Work has started on a new control suite, which will be the base for police operations for Birmingham's Commonwealth Games in 2022.
The new centre, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, will also be a base for the force's firearms operations unit.
Ch Supt Dave Sturman said: “The games will be the largest operation in the force’s history and this new Event Control Suite will provide the world class facilities we need to deliver a safe and successful event for the region."
West Midlands house prices to see biggest rise in England
The West Midlands is predicted to see the biggest increase in house prices in England over the next two years, according to analysts from PwC.
Only Wales is expected to see faster growth in the UK.
PwC said it expected the price of the average house in the West Midlands to rise from £194,000 to £223,000 by 2022 and warns that this will make it hard for people move to find new jobs and will also have an impact on rental prices.
Stonegate Pub, which owns the Slug and Lettuce pub chain, is buying Ei Group - once known as Enterprise Inns - for £1.3bn.
Ei, based in Solihull, is the largest owner of pubs in the UK with over 4,000 properties across England and Wales.
Robert Walker, chairman of Ei, said: "The commercial benefits of combining the companies are compelling. Stonegate is committed to continuing to invest in the business for the future benefit of the combined business, tenants and employees".
Force gets extra £5m for crime-predicting technology trial
The Home Office has given another £5m to a police force testing software that predicts whether someone will commit a crime.
West Midlands Police is trialling the system to analyse data on knife and gun offences, as well as modern slavery.
The National Data Analytics Solution is used to help predict whether someone will commit a crime or become a victim.
Supt Nick Dale, from the force, said: "This technology has the potential to help us understand modern slavery networks, the hidden crime within our communities, so much better, as well as the problems that lead to serious violence that blights communities and affects the lives of victims and perpetrators.
"We are still at an early stage in identifying how best machine learning technology can be used, but it is really important that our work is scrutinised independently from an ethical point of view, and that technology will never replace professional judgment or affect the police's accountability for our actions."
West Midlands Police received £4.5m of Home Office funding for the scheme last year.
Town centre task force 'open minded' about regeneration
A taskforce set up to regenerate five town centres in the West Midlands, says it will listen to business people there, before drawing up a plan.
The West Midlands Combined Authority appointed Jon Bramwell (below, centre) to lead the group and it has £20m to spend on the improvements.
Mr Bramwell said his taskforce was "very open minded" and that it was very difficult to say how the five high streets might change "given the fact that the way people go about shopping these days is changing."
The five town centres are Bilston, the St Thomas Quarter in Dudley, Bordesley Green in Birmingham, the St Matthews Quarter in Walsall and West Bromwich East.
Hundreds of Solihull residents have backed a call to slow down traffic on a number of borough roads, amid fears for the safety of local wildlife.
Almost 700 have signed an online petition, after a Muntjac deer was struck by a car.
Tina Clarke, 32, who launched the petition, said she had heard “an almighty bang” on Damson Parkway last week and discovered the injured animal, which had suffered bad bruising to its face. The deer was taken to the vets and released later that day.
Ms Clarke said there was mounting concern locally that cut-throughs were being used as "racetracks" and hopes Solihull Council will consider traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps or warning signs.
Her petition is set to be submitted to the authority and once it has been received it will be passed to the highways team for consideration.
Djokovic said after lifting the title "I always try to imagine myself as a winner" and Dr Jennifer Cumming from the University of Birmingham said there has been "tons of research" on the power of imagery in normal life.
The technique of "imagery" involves creating or recreating an successful experience in your mind, to encourage positive thinking and improve performance.
"Generally we can all capitalise on this and the more we use it, the more we can improve it," Dr Cumming said.
She said we probably already use the technique without realising, for instance re-tracing your steps when you lose your keys, and that it can help in situations like job interviews or exams to imagine, in detail, how they will happen.
Support staff at the University of Birmingham are taking strike action in a row over pay and conditions.
Caterers, cleaners, security guards and other staff who are members of Unison are taking two days of industrial action.
The union says senior managers have refused to negotiate over fair pay and have and imposed a below-inflation pay rise of 2%.
The University of Birmingham said a "very small number" of staff were involved in the industrial action and it remains "business as usual on campus."
“The University has met a number of times with Unison and
the other support staff unions over the last week in order to try to bring an
end to the action and made an extensive offer around pay and the voluntary
Living Wage," it added.