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  1. Updates for Tuesday 27 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Feeling mild overnight

It will be a largely mild, cloudy night with outbreaks of rain, becoming more persistent from the north west and perhaps turning heavy in places too.

Charlie Slater

It will turn increasingly windy but feeling mild with a low of 5C (41F).

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Coming up at 18:30: The latest figures show our economy is growing - but as one construction business goes into administration what's the picture in Birmingham and the Black Country?

Frankie Gavin press conference

Birmingham welterweight Frankie Gavin switches promoters and tops the bill in the biggest fight night in the city for five years (press conference pictured).

And our reporter Ian Winter will be live at Banks's Stadium as Walsall are just one game away from a Wembley final for the first time in their history.

Walsall v Preston

BBC Sport

The Saddlers have defender James O'Connor fit to play, having had 10 days to recover from the nasty head injury he suffered at Colchester.

Read a full match preview on BBC Sport.

'Come on you Saddlers!'

Tweet @bbcwm

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Show your support for the Saddlers tonight -

tweet or share your comments on

Karl Robinson tweets he "wasn't able to get a ticket (sold like hot cakes)" to the Walsall game tonight.

Clive Thomas posts on Facebook "good luck Walsall!"

Blues rumours

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

There are reports in the Birmingham Mail that Carson Yeung's brother in law has been appointed as chief executive and managing director of Birmingham City's parent company. He replaces Peter Pannu.

Mr Yeung's brother in law was already on the board of Birmingham International Holdings Ltd.

Carson Yeung is currently serving a six-year jail term.

'Act of bravery'

Jasmyn Chan (pictured), 14, was hit by a car moments after pushing her friend out of the way in a "remarkable act of bravery" which saved her life, Judge Julian Goose QC said in court.

Jasmyn Chan, 14

Today, 33-year-old Naseeb Ellahi, from Birmingham, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after admitting causing her death by dangerous driving and other offences.

Read more on this story on BBC News.

'Dare to dream'

Walsall FC Official

tweets: If you missed it earlier, here's our JPT video special. We're ready, are you?… #daretodream

Council 'cuts and savings'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

The leader of Walsall Council says people won't now be charged for garden waste and some car park charging - but five libraries in the town will close.

The council needs to save £86m over the next four years.

The council's Labour leader Sean Coughlin says while plans to charge for garden waste collection have been scrapped, libraries in Streetly, Pheasey, Beechdale, Walsall Wood and Walsall South will shut.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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Bears' T20 profit

BBC Sport

Warwickshire have recorded a £230,000 profit for 2014, the season in which the Birmingham Bears won the T20 Blast.

Finance director Craig Flindall says: "T20 Blast finals day was the highlight both on the pitch, securing our first T20 title, and in financial terms."

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: Walsall FC chief executive says he's "hardly slept" since the Johnston Paint Trophy first-round against Preston.

We'll hear from Stefan Gamble

ahead of the second-round taking place tonight.

Streets won this battle

Susana Mendonca

BBC West Midlands political reporter

"Tough choices" - it's the phrase that local councils talk about daily to journalists like me.

In Walsall the choice this time was between keeping streets clean or keeping libraries open. Or so council leader Sean Coughlan told me.

The streets won this battle, so residents will continue to get free garden waste collection, but five libraries will close.

Not as it seems?

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

What a chance there now is for middle-ranking Premier League clubs in this year's FA Cup through-the-looking-glass, where all is apparently not as it seems?

It would be strangely in keeping with the bizarre tone set at the weekend if the two West Midlands neighbours, whose fans have spent so much of this season in despair, made it to Wembley.

Train timetable change

London Midland

tweets: Tonight there will be an altered timetable from 2135 including bus replacements on XCity. Info here -…

Free Birmingham bikes

via Facebook

Birmingham City Council posts: "Want a FREE bike? Last chance to apply for cycle giveaway.

"Would-be cyclists have just days left to apply for the first stage of a FREE bike giveaway in Birmingham."

Read more.

FA Cup draw reaction

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Villa and Albion have reached the fifth round together for only the second time in 25 years and both should reflect favourably on how

Gary Lineker scooped them out of the FA's goldfish bowl.

FA Cup fifth round draw 2015

A home fixture against Leicester is certainly winnable for Villa, notwithstanding their defeat away to the Foxes earlier this month.

Albion's task against West Ham is more difficult, but with Tony Pulis working hard to make the Baggies work harder, they should have a reasonable chance.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

The leader of Walsall Council says people won't now be charged for garden waste and some car park charging has been dropped - but five libraries in the town will close.

Hear more on this story and others in the news at 16:00 on


Support for the Saddlers

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Walsall FC will be heading to Wembley if they beat Preston tonight.

Banks's Stadium
Getty Images

The Saddlers have a 2-0 lead going into the second leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final.

You can hear full match build-up and commentary on BBC WM 95.6 FM from 19:00.

Boxer switches camp

Dan Pallett

Sports reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Birmingham boxer Frankie Gavin has switched to the Eddie Hearn stable and will headline a night of city fighters at the Barclaycard Arena on 9 May.

Birmingham boxer Frankie Gavin
Getty Images

Gavin will be joined by the Yafai brothers Kal and Gamal, Matthew Macklin and Sam Eggington.

The promoter says he's hoping for an 8,000 sell out at the arena.

Walsall preview

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Only four of the current 92 Premier and Football League clubs have never played at Wembley. Is tonight the night that Walsall finally remove themselves from that list?

The Banks's Stadium is rarely full, but when it is, as it will be tonight, it generates a formidable atmosphere.

Preston are too strong to take lightly; Dean Smith and his staff are too scientific in their approach to allow their players to do that, but there is an interesting tactical puzzle to solve. Be cautious, and back themselves to defend the 2-0 lead? Or attack and seek the early goal that would surely settle the issue?

Crash death driver had snorted cocaine

Birmingham Mail

A Birmingham driver who

snorted cocaine before he killed a 14-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years amid emotional scenes.

Discovery of planets

David Gregory-Kumar

Environment correspondent, BBC News

Astronomers from the University of Birmingham have discovered five planets orbiting a star that was formed 11.2 billion years ago.

Simulation of five planets orbiting a star that was formed 11.2 billion years ago

It's the oldest group of planets that are similar to those in our own solar system ever discovered.

It could have huge implications for our understanding of when planets began to form in our galaxy and could even tell us more about the scope for ancient alien life.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Coming up in the news on

BBC WM at 14:00, we'll hear from the leader of Walsall Council, who has announced some libraries in the town will still close.

Labour's Sean Coughlan says a public consultation was held asking for people's views.

Aeroplane to classroom?

Midlands Today

Design students at Staffordshire University could soon be getting lectures on board an aeroplane.

Site in Rugeley where an aeroplane could be based

A Boeing 737 has been bought by Rugeley-based

design firm, GMP, which is now seeking permission to park it opposite the town's power station.

The former commercial liner will then be converted to a classroom.

Rail passengers face long delays

Birmingham Mail

Rail passengers heading for London from the West Midlands

faced lengthy delays to their journeys following a major power failure to the north of the capital.

Churchill's state funeral

Birmingham Post

A Birmingham company

played a key role in the funeral of the man considered by many to be Britain's greatest ever leader.

BBC One at 13:38

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

We'll be looking ahead to Walsall's big game against Preston tonight as the club looks to end its 127-year wait for a first ever Wembley cup final appearance.

Join me for latest news and weather forecast in the Midlands on BBC One this lunchtime.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A Birmingham man has been jailed for causing the death of a 14-year-old girl in a hit-and-run accident.

We'll bring you the full story in our 13:00 bulletin.

Listen live.

Construction growth

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

New research suggests the West Midlands construction industry is expected to create 2,500 jobs over the next five years.

Construction workers

Figures from the Construction Industry Training Board suggest schemes such as Help to Buy and changes to stamp duty have helped the industry to grow.

Work on Birmingham city centre's £500m regeneration has also meant more skilled workers are needed year on year.

FA Cup Draw: Baggies

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Valentine's Day - not just for the lovers out there but also FA Cup fans.

West Brom and West Ham fans shake hands

West Ham United are preparing to travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion in the

fifth-round of the FA Cup on 14 February.

If you missed the draw

you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer.

Man jailed for hit-and-run death

A Birmingham man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for killing a teenage girl in a hit-and-run crash.

Naseeb Ellahi

Jasmyn Chan, 14, died when she was hit by a car in Sheffield on 9 May while crossing a road.

Naseeb Ellahi, of Ash Road in Birmingham, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving earlier this month.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story in the news at 12:00 on

BBC WM: The disturbing practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is on the increase here in the West Midlands.

We hear from Priscilla Karim, a victim of FGM when she was just nine years old.

Wembley dream

Daz Hale

BBC WM Sport

Walsall Football Club are hoping to reach a Wembley final tonight for the first time in the club's history.

They are one of only four English clubs never to have made it to the national stadium. Walsall lead Preston 2-0 after the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area final.

Tonight's game will be played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Banks's stadium.

FA Cup Draw: Villa

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Last night Gary Lineker drew the balls for the FA Cup fifth-round draw on The One Show.

Aston Villa fan and Leicester City fan shake hands

Aston Villa will take on Leicester City on 14 February.

See the full fixture list for the draw on BBC Sport.

'More research needed'

A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter

treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hayfever, to dementia.

Dr Chris Fox, from the University of East Anglia

BBC News spoke to Dr Chris Fox, in Birmingham, about the increased risk of dementia.

He says "there's lots more work to be done" on research and urges people to contact their GP if they are concerned and not to stop taking any medication.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 11:00 on

BBC WM: Pupils at a Birmingham school are being praised for their bravery by running to help a mother and her son who'd been horrifically injured.

We'll hear from the head teacher of Moseley School in the bulletin shortly.