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BBC Midlands Today Weather
It will becloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening, turning heavy and persistent at times.
It will become drier in the north and east later as rain slowly retreats to the south west, but it's likely to remain fairly cloudy with limited clear spells developing. Lows of 4C (39F).
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Coming up from 18:30: We hear from commuters who are fed up with standing on overcrowded trains, including apregnant woman who often struggles to get a seat.
And find out why galloping through the streets of Walsall helped Canon become a British Champion.
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Has UKIP's Keith Rowe ever smoked cannabis? It was one of thequestions asked when he visited a barbers in Great Barr for our brumvotes project, which aims to engage young people in the election.
Visitbrumvotes.co.uk to see the first in our series of videos.
You can also follow us onTwitter.
The 32-year-old won the County Championship in 2004 and 2012 with the Bears, as well as the T20 Blast at Edgbaston last season.
"As a Warwickshire man, I'm absolutely delighted to commit to this fantastic club for another three years," he told the club's website.
A hospice near Wolverhampton is trying to arrange for a 32-year-old with terminal cancer to meet one of her favourite pop stars.
The mother of two was recently diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer.On Facebook, Compton Hospice posted: "Nicola recently mentioned that she has a 'bucket list' and that she'd like our help with ticking a few items off that list. One such wish is to meet Ali Campbell - the lead singer of her favourite band UB40."
BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent
Today I've been filming with Kerren O'Malley, a rail commuter from Bilbrook in Staffordshire.
She's 28 weeks pregnant and has been surprised that many fellow rail passengers don't give up their seats for her when the train is overcrowded.
London Midland says it feels sorry for passengers like Kerren and is asking for "care and courtesy from fellow passengers", urging them to ask themselves - does someone need this seat more than me?
In the news at 17:00: After 26 years of waiting, Louise Brookes, the sister of a Bromsgrove football fan, has finally given evidence about her brother's death at the Hillsborough stadium.
Hear more on this story and others in the bulletin onBBC WM shortly.
BBC Local Live
I've just put a call in to West Midlands Police to see if there's an update on the condition of the man rescued from a car crushed by a tree. Currently we're told he's in a serious condition.Yesterday afternoon the man, aged in his 30s, was rescued by emergency services after a gust of wind brought the tree down.
- One lane's closed and there's heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway
- On the M54 westbound, one lane is closed between J2, for the A449 Wolverhampton, and J3, for the A41, because of a broken down vehicle
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We don't normally cover lost pets on Local Live, butStaffordshire Police has put out an appeal to find a southern white-faced scops owl.
The force says the owl was taken from an aviary in Brinsford over the weekend.
BBC WM Sport
BBC WM has commentary from Women's Super League One this evening as Birmingham City Ladies go to Liverpool.
Blues got a point with 10 players for the whole of thesecond half against Manchester City at the weekend and have knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup already this season.
Boss David Parker says his opposite number Matt Beard will be focused on getting their first win of the season this evening.
The number of vicars is on the decline and with an increase in retirements expected over the next few years, the Church of England say there will be a shortfall of 25% by 2020.
Currently there are 20 vacancies in the West Midlands' three dioceses and in some rural areas of the wider region, clergy are looking after as many as 10 churches.
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The collapsing milk prices have caused some farmers in the region to question whether the dairy industry has a future at all.
They want to know what any future Parliament will do to help. And overcrowding on trains in the West Midlands appears to be getting worse, so we find out what's being done about it.
Join me for the latest this lunchtime on BBC One.
So that good news from Ian Bell.... The Warwickshire andEngland batsman has signed a new three-year deal with the Bears until the end of the 2017 season.
The 32-year-old says: "As a Warwickshire man through and through, I'm absolutely delighted to commit to this fantastic club for another three years.
"I have many ambitions I'm still desperate to fulfil, both on a domestic and international level."
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Hear the discussion onBBC WM with some of the candidates standing in Cannock in the General Election in May (listen to the last hour of the show).
The NHS has proved to be a hot topic, with a rowdy debate about what needs to be done. We've also talked about empty shops in Cannock and how the candidates can help local jobless people.
April Fool's Day is a hard time for seekers of serious news stories, particularly when there are some stories that seem fanciful but are not.BBC Magazine has a round-up of some of this year's bizarre stories that are apparently true.
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In the news at 12:00: A landlady in West Bromwich says she can't afford to live and might have to sell her own house, if a flat she rents out isn't returned to her by West Midlands Police.
Hear more on this story and others in the news onBBC WM shortly.
BBC Local Live
In the news at 11:00 onBBC WM: The number of vicars is on the decline and with an increase in retirements expected over the next few years, the Church of England say there'll be a shortfall of 25% by 2020.
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We're looking at overcrowding on commuter trains in the Midlands. We've been out with pregnant woman Kerren O'Malley, who travels from Bilbrook to Burton every day and often has to stand.
So why won't people give up their seats for those who need them more? Watch Midlands Today later to find out more.
BBC Local Live
The day which makes us groan and mumble. You'll have to be sharp to catch us out today... It's April Fool's Day.
We've already seen"plans" for an H6 Hyperway - eight lane of one direction traffic around Birmingham.
But this did make me chuckle -BBC Grandstand in 1989 mocked up a fake staff fight behind presenter Des Lynam
Presenter, Midlands Today
A horse from Walsall has become the British Endurance Champion, despite only having one eye.
Canon and his rider Julie Griffiths are the national champions after competing in a series of races, some of which are 50 miles long.
Presenter, BBC WM
For the next few Wednesdays in the run-up to the election, we are going to look at some of the key seats in the West Midlands.
They are places where how local people vote could have a real impact on the total outcome.
Today we're focusing on Cannock. Joining me in the studio after 11:00 onBBC WM will be five people who are standing including Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates.