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Summary

  1. Oxford Utd boss Appleton targets more signings
  2. 54 bus routes to be lost from today
  3. Three new children's homes delayed
  4. Oxford United lose 1-2 to Leicester in friendly
  5. Can you give a dinosaur a new home?

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Council 'can't turn back time' on children's centres decision

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A high court judge is considering whether Oxfordshire County Council broke the law when it decided to close the majority of the children's centres it runs.

A two-day judicial review has been taking place into the decision.

Childrens centres campaigners
Desmond Brambley

Today Peter Oldham QC, acting for the council, said: "Staff are leaving at a great rate of knots, it's a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. 

"So an awful lots has moved forward, you can't turn back time."

Travel latest: Slow northbound between Peartree and Islip

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A34 northbound between the Peartree Interchange in Oxford and the Islip turn off.

Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabout works 'ahead of schedule'

A year on from the start of an £11m project to improve the Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts, officials claim the controversial scheme will be finished ahead of schedule. 

Work at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts could be complete in October

But the work has caused misery for 12 months and this month overnight work and unexpected road closures have caused more delays. 

Today members of the public got to see the final plans for the scheme.

Signs have appeared at bus stops warning passengers of services that will end on 20 July

Campaigners are warning rural communities face more economic isolation as nearly half of all council subsidised bus services end today.

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Museum seeks new home for raptor model

The model
OUMNH
The utahraptor has been in storage since 2014

It has been owned by the museum since 2000, but has been languishing in its collections store since 2014.  

The model

Museum seeks new home for raptor model

Is a four-metre long carnivorous dinosaur model just what your school, community centre or library is lacking?

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Oxfordshire lab launches research into life in space

A new multimillion-pound laboratory has opened at Harwell in Oxfordshire for scientists to carry out research into living in space.

Harewll lab is developing materials to help the likes of British astronaut Tim Peake survive in space
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Harewll lab is developing materials to help the likes of British astronaut Tim Peake survive in space

It's a joint venture between the European Space Agency and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. 

Scientists will be testing which materials are best suited for life beyond the earth's atmosphere, whether that's constructing spacecraft or making equipment for astronauts on the International Space Station. 

New bishop takes seat in House of Lords

Steven Croft and Colin Fletcher
BBC
The Right Reverend Steven Croft, left, has left his role as the Bishop of Sheffield to lead the Diocese of Oxford, which was temporarily led by the Right Rev Colin Fletcher

 The Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft was appointed in April.

Steven Croft and Colin Fletcher

New bishop takes seat in House of Lords

The new Bishop of Oxford takes his seat in the House of Lords after the post remained vacant for nearly two years.

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Can you give a raptor a home?

A four metre-long model of an utahraptor is ending its time in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and is seeking a new home.

The dino
OUMNH

The museum is looking for an indoor public space that could house this Cretaceous creature – perhaps a school, community centre, library, or other public venue.

The model will be donated free of charge to the organisation which makes the best case.

To register interest there is a submission form which can be completed at the Museum’s website.  

Appleton targets more Oxford additions

 The U's have brought in 10 players this summer, but have seen midfielders Kemar Roofe and Callum O'Dowda leave.  

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton
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Oxford United manager Michael Appleton

Appleton targets more Oxford additions

Oxford boss Michael Appleton expects to bring two or three more new players in before the start of the season.

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Campaigners say farewell to subsidised buses

Hugh Jaeger from the Bus Users Oxford group says it's a sad day for public transport users, as council subsidies come to an end and 54 routes are lost.

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Tree blocks road near Oxford school

This tweeted in by @lucy_beesley from near Cheney School in Headington.

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Rural warning as bus subsidies are axed

Signs have appeared at bus stops warning passengers of services that will end on 20 July
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Signs have appeared at bus stops warning passengers of services that will end on 20 July

Fifty-four routes will be lost today, out of 118, following the end of council funding.  

Signs have appeared at bus stops warning passengers of services that will end on 20 July

Rural warning as bus subsidies are axed

Campaigners are warning rural communities face more economic isolation as nearly half of all council subsidised bus services end today.

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Watch Chris Maguire's stunning strike against Premier League champions

Premier League champions Leicester City may have beaten Oxford United in last night's friendly at the Kassam Stadium. 

But U's striker Chris Maguire will be dining out on stories of this stunning 25-yard free kick against a keeper called Schmeichel...

U's striker Chris Maguire scores stunning free kick against Premier League champions

Travel latest: Queues on Botley Road

It's not a good day to be on the A420 this morning. We've had reports of big queues in Oxford and in Cumnor.

Get up-to-the minute details on this and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

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Ranieri pleased with Oxford United test

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was pleased Oxford United provided a good test for his champion side as they build towards defending their Premier League title.

Claudio Ranieri
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Claudio Ranieri

It was important for us to win and to learn. It was a good match and a good start for us. A victory is good but it was important to improve our fitness.

Claudio RanieriLeicester City manager

What are the odds?

In a stunning piece of coincidence, the Oxfordshire village of Stanton St John is to stage an opera this weekend - about a politician called Boris who is defeated by a woman. 

And it's musical director is a former teacher of Prime Minister Theresa May...

Theresa May's teacher's opera about Boris

10,000 fans see champions Leicester win Oxford United friendly

Almost 10,000 fans saw the champions of England Leicester City manage a 2-1 win over Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium last night. 

Thousands of fans at the Kassam Stadium saw the Premier League champions in action
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Thousands of fans at the Kassam Stadium saw the Premier League champions in action

In the end class told. A Foxes team, that included stars like Riyad Mahrez and Kasper Schmeichel, successfully battled back with goals from Demarai Gray and Jeff Schlupp, after United's Chris Maguire had netted a brilliant free kick.  

Firm's collapse delays children's homes

Artist's impression of Thame children's home
Oxfordshire County Council
An assessment centre in Thame would provide short-term accommodation for six children

Homes in Didcot, Thame and Witney are planned to cater for 20 vulnerable youngsters and keep them from being sent outside the county.  

Artist's impression of Thame children's home

Firm's collapse delays children's homes

Three new Oxfordshire children's homes are delayed by up to six months after a building firm went into administration.

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'Economic exclusion' warning as bus subsidies end

Chris Brown

BBC News

The loss of nearly half of Oxfordshire's subsidised bus routes will bring "economic exclusion" to rural communities, campaigners have warned. 

Signs have appeared at bus stops warning passengers of services that will end today
BBC
Signs have appeared at bus stops warning passengers of services that will end today

Fifty-four routes will be lost today, out of 118, following the end of council funding. 

Another 64 will run commercially in some form, but could also be scrapped if they are not used. 

The county council said government cuts meant it had to make savings.

Firm's collapse delays children's homes

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

Three new Oxfordshire children's homes have been delayed by up to six months after a building firm went into administration. 

A move-on home in Didcot for older teenagers is planned in a residential area
Oxfordshire County Council
A move-on home in Didcot for older teenagers is planned in a residential area

Homes in Didcot, Thame, Witney and Eynsham are planned to cater for 20 vulnerable youngsters and keep them from being sent outside the county. 

But last month EIC, which won contracts for three of the homes from the county council, entered administration. 

The council said contractor Carillion had arranged to finish the projects.

Heatwave latest: Hot and humid day for all

Another hot and humid day for us here, with long periods of occasionally hazy sunshine.

Some isolated thundery showers could develop through the afternoon and evening, but most places will stay dry. Highs of 29C (84F).

BBC weather for Oxford 20 July
BBC

Welcome to Oxfordshire Live

Good morning. It's another hot day, so try to keep cool with us here throughout the day.

Sunset at the Lockkeepers House, Pink Hill, Farmoor
Anthony Morris
Sunset at the Lockkeepers House, Pink Hill, Farmoor

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