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  1. Updates from Thu 20 Nov 2014
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  1. Post update

    Thursday's Local Live updates have now finished. The service will resume at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Dry but cloudy

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today Weather

    Dry conditions will persist through the evening and overnight although there'll be plenty of cloud and hill fog. It will stay generally mild, and winds will be light.

    Lows of 7C (45F).

  3. Talks on devolution

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    The 10 leaders and mayors of Core Cities UK, the "Core Cities Cabinet'" met with William Hague MP, chair of The Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers, this afternoon to discuss a plan to drive forward devolution to the UK's cities.

    They demanded that devolution is delivered in the same time frame as Scottish devolution. It comes after Birmingham and Black Country councils announced their intention to form a combined authority.

    Sir Albert Bore, Labour leader of Birmingham City Council and Core Cities lead on transport, said: "The Core Cities are the UK's engines of growth and prosperity - the argument to devolve powers to the regions is beyond doubt."

  4. Red card overturned

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport

    Walsall have successfully appealed against the red card given to captain Adam Chambers in Tuesday's 1-0 FA Cup first-round replay loss to Shrewsbury.

    The 34-year-old could have been facing a three-match ban, but is now available for his team's League One meeting with Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

  5. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    A concert is being held in Birmingham tonight to remember the 21 people who were killed in the notorious pub bombings in the city in 1974. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the attack, which was carried out by the IRA.

    Our reporter Amy Cole will be at Birmingham Town Hall where the concert is taking place. Tune into Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  6. Villa will pay tribute

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Aston Villa Football Club have announced plans to pay tribute to the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings at their game on Monday night against Southampton.

    There won't be a minute's silence to mark the 40th anniversary, but the names of the 21 people who died in the explosions will be displayed in a roll call on stadium screens.

    The club also said it "supported the initiative" for applause in the 21st minute of the game and it had invited representatives of the Justice 4 The 21 campaign to the fixture.

  7. Local TV

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News

    The licence for local TV in Birmingham has been given to another group after City TV went into administration without broadcasting any programmes.

    Regulator Ofcom said it had agreed to transfer the licence to Kaleidoscope TV Limited, which has until 28 February to get on air.

    The group's commitments include 41 hours of new local programmes a week.

  8. M42 crash

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M42 northbound between J5, A41 for Solihull and J6 by the A45 for Birmingham Airport because of an accident, warns BBC Travel.

  9. 'Mystery' death after surgery

    Michele Paduano

    BBC Midlands health correspondent

    Tracey Bannister died aged 29 when her health worsened rapidly following gall bladder surgery at Walsall Manor Hospital.

    Tracey Bannister make-shift tribute in the room where was born in her parent's home

    One of the nurses involved in the procedure, Stuart Beddows, later committed suicide. It was cited at his inquest that this had played a part.

    Dr Mark Cox told today's inquest at Smethwick Council House that he could not account for Ms Bannister's quick deterioration on leaving hospital and said her death remained a mystery.

  10. News on the hour

    Jo Tidman

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Two sketches have been released by police to try and trace a man in connection with the attempted abduction of a schoolgirl in Shirley.

    More on this and other stories in our 17:00 bulletin.

  11. Albion team news

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    Alan Irvine says Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is definitely out while Sebastien Pocognoli (hamstring) is doubtful for Saturday's Chelsea trip.

  12. News on the hour

    Jo Tidman

    Journalist, BBC WM

    At 16:00 Midlands Today's health correspondent Michele Paduano tells us Walsall Manor Hospital has changed its procedures after a 29-year-old woman died after deteriorating rapidly following gall bladder surgery.

    Listen live here.

  13. Pub bombings: 'No sense'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Ms Bentley says 40 years on she still can't make any sense of what happened. "There is no sense in innocent people enjoying themselves, being killed. It was a premeditated crime. It's senseless.

    "I could've been in the pub that night but I wasn't. Who can say? I do and don't feel guilty. I should've been there with my friend but you just can't say what would've been."

  14. Soldiers finally honoured

    Stourbridge News

    Thanks to a campaign by a Stourbridge war veteran - 26 tragic soldiers have finally been honoured with a plaque on the town's war memorial around seven decades after their deaths.

  15. Post update

    Plane crash 'fell like a stone'

    An inquest have heard that an aircraft, which crashed in France killing a father and son, fell from the sky "like a stone".

    Roger and Andrew Hayes

    Roger Hayes, 75, from Devon and son Andy, 39, from Birmingham, died when their twin-seat plane crashed into woodland at Pierre-Buffiere in 2012.

  16. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Our top story at 15:00 is:

    • A doctor has told an inquest that the death of a young woman released from Walsall Manor hospital after gall bladder surgery remains a mystery.
  17. Pub bombings: 'My best friend died'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Pat Bentley (pictured left) was 17. She was due to go out with her friend Jane Davis (pictured right) on the night of 21 November 1974 but after an emotional day breaking up from a boyfriend she was "fed up" and decided to have a night in front of the TV rather than in the pub.

    Pat Bentley and Jane Davis

    That night, her friend died, and became the youngest victim of the bomb attack.

  18. Wolves team news

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM Sport

    Scott Golbourne will be assessed tomorrow to see if he has recovered from a foot injury. Dave Edwards (pictured) remains out with a knee ligament injury. The likely length of his absence is still unclear.

    David Edwards
    Image caption: Edwards made his international debut against the Republic of Ireland in 2007

    Nouha Dicko has been having treatment for a tight hamstring after returning early from international duty with Mali.

  19. Christmas market plans

    via Facebook

    Birmingham Updates shared our feature asking if people loved or loathed the Frankfurt Market, and it has been getting a lot of reaction.

    A recurring theme is whether or not the theme of the market itself should change every once in a while.

    Neil Turrell suggested a Jamaican market sounded fun while Sue Corbett and Laura Barker favoured a Victorian market. Send us your thoughts over email, Twitter or Facebook.

  20. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In our 14:00 news, a doctor tells an inquest that the death of a young woman released from hospital after gall bladder surgery remains a mystery.

  21. Pub bombings prompted proposal

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Les was reeling from a broken heart after splitting with his girlfriend, who was also in the pub, and says his first worry was to find her.

    Les Robinson with his wife Ros

    "It's no exaggeration to say the Birmingham pub bombings - it's the best thing that ever happened to me." One year after the bombing, Les proposed to his girlfriend.

  22. Coming up on TV

    Giles Latcham

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    A doctor has told an inquest that the death of a young woman released from hospital after gall bladder surgery remains a mystery.

    Dr Mark Cox said he could not account for Tracey Bannister's rapid deterioration on leaving Walsall Manor Hospital. Our Health Correspondent Michele Paduano is at the hearing.

    Tune into Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  23. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Birmingham City Council is rejecting allegations of racism over injunctions handed out banning six Asian men from approaching girls under 18.

    More on this and other stories in our 13:00 bulletin.

  24. More on Moussi

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport

    Blues new short-term signing Guy Moussi was a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest in May,.

    Guy Moussi
    Image caption: Guy Moussi made a total of 18 appearances in all competitions last season for Nottingham Forest and Millwall

    He will be splitting his wages between the Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club, Stop Ebola, a church in Paris and the TEV Soma Charity.

    Read more about him here.

  25. Post update

    Police appeal for witnesses

    Katie Wray

    BBC News

    Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with the sexual assault of a woman as she sat upstairs on a bus.

    CCTV image of suspect

    The assault took place on 10 September between 19.15 - 19.30 on the number 16 bus in Birmingham city centre.

  26. Pub bombings: 'It filled everything'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Like many who were affected by the bombs which went off in Birmingham in 1974 - they were having a couple of drinks after work.

    Les Robinson, survivor of the Birmingham pub bombings

    Les Robinson was playing the arcade game Pong with his friends and drinking a pint - "within a few minutes I was 11-4 down. I punched the machine in anger and I walked away. As I walked back to the machine and put my hands on the controls there was a massive bang.

    "It filled everything. It filled you."

  27. Black Sabbath studio may move

    Birmingham Mail

    The famous recording studio in Selly Oak, where Birmingham musical legends like Black Sabbath, ELO, Slade and Robert Plant jammed, could be moving after 30 years.

  28. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The NSPCC says Birmingham City council has broken important new legal ground to protect vulnerable children who may be victims of sexual abuse.

    Listen live to our 12:00 bulletin for more on this.

  29. Blues pub bombings tribute

    Birmingham City tweets it has planned a number of tributes to honour those who lost their lives during the Birmingham pub bombings including the names of all the victims being read out and displayed on the club's big screen at half-time.

  30. Bridge wall fall to death

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News

    A man who died after falling onto rail tracks and being hit by a train had tried to climb a bridge wall, an inquest was told.

    Jeevan Singh Dhanda, 18, of Walsall, fell onto tracks at Birmingham's New Street Station and died on 13 August, six days later.

    Jeevan Singh Dhanda

    Police told the inquest it was their hypothesis he thought he could find a way back into a nightclub.

  31. Rare mementos auctioned off

    Jennifer Scott

    BBC News

    Three rare football medals owned by ex-West Bromwich Albion player Stan Amos are expected to fetch more than £800 when they go under the hammer later.

    The three medals

    Amos was part of the Baggies team which won the Football League Championship in 1920.

  32. Have your say

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write it from here in Birmingham. We'd like to get your views.

  33. Moussi to donate wages

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    Birmingham City have signed French midfielder Guy Moussi on a short-term contract until 18 January - and the player will not receive a penny for himself.

    Guy Moussi

    The 29-year old has decided to donate his wages to four charities, including the Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club and the Stop Ebola campaign.

    Moussi, who had a week's trial at St Andrew's earlier this month, will be in contention to make his Blues debut at Rotherham on Saturday.

  34. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Simon Barry explains how West Midlands Fire Service brought a blaze in Bilston High Street under control in our bulletin at 11:00.

    Listen live for more on this and other stories.

  35. 'No quick fix' for agencies

    Express and Star

    The government has warned there will be "no quick fixes" to the organisations criticised in the wake of the death of Christina Edkins, as her family call for a fresh inquiry into her killing.

    Christina was stabbed to death by Philip Simelane while she was on a bus travelling through Birmingham to Leasowes School in Halesowen on March 7 last year.

  36. Damage wreaked by blaze

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Antony Vanes, who runs scrapyard Stag Metals, one of the firms affected by the fire, estimated up to £50,000 damage had been caused.

    "I know there has been damage but I can't be sure exactly because they won't let me on site," he said.

    "I live round the corner and came down when the security alarms started going off. I'm going to have to buy a new crane, new guillotines. It's a huge setback."

  37. Blaze extinguished

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The fire at an industrial estate on Bilston High Street is now out.

    The burnt-out industrial building

    I've been catching up with Simon Barry, an operations commander for West Midlands Fire Service, who said two units were affected by the blaze but the quick actions of crews- who were on the scene within five minutes - saved three units there and a "significant part of the building".

  38. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    New research suggests that obesity is a greater burden on the UK's economy than armed violence, war and terrorism - at an annual cost of £47bn.

    It comes as a special programme has been launched in Castle Vale in Birmingham where a third of 11 year olds are obese.

    At 10:00 we will hear from Adrian Phillips, the Director of Public Health for Birmingham. Listen to the bulletin here.

  39. How we covered blaze

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    My 06:00 shift started with a bang this morning when I saw a tweet from West Midlands Fire Service saying 10 crews were tackling a blaze in Bilston.

    We put calls in to the press office and were told the fire was actually in High Street in Moxley. I've been told by a spokesperson for the service the cause is unknown but there's no evidence so far to suggest it's suspicious.

  40. Expected to last most of today

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    David Janes, a station commander at Handsworth Fire Station, is among the firefighters tackling the blaze in Moxley.

    He said he expects crews will be at the scene for the best part of the day.

    People living nearby are being advised to keep doors and windows closed.

  41. No injuries in blaze

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    No-one was injured in the blaze in Moxley this morning, according to a West Midlands Fire Service spokesman.

    The blaze in Moxley

    He said the cause would be investigated but added: "Nothing has come back to suggest it's suspicious."

  42. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The names of six of the seven Birmingham men banned from approaching girls under 18 have been released despite objections from West Midlands Police.

    The force was concerned it would put the men at risk but we will hear from Jon Brown from the NSPCC at 09:00 explaining why it supported the decision.

    Listen live here.

  43. 'Plebgate' row was 'trivial'

    Danny Shaw

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    A policeman who witnessed the so-called "plebgate" row has said he considered it a "trivial" incident of a "gentleman on a bicycle who had the hump".

    Andrew Mitchell on his bike

    Ian Richardson said he did not make detailed notes of the argument after Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell was stopped from riding through Downing Street's main gates.

  44. Bilston traffic problems

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    The A41 Oxford Road in Bilston is partially blocked and there is slow traffic because of a building fire on the Stag Industrial Estate. There is also slow traffic between the B4163 Loxdale Street junction and the A4098 Great Bridge Road junction, warns BBC Travel.

  45. Three businesses in blaze

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    More than 100 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a building containing industrial units in the West Midlands.

    Crews said they received a "number of calls" from members of the public alerting them to the fire in High Street just after 02:30 BST.

    A "number of calls" from members of the public alerted crews to the fire in High Street, Moxley, just after 02:30 GMT.

    A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said three businesses in the one-storey building had been affected: a bed manufacturer, a fridge firm and a car repair workshop.

  46. Cloudy but settled

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Some early morning mist and murk ahead of another largely dry but cloudy and settled day. There's still some brightness to be had but again this will be limited.

    Highs of 8C (46F). More information about the outlook for the rest of the week is here.

  47. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I'm looking after the updates from the BBC WM newsroom this morning, bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Get in touch with us with your thoughts and pictures throughout the day over email, Twitter or Facebook.