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Two weeks ago we saw the awarding of the franchises for two of our rail networks - the TransPennine and Northern Rail routes.
Both promised more services and new trains, and were held up by the government as being a consequence of its Northern Powerhouse project - an attempt to bring more prosperity and jobs to our part of the world.
But can it really deliver? The Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton has been answering some questions from around the North East.
Hear what he has to say on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
Police are continuing to search for a missing Lancashire teenager who was last seen in Newcastle.
Lakhvinder (Nickname Lucky),16, was last seen after 13:00 on Saturday leaving the Sandman Hotel, Gallowgate.
Police say she had travelled to Newcastle with friends and stayed at the hotel - her friends have now all returned home.
Daniel Dawson is spending more than £3,000 and travelling some 4,000 miles to see approximately 35 pantomimes all over Britain.
He said: "I went to Newcastle Theatre Royal for the first time five years ago. I didn't really know any of the cast and had very low expectations.
"The first show I saw there is still today the best panto I've ever seen. It was sensational.
"Spectacular, funny, amazing scenes, really good planned mayhem. And they always put on a good show.
"This is Clive Webb and Danny Adams' 11th year. They're father and son and their brother Mick's also in the show. It's a fantastic show because they work so well together.
"And Newcastle try to do things that are completely different to what's been done before and take things one step further."
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren says Pavel Srnicek "is well-loved" as the former NUFC keeper fights for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The 47-year-old is currently in an induced coma in his native country after collapsing while out running. He's in a critical but stable condition.
He said: "It's sad news, sad news. What a character - I remember him and he is really, really well-liked and loved by the Newcastle fans.
"People have sent me through some great stories about him and his love for the club, and it's a real shame.
"Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, everybody who surrounds him, and we just hope for a recovery for Pavel."
Christmas decorations and solar lights have been stolen from a tree planted next to a gravestone in Yarm Cemetery on Worsall Road, police say.
Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident that occurred between 11:00 on Friday and 11:00 on Monday.
A home draw with struggling Aston Villa last time out prevented Newcastle making it three wins out of three, but Steve McClaren is determined for his side to be positive against Everton.
"The draw was frustrating. We'd have taken seven points before the Liverpool game but it's gone now and we move on to Everton. They are tough opponents; a very good team. They have great balance and Roberto Martínez has done a terrific job.
"It's about us and that's what we've focused on. Working hard, matching our opponents. We have players who can cause teams problems."
It will be dry at times through the night, but with a scattering of showers, these locally heavy.
A grass frost is possible in Weardale and other sheltered parts. Feeling chilly in occasionally brisk west to southwest winds.
Minimum temperature: 4C (39F). Check the forecast near you.
I've been to meet Liz McCulla from Jarrow who has clocked up 40 years as foster mum.
She's looked after 45 children - while bringing up four of her own - and she has no plans of stopping now.
Hear more from her on BBC Newcastle tomorrow morning.
A woman was assaulted and grabbed by the shoulders in Hartlepool.
The 53-year-old was attacked while walking along Park Road towards Middleton Grange shopping centre at about 20:30 on Sunday.
She managed to defend herself and ran off to a nearby shop.
Five people have been arrested in Stockton over suspected drugs offences.
A 15-year-old girl, an 18-year-old man, a 29-year-old woman and two 36-year-old men were held after raids in Londonderry Road in Newtown.
It's the latest in a series of police raids intended to disrupt drugs networks. Last week 11 people were arrested and three have been charged.
A dangerous sex predator who grabbed a stranger off the street and raped her in a back alley has been jailed for life.
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three games and host Everton on Boxing Day and their manager Steve McClaren is speaking to the press. First, some injury news...
"We're assessing Papiss Cisse as to the severity of his injury but he's a struggle and a doubt for the weekend. Jamaal [Lascelles] trained this morning, Rolando [Aarons] will by the end of the week and Emmanuel Riviere next week. Steven Taylor is coming along well."
Two weeks on from the last sighting of David Welsh, the search for the missing dad continues.
The 61-year-old was last seen on CCTV walking past the Castlegate shopping centre car park in Tower Street, Stockton, at about 20:00 on Tuesday 8 December.
Prior to this he had visited the Royal Oak Public House and The Don Bar on Silver Street.
David’s daughters and his partner have previously made direct appeals for him to get in touch with them.
A planning application for a £30m snow centre in Middlesbrough is to be submitted in the new year which could create about 350 jobs.
It'd be built in Middlehaven beside Middlesbrough College.
It's thought Gravity Trampoline Parks, with wall-to-wall trampolines, will also open a facility as part of the new centre.
Riszwan Rehman, from One Ummah, said clothes and tents had been destroyed and the fire had "thrown a spanner in the works".
"We usually have a really good response from the community and everyone really supports us, so it is a bit saddening," he said.
He said there was about 30 tonnes of aid that was due to be shipped to Syria.
A teenager has appeared in court accused of raping a woman in Sunderland just minutes after allegedly carrying out a sexual assault on another female.
A disabled man was robbed at knifepoint at a quiet riverside spot in Durham.
Sunderland's Jeremain Lens is not a very happy man at the moment. The 28-year-old Holland international midfielder is considering his options after failing to nail down a starting spot at the Black Cats since joining last summer.
Lens told Fox Sports: "It's definitely annoying. I am not playing and I did not come to the Premier League to sit on the bench. Something will have to change anything. What, we will see though.
"A transfer in the winter? That could happen. Once the window is open, we will see what will happen."
There's flooding on Wolviston Road in Billingham near the Warkworth Road junction.
And the B1325 Hartley Lane in Hartley is closed in both directions between the Simonside junction and the A192 junction because of an accident.