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  1. Latest weather for the West Midlands

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning. 

  3. On Midlands Today this evening: Disabled boy's hope and Port Vale's new direction

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    This evening on BBC Midlands Today we'll hear about fresh hope for disabled youngster Ben Baddeley from Staffordshire over his treatment for cerebral palsy. 

    Bruno Ribeiro holding a Port Vale shirt

    And we'll be seeing just what Port Vale's latest manager - their first foreign boss - Bruno Ribeiro wants to achieve with the club after being unveiled today. 

    Join us from 18:30 on BBC One for both those stories and much more.

  4. New bin lorries and recycling changes in Newcastle-under-Lyme

    James Bovill

    Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    A new fleet of bin lorries has been bought by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

    The authority hasn't revealed their cost but says they'll be cheaper and cleaner to run and can take on recycling and food waste at the same time. 

    Post of new recycling services in Newcastle-under-Lyme

    From July, the council says it is also moving from fortnightly to weekly recycling collections - and swapping bags for boxes.

  5. 'Unsafe' path fears after school bus cuts

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Children as young as 11 are to be left to walk nearly three miles to school along an "unsafe" disused railway line amid plans to cancel free bus passes in part of Cheshire, a head teacher says.  

    The Middlewood Way between Bollington and Macclesfield

    Cheshire East Council is to cancel passes for 171 pupils in Bollington in a move the authority said would "help tackle obesity".

    The council said the route had been approved by road safety officers.

    However, Emmanuel Botwe, head teacher at nearby Tytherington School, said the route was "simply not safe".

  6. Travel: Crashes on A51 and A38 in Lichfield area

    BBC Travel

    There are a couple of accidents around the Lichfield area this evening:

    - The A51 Western bypass is partially blocked in both directions near the A5192 Eastern Avenue because of a crash and a fallen tree

    - A lane is blocked northbound on the A38 near Lichfield in Weeford because of an accident between Weeford Island and Swinfen Island

  7. Hope for family over disabled boy's treatment

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Health officials have not ruled out helping to fund the treatment of an 11-year-old Staffordshire boy who has cerebral palsy, according to his mother. 

    Previously Ben Baddeley's family had to fundraise to privately pay for the Silverdale youngster's physiotherapy.

    Ben Baddeley with his family

    Earlier in the year he had hand-delivered a letter to David Cameron and that led to a meeting today with the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

    Ben's mum Amy says they've agreed he'll now be assessed by a surgeon and, subject to that, the CCG said they'd meet again and do what they can for him.

    Quote Message: They're going to do that assessment and then we will meet again with the director for commissioning who has assured me today that she will do whatever she can within the rule and regulations to get Ben what he needs." from Amy Baddeley
    Amy Baddeley
  8. News: Pottery firm into administration; Port Vale's new boss targets promotion; hope for disabled boy's treatment

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    To get you up-to-date this evening, here's our latest headlines:

    - Pottery firm Hudson and Middleton has gone into administration with the loss of 45 jobs, its former managing director confirms

    Port Vale's new manager Bruno Ribeiro says he is targeting a place in the Championship within three years

    - Health officials have not ruled out helping to fund the treatment of an 11-year-old Staffordshire boy who has cerebral palsy, according to his mother

  9. Pottery firm goes into administration with loss of 45 jobs

    Lee Thomas

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A pottery firm in Stoke-on-Trent has gone into administration with the loss of all 45 jobs, the former managing director has told BBC Radio Stoke.

    Hudson and Middleton

    Hudson and Middleton was founded in 1941 and is based in the Longton area and was making bone china products. 

    The former MD Mike Shirley told BBC Radio Stoke that it suffered from a "lack of orders" and administrators are trying to find a buyer.  

  10. Watch: Port Vale 'want to be top-six club'

    Matt Sandoz

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Port Vale's chairman says he wants the club to become a top-six side in League One. 

    Norman Smurthwaite has been speaking after appointing Bruno Ribeiro as their new manager.  

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    Video caption: Port Vale's chairman says he wants the club to become a top-six side in League One.
  11. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    The BBC Weather website also has the latest forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  12. In pictures: Sunshine over Lichfield Cathedral

    Sound the gongs everyone, summer has finally arrived - well, according to the team at Lichfield Cathedral this afternoon.

    We've got the umbrellas on standby.

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  13. Football: Crewe re-sign Bakayogo on one-year deal

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra say they've re-signed defender Zoumana Bakayogo on a one-year deal.

    The club say there's also an option of another year for the 29-year-old.

    Zoumana Bakayogo

    Bakayogo is manager Steve Davis's second signing of the summer after Ryan Lowe arrived on a free transfer from Bury.

  14. Watch: New breed of cat arrives in Cheshire

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A new breed of pedigree cat, the Suffolk Chocolate kitten, has arrived in south Cheshire  

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    Video caption: A new type of cat has been bred in Cheshire.

    Dorothy Tams from Willaston is believed to be the first and only breeder of them outside Suffolk and says they come from a mix of the breeds Havanas and Orientals. 

    She told me they'll soon be recognised as an official breed at competitions and that there are only currently around 150 of them alive in the world.  

  15. Watch: New Port Vale manager targets promotion

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale's new manager Bruno Ribeiro has told me he is targeting a place in the Championship within three years. 

    The Vale finished last season 12th in League One.  

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    Video caption: Port Vale's new manager is targeting promotion.
  16. News: Port Vale appoint first foreign boss; disabled boy meeting NHS over treatment funding; wheelie bin used in burglary

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines include:

    - Port Vale have appointed Bruno Ribeiro as their new manager, the Potteries club's first foreign boss

    - A 12-year-old Staffordshire boy with cerebral palsy is meeting health managers in the county today to ask them to fund his treatment

    - Burglars have used a wheelie bin to break into a house in Burton, police say