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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Live updates for Staffordshire and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Tonight on Midlands Today: World title hope for two brothers

    BBC Midlands Today

    On Saturday two boxing brothers from Birmingham will be hoping to take steps towards world titles. 

    If Khalid Yafai can win then his next fight will be for a world title. If Gamal wins his fight, he'll become a Commonwealth champion. 

    And they'll both have the advantage of a home crowd at the Genting Arena. 

    There's more on Midlands Today from 18:30. 

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  3. Your pictures: Sunshine in Leek

    BBC Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watcher Cassie Oatcakes sent us this gorgeous picture from Leek. 

    If you want to become a BBC Weather Watcher, you can sign up here

    Landscape in Leek
  4. Watch: Weather for the West Midlands

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Tonight and tomorrow's outlook: Clear spells at times tonight and colder than last night, with a frost possible. 

    Staying windy, with bands of wintry showers moving south-eastwards, giving some settling snow across higher ground.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. Some McDonald's and KFC branches are banning under 18s

    BBC Newsbeat

    Some branches of McDonald's and KFC are banning under 18s from eating inside because of anti-social behaviour.

    It's after a fight broke out between 20 teenagers near the Meir Park area of Stoke-on-Trent a few weeks ago.

    Ronald McDonald holding a burger
  6. GP shortage at 'crisis point'

    Jack Dowling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A shortage of GPs in Staffordshire is now at "crisis point", according to a doctor in the Moorlands. 

    His comments come as The Royal College of General Practitioners predicts the NHS in the West Midlands will need to recruit 50% more GPs by 2020 to cope with the demand for their services.

    Doctor's stethoscope

    Dr Andrew Green, a GP in Biddulph, says many medical students feel more comfortable in hospitals, where much of their training is based.  

    Quote Message: There are practices out there that are close to breaking point. I had a situation in my own practice with a partner retiring... and we struggled for over 18 months to try to recruit a new doctor and I know I'm not alone in that." from Dr Andrew Green GP
    Dr Andrew GreenGP
  7. Latest: South Cheshire food bank in need; IBS sufferers to get advice; Cannock deer initiative

    Jack Dowling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - A south Cheshire food bank says it's run out of essential items needed for local vulnerable people

    - People with irritable bowl syndrome in south Cheshire can get advice on managing their condition

    - New way to stop deers being killed on Cannock Chase

  8. Football: Live commentary tonight on BBC Radio Stoke

    Matt Sandoz

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra are both in action tonight in League One.

    The Valiants are away to League One strugglers Oldham Athletic, while Crewe make the lengthy trip to Southend United.   

    There's plenty of build up on Sport at Six, before live commentary gets under way from 19:45. 

  9. Video: New way to stop deers being killed on Cannock Chase

    BBC Midlands Today

    Over recent years the number of deer killed by cars driving through Cannock Chase has been on the increase. 

    In the last year alone more than 160 were knocked down in the Staffordshire beauty spot. 

    But now a radical new idea from America to keep deer away from the roads is being tried out. 

    A warning, you may find some images in this report upsetting.  

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    Video caption: Could a white bag on a stick save motorists and deer?
  10. Work to start on speeding hot-spot

    Sarah Robertson

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stoke-on-Trent road where the city council says the majority of drivers speed at nearly 10mph over the limit sees additional safety work start today. 

    Over £100,000 will be spent on Blurton Road,  between the A50 junction and St Margaret's Grove, to try and get motorists to keep to 30mph. 

    30 mile per hour sign
  11. Latest: New Bishop of Lichfield to be unveiled; Nine out of 10 parents allocated their first choice secondary school; Yellow warning issued for snow

    Jack Dowling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - Downing Street will name the new Bishop of Lichfield tomorrow

    - Nine out of 10 parents will learn today they have been allocated their first choice secondary school in Staffordshire, according to the county council

    - Yellow warning issued for snow for the early hours of Wednesday morning in Staffordshire

  12. IBS health talk

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    People with irritable bowl syndrome in south Cheshire can get advice on managing their condition. 

    It's thought IBS now affects up to 11% of people across the UK - there's no known cure. 

    Experts at Macclesfield Hospital will explain symptoms and give patients advice on things like diet and treatments. 

    The talk takes place at Macclesfield Hospital tonight at 19:00. 

  13. Your pictures: Blue skies in Hanley

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    I took this picture when I popped out at lunchtime. 

    It's hard to believe snow could be on its way - it was very mild and sunny. 

    Sky in Hanley
  14. New Bishop of Lichfield to be unveiled

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Downing Street will name the new Bishop of Lichfield tomorrow. 

    The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill stood down as bishop last September

    The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill

    Since then, the Bishop of Wolverhampton, Clive Gregory, has acted up. 

    It's one of the most senior roles in the Church of England, with a seat in the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual. 

    The person appointed will be the 99th Bishop and will visit Sanctus at St. Mark's Church in Shelton at lunchtime tomorrow and will then take up the post this September.