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  1. Talks held over Coventry FC move to Butts Park Arena
  2. Warwickshire County Council to join West Midlands Combined Authority
  3. Move to label 'incorrectly filled' bins defended
  4. Updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016

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By Martin Winch

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Weather forecast: Showers will gradually ease

BBC Weather

Heavy, slow moving and perhaps thundery showers during the early evening will gradually ease to leave dry conditions.

Watch: Weather forecast for West Midlands

Latest news: Butts Park groundshare talks; new special educational needs school planned

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here's a quick look at some of the stories we're covering in the Coventry newsroom this evening:

- Coventry Rugby Club has confirmed it's in discussions with the Sky Blues about a future groundshare at the Butts Park Arena

- Plans have been revealed for an £8m project to build a new school for up to 80 children with special educational needs at Whitley

- Coventry-based JLR is launching its F-Pace Jaguar

Aston Expressway: Lane blocked

BBC Travel

There's a lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich).  

Chinese delegates visit local businesses

A delegation of Chinese businessmen have made their only UK stop in Coventry and Warwickshire today as they look at investment opportunities in Europe.

Members of the Investment Promotion Agency of Chinese Ministry of Commerce were shown around MIRA in Nuneaton as well as the Warwick Manufacturing Group's base at the University of Warwick.

BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

BBC Midlands Today

Anthony Bartram, Producer

We have a huge story today, particularly if you are a basketball fan! He’s 6ft 11in and one of the biggest names in NBA history. 

Retired Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olujawon (pictured), has moved his family to the West Midlands and is now putting his skills to good use by helping a small community basketball club in Birmingham. 

Hakeem’s not the only big name on the programme tonight...

Hakeem Olujawon playing basketball
Getty Images

As Jaguar launches its new F-Pace in the UK we’ll be giving the new “sports utility” the once over with motoring experts and talking to workers on the production line. 

Finally if you’ve been toiling away in the garden you’ll be interested in our weather presenter Rebecca Wood’s assignment today. 

She’s at Coventry University looking at the latest biomechanics research which uses computerised avatars to assess how much a spot of weeding can improve your health. Join us on BBC One from 18:30 tonight.

Butts Park Arena: Capacity could reach 25,000

Rosie Eaton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A revamped Butts Park Arena could be used to accommodate up to 25,000 supporters, according to Coventry Rugby Club chairman John Sharp.

Butts Park Arena
Coventry Bears

The club has been talking to the Sky Blues for a couple of years about training together and community work, and he feels a potential groundshare is a natural extension of their relationship.

Any work to increase the capacity of the arena would have to be within the space they already have rather than taking on nearby land.

Travel latest: Ring Road traffic heavy

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on Coventry's ring road in both directions at J5 Mile Lane because of an earlier police incident. 

All lanes have been re-opened.  

Tense at Trent Bridge

Warwickshire 373 & 236 v Nottinghamshire 383 & 119-7 - tea

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

"All results still possible at Trent Bridge though sadly the threat of rain looks favourite.

"Having finally got on halfway through the day Warwickshire made an early charge for victory with two wickets in two balls from Keith Barker.

"But Samit Patel has taken the fight to the Bears with an attacking innings to keep Notts in the game.

"At tea, Warwickshire need three more wickets, Notts need 108 runs." 

Stewart 'itching' to play for Blaze

BBC Sport

Coventry Blaze's latest signing Liam Stewart says he's itching to play for the club.

Rod and Liam Stewart, and Rachel Hunter
Spokane Chiefs

Despite being born in the UK, the 21-year-old will count as a foreign import having been raised in the USA.

Stewart, who's the son of music legend Rod and former model Rachel Hunter, says he's over the injury that limited him to 13 appearances for the Alaska Aces last season.

The injury is fully recovered now and I am itching to get back on the ice to start the season

Liam Stewart

Latest: No deal yet over Butts Park Arena; combined authority decision makes sense for county

Martin Winch

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're across in the Coventry newsroom this afternoon:

- The Sky Blues say no decision has been made over a possible move to the Butts Park Arena

- The leader of Warwickshire County Council says the idea of becoming a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority makes sense

- The movements of offenders using GPS technology will be piloted in eight police areas, including the West Midlands

Butts Park Arena: Ambition to have football at stadium

Rosie Eaton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

I've spoken to the chairman of Coventry Rugby Club, John Sharp, following a report the Sky Blues are closer to a potential move to the Butts Park Arena

He told me that there's no definite timescale for a proposed expansion of the stadium, it could be around three years, but that there was a meeting with football club officials and architects earlier this week.

Mr Sharp said they're at the feasibility stage and are not sure how long planning permission and building will take.

But there is an ambition from him to produce a stadium which would suit both clubs, large enough to accommodate football crowds, but also sensitively designed so smaller rugby crowds aren't like "peas in a pod".

Listen live: Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire

Greg Smith of Nottinghamshire
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Listen to live BBC local radio commentary as both sides look to clinch victory in a rain-affected final day of the County Championship match.

Crackdown catches more than 200 'illegal' anglers

Any angler aged 12 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence. A full rod licence costs from £27 - fishing without one could land you with a fine of up to £2,500 and a criminal record, the Environment Agency warns.

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Automotive supplier to expand in the West Midlands

One of Jaguar Landrover's leading suppliers has announced expansion plans.

Sertec, Coleshill

Sertec, which has its headquarters in Coleshill will lease a new facility on the Hams Hall Estate which it says will free up space at its existing factory for production.  

Rugby Town's new assistant ready for challenge

Rain frustrates cricketers at Trent Bridge

BBC Sport

Rain has prevented the start of play on the final day of Warwickshire's county championship match in Nottingham.

As and when any play gets underway we'll have ball-by-ball commentary.

Trent Bridge

Queen's speech: Satellite-tagged inmates could be sent home on weekdays

The 63rd Queen's Speech has been delivered, detailing the laws the government is planning to introduce in the coming year.

As part of the changes the Queen said satellite tracking tags will be used to monitor offenders in pilot schemes which could see inmates being sent home on weekdays to hold down jobs.

The tags will watch the movements of offenders using GPS technology and will be piloted in eight police areas including Staffordshire, West Midlands and Hertfordshire from September.

The Queen
Warwickshire County Council building

Warwickshire County Council is joining the West Midlands Combined Authority, having previously voted against the plan.

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Butts Park Arena move: 'Supporters will be kept informed'

Martin Winch

BBC Local Live

Following reports linking the Sky Blues with a move to the Butts Park Arena, the club says that matchday and non-matchday revenue potential is essential to progress.

Ricoh Arena

Coventry City currently play their home games at the Ricoh Arena, which is run by top-flight rugby union side Wasps.

The Butts Park Arena is currently the home of Coventry Rugby Club, and talks have taken place with the Sky Blues.

A spokesperson for Coventry City says "no decision has been finalised as talks are ongoing, and we aim to keep supporters informed of future developments".

Jaguar launches its F-Pace model

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

The UK launch of Coventry-based Jaguar's latest model is taking place in Cheltenham.

The 4x4 called the F-Pace is made at the firm's plant in Solihull with a number of West Midlands companies providing parts.

Around 25,000 cars have already been pre ordered.

Sky Blues: No deal agreed for Butts Park

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry City FC says "long dated talks" have been held over a future ground-share deal at the Butts Park Arena but that no decision has been made. 

The club issued a statement saying it still has two years two years left on its current deal with the Ricoh Arena, but that it is important to work towards securing the long-term future.  

Plans for ground share at Butts Park

Coventry Telegraph

The chairman of Coventry Rugby Club has revealed plans have been drawn to expand the stadium and clear the way for Coventry City to move to Butts Park Arena

Butts Park Arena
Coventry Bears

Jimmy Hill: 'How much he meant to Coventry'

The producer of a special documentary about former Sky Blues manager Jimmy Hill says she never realised just how much he meant to Coventry.

Jimmy Hill

Jo McCusker, who put together the programme, says it was only after attending a celebration of his life at the city's cathedral earlier this year that she realised "Coventry is Jimmy Hill".

Jimmy Hill: A Man For All Seasons is aired on BBC One at 22:35.

Stewart rocks up at Skydome after signing for Blaze

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Ice hockey forward Liam Stewart has signed for Coventry Blaze for the coming season.

The 21-year-old is the son of rock star Rod and his former partner Rachel Hunter.

Ed Kimberley, from Blaze TV, says he's "got a great pedigree" having developed his game in north America.

Baby bonobo named Móko following vote

A baby bonobo born at Twycross Zoo has been called Móko following a public vote.

Moko and Kianga
Twycross Zoo

Five names were suggested for the ape born in February but Móko was a clear winner after polling 45 percent of the vote.

Simon Childs, great apes team leader at the zoo, said: "We are all really happy with the winning name Móko, which means 'one', as this is the first baby of new mum Kianga."

Police hunt for convicted burglar

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Police in Nuneaton are trying to find a 34-year-old burglar who's been recalled to prison

Jamie Crutchley
Warwickshire Police

Jamie Crutchley was released in January after being sentenced in 2013 to four-and-a-half years behind bars. 

It's thought he's broken the terms of his release and has been recalled to prison.  

Warwickshire in 'strongest position' joining combined authority

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Joining the West Midlands Combined Authority will put Warwickshire County Council in the "strongest position", according to its leader Izzy Seccombe.

Shire Hall

Councillors voted yesterday to become a non-constituent member.

If we're going to go on this journey I absolutely believe that I'm in the strongest position now to drive a bargain

Councillor Izzy SeccombeLeader, Warwickshire County Council

Wasps move could earn Armitage England recall

BBC Sport

England's Rugby Union coach Eddie Jones says he's not spoken to Steffon Armitage about a potential return to playing in the Aviva Premiership, but would consider selecting him if he did.

Steffon Armitage
Getty Images

The former European Player of the Year's currently with French side Toulon, but has been linked with a move to Coventry-based Wasps.

Jones said: "[If] he signs for Wasps or for whoever he wants to sign for, gets fit [and] plays good rugby I'll pick him."

Latest news: Prison weekend lock-up trial; combined authority membership is long-term aim

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are some of the stories that we're across in the Coventry newsroom this morning:

- Prisons in the West Midlands are to take part in a trial scheme where inmates are only locked up at weekends 

- The leader of Warwickshire County Council says joining the West Midlands Combined Authority as a full member is the long-term aim

- Police in Nuneaton are trying to find a 34-year-old burglar who's been recalled to prison

Move to label 'incorrectly filled' bins defended

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry City Council has been defending the introduction of new labels which are being putting on bins that have been "incorrectly filled". 

The contamination labels set out why refuse crews have decided not to empty the bins.

Bins (generic picture)

Cricket: Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire

BBC Sport

Warwickshire go into the final day of their Specsavers County Championship at Trent Bridge needing seven more wickets to secure their first win of the season.

Nottinghamshire are chasing 227 to win and resume on 21 for three.

Council agrees to join West Midlands Combined Authority

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council will join the West Midlands Combined Authority - reversing a decision to stay out.  

The council will become a non-constituent member; meaning it will take part in discussions about the direction and policy of the authority, but will have limited voting rights. 

Weather: Shattered showers through the day

BBC Weather

It'll be a wet start to the day for most as showery rain moves eastwards this morning.

Scattered showers will linger through the afternoon, with thunder likely, but there will be some sunshine too with highs of 16C (61F).

Wednesday weather forecast

Travel: Queuing traffic in roadworks area

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic in roadworks on the A45 London Road inbound in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, between the A423 junction and Tollbar island.

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