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  1. Good evening

    Local Live has finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's forecast

    BBC Weather

    There's some late sunshine as cloud will tend to break up through the evening. It will stay dry overnight with patchy cloud and light winds.

    It will turn fairly chilly, particularly in more rural areas, with lows of 8C (46F).

    More about the rest of the week is here.

  3. Wolves cup glory memories

    Express and Star

    Wolves mark 27 years since they won the Sherpa Van Trophy at Wembley on Friday in front over 80,000 people - now we want your memories of the day.

  4. Is a combined authority looming?

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    All this talk about the "Northern Powerhouse" seems to be concentrating minds wonderfully here in the West Midlands.

    The combined authority proposed six months ago by four Black Country councils with Birmingham has now enlisted the influential support of Coventry's ruling Labour group and even Conservative-controlled Solihull is set to debate a recommendation that it should join.

    Greater Birmingham map

    But in return they may yet have to stomach the idea of a directly-elected "metro mayor". Read my latest blog post on the bumper bundle of political and spending powers being held out by the chancellor.

  5. Walsall road closure warning

    BBC Travel

    Inspections are being carried out into the damage caused to a bridge by a one-car smash on Green Lane in Walsall earlier, meaning the road is closed to drivers at the Stephenson Avenue junction.

  6. 'Hard facts' warning on town council plan

    Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

    Councillors have welcomed Friday's announcement that a consultative ballot over a possible Sutton Coldfield Town Council will take place next month, but residents have been warned they need to look at the "hard facts" before making a decision.

  7. Latest headlines

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the top stories we've been looking at this afternoon:

  8. CCTV clues to robbery

    This is the face of a man with whom police wish to speak, in connection with a robbery of a Saltley supermarket which saw raiders wielding a machete and baseball bat.

    The man police want to identify who failed to cover part of his face

    West Midlands Police says three men entered the Arden Superstore, threatened staff with weapons and attacked one.

    The force today released CCTV footage of the robbery, which happened on 1 March, in an appeal for information.

  9. Sussex seal thriller against Bears

    Felix Keith

    BBC Sport

    Chris Jordan's half-century helped Sussex to a dramatic one-wicket win over Warwickshire in the Championship, sealed with a six off Boyd Rankin's bowling.

    Chris Jordan
  10. Dudley hosts A-listers

    Dudley News

    Dudley is getting a taste of Hollywood as A-list stars including Glenn Close are currently filming in the town.

  11. Coventry residents 'need voice' on devolution plan

    Clare Lissaman

    BBC News

    Residents "need a voice" on Coventry's plans to join a proposed West Midlands combined authority, says a woman petitioning the city council.

    Coventry's city centre

    Rachael Bermingham's petition calling for a referendum so that residents can decide if the city joins up has been signed by more than 3,100 people.

  12. Latest headlines

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the stories we've been looking into today:

  13. JLR owners booming

    India's Tata Motors has posted a 15% rise in pre-tax profit for the year to the end of March.

    Aerial view

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which is owned by Tata Motors, reported a 12.8% rise in revenue to £21.87bn.

    JLR is set to expand its engine manufacturing centre (pictured) on the i54 business park in Wolverhampton.

  14. Coming up on TV

    Ian Winter

    BBC Midlands Today

    Today we're starting our countdown to Saturday's FA Cup final. It's just four days to go now until Aston Villa's big showdown with Arsenal at Wembley.

    It's 58 years since Villa last won the trophy - when they beat the favourites Manchester United 2-1. Former player Peter McParland scored both the Villa goals and he's hopeful they can overturn the odds again on Saturday.

    We'll have more on Villa's chances on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  15. Catch up on Pride's best bits

    via Facebook

    Birmingham Pride posts that there have been more than 60,000 views of a highlights video from the event.

  16. Platinum buses

    via Facebook

    National Express West Midlands posts: "Here's one of our new Platinum buses in Birmingham this morning on route 900. If you've been out and about on one of the new buses, let us know what you think"

    A platinum bus
  17. This afternoon's forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Cloud will increase for a time and then break again this afternoon with sunny spells developing. It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine with winds falling lighter through the day.

    Highs of 14C (57F).

  18. Follow Pulis's team's rowing progress

    You can track the progress of the team doing a non-stop six-day row from the Tower of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, at this link.

    Tony Pulis training for his rowing challenge

    The crew of 24, including West Bromwich Albion coach Tony Pulis, is raising money for the Donna Louise Trust, a hospice in Stoke-On-Trent.

  19. Watch: Hooded raiders hit supermarket

    Hooded raiders targeted a store on Arden Road, in Saltley, Birmingham, threatening staff with a machete and baseball bat.

    West Midlands Police said staff fought back and managed to disarm one of the men, before forcing them out of the shop empty-handed.

    CCTV still of shop raid

    "Two of the men were fairly well disguised but the third is quite identifiable and we hope someone will come forward with a name," Det Con Craig Avery said.

  20. Staffordshire Hoard reconstructions 'unique'

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    Pieta Greaves, conservation coordinator, explained the importance of the reconstructions of fragments discovered among the Staffordshire Hoard, saying: "The pommel cap we've just discovered is completely unique for Anglo Saxon 7th Century England.

    Staffordshire hoard sword pommel

    "It's made of every single material type. So it's gold and silver and glass and garnet. It's someone who's a real craftsman putting this object together.

    "And we also see a mix of these styles coming together, so we have pagan Anglo Saxon art, but also Christian and British or Irish art coming in as well."

  21. Bears dismissed before lunch

    BBC Sport

    Sussex have bowled Warwickshire out and left themselves a nervy run chase as wickets have tumbled throughout the LV County Championship clash in Division One.

    Hear the drama unfold live here.

  22. Worries Coventry would be 'dominated'

    BBC WM

    More than 3,000 have signed a petition calling for a referendum on whether Coventry should join a West Midlands combined authority with councils from Birmingham and the Black Country.

    The city's Labour-run council says it is backing the plans which would see a new authority taking more power from the government.

    But Rachael Bermingham, who has organised the petition - says she is worried about Coventry being "dominated" by the bigger city.

  23. Black Country Day entertainment

    via Facebook

    Black Country Day July 14th posts that events are started to be published on the official site. People hosting events are encouraged to register.

  24. Snooker club fire was 'deliberate'

    Clare Lissaman

    BBC News

    A fire that destroyed a disused snooker club in Dudley was started deliberately, police have said.

    Scene of fire

    About 40 firefighters were called to the blaze at the former Dudley Snooker and Pool Club in Stafford Street shortly after 02:00 BST on Sunday.

  25. Walsall Road remains closed

    BBC Travel

    The A34 Green Lane in Walsall remains closed with delays and slow traffic in both directions at the junction with Stephenson Avenue, because of the earlier car crash we reported, drivers are warned.

  26. Wolverhampton man's relatives sought

    Relatives of a man who has passed away are being asked to contact Wolverhampton City Council so his funeral can be arranged.

    Geoffrey Trubshaw was 81, and had been living in the Portobello area. He was born in Alma Street, Wolverhampton.

    Anyone who is either related to Mr Trubshaw or has any information which may help identify his relatives, is asked to call Diane Doré on 01902 555394 or email her.

  27. Theft warning for canary breeders

    Two Walsall canary breeders were targeted by thieves within days of one another, police have revealed, as they issued a warning to step up security and remain vigilant.

    A dead canary chick lies alone in a nest, lifeless after its mother was stolen by thieves

    Phillip Gormley's aviary in Little Bloxwich was broken into on 17 May and 30 canaries and chicks were stolen.

    Four days later an elderly breeder in Leamore had three aviaries broken into and a number of birds stolen from him too.

  28. Staffordshire Hoard helmet worn by 'elite warrior'

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    Pieta Greaves, conservation coordinator, said of the dismantled helmet which has been partially reassembled from the Staffordshire Hoard fragments: "Certainly it would have been worn by someone of great importance.

    Staffordshire hoard helmet band

    "Possibly a king or someone within the royal court. But definitely an elite warrior - they're very rare."

  29. Behind the scenes filming

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    I'm just out with Midlands Today's Qasa Alom and Gary Darfield filming for a piece on the easiest and hardest places to pass a driving test in the Midlands.

    David Lumb being filmed behind the wheel
  30. Walsall crash scene

    Walsall Fire tweets one casualty was released from the crash scene on Green Lane in Walsall, where a car collided into a railway bridge, and warned drivers to expect heavy delays.

    The crash scene on Green Lane
  31. One school, four catchment areas

    Sean Coughlan

    Education correspondent

    A new school in Birmingham, opening in the autumn, is experimenting with an admissions system based on multiple catchment areas to try and create a mixed intake of pupils.

    The secondary school, an academy being sponsored by the University of Birmingham, will provide some of the extra places urgently needed in the city.

    University of Birmingham

    It is basing its admissions for 11-year-olds on how close families live to four points across the city, targeting areas of the city identified as having a lack of capacity in the school system.

  32. Save Wolves legend's local

    Express and Star

    A campaign has been launched to save a landmark city pub that used to serve as the local of Wolves legend Billy Wright.

  33. Moseley murder remains unsolved

    Birmingham Mail

    Police have admitted that they still have no motive or suspects for the murder of a frail 93-year-old pensioner who was savagely beaten as she lay in bed - three years ago.

    Emma Winnall
  34. Pulis among London to Paris rowing challengers

    Bethan Bell

    Journalist, BBC News

    A team including West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis are in the midst of a non-stop six-day row from the Tower of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

    The crew of 24 embarked yesterday, raising money for the Donna Louise Trust, a hospice in Stoke-On-Trent.

    Boats on River Thames
    Image caption: The 24-person team set off at 08:00 BST on Monday morning

    Other oarsmen include actor and comedian Hugh Dennis and TV presenter Nick Hancock.

  35. Clarke stars for Bears

    BBC Sport

    The bowlers were dominant again at Hove as a further 12 wickets fell on day two of Sussex's County Championship Division One game against Warwickshire.

    Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke

    Rikki Clarke took two of the five morning wickets, and will resume his innings today as Bears' main contributor with the bat in the second innings so far.

    Listen to live commentary as the action unfolds here.

  36. Reward for missing hotelier increased

    Bethan Bell

    Journalist, BBC News

    The family of a missing hotelier has increased a reward for information leading to his safe return from £10,000 to £25,000.

    Ranjit Power, owner of Ramada Park Hall Hotel and Spa in Wolverhampton, was reported missing on 14 May after he failed to return from a trip to India.

    Ranjit Power

    His daughter Emma said she feared her father had been kidnapped or killed.

  37. Man found in shed was stabbed

    Bethan Bell

    Journalist, BBC News

    A man found dead in a Birmingham shed was killed by multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

    The man, who has not been formally identified, was believed to be a 34-year-old from the Yardley area, West Midlands Police said.

    Carlton Road

    The body was found at a property on Carlton Road, Bordesley Green, at about 23.30 BST on Friday.

    Eleven people who were arrested in connection with his death have been released on police bail.

  38. Fire at former pub

    Sandwell's police response team tweets it is with West Midlands Fire at the scene of a blaze in a former pub in Great Bridge.

    The former Royal Oak pub on Whitehall Road

    The fire is at the old Royal Oak Pub in Whitehall Road and temporarily closed the road.

  39. Hoard fragments reconstructed

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    Thousands of metal fragments from the Staffordshire Hoard have been reconstructed into two "significant" new 7th Century objects.

    Researchers have pieced together parts of a silver helmet and a previously unseen form of sword pommel and they are now on display at Birmingham's Museum and Art Gallery.

    Staffordshire hoard sword pommel

    The hoard, which is valued at £3.2m, was found in a farmer's field in Staffordshire in July 2009.

  40. M42 lane closed

    BBC Travel

    On the M42 a lane is closed on exit slip road and there's slow traffic southbound at J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle, BBC Travel reports.

  41. Drowned Britons were dentists

    Bethan Bell

    Journalist, BBC News

    Two men who drowned on holiday in Malta were dentists from Birmingham, it has emerged.

    Dr Lyace Ali and a plaque

    Lyace Ali and Kameron Shabir were on a bank holiday trip with a business partner, who survived.

  42. Investment pledge on Birmingham hotel

    Birmingham Post

    New owners have pledged to invest in a Birmingham hotel after it was one of five to be sold in a £22.7 million deal.

    Starboard Hotels has bought the Ibis at Bordesley Circus, from HotelInvest parent company Accord.

  43. Today's forecast

    BBC Weather

    It will be rather cloudy but dry through the morning. Through the day, there should be increasing breaks in the cloud allowing for some bright or sunny spells. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine with winds generally light.

    Highs of 14C (57F).

  44. Walsall delays warning

    BBC Travel

    The A34 Green Lane in Walsall is closed and there is slow traffic in both directions at the Stephenson Avenue junction because of a crash involving one vehicle and the recovery work, drivers are warned.

  45. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I'm back in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you today's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Get in touch to tell us what you think of our stories or send us your pictures over email, on the BBC WM Facebook page or by tweeting @bbcwm.