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Sunderland councillors have approved budget cuts of £46m and a 4.99% increase in council tax.
The budget also sees the end of council grants for Sunderland Women In Need and Centrepoint which helps homeless people.
Watch my full report on Look North at 18:30.
Showers becoming isolated before thickening cloud brings a risk of rain to some areas, with some snow, mainly across hills.
Turning drier later, and winds remaining light.
A number of items have been recovered by police after a static caravan was broken into in the Weardale area.
Police are yet to find the owners of these items, as many of the caravans are holiday homes owned by people who live outside the area.
Items recovered include jewellery, televisions, a radio and a vacuum cleaner.
Tablets used to treat schizophrenia have been lost in the Thornaby Road area of Thornaby.
There are 112 tablets in total, and police say they can be "fatal in the wrong hands".
Anyone who finds them is asked to hand them in to the nearest Chemist.
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South Tyneside college has been named the top college in the country at an awards ceremony held by the Times Educational Supplement.
The judges were impressed by the way the South Shields college has forged strong connections with businesses and the community, and hailed its commitment to educational attainment and student career advancement.
They described the college of further education as outstanding and an exceptional centre of learning.
The brother of a violent paedophile said he hopes he never gets out of jail.
Michael Dunn, from Redcar, made a "hidey hole" in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing. The court heard he raped and abused four girls over a period of decades. He has been jailed for 27 years.
After the sentencing, his brother Robert Dunn (pictured) said: "I think he deserved more than he got, the judge was very lenient considering he's got away with what he was doing for the best part of 40 years.
"I hope he never gets out."
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The jury in the case of a man accused of nine indecent assaults has gone home for the night.
Colin Gregg, 75, the son of the founder of the Greggs bakery chain, denies the charges involving four young boys over three decades.
BBC One's Question Time is being filmed in Sunderland.
David Dimbleby and the team were last on Wearside eight years ago when the topical politics programme came to Nissan.
The show will air on 9 March.
An army bomb squad was called in and scores of homes had to be evacuated after a man threatened his former girlfriend with a home-made stun gun.
A Walkers crisps factory is facing closure , putting 380 jobs under threat.
Under the plan, production at the plant in Peterlee, County Durham would be moved to other sites in the UK, owner PepsiCo said.
It said the decision had been taken in an effort to find "crucial savings" and to ensure the long-term growth of the business.
Manufacturing managing director at the Peterlee site, Tracey Foster, said union consultations had begun.
A194 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe accident, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Wenlock Road.
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A safe has been stolen from a business in Ashington.
Burglars entered the Kelco MOT Centre in North Seaton Industrial Estate and forced the safe, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash between 17:30 on Monday and 10:30 yesterday.
Organisers of Scotland's biggest music festival say they're considering making its campsite adults-only following the death of a County Durham teenager last year.
Megan Bell, 17, from Seaham, was one of two young people who died at T in the Park Iast year.
An inquest recorded that her death was "presumed drugs related."
Geoff Ellis, chief executive of DF Concerts and Events, said: "We're still at the early stages of planning and one of the discussions we've had is whether or not to make the campsite 18-plus."
Sunderland City Council is threatening to close a four-way traffic light system after some drivers have been caught running red lights and "ignoring" no entry signs.
A Durham man has won more than £1m on the EuroMillions draw.
Kevin Pipper, 55, won the cash last week in the Tuesday draw, just days before he is due to jet off to Thailand.
The bar manager said that the win "couldn't have come at a better time" and that all his money worries have now been "taken away".