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  1. The weather to start your weekend

    John Hammond

    Weather forecaster

    Tonight is set to start clear but it won't stay that way in the West Midlands - here's the rest of the full forecast:

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    Video caption: John Hammond

    If you want an update on your local forecast at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5223 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5223 Shropshire both ways severe accident, from Grainger Drive to A442.

    A5223 Shropshire - A5223 Whitchurch Drive in Apley blocked and queuing traffic from the Grainger Drive junction to Shawbirch Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

  3. Brexit deal defeat: How did my MP vote?

    BBC Politics

    MPs have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU.


    A number of Conservative MPs said they would switch sides to back the government this time, but in the end the deal was defeated by 344 votes to 286, a majority of 58.

    Find out how your MP voted here.

  4. Win-or-bust weekend for ice hockey teams

    Coventry Blaze and Telford Tigers face a make-or-break weekend, knowing their season will be over if they lose their upcoming games.

    Just one point separates Coventry and Manchester Storm in the fight for the final Elite League play-off place and the two sides meet in Manchester tomorrow, before the visit of league-leaders Cardiff Devils to the Coventry Skydome in Sunday.

    Telford Tigers have a play-off double-header against Sheffield Steeldogs, with the winner advancing to a final against either Whitley Warriors or Hull Pirates.

    Blaze and Tigers players

    The match between Cardiff and Coventry could be important for both sides, with their Welsh opponents still needing points to wrap up the league title.

    Blaze head coach Danny Stewart said he expected it to go right down to the final day and that it "has been unlike any other season I've seen".

  5. Hundreds of NHS staff refuse flu jab

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A number of NHS staff in Shropshire turned down the chance of the flu jab last winter because of concerns about its effectiveness or over possible side effects.

    The Shropshire Community Health Trust met its target of 75% in the winter just gone, but 281 front-line workers refused the vaccination, a fall of 3%.

    flu jab

    A report to the trust, which is responsible for community hospitals and health centres in the county outlined the reasons given by many of those NHS staff who refused a vaccine.

    Of the 83 who responded, 31% said they were "concerned about the possible side effects", while 29% said they “do not believe the evidence that being vaccinated is beneficial”.

    That's despite the NHS's own guidance that suggests vaccines are "among the safest" medicines and that "the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risk of side effects".

    Public Heath England spends considerable time and effort every year trying to persuade normal members of the public to take up the vaccine and busting some of the myths that surround it.

    Shropshire senior occupational health advisor Susan Upton said only six employees had a genuine medical reason for refusing the inoculation and added the occupational health team would aim to run a “more informative and better-targeted publicity programme” next winter.

  6. Weather photos: Waterways in spring

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We have a waterways theme today from our local BBC Weather Watchers, who've been out in the spring sunshine.

    These three are from users NightNurse in Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Ken M in Lydbury North, Shropshire and KayakJennie in Colwich, Staffordshire:

    Lydbury North
  7. Second arrest after stabbing

    A second man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a 53-year-old man in Shrewsbury on Monday.

    The 35-year-old is being held by the police and his arrest follows that of a 20-year-old earlier in the week.

    Police car door

    The victim was attacked in the town centre and was taken to hospital with injuries that aren't believed to be life threatening.

  8. Hill-fort developments ruled out

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Andrew Morris

    Seven sites earmarked for potential housing developments near an historic hill-fort won't be adopted into a council's local plan.

    Hillfort in Oswestry

    The locations in Oswestry had been put forward to Shropshire Council for consideration by the landowners.

    But the authority's planning chiefs have confirmed that they have no desire to adopt the sites under the local plan, which runs until 2036.

    The Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort group has been warning of the impact homes could have on the Iron Age landmark.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A464.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Fog warning for drivers

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Drivers in parts of the West Midlands are being warned of dense fog patches this morning.

    Areas covered by weather warnings

    The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until 10:00 and says buses and trains could also be delayed.

    The alert covers Worcestershire, Herefordshire and parts of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

  11. Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Any early mist or fog should soon vanish this morning - here's how the rest of Friday's weather is looking in the West Midlands:

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton

    You can get a latest forecast for your part of the region at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

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

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will be a clear and dry night with lows of 2C (36F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  13. Residential care reopens at autism school

    Residential care has restarted at a private school for children with autism after safeguarding concerns were addressed.

    In January, Cruckton Hall School, outside Shrewsbury, was ordered to close its residential care facilities with immediate effect, although day-to-day teaching wasn't affected.

    Cruckton Hall School sign

    Today, Ofsted revealed it had lifted the suspension notice "because the school has addressed immediate concerns".

    However, a spokesperson said the organisation would continue to monitor the school "as restrictions are still in place, in relation to the number of children that can be accommodated".

    The school has welcomed the lifting on the suspension and said the safety of pupils was "paramount".

    it said it would continue to work with families, local authorities, social workers and Ofsted, to ensure children "receive the care and support they need".

  14. Shopping centre revamp 'ready for Christmas'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Andrew Morris

    The refurbishment of one of Shrewsbury's main shopping centres will be completed by Christmas, the local authority has been told.

    Shropshire Council bought the town's three main shopping centres for £51m last year and councillors were today updated on their progress in running the Darwin Shopping Centre, at the top of Pride Hill.

    Darwin centre

    The council is considering how best to use the centres, and plans could include leisure facilities such as a cinema, gym and restaurants alongside traditional retail stores.

    Gemma Davies, head of economic growth, said it was important to consider the overall "experience".

    She also outlined plans to make the Darwin Shopping Centre toilets are the best in Shrewsbury, in a bid to drive footfall.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, from J2 for A449 Stafford Road to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

    M54 Staffordshire - One lane blocked on M54 westbound from J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands to J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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