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

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a dry and cool night with clear periods and lows of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A41 Newport Road.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Council-owned shopping centres 'lose £11m in value'

    BBC Shropshire

    Three shopping centres in Shrewsbury are now worth £11m less than the £51m Shropshire Council paid for them last year, according to a recent valuation.

    Darwin Shopping Centre entrance

    In January 2018, the local authority bought the Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside centres with the aim of making the town a "destination" and saving jobs.

    But leader Peter Nutting's revealed they've been recently valued at £11m less - however, he said he was still pleased with how they were performing.

    The council also said refurbishment work on the middle level of the Darwin centre would start this autumn with new lighting, flooring, ceiling design and refurbished toilets.

    Its plan for the three centres includes more leisure facilities and fewer retail spaces.

  4. Setbacks but departing NHS chief reckons 'better future'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The departing boss of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) says there are challenges ahead, but that the foundations have been laid for "a better future".

    Simon Wright is leaving to take up another post next month.

    Sign for Princess Royal Hospital

    Critics may well disagree with his assessment as there have been calls for him to resign after a string of serious setbacks for the trust.

    In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered a review into baby deaths at SaTH, initially into at least seven but it's since been widened several times to more than 250.

    On top of that and having been subject to repeated warnings over patient safety across two sites, it was placed in special measures in November.

    The Care Quality Commission then rated it as inadequate and said emergency and maternity services at its two hospitals were unsafe.

    Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

    Mr Wright also oversaw a plan to close Telford's A&E overnight due to staff shortages which was scrapped in November when SATH said it had attracted enough workers to maintain a 24/7 service.

    There's also been the row plans over emergency care in the county with health bosses deciding in January to downgrade Telford's A&E and house the main centre, along with key maternity services, in Shrewsbury.

    An independent NHS panel is currently assessing those plans after they were called in by Telford & Wrekin Council.

  5. BreakingChief of beleaguered NHS trust set to leave

    The chief executive of an under-fire hospital trust is going to leave after nearly four years in the role.

    Simon Wright

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) said Simon Wright was leaving to take up another role on 22 July.

    The trust was put in special measures in November, due to concerns about maternity and emergency services, meaning inspectors no longer trusted it to run itself alone.

    SaTH is also being investigated over baby deaths, with the scope of a review widened to include the concerns of 250 families.

  6. Buildings and cars 'damaged by vandals throwing rocks'

    BBC Shropshire

    Cars and buildings in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, have been damaged by vandals throwing rocks and rubble from a cliff-top path, local residents say.

    Smashed roof tiles

    The missiles have come down on Underhill Street in Low Town and roof riles and car windscreens have been smashed.

    West Mercia Police said it had increased patrols on the cliff-top and has appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

    Quote Message: My daughter and I were stood in the yard quite recently and a bottle came down and exploded not too far away from us." from Chris Adams Retailer, Bridgnorth
    Chris AdamsRetailer, Bridgnorth
  7. Your photos: Return of blue skies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    After some rain and grey skies over the weekend, our local BBC Weather Watchers appear to be revelling in the return of blue skies today over the West Midlands.

    These three are from users Suttonwalker in Sutton Coldfield, WolgarstonSci in Penkridge, Staffordshire and Foggy in Ludlow, Shropshire:

    Sutton Coldfield
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound from J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands to J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a mostly dry day with sunny spells and highs of 18C (64F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, before J7 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic eastbound before J7, A5 (Wellington), because of an accident involving a cra and caravan that have spun around.

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

  11. Dry, clear start to Friday night's weather

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a sunny end to the day, tonight's set to start clear and dry - here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with Friday night's West Midlands weather

    To get the latest forecast at any other time, go to the BBC Weather website.

  12. Your photos: Enveloped in cloud

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's stayed pretty cloudy across the region today but that hasn't stopped our local BBC Weather Watchers snapping photos of their local area.

    Here are three from today from users Snapper Simon in Much Wenlock, Shropshire; Margrose in Stoke Prior, Worcestershire; and SteveC in Charlecote, Warwickshire:

    Much Wenlock
    Stoke Prior
  13. Jail tours company may make prison purchase bid

    A company which runs tours at Shrewsbury's former prison says it might be interested in buying part of it.

    The jail, which closed in 2013, has been put up for sale by its owners The Trevor Osborne Group and interested parties have been given five weeks to put forward a bid for the site.

    Joel Campbell from The Campbell Group said "I think we'll take a look at it, if we can put together the funds for it and make it work and make it add up, then certainly I think we'll look at it."

    Joel Campbell
    Image caption: Joel Campbell

    But Mr Campbell added he wasn't a property developer and would only be interested in "the parts behind the walls".