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  1. Full steam ahead for round pound amnesty

    The Severn Valley Railway says it'll be glad to accept old pound coins now that they can no longer be used in shops.

    It says it can still pay them into the bank if people drop them in its collection pots. The railway is still looking to raise £500,000 to pay for work to its Bridgnorth station.

    Pound coins
  2. Video: Your weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    A cloudy night ahead with a band of rain moving north, which could be heavy at times and lows of 10C (50F).

    The weekend is looking cloudy and windy, with blustery showers, as Storm Brian passes through.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Flax mill could be 'structurally sound' in a year

    Historic England says the flax mill in Shrewsbury could be made structurally sound within the next year.

    Work is under way on a £20m restoration of the grade I listed mill, which is the world's first iron-framed building and regarded as the forerunner of the skyscraper.

    Inside flax mill

    It was built in 1797, but has remained empty for the last 30 years. It has topped Historic England's At Risk register for many of those.

    Strengthening the building, and replacing windows, will complete stage one of the restoration project.

    Roof of flax mill
    Quote Message: People have been here from America and more recently from China and their jaws drop." from Alastair Godfrey Historic England
    Alastair GodfreyHistoric England
  4. Community nursing home threatened with closure

    A Shropshire nursing home is under threat of closure due to lack of funds, it says.

    The eight-bed home in Ellesmere is run by a community trust that relies on fundraising and bequests to pay the bills - but that's not been enough to cover recent costs.

    It's now running an annual defecit of £90,000 - and had been using reserves to make up the shortfall, but they've now run out.

    The trust says it's involved in last-ditch attempts to find other sources of income - but there's every possibility the home will have to close in the coming months.

  5. Waitrose abandons plans for Shrewsbury store

    Waitrose has abandoned plans for a supermarket in Shrewsbury, blaming "challenging market conditions".

    It received planning permission to build the store on Oteley Road four years ago, on land created by the redevelopment of the Percy Thrower's garden centre, but had held back while it waited to see if a rival Lidl store got planning permission on land owned by Shrewsbury Town football club.

    Waitrose

    Waitrose said at the time that the area couldn't support both stores and in making the announcement this morning, it said "we would not wish to develop a store which was not sustainable and would put at risk the jobs of those local people we had hoped to employ in the future".

    Quote Message: We share the disappointment this will cause for many people who have been looking forward to us opening and are grateful to those who supported us, as well as the council’s planners for their work.” from Waitrose
    Waitrose
  6. More obese four-year-olds than anywhere else

    Wolverhampton has the worst rate of obesity in young children in the country, according to new figures.

    Data published by Public Health England shows 13.5% of reception age children in Wolverhampton were classed as obese in 2016-17, compared with 4.8% in Kingston-upon-Thames.

    Child on scales

    Walsall and Sandwell were also not far behind with 12.6% and 12.1% respectively.

    Solihull, Stratford and Shropshire had among the lowest figures in the region.

    Quote Message: What we are seeing is greater levels of type 2 diabetes, which normally we only see in adults. Also it affects mental well-being." from David Elliot Public Health England West Midlands
    David ElliotPublic Health England West Midlands
  7. Bridgnorth station revamp appeal hits £2m

    Severn Valley Railway has just days to raise the £500,000 to meet the cost of revamping its Bridnorth station.

    Last November it launched a £2.5m appeal by offering people the chance to buy £1 shares.

    Today it announced the £2m mark had been reached, with the 31 October deadline looming.

    Building works

    The money will be used to pay for alterations to the station house, which include a new bar and toilet block.

    Work on the project started at the end of last year.

  8. Hospital parking increase a 'tax on the sick'

    Telford and Wrekin council has condemned the hike in hospital car park charges as a "tax on visiting the sick".

    Councillors are calling on the increases to be withdrawn immediately.

    Royal Shrewsbury Hospital sign

    From next month, charges to park at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals will increase.

    A 24-hour ticket will rise from £3.50 to £8.

    The trust says its car park charges are still among the lowest in the country and those on benefits or receiving long-term treatment will be able to park at a reduced rate or recoup the cost of parking.

  9. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy day with patchy outbreaks of rain, before becoming drier this evening and highs of 15C (59F).

    A warning for wind has been issued for Saturday as the effects of Storm Brian are felt.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  10. 'Eye-watering' hospital car park charges

    The planned increase in hospital parking charges in Shrewsbury and Telford has been criticised by Telford and Wrekin Council.

    Arnold England, the councillor responsible for health and wellbeing, called the charges "eye-watering, inflation-busting increases" and urged Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust to abandon a move he labelled a "tax on visiting the sick".

    RSH sign

    Under plans, the cost of a 24-hour stay would rise from £3.50 to £8.

    The hospital trust says it hasn't changed its car parking charges for four years and they are still among the lowest in the country.

    Quote Message: People needing to visit hospital are hostages to these charges. If they need to visit, they need to visit. These charges do nothing other than punish them during an inevitably difficult and stressful time." from Cllr Arnold England Telford and Wrekin Council
    Cllr Arnold EnglandTelford and Wrekin Council
  11. 'Cat whisperer' fireman gives Tinkerbell wings

    A cat called Tinkerbell was unable to live up to her namesake when a rooftop wander led to a two-day ordeal.

    She needed the help of the fire service to get down from the Telford property when the RSPCA was unable to help.

    Cat on roof

    Colleagues of firefighter Andy Keen are calling him the "cat whisperer" after he used food to coax her into her carrier.

  12. Legal action started over chicken farm approval

    An action group has begun legal action against Shropshire Council over its approval of a chicken farm on the outskirts of Bridgnorth.

    The group in Tasley is seeking a judicial review over the way the council assessed the impact of the farm on the local community.

    Chickens
  13. New(t) village half complete - 12 years after work began

    Construction of a "garden village" in Shropshire has passed the halfway stage - 12 years after work started.

    Bournville Village Trust, which is responsible for the Lightmoor development in Telford, said 540 properties had been built, with another 460 to go.

    A colony of great crested newts was listed among the issues that held up progress.

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    Video caption: Garden village is half complete after 12 years
  14. Weather: Rain forecast overnight as Storm Brian approaches

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    We're forecast more wet weather overnight and Storm Brian is expected to bring high winds to the region at the weekend, but tomorrow should be drier.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands