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All this week we're taking a look through some of the archive, including the heady days before congestion on Birmingham and the Black Country's roads, railways and air routes.
There's some interesting footage of the Gravelly Hill Interchange - better known as spaghetti junction - opening in 1972.
Although I wasn't in court today to hear news of the release of Moazzam Begg, I gather it came as a surprise to the defence.
A policeman who suffered catastrophic crush injuries while tackling a fleeing burglar is back fighting crime.
Social workers in the West Midlands are the most stressed in the country - with more than one in 10 admitting they want to leave the profession, research suggests.
Community Care, an online resource for social workers, found more than 80% of those surveyed admitted to being under more pressure than ever before.
Hear more on the top story on BBC WM this morning.
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's headquarters will be reopened later after a £1.8m revamp.
Since work began in June, the CBSO centre has been boosted with improved seating, lighting, acoustics and performance facilities.
The orchestra's patron the Earl of Wessex is due to unveil the changes later this afternoon.
West Midlands Police says new material it received had "an impact on key pieces of evidence that underpinned the prosecution's case", leading to the charges against Mr Begg being dropped.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale says: "I understand this is going to raise many questions. However, explaining what this newly revealed information is would mean discussing other aspects of the case which would be unfair and inappropriate as they are no longer going to be tested in court."
Moazzam Begg was held in the US-run military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for nearly three years from 2002 and was never charged with any offence.
He is a British citizen who moved to Afghanistan with his family in 2001, before moving again to Pakistan in 2002 when the Afghanistan war started.
Mr Begg was released in January 2005 along with three other British citizens and returned to the UK.
Moazzam Begg, 45, appeared before the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh Prison when he was formally acquitted of all seven terror charges.
Mr Begg spoke only to confirm his name and made no reaction as the prosecutor offered no evidence following a review of the case.
Moazzam Begg appeared at the Old Bailey in July charged over allegedly attending a terrorist training camp in Syria, which he denied.
He was charged with one count of attending a terrorism training camp in Syria between 9 October 2012 and 9 April 2013, and possessing documents for a purpose connected to terrorism and terrorist funding. The case was dropped today at the Old Bailey.
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg today had seven terror charges connected with the civil war in Syria dropped at the Old Bailey.
Mr Begg, from Birmingham, is expected to be freed from Belmarsh Prison later today.
A driver who killed a young Birmingham student after suffering a seizure at the wheel may have been suffering from alcohol withdrawal, an inquest has heard.
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Severn Trent Water has revealed it's now providing green gas made from processed human waste to more than 2.5 million homes in and around Birmingham.
A new treatment process means the gas can be cleaned - saving the company more than £1.5m a year, which it says will benefit its customers.
Yardley School in Tyseley is to remain closed until next week following a suspected arson attack on a neighbouring warehouse.
Head teacher Rose Hughes said "hazardous" debris had to be removed by a specialist contractor, while a large portion of the school had also been cordoned off to allow surrounding buildings to be demolished.
If you've travelled on the train between Wolverhampton and Birmingham you may have spotted some life-sized horse sculptures near the track.
In 1987 British Rail part funded and commissioned a local artist to produce 12 steel horses along the railway line to "liven up the grimmest rail journey in Britain". Watch the archive footage online now.
The education secretary tells BBC WM she's confident the government has got to the bottom of the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham.
Nicky Morgan claims the appointment of an education commissioner for Birmingham will help to improve standards at schools that were put into special measures.
She insists the government did act swiftly enough when allegations about a hard-line Islamist agenda surfaced.
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead at a Birmingham flat.
Officers went to the property in Showell Green Lane, Sparkhill, just after 13:40 on Thursday following reports the 41-year-old had collapsed.
A 28-year-old man and 26-year-old woman are being questioned.
Investigations are under way to find the cause of a huge fire at a scrap metal yard in the Black Country.
Up to 50 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at Charles Street in Smethwick.
Hear more on this story in the news at 09:00.
David Cameron will close the Conservative party conference in Birmingham today by pledging to increase spending on the NHS in England every year, if the Tories win next May's general election.
He will promise to protect health spending from cuts, in a repeat of the policy on which he fought the 2010 election.
A Birmingham school which was forced to close on Monday after a fire at a nearby industrial estate will remain shut until next week.
The fire at Redding Lane, Tyseley, is the third on the estate and caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Debris has fallen on to the Yardleys School site and will have be removed before it can reopen.
A fire involving 200 tons of scrap metal broke out near the West Bromwich Albion ground, sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky.
There will be a fair amount of cloud and many places will be dry for much of the time.
A few warm sunny spells are likely, especially in the morning, and patchy rain will spread southeastwards in the afternoon with a high of 19C (66F). Get your local forecast.
One lane's closed and there's heavy traffic on the M6 southbound between J6, for the A38(M) Aston Expressway, and J5, at the A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.
Congestion goes to J7, A34 (Great Barr), says BBC Travel.
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