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  1. West Midlands Metro Mayor: 'It's been a long time since I started a new job"

    It's Andy Street's first day in office as the first West Midlands metro mayor.

    Here's his first tweets as mayor, and starting off with a joke...

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    See how he gets on on his first day on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30, BBC One.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34.

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an incident.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M5 and J9 for A461.

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a broken down lorry. Travel time is around 15 minute.

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

  4. Man remanded in prison after teenager's body found

    A man charged with preventing the burial of a woman found dead at a property in Brierley Hill has been remanded in prison.

    Ashley Foster, 24, of no fixed address, was charged after the body of a 17-year-old girl were discovered on Thursday. 

    The remains are believed to be Megan Louise Bills from Stourbridge.

    Her family released a statement through West Midlands Police

    Megan Louise Bills from Stourbridge.
    Quote Message: We are devastated by the loss of our daughter whose life has so unnecessarily been cut short. Whilst nothing can fill the huge gap in our family life that Megan's passing has left we trust that in time we will have answers that will help us understand why this dreadful event has occurred. Rest in peace princess. from Megan Louise Bills family statement
    Megan Louise Bills family statement

    The 24-year-old, who appeared before Dudley magistrates, was not asked to enter a plea after being charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of the woman between 16 April and 4 May.

    Mr Foster is due to appear before Wolverhampton Crown Court next month.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at link road to M6 North carriageway.

    M5 West Midlands - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound at link road to M6 North carriageway, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. 'A lot of work to be done at Blues' says Redknapp

    Alex Lester

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Harry Redknapp says he met with Birmingham City's owners for the first time last night. 

    The meeting came just hours after he helped keep Blues in the Championship - with two wins in three games, including a 1-nil victory on the final day at Bristol City.

    "It's just the case of wait and see now", said Redknapp who is interested in staying at the club "but there's a lot of work to be done - it's a tough division".

    Harry Redknapp celebrating Blues staing in the Championship
    Quote Message: Life is quite good for me at the moment. I've had no pressure and quite enjoying doing what I want to do every day. To go back into it full time is a big decision for me. I've got to make sure I do what I feel is best for myself too. from Harry Redknapp Blues manager
    Harry RedknappBlues manager

    The manager says he expects a decision on whether he will stay at the club in the next week.

  7. Sport headlines: Blues fans breathe a sigh of relief

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM Sport

    Our top sport stories this morning include:

  8. Metro Mayor's first day

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    The first elected Mayor of the West Midlands will officially start work today.

    Andy Street, who ran the John Lewis chain before deciding to stand for mayor won the election for the Conservatives over his Labour rival by almost 4,000 votes. 

    Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor
    Quote Message: We put down what we were to achieve in the first three years. Some very clear commitments to the number of houses built, how pay will increase across the region, some of the social issues including homelessness. I've set myself up to be judged very clearly from Andy Street West Midlands Metro Mayor
    Andy StreetWest Midlands Metro Mayor

    What is the mayor's job? The mayor is going to head a West Midlands Combined Authority made up of seven constituent member councils - Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and all four Black Country boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. 

    The mayor will control a £1.1bn investment fund over 30 years, or £36m a year which has been handed down from government.

  9. Man charged after woman's body found

    A man has been charged in connection with the death of a teenage girl after a body was found in Dudley last week.

    Ashley Foster, of Highgate Road has been charged with preventing a burial. 

    The 24-year-old is due before Dudley magistrates later. 

    Ashley Foster

    Although formal identification is yet to take place the victim is believed to be 17-year-old Megan Louise Bills from Stourbridge.  

    The woman's body was found at about 11:30 on Thursday in Highgate Road, Brierley Hill.

  10. Lancashire win at Edgbaston to leave Warwickshire bottom of group

    Warwickshire's hopes of defending their Royal London One-Day Cup title appear to be over after they suffered their fourth defeat in the group stages. 

    Jim Troughton

    Set 352 to beat Lancashire at Edgbaston, Warwickshire were bowled out for 325 to lose by 26 runs. 

    It means the Bears are unlikely to qualify for the knockout stages.

    Quote Message: "It's another loss and a difficult one to take. It really came down to a couple of overs with the short boundary which turned the game on its head. "Amby and Clarkey batted really well to keep us in touching distance but we were chasing too many again. We did so much right but are just not putting the final pieces into place. from Jim Troughton Warwickshire first-team coach
    Jim TroughtonWarwickshire first-team coach
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M5 and J9 for A461 affecting J7 for A34.

    M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J7, A34 (Great Barr).

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

  12. Weather: Another fine and sunny day ahead

    BBC Weather

    It will be another fine day with good spells of sunshine for most. 

    Temperatures will be lower compared to yesterday, with a cool northeasterly breeze, although it will still feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine - highs of 16C (61F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  13. Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome to the start of a new week.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country between now and 18:00.

    If there's something happening in your local area which you think we should be covering or want to share your pictures - email , tweet @BBCWM or visit the BBC WM Facebook page.