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Health managers wanting to close a hospital unit are being asked to re-tender for someone to run it.
A bidder to provide fertility services in Hartlepool was rejected, despite the company already running services at the hospital.
The borough's council said it had not been given an detailed explanation and urged health bosses to look again.
Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been approached for comment.
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On tonight's Look North, I'll be reporting from Houston about five-year-old Finley Ingles. He's just travelled all the way to the US with his family from Teesside to have pioneering brain surgery that could transform his life.
After a cloudy and wet start, dry and clear spells are expected to develop overnight, with misty conditions expected to form along rivers. Winds falling light.
Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).
This tiny house has remained in its original Newcastle location since 1840
The Rail Workers union RMT has confirmed it is balloting 1,200 of its members at Arriva Trains North for both strike action and action short of a strike.
The latest row over staffing levels escalated after the company failed to give assurances on the future of the guard on their services. The ballot closes on 28 February.
"Our focus is on protecting the jobs and pay of our people as we work to implement a modernisation programme that will maintain high safety standards, deliver better journeys and improve customer service."
The union’s position on driver-only operation (DOO) is perfectly clear. We will not agree to any extensions of DOO and will fight to retain the safety critical role of the guard and to keep a guard on the train."
A study by Newcastle University shows that pregnant mums are twice as likely to quit smoking after early help from their midwife.
Researchers say pregnant women are almost TWICE as likely to quit smoking, if they're tested with a carbon monoxide monitor at their first midwife appointment
Melanie Snowdon from South Shields gave birth to her fifth child in March. Having smoked through her previous four pregnancies, she was able to give up smoking with the help of a midwife.
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Newcastle Falcons have signed the French centre Maxime Mermoz.
The 30 year old will join the club this summer following his short-term deal at Leicester Tigers.Â
He's providing cover at Welford Road becuase of injuries to Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi.
Police are appealing for help to trace missing woman, Jessica Davey, 33, who was last seen in the West End of Newcastle early on Saturday morning.
The Arts Council is contributing a £6m grant towards the development - that's the biggest one it's agreed this year.
Exciting times ahead for theatregoers.
Northumbria Police is appealing to trace 21-year-old Joseph Lowther who could be in the North East.
He is wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
A Hartlepool charity's been left unable to offer health services to the local community after thieves broke the windows of their bus and stole the generator.
Hartlepool Families First carries out regular health checks on behalf of GP surgeries and offer advice and information on their health bus. It means they can help harder to reach parts of the community.
Somebody has not thought about the consequences of their actions and thought that this is going to have a significant impact on the local vulnerable community. They've simply seen the opportunity to take a generator."
A pervert has admitted possessing thousands of indecent images and movies of children which a police officer said were among the worst he had ever seen.
David Carey, of Longbenton, also had 73 images and 91 movies of extreme pornography portraying people having sex with animals.
People in the Rothbury area of Northumberland will get a chance to quiz health bosses today about plans to close the community hospital there.
The first of two public meetings is being held in the town's Jubilee Hall this afternoon.
NHS managers say the 12-bed ward isn't being used enough and add people can be better looked after at home.
But Katie Scott, co-ordinator of the Save Rothbury Hospital Campaign, says some older people need a bit of extra support before going home.
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The 41-year-old is widely considered to be one of the best referees in football, and he took charge of the Euro 2016 final, the Champions League final and the FA Cup final last season.
In December, Clattenburg said he would consider officiating in the Chinese Super League.
Several North East firms are among 360 businesses named by the government which have failed to pay either the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).
Stockton's Tiny Turners Nurseries failed to pay £20,740 to 54 workers, while Newcastle's Gary Hedley Hairdressing owed £18,539 to 27 staff.
In Middlesbrough, Peri Peri Original was found to owe £9,687 to seven workers and Moncur Reece failed to pay £8,092 to a single member of staff.
Nationally, more than 15,500 workers had to be paid back nearly £1m with offender including Debenhams and Subway. See the full list of businesses here.
Literary murals have been cropping up at locations across Middlesbrough including Baker Street and King Square at Teesside University.
The first three are costing Middlesbrough Council about £3,000 each.
The council says the murals will add to the variety in the town and encourage more people to visit.
Abuse accused bakery heir Colin Gregg claims he is the victim of a police "witch hunt".
The centre on Blandford Square, which will officially open in the summer, will build on The Prince’s Trust’s existing presence in the Benwell area.
The trust said it was good news for unemployed young people in the area, bringing them more support and access to training.
I’m so happy and excited that the Newcastle centre is finally coming to life. I am incredibly proud to call Newcastle my hometown and it’s important to me to be able to do my bit to help the young people in the area."
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Tata steelworkers voted on Wednesday to close their final salary pension scheme - which has assets of £15bn and was costing the company about £136m a year. It could lead eventually to the pension scheme being separated from the company entirely.
Colin Richardson, steel industry analyst at S&P Global Platts, tells Today that the union's agreement means a two blast furnaces will continue operating at Port Talbot for the next five years.
It will also pave the way for Tata Steel Europe to continue talks with Germany's Thyssen Krupp or another interested party in the Tata Steel Europe business.
Thyssen Krupp's chief executive has said that Tata would need to address its pension issues in the UK before merger talks could continue, he added.
The Princess Royal will be in Newcastle today to meet volunteers from the city's Citizens' Advice Bureau.
The Princess, who has been the patron of the organisation for 27 years, will also meet the Lord Mayor of Newcastle at the city's main library where an exhibition is being held to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the mayoralty and the Freemen of Newcastle.
Dog owners in the Tyne Valley are being warned to be on the lookout as poisonous slug pellets have been found in a popular walking spot in Hexham.
Earlier this month, three dogs fell ill and one of them died after being taken for walks at Tyne Green and Ovingham.
Yesterday, slug pellets were discovered at Tyne Green.
Vets say the pellets can act as a very rapid poison and be fatal if dogs eat them.
It's set to be a blustery day with a mixture of sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud. While the odd shower is possible, most places should stay dry.
Into the evening, there'll be some thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain could spread into the Pennines.
Clear skies are expected tonight, especially in the east, with a patchy frost possible. However, cloud could persist across some western hills, with any overnight rain or drizzle gradually easing.
Rowan McCabe knocks on doors, asking if people would like a poem written about them.
Another meeting is being held in Hartlepool today to try to get to the bottom of what's going to happen to fertility services at the town's hospital.
A search was launched to find a new provider, but applications to take over the service were rejected by the town's Clinical Commissioning Group.
Councillors adjourned a meeting last Wednesday after they struggled to get a full explanation from health chiefs about their decision to turn one of the bids down.