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  1. Updates for Monday 20 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

  2. Midlands Today at 18.30

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    There's a significant number of very happy Aston Villa fans around today after their epic cup win against Liverpool yesterday. And who can blame them after such a testing season in the Premier League?

    Villa supporters with banner

    It's our lead story tonight in Midlands Today and how good it is to talk about something cheerful!

    Well done, Villa, and let's hope they can take it one stage further next month and actually bring home the FA Cup, for the first time since 1957.

  3. Doctor Who musical comes to Birmingham

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Birmingham has been chosen as one of six venues for the debut Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular - featuring Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels alongside a handful of timelords and their assistants.

    Three daleks

    Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus of Wales and conducted by Ben Foster, the UK shows will be hosted by Peter Davison, who played the fifth doctor.

    The spectacular comes to Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena for two performances on 26 May.

  4. 'Strain' on midwives

    There's a shortage of community midwives across Wolverhampton, according to the chief executive of the city's New Cross Hospital.

    Women's & Neonatal unit

    David Laughton says "we want to provide an outreach service, so we do require more midwives".

    New Cross deals with 4,200 births a year, but the number could increase by 700 as it takes on more patients.

  5. Rugeley fire savings

    Chris King

    BBC WM, political reporter

    The public can have their say this evening on proposals to remove one of the fire engines from Rugeley, in a bid to make savings of almost £6m.

    Rugeley fire station

    There are two options on the table for Rugeley: The first involves removing a fire engine but leaving enough people to man a vehicle with a larger water tank.

    The second involves removing both vehicles. A drop-in session is being held at the town's fire station today, so local people can find out more. You've got until 22 May to have your say.

  6. News on the hour

    Gareth Ford-Lloyd

    BBC WM

    In the news at 16:00 on BBC WM: A former lord mayor of Birmingham has died.

    Michael Wilkes retired from the council in 2012 after serving for more than 30 years.

    He was a leading expert on Lord of the Rings and chairman of the Birmingham Tolkien Group.

  7. CCTV images released

    Detectives have released CCTV images of potential key witnesses they need to speak to following the murder of Birmingham teenager, Sheriff Mbye.

    CCTV images

    The 18-year-old died in hospital on Friday afternoon after being stabbed several times during a fight in Northfield.

    Two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of his murder and they remain in police custody this afternoon.

    A 19-year-old man also involved in the incident remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

  8. A very local general election

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Only people with long memories have clear recollections of simpler times when Professor Robert McKenzie's swingometer could tell the story of successive general elections.

    Presenter Robert McKenzie with the swingometer on election night, 1964.

    Our part of the country has long been a two-party affair to a greater extent than anywhere else in the country, so a straightforward device pointing this way and then that was almost invariably quite good enough to do the job.

    But what, I ask myself, would we need to visualise the infinite variety of 2015? Read my blog in full on the BBC website.

  9. Women's Super League One

    BBC Sport

    Carly Telford saved a late penalty to ensure Notts County Ladies shared the spoils with Birmingham City at Solihull Moors.

    Birmingham City after missing out on 2014 WSL 1 title

    The England stopper denied Remi Allen from the spot after the Birmingham midfielder was brought down in the box.

    The hosts failed to threaten before the penalty, while Blues keeper Rebecca Spencer had to deal with tame efforts from Ellen White and Alex Greenwood.

    In the second tier - Aston Villa beat Oxford United 2-0.

  10. Rugby champs

    BBC WM Sport

    Moseley secured their place in Rugby Union's Championship with a 29-0 win over Plymouth Albion.

    The victory at Billesley Common relegated the visitors as a result.

  11. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the 15:00 news bulletin: Detectives have released images of potential key witnesses they need to speak to following the murder of Birmingham teenager, Sheriff Mbye.

  12. Blues fan need some patience

    Dan Pallett

    Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    The wheels in Hong Kong are slowly grinding forward, the receivers are doing their best to get the parent company and/or the club sold.

    But it's clear that Blues fans are going to need plenty more patience before that happens.

    And if the biggest shareholder Carson Yeung successfully appeals against his money laundering conviction then a sale could be delayed even further.

  13. Money stolen as woman had seizure

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Yesterday West Midlands Police released a CCTV image of a woman officers want to speak to after a "despicable thief" stole £60 from a woman's handbag while she was having an epileptic seizure.

    CCTV image of woman

    Officers said most passers-by tried to help the woman when she collapsed at a shopping centre in Stourbridge, but one woman reached into the bag and grabbed the money.

    I've just put a call into police to see if there's been any update following the appeal.

  14. Zoo gets new boss

    Express and Star

    A new boss has been appointed at Dudley Zoo following the retirement of Peter Suddock - as the council's opposition leader calls for details surrounding his sudden departure to be made public.

  15. Blues sale 'last resort'

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    Ernst & Young has repeatedly said a sale of Birmingham City FC would be a last resort, as the continuing ownership of Blues is critical to Birmingham International Holdings Limited's listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

    St Andrew's

    However, the receivers have noted there have been several recent offers made for the football club and/or the parent company in recent months.

  16. Blues meeting called

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    The receivers currently controlling Birmingham City's parent company have called a meeting on 30 April to gain approval for presenting BIHL's interim results.

    Ernst & Young have prepared the figures up to the end of December 2014.

    It is worth recalling that BIHL went into voluntary receivership because of something of a civil war within the boardroom, with the receivers aiming to clarify the firm's financial status.

  17. Election candidates face grilling

    Walsall Advertiser

    Parliamentary candidates will face a grilling from residents as part of a community event in Walsall.

    Six candidates who are vying for the position of MP for Aldridge-Brownhills have been invited to the husting event at Aldridge Community Centre, in Middlemore Lane, next Friday (April 24).

  18. BBC One from 13:40

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    This lunchtime we're celebrating with Villa fans, as the club get within touching distance of a cup they last won back in 1957.

    And our reporter Ben Godfrey will bring more on his story about the need for more midwives in Wolverhampton, after changes in maternity care.

  19. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In my 13:00 bulletin, Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital is facing a midwife shortage after taking on cases from Stafford and Cannock.

  20. Can't wait for cup final: Cameron

    Birmingham Mail

    Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of a date with destiny in May after Aston Villa beat Liverpool in an FA Cup semi-final thriller and said: "I can't wait to watch the final."

    The Conservative leader listened to the match on radio as Downing Street does not have BT Sport - and heard his team overcome the odds with a scintillating 2 -1 Wembley win.

  21. Head appointed local leader in education

    Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

    The head teacher of a primary school in Erdington is set to help raise education standards in other city schools after being appointed as a Local Leader in Education.

  22. Birmingham family stranded in Yemen

    Orla Guerin

    BBC News

    A Birmingham family is stranded in Yemen where aid agencies are warning of a growing humanitarian crisis as civil war rages.

    Abdul Hussein from Birmingham

    The UN says 150,000 people have been displaced by fighting and 12 million left short of food.

    Abdul Hussein, from Birmingham, (pictured) is on holiday with his family. He told me: "It's happened. We're here - we're just trying to get out of this situation and we're trying to get home."

  23. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 12:00 on BBC WM, we'll have the latest on a Birmingham man stranded in Yemen.

    Plus our reporter Clive Eakin is following Warwickshire, who are replying to the Hampshire total of 319 all out on the second day of their County Championship match at Edgbaston.

  24. Morning meeting

    Hilary McConnell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    We'll be getting reaction to Aston Villa reaching the FA Cup final.

    Ben Godfrey has been finding out why they're increasing the number of midwives at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

    And did you know that New Street Station has an artist in residence? Satnam Rana has been to find out more.

  25. Midland Metro delays

    Midland Metro tweets: some delays are expected between Priestfield to Bham Snowhill due to heavy traffic on the street level.

  26. Two shootings a week on West Mids streets

    Express and Star

    The shocking level of gun crime in the West Midlands was laid bare today.

    A total of 111 shootings where someone was injured took place in just one year - more than two a week.

  27. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 11:00 on BBC WM: Today is the last day to register if you want to vote in the elections on 7 May.

    Changes in the rules mean huge numbers of potential voters may miss out, especially young people.

    Shortly we'll hear from Birmingham returning officer Mark Rogers.

  28. Former lord mayor dies

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The former Birmingham Lord Mayor Michael Wilkes has died, Birmingham City Council announces.

    The current Lord Mayor of Birmingham Shafique Shah says: "Mick was a great servant to the city of Birmingham and made many friends, both as a ward councillor and in his year as lord mayor. Our sympathies go to Vivienne and the family at this extremely sad time."

  29. Fight like lions

    Nick Clitheroe

    Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

    Tim Sherwood's confident personality has performed a remarkable transformation at Aston Villa.

    The fans who used to turn up for games full of anxiety now have belief, players previously so meek fight like lions.

    Tim Sherwood

    The noise from the Villa half of Wembley was deafening at the kick off and the team responded in kind.

    The tone was set by the midfield three of Delph, Westwood and Cleverley, who dominated their more illustrious rivals, but there were heroes all over the pitch.

  30. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: Nearly half of people living with Parkinson's in the West Midlands have experienced hostility and rudeness from members of the public because of their condition, according to a charity survey.

  31. Solihull election debate

    Chris King

    BBC WM, political reporter

    This Thursday, BBC WM is holding its third live election debate, in Solihull, and this time we're focusing on health.

    If you want to be part of the audience please fill out this form.

    Solihull candidates in the general election 2015

    We'll have coverage on BBC WM from 7pm on Thursday as well as updates on BBC Local Live.

  32. Boy 'beaten for wrongly reciting Koran'

    Birmingham Mail

    Two teachers are to stand trial accused of beating a ten-year-old boy - for wrongly reciting the Koran.

  33. Rankin takes six wickets to outclass Hants

    BBC Sport

    Paceman Boyd Rankin took a career-best 6-75 as Warwickshire bowled Hampshire out on the first day at Edgbaston.

    Boyd Rankin

    The 30-year-old Irishman and Chris Wright (3-75) reduced newly promoted Hampshire to 178-5.

  34. Villa into the FA Cup final

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    It's been a night of celebration after Villa secured their place in an FA Cup final for the first time in 15 years.

    Aston Villa fans following FA Cup semi final win

    Tim Sherwood's men came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 in the semi final at Wembley yesterday.

    Former Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink says it was a worthy win for the fans, adding: "They've had so much disappointment within the past few seasons - just to see them all celebrating at Wembley yesterday was brilliant."

  35. Two men questioned over killing

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    Detectives investigating the suspected murder of an 18-year-old in Birmingham are continuing to question two men in connection with his death.

    Sheriff Mbye

    Sheriff Mbye was stabbed during a scuffle outside a fast food restaurant in Northfield on Friday.

    A 19-year-old man who was also involved is still in a critical condition in hospital.

  36. Midwives shortage in Wolverhampton

    Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital is facing a shortage of community midwives due to a huge influx of pregnant women.

    Midwives at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton

    Over the next year the hospital will have to deal with an estimated extra 700 births - having taken on high-risk cases from Stafford and Cannock hospitals.

  37. Blue skies and sunshine

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    A cold and even frosty start to an otherwise lovely day with lots of blue sky, sunshine and highs of 16C (61F).

    Charlie Slater