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  1. Harry Harpham's widow selected by Labour to contest by-election
  2. Devolution: Chesterfield councillors vote to join Sheffield City Region
  3. Michael Vaughan urges Boycott to 'back down' in YCCC board wrangle
  4. Updates on Friday 4 March 2016

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By Mick Lunney

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  1. Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

    We'll be back again from 08:00  on Monday with the latest news, views, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county. BBC Radio Sheffield's Twitter feed 24 hours a day is @bbcsheffield

    In the meantime, please feel free to send me your news, pictures and comments.

  2. Your pictures: Dunford Bridge becomes a winter wonderland

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    This is a corker. 

    Thanks to Tony Butterworth for sending this to us today

    You can email yours to us here.

    Dunford Bridge from Winscar Reservoir
  3. Player contract deals signed at Doncaster Rovers

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    James Coppinger and Nathan Tyson (pictured) have both agreed new contracts at Doncaster Rovers

    They will now stay at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of next season. 

    Nathan Tyson

    Meanwhile, manager Darren Ferguson has told BBC Radio Sheffield that it's unlikely Felipe Mattioni will be returning to the club. 

    The 27-year-old had his initial loan spell from Everton cut short due to injury, but is now expected to remain with the Toffees for the foreseeable future.   

  4. Plan to boost wages for lower paid workers in Sheffield

    Sheffield City Council says it'll be offering business rate relief to employers in the city who are paying their workers the Living Wage Foundation rate. This is currently £8.25 per hour outside London, £1.05 more than the new minimum wage set by government which comes into effect in April. 

    The move would mean Sheffield would be the only council in Yorkshire to offer a business rate discount to firms in this way, it says.

    It adds that it's looking to award up to £500,000 in discounts in a move expected to benefit small businesses and charities in particular. 

    The proposals are being developed and the scheme is expected to be introduced early in the new financial year, says the council.

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    Quote Message: This is about people being paid a fair wage for the work they do. It’s a core element of our vision to create are more inclusive and prosperous economy in the city, where ordinary working people benefit.” from Councillor Ben Curran Cabinet Member for Resources at Sheffield City Council
    Councillor Ben CurranCabinet Member for Resources at Sheffield City Council
  5. Birley Moor fire station officially opened in Sheffield

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A new multi-million pound fire station in Sheffield has been officially opened.

    Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain formally unveiled the new Birley Moor fire station.

    Official opening photo

    The £3.5m building  provides emergency fire cover to the south and east of Sheffield, over a larger area of South Yorkshire than the former, part-time station at Mosborough, says the service.

    Birley Moor fire station houses one full-time and one part time fire engine, plus some specialist vehicles.

  6. Weather update: Staying wet and some of it might be snow; drier come dawn

    BBC Weather

    Rain, sleet, and hill snow will continue for much of the night, but should start to move southwards around dawn, leaving northern parts drier. 

    A strong northeasterly wind will develop with a risk of lying snow drifting in places.  

    Weather forecast image
  7. Latest headlines: Man held over woman's death in Chesterfield and more acts announced for Sheffield's Tramlines Festival

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories from across our region include:

  8. Tramlines Festival: Extra line-up announcement made

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Tramlines - Sheffield’s award-winning inner-city music festival - has added hip-hop heroes Jurassic 5 (pictured) and pop icon Kelis to its 2016 bill, alongside other new additions.

    Jurassic 5

    The festival, which takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July, will be spread across four outdoor spaces and 15 venues in the city.

    It's a mix of artists across genres including Mystery Jets, Gaz Coombes, My Nu Leng, Novelist, Floorplan, Skream, Leon Vynehall, Scuba and more. 

    The new additions join the already announced likes of Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Field Music, Young Fathers, Dawn Penn, Toddla T, Goldie MBE, Little Simz, and Norman Jay MBE.

  9. Your weather pictures: Edale looking cuddly but cold

    We've had this image from Jorge Auñón who was out in Edale today.

    A beauty, no?

    If you'd like to send us your photos or stories just click here.

    Photo of Edale
  10. University of Sheffield buildings nominated for architecture award

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Two new University of Sheffield buildings have made the regional shortlist for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2016 Awards.

    The Diamond, an £81m teaching and learning facility, opened for students last September and has "a dramatic diamond-shaped facade" in anodised aluminium.  

    The Diamond

    Boeing's Factory 2050, at the university's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), is one of the most advanced factories in the world.

    It is described as "a glass-walled reconfigurable factory".

    Factory 2050

    The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Leeds on 21 April.  

  11. Tour de Yorkshire trophy coming to Doncaster

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Doncaster will get first dibs as communities across Yorkshire welcome the official Tour de Yorkshire trophy which will be going on tour after Easter.


    Each local authority is being lent the Y-shaped trophy ahead of race weekend and plans include visits to schools as well as events in start and finish towns. 

    The trophy will be touring Doncaster on Monday 11 April.

    Organisers will be announcing the teams whose riders will battle it out in the next few weeks.

    Quote Message: Having such a beautiful trophy reflects on Yorkshire itself as well as the race. I’m delighted it will be off on its travels and visiting towns and villages along the route before returning to Scarborough on race weekend.” from Sir Gary Verity Chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire
    Sir Gary VerityChief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire
  12. Latest headlines: Arrest over woman's death and house fire in Chesterfield and famous faces in Barnsley get the Freedom of the Borough

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The main stories from across our region this afternoon include:

    • A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a house fire in Chesterfield in the early hours of yesterday morning.The body of 32-year-old Gemma Stevens was found in the terraced house in Catherine Street yesterday morning
    • A Sheffield man has died after his truck plunged into the Humber. Trevor Moxam, 51, was thought to have been driving the vehicle at Immingham Docks, on Tuesday. Police described his death as an "industrial incident". 
    • Four Barnsley citizens are to receive the freedom of the borough for what the council call their exceptional service. Poet Ian McMillan, former Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody, singer songwriter Kate Rusby and Egyptologist Joann Fletcher will be honoured at a ceremony in June
  13. Budget-setting day in Sheffield and protest planned

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Sheffield City Council is this afternoon setting its budget for the next financial year.

    A protest by trade unions and community campaigners was planned at the Town Hall because they want councillors to use reserves to avoid any job losses.

    The council is making savings of around £50m and hundreds of jobs are expected to go.

    Sheffield Town Hall
  14. Fatal collision in Barnsley - renewed police appeal

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Police are making more efforts to find possible witnesses after a man died on Dodworth Road in Barnsley when he was hit by a van.

    The 57-year-old was walking his dog on Saturday 13 February when the incident happened. 

    Police are now asking drivers who were in the area at that time to get in touch with any information they have which could help the investigation.

    Sgt Donna Roden said CCTV had picked up a number of other vehicles in the area at the time.

    Quote Message: One of the vehicles is believed to be a small white car, possibly a Citroen C3, that was driving directly behind the LGV before the collision. A red/orange coloured small hatchback car, possibly a Ford Fiesta, was also in the area at around the time of the collision. I would also like to speak to the driver of a white Ford Transit van who stopped at the scene to assist.” from Donna Roden Police Sergeant
    Donna RodenPolice Sergeant
    Accident sign
  15. Rotherham man admits child sex offences

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A 36-year-old Rotherham man who sent sexual messages online to a teenage girl has pleaded guilty.

    Aftab Hussain, also known as Amaan Hussain, of Holywell Place, admitted two counts of inciting sexual activity with a child, attempted witness intimidation and possession of cannabis.

    Hussain contacted the girl, who was 15 at the time, in September 2015 via social media. His messages to her became increasingly sexual, despite him knowing her young age

    Hussain will be sentenced in April.

    Det Insp John Fitzgibbons, the lead officer in the case, said: 

    Aftab Hussain
    Quote Message: Hussain threatened the girl and said he would hurt her and her family if she told anyone." from John Fitzgibbons Detective Inspector
    John FitzgibbonsDetective Inspector
  16. Sport Relief challenge: Spare a thought for Harry and Paul...

    It's less than a week until Look North's Harry Gration and Paul Hudson start their three counties, three-legged walk for BBC Sport Relief

    They'll be walking more than 110 miles tied together at the ankle. 

    Harry and Paul tied together
    Quote Message: It's hard enough to walk three-legged at the best of times, but snow and ice won't make things very nice at all. If this weather carries on, I don't think we're going to have much fun..." from Harry Gration
    Harry Gration

    The walk starts in Rotherham next Thursday morning and the first day finished with a special edition of Look North from outside Barnsley town hall. 

    We'll keep you updated here on Local Live. You'll also be able to follow how they get on on social media

    If you can spare a few pounds, click here to donate (we'd be really grateful!) 

  17. Dickie Bird helps baby unit appeal in Barnsley with big donation

    Rony Robinson

    BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

    Former test cricket umpire Dickie Bird OBE is presenting a big cheque to Barnsley Hospital Charity's Tiny Hearts Appeal today. 

    The aim is to raise £1m towards a new neonatal unit for babies who need special care. 

    Dickie Bird is presenting a personal donation in the form of a cheque for £35,000.

    Meanwhile, Katie and Daniel Rose, who suffered the loss of a baby, are in training to take on the Three Peaks Challenge to help bring in some money for the appeal. 

    They're doing it in memory of their son, Jonah (pictured), who died just four days after being born prematurely. The couple have been telling their story on BBC Radio Sheffield.

    Jonah Rose
    Quote Message: Everything had gone swimmingly up until the point of him being born suddenly. It was frenetic, we didn't know what was happening. Lots and lots of shock." from Katie Rose Mother of Jonah Rose
    Katie RoseMother of Jonah Rose
  18. Listen: Barnsley FC's run of success - Ben Mansford interiew

    Toby Foster

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    The incredible run at Barnsley FC has been featured on BBC Radio Sheffield today.

    They've won 10 of their last 12 matches, they are heading to Wembley, and if they win this weekend against Walsall the play-offs will be firmly in their sights. 

    It's only two months ago that they were bottom of the league having lost eight straight matches.  

    Ben Mansford, the chief executive of Barnsley FC, has been speaking to Toby Foster:

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    Video caption: Barnsley FC Ben Mansford interview
  19. Latest headlines: Man in court over burglary and rape in Doncaster and a union thinks a Yorkshire-wide police force will be created

    Everard Davy

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    The top stories in the BBC Radio Sheffield area include:

    • A man's been charged with rape and burglary over an incident in the Woodlands area of Doncaster. He's due in court today.
    • Sheffield council meet today to decide their spending plans for the coming year. Trade unions and community campaigners plan to demonstrate outside the Town Hall. They want the council to use to use their reserves to avoid any job cuts
    • The union Unison is predicting that South Yorkshire Police will become part of a Yorkshire-wide force if cuts continue
  20. Boycott told to 'back down' by Vaughan over YCC board wrangle

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    Michael Vaughan has piped up to tell Sir Geoffrey Boycott to "back down" over his efforts to rejoin the board of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

    Vaughan has taken to Twitter to air his feelings over the issue which is causing much gossip and rumour among supporters of Yorkshire CC. 

    He says it's doing nothing for the club.

    Tweet from Michael Vaughan