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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy day with some scattered showers but sunny spells at times and highs of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Tigers renew rivalry with Pirates

    BBC Sport

    Telford Tigers will be renewing their rivalry with Hull Pirates on Sunday.

    The two former EPL sides played a memorable play-off semi-final last season, which the Tigers eventually won 9-8 on aggregate after a goal in overtime.

    Tigers vs Pirates

    Tigers head coach Tom Watkins said their opponents have "a lot of talent in their line up", especially in defence and in goal.

    Coventry Blaze are also in action this weekend, against the two sides propping up the bottom of the Elite League table - Dundee Stars and Milton Keynes Lightning.

    Solihull Barons have just one game, away to Blackburn Hawks.

  3. Allied Healthcare: Company will continue to 'trade safely'

    Home care provider Allied Healthcare said it would continue to "trade safely" while the process of transferring contracts is under way, enabling it to deliver "safe continuity of care".

    The company said a warning by the regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) saying it has serious doubts about the future of the company, had "intensified the impact of the challenging environment within which we operate".

    The CQC said the Staffordshire-based provider had "every opportunity to confirm a realistically backed plan" and had "failed to do so".

    "A short-term extension of the existing lending facility should also help support an orderly transfer of local authority care contracts to alternative providers," it said.

  4. Town to repeat successful 50th anniversary events

    Three of the events held in Telford this year to celebrate the town's 50th anniversary are going to return next year.

    Telford and Wrekin Council said the St George's Day and balloon fiesta events attracted more than 40,000 people and Telford's Got Talent attracted dozens of entries.

    Hot air balloons

    St George's Day will be held in the town park in April, with the balloons returning on 11 and 12 May.

    Telford's Got Talent will be held at Oakengates Theatre.

  5. Major home care provider to transfer all contracts

    A company providing home care and other support services for thousands of older and disabled people across the West Midlands has announced it will be transferring all of its contracts to other providers.

    Care home patient

    Staffordshire-based Allied Healthcare said a warning by the regulator it was facing financial difficulties led to local authorities withdrawing contracts.

    The company said it was working closely with councils to ensure there was no disruption to the continuity of care for the people they support.

    Allied Healthcare announced earlier this year it was struggling with debts, blaming low fees paid by councils, but it did manage to restructure its finances on that occasion.

  6. Doctors' homes transformed in community effort

    In a project similar to TV's DIY SOS, volunteers are revamping three homes at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital in the hope of enticing more doctors to work there.

    Telford and Wrekin Council came up with the idea and it is being supported by donations from local business and parish councils and by volunteers who are giving up their time to carry out the work.

    The buildings will be stripped of all their carpets and furnishings, then new bathrooms and kitchens will be fitted, the gardens tidied up and the rooms redecorated.


    The hospital's accident and emergency department is facing overnight closures, starting next month, because the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust says it can't attract enough staff.

    Telford and Wrekin Council says the homes will accommodate junior and middle grade doctors for free and claims it will be the only hospital trust in the country to offer free accommodation on site.

    It believes this will be particularly attractive to junior doctors who graduate from university with big debts.

  7. Application to name cricket bat murderer

    An application has been made to the courts to name a Telford teenager who attacked and killed a man with a cricket bat.

    The 16-year-old faces a mandatory life sentence for the murder of Derek Whyteside, who died two days after an incident on Withywood Drive in Malinslee.

    Derek Whyteside

    Mr Whyteside had gone there to look for two stolen bikes and the boy said he acted in self-defence, but the jury rejected that claim.

  8. Midwife guilty of misconduct over baby death

    Elaine Muir

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council has found a Shropshire midwife guilty of misconduct.

    Heather Lort was one of the midwives involved in the care of Kate Stanton Davies who died shortly after her birth in Ludlow nine years ago.

    She was also facing charges relating to another case in February 2013, which ended in a baby being stillborn.

    Kate Stanton Davies

    The NMC found Ms Lort didn't properly monitor Kate's heart rate before birth and didn't act quickly upon signs the newborn was struggling.

    This includes not putting the baby in an incubator and not resuscitating her for long enough before paramedics arrived.

    The hearing still has to decide what sanctions to impose - that is most likely to happen at some point next week.

  9. Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Early mist and fog should clear but it will stay cloudy today with the chance of a few bright spells and highs of 14C (57F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  10. Refurbishment of doctors homes is under way

    Work to refurbish three houses for accident and emergency doctors at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital is under way.

    Telford and Wrekin Council is carrying out the work with the support of volunteers, local businesses and other councils, in the hope of attracting more staff to work there.

    House interiors

    The hospital's A&E department is due to close overnight, starting next month, because of a shortage of staff.

    The council said the houses would provide free accommodation for junior and middle grade doctors.