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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 9 March 2017
  2. Woman charged with tied-up man's murder
  3. Ambitious plans for Darlington station to be revealed
  4. Parents asked to put down phones when collecting children

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  1. Through the day: BBC North East Live

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  2. The Word boosts book borrowing on South Tyneside

    Library membership and book borrowing have gone through the roof on South Tyneside since The Word venue opened in South Shields four months ago.  

    The Word. The National Centre for the Written Word

    Membership has rocketed by 1,000 per cent. As well as a library, The Word has computers, it hosts clubs and an exhibition about local lad and Hollywood film director Sir Ridley Scott.  

  3. New cervical cancer screening campaign begins on Teesside

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    The family of a Teesside mother who died of cancer are campaigning to encourage women from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities to have smear tests.

    Ferzana Khan

    Friends raised £57,000 to pay for Ferzana Khan,41, to travel from Middlesbrough to Germany for pioneering treatment, but she died a few days later. 

    Her family believe many women don't get tested because they don't know about screening or are too frightened or embarrassed to get tested. 

  4. Watch: People give their views on school asking parents to put phones away

    Signs have been put up at a Middlesbrough school asking parents to put their phones away when collecting children.

    St Joseph's RC Primary School says it is part of an idea to get families talking at the end of the day.

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  5. Nine people arrested following legal high raids

    Nine people have been charged after legal high drugs with a street value of more than £2,000 were seized in raids in Newcastle. 

    A bad containing legal highs

    The bags  called Spice, Old Jamaican Extreme and Alabama Wildfire had, not for human consumption, written on them.  

     Eight men, aged between 20 and 55, and a 24-year-old woman have been charged with conspiracy to supply lethal highs. 

    They will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on April 7.

    Quote Message: "We are one of the most proactive police forces in the country when it comes to clamping down on lethal highs and that is one of the reasons we hear so much about it in the press. " from Superintendent David Felton Northumbria Police
    Superintendent David Felton Northumbria Police
  6. Toddler murder mother's appeal thrown out

    A mother jailed for life for murdering her toddler son in Fife has had her appeal against conviction rejected.

    Rachel Fee, 32, argued the judge in her 2016 trial misdirected the jury about the lesser charge of culpable homicide before they considered their verdict.

    Liam Fee, two, died at his home near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.

    Fee, also known as Trelfa, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 30, who were originally from Ryton, Gateshead, were both convicted of abusing and murdering the toddler.

    Rachel Fee and Liam Fee
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A693 County Durham both ways

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    A693 County Durham both ways severe accident, between Pelton Lane and Green's Bank.

    A693 County Durham - A693 in High Hold closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Pelton Lane junction and the Green's Bank junction, because of an accident.

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  8. Fans give their backing to Durham County Cricket club

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Cricket fans in the region have thrown their support behind Durham despite their relegation by the ECB in October. 

    Durham County Cricket
    Image caption: Durham County Cricket

    Membership is up 5%. It's the first rise in eight years. While a lot are new members are trying to do their bit to help the club, a number of lapsed members have re-joined too. 

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    Many in the game feel the ECB punishment over financial matters is draconian and the game's governing body is also partly responsible for the problems. 

    Durham, like so many other counties, got themselves into trouble bidding too much for test matches.    

  9. Cleveland Police helicopter base to close

    The Cleveland Police helicopter base at Durham Tees Valley Airport will close next month. 

    
          A police helicopter taking off from Cleveland police headquarters
    Image caption: A Cleveland Police helicopter

    It had been under threat for the last three years due to budget cuts. 

    The National Police Air Service says support will be called into the area from bases in Newcastle and Leeds. It's also building an additional base in Doncaster which will be operational from August.  

  10. Durham University opens its new multimillion-pound science

    Durham University's opening its new multimillion-pound science centre today which will house an international team of researchers investigating the mysteries of the Universe.

    
          The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University
    Image caption: The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University

    The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics is named after the benefactor businessman and Durham physics graduate Prof Sir Peter Ogden. The new building was designed by a team of New York architects led by Daniel Libeskind.  

  11. Parents welcome mobile phone ban at picking up time

    Parents say they think it is a good idea to put up signs asking for mobile phones to be put away when children are collected.

    There are circular signs outside St Joseph's RC Primary School in Longlands, Middlesbrough, which say "Greet your child with a smile not on a mobile".

    Jade Collett, whose four-year-old son attends the nursery at St Joseph's, said: "The kids have been at school all day so the last thing they want is for their mum or dad to be glued to their phone." 

    Precious Dhladhla, whose four-year-old daughter Isabella also attends the nursery, agreed. 

    She said: "I think the other parents are following the rules because you don't see many people on their phones now."

    Mobile phone sign
  12. Parents urged to put down phones when collecting children

    A primary school has put up signs on its gates asking parents to put their mobiles away and smile at their children when they collect them.

    The pick-up time reminder at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Longlands, Middlesbrough, features a figure on a phone with a red line through it. 

    The circular signs, which say "Greet your child with a smile not a mobile", have been placed at three entrances. 

    The school said it was part of an idea to get families talking at the end of the school day.   

  13. Is Spring finally here?

    It's a beautiful sunny day in many parts of the region today.

    Here's a picture taken at the National Trust's Wallington Hall in Northumberland this morning by Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys.

    Woman walking her dogs through a field of crocus flowers