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  1. Birmingham Indian Film Festival ready to launch

    The Birmingham Indian Film Festival is set to kick off on Friday until 4 July.

    People can watch in cinemas or at home via the festival's digital site, organisers say.

    The films cover a wide variety of topics including saving the planet and extraordinary lives as well as conversations with special guests.

    The event launches at The Mac on Friday.

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  2. West Brom confirm new manager as Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael

    BBC Sport

    Valerien Ismael

    West Bromwich Albion have appointed Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael as their new head coach on a four-year contract.

    The 45-year-old Frenchman replaces Sam Allardyce, who left The Hawthorns following Albion's relegation from the Premier League.

    Former Crystal Palace defender Ismael took over at Barnsley last October with the club 21st in the Championship.

    They won 25 of his 44 games in charge to finish fifth before losing to Swansea City in the play-offs.

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  3. Wolves' Premiership clash with Spurs moved

    BBC Sport

    Tottenham's trip to Wolves on 21 August and the following week's visit of Watford in the Premier League have been moved because of Spurs' involvement in the Europa Conference League play-offs.

    Wolves will now host Tottenham at Molineux on Sunday, 22 August, while Watford's fixture at Tottenham Hotspur stadium moves from Saturday, 28 August to Sunday, 29 August.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42 J8.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42 J8, because of a car that's broken down.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Commonwealth Games: £3.6m to redevelop site for games

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Tom Dare

    The redevelopment of a site in Birmingham to host events at the Commonwealth Games will cost £3.6m, it has been revealed.

    Smithfield site

    The money is set to be borrowed for the Smithfield area in the city centre although the council said that the area would have been subject to redevelopment regardless.

    It is set to host the 3×3 basketball, 3×3 wheelchair basketball and beach volleyball events for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with the site requiring extensive work to prepare in time.

    Long-term it will be subject of a £1.9 billion redevelopment by the council, with plans to create a ‘new urban quarter’ with more than 2,000 new homes and a market.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, after J8 for .

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues for six miles on M6 after J8, M5 Interchange, because of a car that's broken down. Congestion to J7 (Great Barr). Travel time is 25 minutes.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. People having vaccines can ask for voucher to not pay Clean Air Zone charge

    BBC Midlands Today

    The authorities in Birmingham are keen to make sure nobody is put off attending their vaccination in the city because of the Clean Air Zone charges.

    Clean air zone sign

    Residents heading for their jab at Millennium Point and a number of other sites within the charging zone can ask for a voucher that exempts them from the daily charge, if they drive a non-compliant vehicle.

    Drivers of a vehicle not meeting emission standards, and without an exemption, face a daily fee. The zone was officially launched on 1 June, but there was a two-week delay to charges to give motorists "time to adjust".