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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 4 May 2017.

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  1. We're here all night, but moving home

    Serena Williams

    This will be like one of those moments mid-Wimbledon match when the BBC Two commentary team says "switch to BBC One now to carry on watching".

    In other words, we're here all night, offering live updates from the election counts across the West, but via a fresh online page.

    Please click here to access it.

  2. Weather: 'A fairly breezy day' tomorrow

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    Video caption: West weather for 4 May

    It will be dry this evening but the cloud will thicken. 

    It should stay dry overnight but the winds will strengthen, especially along the coast and over higher ground. 

    Minimum Temperature: 7C.

  3. National Star College celebrating 50 years

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    Video caption: National Star 50th anniversary

    Next week the National Star College celebrates 50 years since the first ten students were welcomed through the doors.

    The College - which supports people with disabilities - now works with more than 1,500 people.

  4. University rent strike: 'We've got to balance the books'

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    Video caption: University rent strike: 'We've got to balance the books'

    Some 130 students at the University of Bristol are taking part in a rent strike.

    They want the cost of their accommodation to be reduced to 2015 levels.

    Simon Bray, from the university, admitted the increases had been "reasonably large" because it could no longer subsidise the cost.

  5. Football: Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Forest Green Rovers

    Jordan Maguire-Drew

    Dagenham and Forest Green could not be separated as they played out a draw in the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final at Victoria Road.

    Click here to read more about the match.

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    Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Forest Green Rovers

    Jordan Maguire-Drew

    Dagenham and Forest Green cannot be separated as they play out a draw in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.

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  6. University rent strike: Students want to see rents go down 'significantly'

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    Video caption: University rent strike: Students want to see rents go down 'significantly'

    Some 130 students at the University of Bristol are refusing to pay this term's rent.

    First-year student Nic Hamar says it's an issue that needs to be tackled and hopes the rent strikes will achieve this.

    A delegation are due to speak to university bosses tomorrow to try to resolve the issue.

    Rent strike banner

    The university is also introducing a bursary of £1,000 for 120 students next year to help with accommodation costs.

    But campaigners say that's just diverting attention away from the real problem.

  7. Motorcyclist killed in multi-vehicle crash

    A police car

    A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash in Cheltenham which also involved a car and a van.

    The 42-year-old was riding on Village Road at 5.25pm when the collision happened.

    Gloucestershire Police said he died from his injuries and his next of kin had been informed.

    "No-one else was injured," added a police spokesman.

  8. Polls close in council and mayoral elections

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    Polling stations have now closed for the elections across the West of England.

    Since 7am voters have had their say on who they want to run the councils in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

    Also, people in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset have cast their votes on who they want to elect as the first West of England mayor.

  9. Grandmother's 100mph dash down zipwire

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    Video caption: Grandmother's 100mph dash down zipwire

    An 83-year-old grandmother from Trowbridge has been riding Europe's longest and the world's fastest zipwire. 

    Pat Davies reached speeds of up to 100mph on Velocity zipwire in Snowdonia.

    She did it to raise money for Larkrise School which educates and cares for children with severe learning disabilities.

  10. Prince Philip to retire: 'He's been immaculate in every way'

    It has been announced that His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, will no longer carry out public engagements from the Autumn.

    These people at the Badminton Horse Trials said they, like the Queen, supported his decision:

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    Video caption: 'Prince Philip: 'He's been immaculate in every way'
  11. Football: All to play for as Forest Green secure draw

    It was scrappy, but Forest Green Rovers should feel confident of making the final of the National League play-offs.

    A Liam Noble goal put them ahead at Dagenham & Redbridge, but the home side levelled just before half time.

    Virtually no time to rest though, as the semi-final second leg is this Sunday at The New Lawn — kick-off at 3pm.

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  12. How the BBC reports polling day

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    The BBC, like other broadcasters, isn't allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open.

    The BBC is required by electoral law to adopt a code of practice, ensuring fairness between candidates.

    The basic principle behind due impartiality in political coverage is set out in the agreement accompanying the BBC Charter.

    This requires the BBC over time to give due weight and prominence to the main strands of argument and main parties.

    Click here to read more.

  13. Football: Forest Green promotion 'would be great'

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    Video caption: Forest Green promotion "would be great - you'll have me crying" says fan.

    Two years ago they lost in the semi-finals, last year the final. The expectation is now pretty high. 

    Even though they're a small club, they've spent a lot of money to make this dream come true. 

    Tonight is the first leg of the semi-finals, with Forest Green and their supporters away at Dagenham and Redbridge.