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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start it will be a fine day with sunshine and highs of 15C (59F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Video caption: Shroppies: The forgotten women of the Industrial Revolution

    Many know the men involved in the industrial revolution, such as Josiah Wedgwood, but what about the women?

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, from J3 for A41 Newport Road to J4 for A464 Castle Farm Interchange.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 partially blocked westbound from J3, A41 (Albrighton) to J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of flooding. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

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

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    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J5 for Forge Roundabout J5.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J5, Forge (Telford Central), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Shropshire batsman tops minor counties batting table

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    With the minor counties cricket season finally finishing this week, Shropshire's Alexei Kervezee is officially the top run-scorer for 2018.

    Alexei Kervezee

    The former Worcestershire man, who's in his first season for Shropshire, hit 748 runs in six matches, for an average of 74.80.

    Kervezee’s top score was 166 in the first innings of the match against the eventual league champions Berkshire.

    Shropshire's captain Steve Leach says Kervezee's contributions were "outstanding".

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

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It should be a dry night, with some long clear spells as the winds ease, allowing it to turn rather chilly with lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  7. Quarry planned for green-belt land

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Plans for a new quarry look set to be approved in Shropshire.

    Land planned for the quarry near Shipley, Shropshire

    JPE Holdings wants to extract 3.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel over 14 years from green-belt land on Bridgnorth Road, Shipley, between Bridgnorth and Wolverhampton, because its site in Staffordshire is due to close.

    A planning report is due before Shropshire Council next week and says the need for building materials outweighs other considerations and the land will be restored in 15 years time.

    However, the proposals have been opposed by Claverley Parish Council over issues including road safety and damage to woodland.

  8. Council leader hits out at NHS management

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    The leader of Telford and Wrekin Council has delivered a scathing attack on senior NHS managers in the county, saying he has "issues" with how they're running local hospitals.

    Labour's Shaun Davies was responding to news the trust that runs the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals is under increasing scrutiny for the way it's run.

    The two hospitals

    This week, it emerged a review into baby deaths and serious injuries is now looking at more than 100 cases.

    Additionally, the Care Quality Commission confirmed it had also taken urgent enforcement action against maternity units run by the NHS trust, following a recent inspection.

    Quote Message: I do not apologise for the fact I do have issues with the current management team because of the culture... [it] is not good enough, it's not acceptable from Shaun Davies Leader of Telford and Wrekin Council
    Shaun DaviesLeader of Telford and Wrekin Council

    Trust chief executive Simon Wright has been approached for an interview, but has yet to respond.

    In a statement, the hospital trust said it "remains committed to providing the best care possible for our patients and continues to engage fully with the CQC during our current, ongoing inspection".

  9. We will reduce smells, says chicken farm company

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    A company behind a plan for a chicken farm housing 200,000 birds says it would install special filters to remove more than 90% of the smell.

    A chicken

    A report to Shropshire Council's planning committee says the firm, Bedstone Growers, wants to put up four poultry sheds on a farm at Hopton Heath, near Craven Arms.

    It says the business is promising to fit ammonia filters, a relatively new technology in the UK but used in countries including Belgium and The Netherlands.

    The plans are being recommended for approval at a meeting next week.

  10. Strong winds could cause problems for drivers

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Drivers are being warned of difficult conditions today due to strong winds on roads in parts of the West Midlands.

    Area covered by today's wind warning

    The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warning for most of the region until 18:00, saying trees and branches could be brought down.

    The organisation says it also has yellow alerts for wind and rain on Sunday, covering much of the region, starting from 06:00.

    Flooded road in Shrewsbury yesterday

    Meanwhile, the Environment Agency says it still has six flood alerts in place after the heavy rain overnight spread across Staffordshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire.

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    Video caption: Terror-trained West Midlands ambulance staff doubled

    Four hundred members of West Midlands Ambulance Service are now being trained to deal with terrorist incidents.

  12. Storm Bronagh: Commuters warned of more travel disruption

    A yellow warning for wind remains in place across the West Midlands until 09:00, which could disrupt travel, the Met Office is warning.

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    Western Power Distribution said a "relatively small number" of customers had been affected by the high winds overnight, with fewer than 200 customers currently affected by power cuts in the region.

    Motorists are being warning to watch for fallen trees and debris on the roads during the morning rush hour.

    A further weather warning is in place from 23:00 on Sunday until 09:00 Monday.

  13. Video: What's the latest on Storm Bronagh?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a blustery morning with the chance of showers, it will be a wet and windy day with some clear and bright spells and highs of 15C (59F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  14. Video: What's the latest on Storm Bronagh?

    After a dry evening it will become very windy tonight, with further rain for a time and lows of 10C (50F).

    There is a yellow warning for wind in place from 21:00 until 09:00 on Friday.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  15. Your photos: Weather right for ducks

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Proving it really is "weather for ducks" at the moment, BBC Weather Watcher Rsjkinson snapped this photo in Tamworth, Staffordshire:

    Tamworth

    The weather's certainly turned wet this week, here's another photo from fellow weather watcher Liam Ball in Dawley, Shropshire:

    Dawley