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  1. Updates for 17 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Good evening

    BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

  2. BBC One from 18:30

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Gun crime has risen in the West Midlands force area for the first time in three years - we'll ask what might lie behind the numbers with our reporter Ben Godfrey (pictured).

    Ben Godfrey

    Also on the programme, how would you feel about a one-way ticket to Mars? We meet the PHD student who will spend the next 10 years training to go to the red planet - for life.

    And we meet a 107-year-old West Brom fan. Catch his reaction when we broke the news of their FA Cup draw with Aston Villa - it's well worth tuning in for at 6.30.

  3. Funding boosts school places

    Wolverhampton City Council tweets: Wolverhampton has been allocated nearly £10m to create hundreds of new places at nine local schools. Full story:

  4. 'Working closely' with Blues

    Three receivers at Birmingham International Holdings released a statement after being appointed.

    Ernst and Young says: "The appointment of the receivers by the court on 16 February 2015 does not imply any insolvency of BIHL nor its subsidiary Birmingham City Football Club."

    They say they are working closely with the board of Birmingham City Football Club and will continue to maintain a strong dialogue with the Football League board. Read more on this story on BBC News.

  5. Gun crime figures

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    Gun crime in the West Midlands has gone up by 8% over the past year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

    Gun crime scene

    The figure is a surprise to some, considering how West Midlands Police has successfully worked to reduce firearms offences over the past decade.

    I'll be speaking to the police and crime commissioner on Midlands Today to see how the force is responding.

  6. News on the hour

    Alice Rosenthal

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Ministers says sex education should be compulsory in every state primary and secondary school in England.

    In the news at 17:00 we'll hear from Karrie Anson, who is the Wolverhampton president of the NUT.

  7. Special PC made false expenses claims

    A special constable has been given a suspended jail term after admitting fraudulently claiming travel expenses.

    Mahesh Randeria, 51, claimed more than £1,300 extra for petrol expenses between October 2010 and November 2013, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

  8. Any Questions

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio 4's Any Questions will be held at Aston University next month.

    Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, the show provides the audience with opportunities to quiz MPs and representatives from the country's main political parties in the run up to the general election on Thursday 7 May.

    Click here to apply for free tickets.

  9. Football League requests meeting

    The Football League is requesting a meeting with Birmingham City Football Club after receivers were brought in to handle day-to-day running of its parent company.

    The League received notification earlier today regarding the appointment of receivers by Birmingham City's holding company.

    It said in a statement: "We have requested a meeting with the club and the appointed receivers at the earliest opportunity to discuss the matter."

  10. News on the hour

    Alice Rosenthal

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 16:00: The Football Leagues is requesting a meeting with Birmingham City Football Club after receivers were brought in to handle day-to-day running of its parent company.

  11. 'Detrimental to education'

    Birmingham City Council has formally objected to plans by a highly-rated city academy to run a free school in Birmingham.

    Perry Beeches School

    Perry Beeches Academy Trust, ranked outstanding by Ofsted, wants to open the £20m school, named Perry Beeches V, in Small Heath to provide primary and secondary places.

    The Department for Education has given its backing to the plans, but the council's cabinet says they would "detrimentally affect the education of the majority of children in the area".

  12. Money stolen

    BBC WM

    A woman from Wolverhampton says she is still trying to claim back money stolen by an accountant in the months after her partner was murdered six years ago.

    Andrew Diack, 29, was stabbed to death outside the Flying Dutchman pub 10 days before the birth of his daughter Meagan.

  13. FA Cup catch-up

    BBC Sport

    Watch the best goals, funniest moments and star performances from the FA Cup fifth round in under 10 minutes.

    FA Cup Catch-Up: The highs and lows of round five

    It includes Tim Sherwood's 'new manager bounce' in full effect. Watch more on BBC Sport.

  14. A&E jobs to be advertised

    The jobs of all the A&E consultants at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are expected to be advertised this week.

    Four resigned on Friday amid claims their relationship with management had completely broken down.

    The trust says it's in the process of agreeing leaving dates but the consultants won't be finishing before May.

  15. Register to vote

    Dudley Council tweets: There are 24seats up for grabs on Dudley Council. Make sure you're registered to vote on May 7…

    Elections are coming
  16. Stories we're working on

    Hilary McConnell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Gun crime is on the increase in West Midlands. We're looking at why it's going up and Ben Godfrey will be speaking to an anti-gun crime campaigner and the police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands.

    Chris King has spent the morning with commuters who're affected by the landslip on the line at Hanbury. Find out how they're coping and what's being done to help them.

    And we'll be looking ahead to the Aston Villa V West Brom FA Cup match. Find out more at 18:30 with Mary Rhodes .

  17. News on the hour

    Alice Rosenthal

    Newsreader, BBC WM

    Birmingham City Football Club says there will be no problem fulfilling its fixtures after receivers were brought in to handle the day-to-day running of its parent company.

    I'll bring you the latest at 14:00.

  18. Armed robbery gang jailed

    A Wolverhampton gang sentenced to more than 27 years had been getting more and more violent, according to police.

    Adrian Durant, Craig Perry and Lee Tonks

    The three men robbed 10 security vans across the Midlands threatening the drivers with knives or claw hammers.

    (Pictured left to right) Adrian Durant was jailed yesterday for 14 years, Craig Perry, 12 and Lee Tonks, from Dryden Road was given 18 months for assisting an offender.

  19. Marshall leaves Villa

    The first team coach for Aston Villa Scott Marshall has left the club.

    Scott Marshall

    The club thanked him for "his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend".

  20. Landslip line 'should reopen by Easter'

    A railway line between Birmingham and London, closed by a landslip between Warwickshire and Oxfordshire, is expected to open in time for Easter, Network Rail says.

    Aerial view of the landslide

    The section of the Chiltern Line between Leamington Spa and Banbury was closed on 31 January after the landslip near the Harbury Tunnel.

    Network Rail said about 100,000 tonnes of earth had been removed so far and freight and passenger services should resume by 2 April.

  21. A fresh start for Blues?

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    The announcement that Birmingham City's parent company BIHL has called in the receivers will understandably worry fans, but could actually be a positive move for the football club.

    As for the short-term impact on the club, the biggest danger is that the Football League might dock them points. That is far from certain though.

    Birmingham City has reassured the League it can fulfil its fixtures.

  22. BBC One from 13:38

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    We'll have the latest on the commuter delays caused by the landslip on the train line from Birmingham to London.

    And there's more on the financial woes faced by Birmingham City FC.

    Join me on BBC One this lunchtime from 13:38.

  23. Villa smoke bombs

    A Leicester City fan had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a number of smoke bombs were set off at Aston Villa's home game on Sunday.

    Police say three smoke bombs went off in the away concourse, leaving one person requiring medical treatment.

  24. 'Carson Yeung really can't stop this'

    Football finance expert Peter Knowles says the "saga" at BIHL has been going on for more than five years.

    He says: "The accountants will be looking at the company and, as we know, the only assets they have are Birmingham City Football Club.

    "If you run out of money and you need some - you realise your assets. They almost 100% own BCFC so I believe now the club should be up for sale. Carson Yeung really can't stop this."

  25. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the 12:00 news bulletin: Birmingham City Football Club says there will be no problem fulfilling its fixtures - after receivers were brought in to handle the day-to-day running of its owner.

  26. M6 lanes reopened

    Highways Agency tweets: Recovery compelted and all lanes now open #M6 south J10A - J10 #Staffordshire.

    Long delays remain but are starting to clear.

  27. Receivers could recommend sale

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    The decision of Birmingham International Holdings Limited to appoint receivers is another chunk of knotted spaghetti in the tangle of Birmingham City, as far as I can see.

    If you're feeling optimistic, the BIHL receivers could potentially recommend a sale of the club once they've got to the bottom of finances.

    Either way boardroom wrangles hardly help engender a feeling of stability at the Blues despite efforts of St Andrew's-based staff.

  28. In-house wrangling in boardroom

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    The parent company of Birmingham City Football Club has appointed three receivers from Ernst and Young to take care of the company's day-to-day management.

    Birmingham International Holdings Limited took the step voluntarily because of in-house wrangling in the boardroom.

    St Andrew's

    A statement from the football club stresses there is no immediate threat to its operations and that BIHL is not subject to a winding-up order or liquidation.

    Blues say they can continue to fulfil the fixtures, which continue tomorrow with the home game against Middlesbrough.

  29. 'For the greater good'

    Birmingham International Holdings Ltd Board says it decided "it had no other option but to openly and voluntarily request reputable receivers" due to "inharmonious relations within the management".

    Birmingham City says the receivers will manage day-to-day activities, looking after finances for the "greater good of the club".

  30. Club's parent company appoints receivers

    Midlands Today

    Birmingham City Football Club's parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Limited, has appointed receivers - but says it's not in liquidation.

    The club says in a statement: "The club wishes to reassure its supporters and staff most emphatically that no winding up petition has been filed against the Company (BIHL) and that it is therefore not in liquidation."

  31. Lanes blocked on M6

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are blocked on the M6 southbound between J11, at Cannock, and J10, Wolverhampton, because of an obstruction in the road. Get the latest information here.

  32. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news bulletin on BBC WM at 11:00: The British Medical Association says it will be very difficult to replace the A&E consultant team at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

  33. FA Cup derby

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    We're in the wonderful position of having two of our local football sides still in the FA Cup - and last night's quarter final draw did not disappoint. It's served up a very big derby.

    Villa and West Brom young fans

    Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will be pitched against each other at Villa Park.

    The derby is to be played over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of March.

  34. Walsall car park consultation

    Would you like to see a new car park in Walsall?

    Centro is holding a consultation on whether to build a 196-space car park near a park-and-ride site at Bradley Lane Metro stop.

  35. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the 10:00 news bulletin: A mum whose son was shot dead in Birmingham says cuts to youth services and charities are to blame for an increase in gun crime.

  36. Gun crime figures revealed

    Express and Star

    The West Midlands has the highest gun rate in the country - but levels are down by half from seven years ago, new figures have shown.

  37. Council objects to free school

    Midlands Today

    Birmingham City Council has formally objected to plans to open another free school in Small Heath.

    Perry Beeches School

    Perry Beeches School is the fifth in a chain of free schools.

    Councillors say there are enough primary schools in the area and this would mean wasted resources. They want to use the site to relocate Al Hijrah - the most oversubscribed school in the city.

  38. Accident on M42

    BBC Travel

    A lane's shut on the M42 southbound between J4, the A34 Shirley, and J3A, for the M40, because of an accident. Get the latest information here.

  39. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 09:00 on BBC WM: The West Midlands police and crime commissioner has described a rise in gun crime in the region over the past year as "disturbing".

  40. Health secretary to discuss hospital

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    The health secretary has agreed to meet politicians and health campaigners next week, to discuss the future of A&E services in Redditch.

    Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

    It follows the resignation last week of all four consultants in the department, together with a consultant in Worcester.

  41. Increase in gun crime

    BBC WM

    There was a sharp increase in gun crime in the West Midlands last year.


    Figures from the Office for National Statistics show an 8% increase - which translates to 41 more offences involving firearms.

    Some campaigners say cuts to services for young people could see the problem getting even worse.

  42. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you'd like to get in touch about any of the updates we're featuring on BBC Local Live, please email or tweet @BBCWM.