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  1. School name change causes anger

    More than 1,300 people have signed an online petition against a planned name change for a Telford school.

    Following a sponsorship deal, The Abraham Darby Academy in Madeley will become known as Haberdashers' Abraham Darby.

    Abraham Darby School

    The Haberdashers Company is an ancient Merchant Guild of London and the protesters say it's an insult to the Shropshire man who built the world's first iron bridge.

    Quote Message: Since when does the sponsorship of a London based company, give them the right, to have their name, attached to that of a local icon such as Abraham Darby?" from Online petition
    Online petition
  2. Cloud and mist forecast for the rest of the day

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast a misty morning and it will remain overcast for the rest of the day.

    Temperatures could reach 11C (52F) in places.

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the West Midlands weather forecast
  3. Video content

    Video caption: Gifts to cheer up parents of babies in hospital

    Baubles and hampers are being delivered to parents of premature babies.

  4. Balloon festival to move to town centre

    James Bond

    BBC Shropshire

    Oswestry's balloon festival will be based at Cae Glas park in the town centre next year.

    The August bank holiday event, which used to be held in Llangollen, has got permission from the town council to move from the British Ironworks this year

    Balloon festival

    The festival, which supports Wrexham's Nightingale House hospice, will have its costs underwritten by two local balloon companies, Lindstrand and Cloud Nine.

    The council also plans to run a continental market outside the park at the same time.

  5. Game-shooter wants protection for woodcock

    Ian Perry

    BBC Radio Shropshire

    A Shropshire game-shooter has launched a conservation trust to help protect the woodcock.

    Charlie Pinkney, from Boraton near Ludlow, says the number of breeding males in the UK has fallen by nearly a third since 2003, partly because of shooting.

    Charlie Pinkney

    Mr Pinkney said modern farming techniques, predators and a decline in insect numbers were also factors.

    He said he'd offer a bottle of gin to anyone who sent him photos of themselves doffing their cap to the birds, rather than shooting them.

    Quote Message: So when you see them, instead of looking out there at the bird as a potential target, enjoy the bird for what it is, flying past you." from Charlie Pinkney
    Charlie Pinkney
  6. In the papers: Retail park entrance 'unviable'

    Shropshire Star

    Here are three of the headlines from the Shropshire Star's website today:

  7. Former head teacher denies child sex offences

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    The former head teacher of a Shropshire primary school has denied abducting a teenage boy and a number of child sex offences.

    Along with child abduction, Timothy Moule, of Cressage, is accused of offences including voyeurism, making and taking indecent images and causing a child to look at a sexual image.

    He was first arrested by detectives following an allegation of abduction of a boy from the West Midlands.

    A plea hearing at Stafford Crown Court remanded the 46-year-old in custody pending a bail application.

    There’ll be a pre-trial hearing on 6 April, with the trial set for 8 May.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A458 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A458 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between Rowton Avenue and B4387.

    A458 Shropshire - A458 in Rowton Castle closed in both directions between the Rowton Avenue junction and the B4387 junction, because of an overturned car towing a trailer.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A458 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A458 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between Rowton Avenue and B4387.

    A458 Shropshire - A458 in Halfway House closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Rowton Avenue junction and the B4387 junction, because of an overturned car towing a trailer.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. Crossword writer retires after ups and downs

    A prolific crossword writer has retired at the age of 85 and seen his final puzzle published in The Telegraph.

    Roger Squires from Ironbridge started compiling them in 1963 and the former magician holds a number of world records, including one for the "most crosswords written in a lifetime".

    Roger Squires

    The Shropshire man has had more than 77,000 published and written more than 2.3m clues, including one which holds the record for producing the longest answer - the Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

    He says he now plans to concentrate on travelling and "enjoying myself".

  11. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Patches of fog and mist will gradually clear this morning to leave a dry but cloudy day with highs of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Birthday daffodils for all

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Every resident in the Telford area is getting a gift from the local council to mark the authority's 50th birthday - a daffodil bulb.

    The bulbs being planted

    The borough council has decided to plant 170,000 daffodil bulbs over the next few weeks on Hollinsgate Mound and two other verges along Rampart Way.

  13. Second round drawn in FA Trophy

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Kidderminster Harriers will play Stockport County at home in the second round of the FA Trophy.

    It's their reward after putting out last season's Trophy winners York City on Saturday.

    Kidderminster Harriers

    Here are the other ties featuring our local teams:

    • Billericay Town v Stourbridge
    • Wealdstone v Hereford
    • Blyth Spartans or AFC Telford United v Bromley
    • Spennymore Town or Gainsborough Trinity v Solihull Moors or Tranmere Rovers
  14. Footpath shut after river flooding

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    This photo gives you an indication of how high the river levels have got in Shropshire since the snow melted.

    Footpath flooded by river

    Shrewsbury Police tweeted that the footpath in this photo was shut in the town from the weir up to Castle Bridge.

    The Environment Agency still has two flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, in place for Shropshire.

  15. Wetland mapped by drone

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    The Mere in Ellesmere

    New photos have been released of wetland in north Shropshire as officials look to map heritage sites with drones.

    Shropshire Council says the aim is to repeat the process every few years so they can analyse vegetation and see what changes.

    The latest photos have been taken from a drone above The Mere in Ellesmere.

    The Mere in Ellesmere
  16. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Staying dry but becoming foggy over night with the chance of some frost developing by the early hours and lows of around 2C (36F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands