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  1. Updates from Wednesday 3 May 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's it from the Local Live team on Wednesday.

    Please join us again from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    And remember, the polls open tomorrow morning in the election for the first ever West Midlands Metro Mayor.

  2. Coming up on TV

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    In just over 12 hours time, the polls open in the election for the first West Midlands Metro Mayor. 

    There are six candidates in the running for the job, which would make one of them arguably the most high profile politician in the region. 

    So who are the candidates and what will the job entail? We will explain it all on the Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  3. Corrie star meets storytellers for new London show

    Satnam Rana

    BBC Midlands Today

    Actress Shobna Gulati, who's well known for her role on long running soap Coronation Street and Dinner Ladies, dropped by Wolverhampton today.

    She met storytellers who've helped form a new piece of theatre which will be performed at the largest UK festival inspired by South Asian culture.

    Actress Shobna Gulati

    Shobna will be re-telling stories shared by the women here at - the Humjoli Group in Wolverhmapton.

    It's all for a new stage production called Mother Tongues from Father Lands as part of the Southbank Centre's Alchemy Festival inspired by South Asian Arts and Culture.

  4. Weather: A cloudy night and more sunshine tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be overcast again tonight, but we should see some sunshine across the region tomorrow.

    Video content

    Video caption: Shefali Oza has your forecast
  5. Video content

    Video caption: Seven-year-old returns to school with prosthetic aid

    A seven-year-old from Shirley in Birmingham shows off her new sports blade to playground pals.

  6. GE2017: Conservatives announce candidate for Walsall North

    BBC WM

    The Conservatives have selected their candidate to stand against Labour's David Winnick in the Walsall North seat. 

    Eddie Hughes, 48, will stand in next month's general election.

    View more on twitter

    One of the oldest MPs in Westminster, 81-year-old David Winnick (pictured below), retained his seat for Labour in the 2015 general election, with a 2,000 majority against the Conservative candidate.

    The Labour MP has already served 38 consecutive years as the member for the Walsall constituency. 

    David Winnick
  7. Metro Mayor election: 'A tight race between Labour and the Conservatives'

    Rob Mayor

    Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

    As the campaign to become West Midlands mayor enters its final stages, the polling experts suggest it's a tight race between Labour and the Conservatives.

    Andy Street’s team are talking about causing a "political earthquake" in Labour’s heartlands.  

    View more on twitter

    But the Labour team for Sion Simon, appear relaxed and confident, despite the party’s difficulties nationally.

    As Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson extolled the virtues of Andy Street in Wolverhampton, Labour leafleted in Birmingham, no high profile party figures visiting for them, "It’s about the West Midlands", they said.

    View more on twitter
  8. Bear 1 - Baggies reveal printed shirt for Liam and Cheryl

    After the news that 1D star Liam Payne and Cheryl have named their baby son Bear a football shirt has already been printed with his name on it.

    Liam Payne, from Wolverhampton, who is a Baggie, will be match ready with his son.

    The club have revealed his shirt, hoping he won't be a Magpie.

    View more on twitter
  9. Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages.

    council homes

    BBC News Online investigated local authority areas where waiting lists rose for four consecutive years since 2011 and made Freedom of Information (FOI) requests of 10 councils at random.  

    Islington spent £6.2m on 25 houses it once sold for less than £1.3m.

    It comes after Birmingham, one of the biggest councils in Europe, agreed in its budget to buy back Right-to-Buy homes when they became available - up to 200 in total, although it has not re-purchased any yet, according to an FOI response.

    The government has vowed to build more affordable houses and in February called the current market "broken".

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  11. Metro Mayor election: Greens and communist candidates give reasons to vote

    Rob Mayor

    Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

    The Green’s James Burn says plans for the West Midlands need to change, as he bids to become the first mayor for the region which covers, Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry.

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    Communist Graham Stevenson says "vote for socialism, not austerity". Yesterday he was speaking to students in Birmingham.

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    Whilst many see this election as a two horse race, the supplementary voting system means that the second choices made by the other four candidates supporters are likely to make the crucial difference when the result becomes clear on Friday afternoon.  

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Metro Mayor election: Last day of campaigning as polls open on Thursday

    Rob Mayor

    Political Reporter, BBC WM

    Yesterday was fraught with campaigning as the poll booths prepare to open on Thursday for the West Midlands Metro mayor election. 

    A visit to Dudley town centre has become a UKIP election staple and leader Paul Nuttall was there to sing the praises of their mayoral Candidate Pete Durnell.

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    For the Liberal Democrats Beverley Nielsen was out leafleting in Wolverhampton yesterday.

    Here's why she thinks she should be mayor.

    View more on twitter

    Read more about the candidates on BBC News. Polls open from 08:00 on Thursday.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A456 Halesowen.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 northbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Victim's daughter and father hear defendant enter guilty plea

    Phil Mackie

    Midlands correspondent, BBC News

    Aaron Barley, 23, has not entered pleas to two other charges he faces of murder.

    forensic team outside the house

    He is accused of killing Tracey Wilkinson and a 13-year-old boy on the same date, 30 March.

    Lydia, the daughter of Barley's victim Peter, was in Birmingham Crown Court along with Peter's father Stephen, when he entered the guilty plea.

    The case was adjourned until 19 July, ahead of a possible trial date of 3 October.

  16. BreakingMan pleads guilty to attempted murder of Stourbridge dad

    Peter Wilson

    BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

    Aaron Barley, 23, who is charged with the Stourbridge murders has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Peter Wilkinson.

    He has made no pleas for two murder charges.

  17. Lines reopen but expect delays