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  1. Radio presenter Graham Torrington's final show

    A local radio legend is hanging up his microphone tonight after more than 30 years in the industry.

    Graham Torrington

    Graham Torrington has been a fixture on air in the West Midlands for much of the last four decades.

    He started his career during the 1980s, cutting his teeth in hospital radio in the region.

    Graham memorably spent 12 years talking about relationships on his Late Night Love show on commercial radio.

    He announced in August he would be retiring at the end of October and his final show is tonight from 22:00 on BBC Radio WM.

  2. What Covid tier is my area in?

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    With all the talk of parts of the West Midlands expecting to move into higher tiers in terms of Covid restrictions, we thought we'd just remind you of how the tier areas stand as of right now.

    Differences between tiers

    At the moment there are no areas in tier three.

    In tier two - also referred to as "high" alert level - on Thursday morning there are:

    • Birmingham
    • Coventry
    • Sandwell
    • Solihull
    • Stoke-on-Trent
    • Walsall
    • Wolverhampton

    While in tier one - or "medium" alert level:

    • Dudley
    • Herefordshire
    • Shropshire
    • Staffordshire
    • Telford and Wrekin
    • Warwickshire
    • Worcestershire

    This is a fast-changing situation though so in future, to find out what the rules are in your area, you can go to this BBC webpage and enter your postcode.

  3. Police commissioner warns over Christmas restrictions

    Press Association

    Police are expecting to have to break up big gatherings at Christmas, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

    Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, David Jamieson said: "If we think there's large groups of people gathering where they shouldn't be, then police will have to intervene."

    David Jamieson

    But Mr Jamieson also said: "It's not the police's job to stop people enjoying their Christmas.

    "Things are very on the edge in a lot of communities and it wouldn't take very much to spark off unrest, riots, damage."

  4. Weather: Some showers and more rain to come

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast more showers but there could be some dry spells too.

    The temperature could reach 14C (57F) and more rain is forecast tomorrow.

    Knowle tree
  5. Weather: A dry night and more rain tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Most of us are forecast a dry and overcast night, with some light wind.

    And it should stay that way tomorrow morning, with some showers later in the day.

    Temperatures overnight are expected to fall to about 5C (41F).

    Stourton on Severn
  6. Weather: Heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast rain today, some of it heavy and temperatures up to around 12C (54F).

    There will also be a light breeze.

    This weather is set to stay with us for the rest of the week.

    Sutton Coldfield tree
  7. Protesters urge council to 'end holiday hunger'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Gurdip Thandi

    A protest has been held in Walsall this morning demanding the council fund meals for vulnerable children during half-term.


    More than two dozen demonstrators, organised by trade union and community campaigners, waved placards and chanted outside Walsall Council House.

    Their protest came after the government refused to extend free school meals for children over half-term and said extra money had been given to councils to help struggling families.

    Many councils, including Birmingham, Telford & Wrekin, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire have pledged food or vouchers to help those most in need.

    Today the Conservative leader of Walsall Council Mike Bird said it would cost the local authority £213,000 per week, which was money it did not have.

    He also said it had a crisis fund to help families in need all year round.

  8. Council defends not offering free school meals

    BBC Radio WM

    The leader of Walsall Council has defended the decision not to provide free meals in half term for vulnerable children, saying the local authority can't afford it.

    The UK government extended free school meals to eligible children during the Easter holidays earlier this year and, after a high-profile campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford, did the same for the summer holiday.

    But it has refused to do so again.

    Mike Bird

    Some councils are providing meal vouchers, but Walsall council is not one of them.

    Mike Bird, leader of the Conservative council said: "One of the main reasons being we haven’t got the money to do it, if you do it for this half term, then the next request would be for Christmas, Easter and the summer break and for Walsall council that means £1.5m and that's a figure we just haven't got.

    He told BBC Radio WM the half term was a "foreseen expenditure".

    "We're doing our bit," Mr Bird said, adding there was help available through the local authority's crisis fund.

    "It’s no good feeding a child for just one week, it has to be an all-round package, there has to be better ways of doing it than throwing money at one week."

    The council has previously reduced its spending by £193m and needs to save a further £18m to balance its budget for this year.

  9. Weather: Showers easing through the day

    BBC Weather

    Light showers this morning but there should be more sunshine around this afternoon with just the odd shower. Breezy with a high of 12C/54F.

    Image caption: This morning in Lyonshall, Herefordshire

    Largely dry with some patches of cloud this evening which should mostly clear away through the night. Light breezes and a low of 5C/41F.

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

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    From Civil Rights to Smethwick: Why was Malcolm X in the West Midlands?

  11. Weather: Wet today and even wetter tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's fairly clear this morning but with cloud in places across our region.

    That'll thicken later on, bringing rain, although you'll likely see some sunny spells breaking through later this afternoon.

    Video content

    Video caption: West Midlands weather 23 October
  12. Talks held in attempt to avoid hospital porters strike

    Talks are taking place today to try to avoid a two-day strike by hospital porters.

    Heartlands Hospital

    The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust wants to bring in a rotating shift pattern at Heartlands Hospital.

    Health bosses said it would create fair working practices across its sites but Unison said the workforce were some of the lowest paid in the NHS and many cannot afford to work flexibly.

    The union said 92% of members at the hospital voted in favour of the 48-hour stoppage from 30 October.

    The talks are being held today at the independent arbitration service Acas.

  13. Weather: Blustery showers turning to sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It's set to be cloudy this morning with the chance of a few blustery showers before more sunny spells, with winds easing this afternoon. High: 13C/55F

    Image caption: This morning in Oswestry, Shropshire

    Expect cloudy spells this evening with the chance of a shower before it turns mainly clear tonight. Feeling cool, with a low of 6C/43F.

    Get a forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  14. University's Old Joe getting overhaul

    Parts of the world’s tallest freestanding clock tower are going to be taken away and cleaned this week.

    The clock

    Old Joe, which has stood at the heart of the University of Birmingham since 1905, is being serviced this week, the university said.

    Once the parts have been refurbished they will be refitted in the coming months.

  15. Weather: Cloudy and wet

    BBC Weather

    Mainly cloudy with rain spreading in from the south this morning before turning more showery this afternoon. Windy as the day goes on with a high of 15C/59F.

    Image caption: This morning in Congleton, Cheshire

    Then cloudy this evening with a few showers before they ease overnight with clear spells developing. Low: 9C/48F.

    Keep up-to-date on your local forecast by going to the BBC Weather website.