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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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Wednesday's weather: Sunny and bright

That's it for the live updates page for Bristol, Bath and Weston today. We'll be back at 7am tomorrow morning.

Here's a look at tomorrow's weather - a sunny morning lies ahead with some cloud in the afternoon.

Weather for Wednesday, 20 April
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New fire station at Hicks Gates opens

A new fire station which replaces two stations at Keynsham and Brislington has become operational today.

The new station is on Durley Hill at the Hicks Gate roundabout near the A4 and Avon Ring Road and will be crewed around the clock.

Avon Fire and Rescue's station cost £5.4m to build and is part of a wider plan to close down and replace a total of five stations in the area.

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Woollen city is put in a freezer by museum staff

Read more about why curators at the M Shed have frozen woollen bridges and buildings.

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Bristol students face drones 'fly-off' in summer

Students from the University of the West of England are getting ready to test their drone-building skills against other undergraduates in a competition this summer.

The aim is to fly the drone 1km and then accurately drop a 2kgpackage onto an airfield target.

Bath University is also taking part in the event at Pershore Airfield in Worcestershire in July.

UWE drone-building students
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New Dreamliner lands at Bristol Airport

Transatlantic destinations will be back on the departures board at Bristol Airport from next summer.

Thomson Airways is bringing in flights to Cancun, Mexico and Sandford, Florida, using the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which landed in Bristol as part of the launch. 

The new aircraft has been hailed as being more fuel efficient and having a better air quality for passengers.

The new Dreamliner lands at Bristol Airport

RNLI sea cliff rescue for Woody the dog

RNLI crews from Weston-super-Mare successfully rescue a Labrador that became stranded on the cliffs.

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New Chipping Sodbury crossing: Your views

A zebra crossing in Chipping Sodbury is being criticised by people in the area as "ridiculous" and "an accident waiting to happen".

You've been telling us what you think on the BBC Radio Bristol Facebook page:

Michael Taylor wrote: "Experts in authority often seem to abandon common sense, fail to see the obvious, create mistakes of mega proportions!"

Neil Simon thought: "No different to the one on the Clifton Triangle by the old Habitat."

And Peter Riggs added: "Drivers obeying the Highway Code should not have a problem with this. Rule 170."

Tell us what you think via emailFacebook, or Twitter.

Chipping Sodbury crossing
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Dinosaurs 'were in decline' before asteroids say Bristol researchers

DInosaurs were in decline before a deadly asteroid strike according to researchers from Bristol University.

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Bristol Decides: We want your questions for mayoral debate

What would you change in Bristol? Parking? Better transport? Social housing?

A debate is being organised by the BBC and the Bristol Post and we'd love to know what you'd like asked. 

We'll publish some of the questions here today, and we'll use some of the best ones at the debate on Sunday. Ask your question via Facebook or email it to us.

You'll be able to watch Bristol Decides next Tuesday at 10.45pm on BBC One and see if your question makes it.

View across south Bristol
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Woollen city is frozen ahead of art exhibition

A woollen version of Bristol is being put in a freezer ahead of an exhibition in the city next month.

Hundreds of volunteers have spent three years creating Briswool and their efforts will be on display at the M Shed.

The creations - including a knitted cathedral and crocheted suspension bridge are being frozen - before going on show to kill off any moths or bugs which could damage them.

A replica of Bristol made out of wool is frozen ahead its show next month.

Winterbourne stabbing arrests made

Two teenagers have been arrested after a 41-year-old man was stabbed in Winterbourne.

The attack happened on the High Street, following an 18th birthday party, in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The victim is being treated at Southmead hospital but police say his injuries are not life threatening. 

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

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New tech for mapping children's hearts at Bristol hospital

Doctors at Bristol Children's Hospital have brought in new technology to map children's hearts more effectively.

The new technology combines X-rays with a three-dimensional model of the heart so that doctors can find and treat the part that's causing it to beat abnormally

It's thought the hospital is the first paediatric centre in the UK to adopt this new system.

Cardiac mapping technology at Southmead Hospital
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New Chipping Sodbury crossing described as 'ridiculous'

A new pedestrian crossing in Chipping Sodbury has been described as "ridiculous" and a "bodge job".

The new crossing - right next to a junction - was installed on Wickwar Road at the High Street last month but has already been causing traffic problems.

It was put there following a campaign. The council has since extended give way signs to try and improve the situation.

There are worries that a new pedestrian crossing is an 'accident waiting to happen'.

Bristol hair loss student: Your comments

Imogen Proctor
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Bristol student Imogen Proctor has been describing how alopecia affected her confidence when large chunks of her hair started to fall out in 2013. 

You've been sharing your thoughts on her experience on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page: 

Christina Deans said her daughter had been diagnosed with alopecia having lost most of her hair: "Megan finds it difficult just now as she is panicking that by the time we get to the appointment she will have lost it all and I will be showing her your video interview of how brave you are to give her courage and confidence."

Nigel Burgess wrote: "Wow Imogen so brave and inspiration to others go girl."

Norma Gribble added: "What a great outlook on life. Such an inspiration for other women."

Going missing: How do families left behind cope?

On Friday, the funeral takes place of Derek Serpell-Morris, the Bristol DJ who went missing last July.

His family led some high profile campaigns to find him but sadly their efforts ended with the discovery of his body near Cribbs Causeway last month.

This week, BBC Radio Bristol is looking at the issue of people going missing and the impact.

A father whose son went missing describes his efforts in trying to find him.

Trending local newspaper stories on social media

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Here's a quick look at the local newspaper stories from Bristol, Bath and Weston that you've been sharing with your friends and family on social media:

Bristol Post:Family fears grow for missing Bristol City fan Pete Gainey and Missing Bristol City fan Pete Gainey has been found

Bristol24/7: Strava to relocate European HQ to Bristol

Bath Chronicle:Picture of the day

Student's hair loss: 'Changed me for the better'

A student from Bristol speaks of the shock of losing all her hair.

A 24-year-old student from Bristol has spoken of the shock of losing all her hair.

Imogen Proctor said she began to notice her hair falling out due to alopecia in October 2013 which she said felt as though she was losing her femininity.

You can watch more about her story here and there's an extended interview on John Davall's Radio Bristol programme here (at 2h 10m).

Good morning: sunshine and cloud ahead

Good morning everybody. We'll have the latest news and information for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

It looks like there's going to be some nice sunshine around today but there's also the chance of cloud.

It'll feel warm in the sunshine with a maximum temperature of 14C.

Lunchtime weather
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