an 18-month contract.

    Tony Donaldson