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  1. Video: What's the weekend weather going to be like?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Staying dry overnight but cloudy with lows of 3C (37F).

    Tomorrow will be wet and windy but remaining mild with highs of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. More maternity unit closures due to sickness

    Services at two of Shropshire's maternity units are being suspended again because of staff sickness.

    The unit in Ludlow will close for 12 hours from tonight and the one in Oswestry will be closed all weekend.

    Ludlow community hospital

    It hasn't been possible to give birth at Shrewsbury's maternity unit since 11 December because of damage to the roof and the hospital can't say when it will reopen.

    During the closures, women giving birth will have to travel to Telford or Bridgnorth, unless they want to give birth at home, or go outside the county.

  3. Councillor says non-payment of tax caused by mix-up

    Tim Page

    News Editor, BBC Shropshire

    A Shropshire councillor who was taken to court over non-payment of council tax says it was down to a mix-up.

    Steve Davenport, who's now a cabinet member on the council, was sent six reminders and a summons over arrears of more than £600 in the last financial year.

    Steve Davenport

    Details emerged in a Freedom of Information request by Private Eye magazine. The legal process was cancelled when the money was paid and it emerged the summons had been sent to the wrong address.

    Councillor Davenport told BBC Radio Shropshire the situation arose when a tenant left his house suddenly.

    He initially disputed the demand for payment, and had to stand down from voting on financial matters for a while, but says he eventually decided to pay up.

  4. River levels continue to fall

    River levels in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire are continuing to fall, but a number of Environment Agency flood alerts remain in force across the three counties.

    They cover stretches of the rivers Avon, Lugg, Severn, Tern and Perry.

    Stourport flooding

    Most of the rivers reached their peak last night.

    Flood barriers in Shrewsbury town centre have been removed.

  5. Postal service praise after Christmas cards returned

    A Shrewsbury man whose wife accidentally posted some incorrectly addressed Christmas cards has praised Royal Mail for returning them 22 days later.

    David Bevan-Jones says the cards were marked with the first names of his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter - and nothing else - when they went into the postbox.


    They were found among 30,000 items at the main sorting office in Chester and returned with £200 still inside.

    Quote Message: I think we take things for granted, that people do the same job every day. People we never see very often. And we take the whole thing for granted. And I think they deserve absolute credit." from David Bevan-Jones
    David Bevan-Jones
  6. Swimming pool to close for three weeks

    The swimming pool in Bishop's Castle will close for refurbishment for three weeks from mid-February.

    It's to allow the ladies changing rooms at the Sparc centre to be improved, at a cost of £100,000.

    Sparc centre

    The pool will reopen on 12 March.

  7. Flood alerts in place

    There are still flood alerts in place for the Severn and Avon in Worcestershire and River Lugg south of Leominster, says the Environment Agency.

    Flood barriers being removed

    Temporary flood barriers put up in Shrewsbury are being removed this morning.

  8. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    After a cold start, it’ll be a dry and bright day with sunny spells expected throughout the morning with highs of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  9. Market voted 'Britain's favourite'

    Shrewsbury Market has been voted "Britain's favourite" after an online campaign.

    Judges for a competition run by the National Association of British Market Authorities also visited the indoor site and tested customer service with a mystery shopper.

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  10. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Any rain this evening should fizzle out to leave a cloudy night with lows of 3C (37F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  11. House fire body that of man who 'lived at property'

    A body found at the scene of a house fire in Shropshire is believed to be that of a man who lived there, police say.

    West Mercia Police says next of kin has been informed, although formal identification is due to take place.

    The fire service was called to the blaze in the Cramer Gutter Lane area of Oreton, Cleobury Mortimer, on Monday night and a search for a missing man was launched at the site. It announced the discovery of a body on Wednesday.

    The West Mercia force says the fire is not being treated as suspicious, but enquiries are under way as to the cause.

  12. Snowboarder gets second chance to impress

    BBC Sport

    Alsager snowboarder Rowan Cheshire has been called up to the GB squad for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

    She had been seen as a medal prospect for Sochi, but missed out after suffering a head injury in training.

    It was the first of three head injuries which almost forced her to quit the sport.

    Rowan Cheshire

    There's also a place in the GB squad for Shropshire's Ben Simons, who won silver in the four-man event at the Bobsleigh World Cup in Canada last month.

    Ben Simons
  13. NHS sculpture to be made out of medical scrap

    A sculpture to celebrate 70 years of the NHS will be made in Shropshire using out-of-use medical equipment, including beds, microscopes and blood pressure monitors.

    It will be constructed at the British Ironworks Centre, which is home to a giant gorilla made out spoons and an 8m (27ft) angel made out of knives surrendered to the police (pictured below).

    Knife Angel

    Artist Luke Kite is behind the project which is due to go on display at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 7 July.

    He is asking the public to decide what form the sculpture should take, with a deadline of 16 February for sharing ideas.

  14. Flood alerts as river levels rise

    Flood alerts remain in place across the West Midlands.

    Heavy rainfall has led to a rise in river levels and the weather is expected to remain unsettled over the next 48 hours.

    The River Severn is running particularly high and other areas affected include Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Herefordshire.

    The Environment Agency says it's closely monitoring all rivers in the region.

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