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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J13 for A449 and J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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

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

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It should be a dry night with clear periods and lows of 10C (50F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Store changes name to 'Signsbury's' for four day celebration of inclusivity

    Signsbury's sign with staff and Rachel Shenton

    A Sainsbury's store has changed its entrance sign to show support for the Deaf community.

    Over 100 staff at "Signsbury's", in Bath, have been having British Sign Language (BSL) lessons with local signing school I Can Sign to celebrate community inclusivity and encourage colleagues and customers to sign with each other.

    The lessons were supported by staff member Sam Book who is deaf, and Rachel Shenton, the Oscar winning screenwriter who famously signed her 2018 acceptance speech for short film Silent Child.

    A staff member signing

    Signsbury’s will be open from the 18-21 July with staff signing with customers and communicating greetings and discussing the weather.

    Screens inside the store will help teach customers how to sign basic words and phrases such as trolley, sausages and milk.

    The National Deaf Children's Society said it is a "fantastic initiative" and "a great step towards inclusivity for the deaf community."

    Staff learning to sign
    Quote Message: When I heard about our 150 Days of Community scheme, I thought it was the perfect time to use the opportunity to explore new ways to make our store more deaf-friendly. We have many hard of hearing customers in Bath and always want to make their experience as brilliant as possible, and we hope Signsbury’s will help better their time in store even more. from Paul Robertson Store Manager, Bath Sainsbury’s
    Paul RobertsonStore Manager, Bath Sainsbury’s
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - It's slow on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a break down earlier. All lanes have been re-opened. In the roadworks area.

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

  5. West Midlands house prices to see biggest rise in England

    The West Midlands is predicted to see the biggest increase in house prices in England over the next two years, according to analysts from PwC.

    Only Wales is expected to see faster growth in the UK.

    Homes

    PwC said it expected the price of the average house in the West Midlands to rise from £194,000 to £223,000 by 2022 and warns that this will make it hard for people move to find new jobs and will also have an impact on rental prices.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A449 and J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a break down.

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

  7. Local democracy: Three stories from our reporters

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Here are three of the stories covered by Local Democracy Reporters in the West Midlands in the last 24 hours:

    • Circus and cabaret shows can be staged on a former Sainsbury's site in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre after the borough council agreed to consider issuing licences for temporary events.
    • Worcester City Council has agreed to declare a "climate emergency" and has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.
    • Funding for Shropshire schools has been cut by £1,900, every time a school takes on academy status, a committee has been told.
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J13 for A449 to J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. More than 70 animals shot in the West Midlands

    More than 70 animals were shot using air guns in the West Midlands last year, new figures show.

    Cat

    The RSPCA is calling for the licensing of air guns as figures reveal the charity received 767 reports of animals being shot across England and Wales, with 72 reports coming from the region.

    Cats bore the brunt of the shootings with 258 of them and 73 dogs deliberately killed or maimed last year.

    A large number of wild mammals and birds, including foxes, squirrels, swans and pigeons were targeted as well, it said.

  10. Cheshire cheese makers seek their own 'Wallace and Gromit'

    Cheshire cheese makers are looking for something or someone to boost their sales, in the same way that Wallace and Gromit turned around sales of Wensleydale.

    David Williams, who makes the cheese from a factory in Crewe said: "It just needs bringing to the public attention a little bit more Cheshire can be perceived as a boring white crumbly cheese, but it's not".

    Wallace

    The Cheshire-makers say they've seen their cheese fall out of favour with the supermarkets and Simon Spurrell from the Cheshire Cheese Company in Macclesfield said: "mozzarella's the second biggest selling cheese in the country at the moment, where it used to be cheshire."

    And one of the largest producers of Cheshire, Belton Farm in Shropshire, said more work was needed top spread the message to families - because most of their consumers are now over the age of 55.

    Quote Message: We are facing the same situation that Wensleydale faced, probably 10 years ago. Their saving grace of course was Wallace and Gromit, who completely reversed the fortunes of Wensleydale and has made Wensleydale Creamery and the cheese of the Yorkshire Dales famous once more and popular." from Simon Spurrell Cheshire Cheese Company
    Simon SpurrellCheshire Cheese Company
  11. Fly-over stays shut as repairs continue

    Resurfacing work on the A53 fly-over in Stoke-on-Trent is complete and workers will begin repairs to an expansion joint on the side of the structure later today.

    But Stoke-on-Trent City Council says the bridge will remain closed for at least another week.

    Road closed sign

    The delay is because the council has to wait a week or so for the metal roadside barriers, which have to be specially made.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A5 Watling Street.

    M42 Warwickshire - M42 in Staffordshire lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow northbound at J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a break down.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and queues northbound at J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

  14. Trust calls for disposable BBQ ban following fires

    A wildlife trust is calling for a ban on disposable barbecues after a series of devastating wildfires.

    Fire

    In August last year a fire swept through the Staffordshire Roaches leaving about 20% of the area blackened and lifeless.

    It was later discovered that it was started by campers who hadn't put out their fire properly.

    As well as a ban, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is urging local supermarkets and shops to take the barbecues off their shelves.

  15. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Any early rain should clear leaving a bright day with highs of 23C (973F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  16. Latest weather: Another warm and overcast day

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It's forecast to be another warm and overcast day tomorrow and there's a chance of a bit of rain overnight.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands