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  1. Updates from Wednesday 3 May 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage from across the day

    That's all from us on Wednesday. Join us again from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Any breaking news will be posted here in the meantime.

  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. 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
  4. Procession through Coventry to celebrate work of nurses and midwives

    Nurses and midwives will take part in a procession through Coventry for the second annual celebration event for International Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife.

    Coventry Cathedral

    The route will wind its way round to Coventry Cathedral where a ceremony will take place on 12 May.

    Nurses and midwives will attend from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and student nurses and midwives from Coventry University.

  5. 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.  

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    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.

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  6. Rugby Union: Wasps on course for season's best attendance

    Geoff Foster

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Wasps are on course for a season-record attendance against Saracans on Saturday, the club says.

    The club sold 1,000 tickets yesterday and says if that rate continues, it would beat this season's record so far of 27,930 against Leicester Tigers.

    The club's record attendance since moving to Coventry was against Leicester Tigers on 9 May, 2015 - 32,019

  7. Football: Sky Blues' goalkeeper and defender in line for new deals

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Sky Blues' goalkeeper Lee Burge and defender Chris Stoke will be offered new deals by the club after manager Mark Robins confirmed nine of last season's players will leave the League Two side.

    Lee Burge

    Striker Marcus Tudgay, Ruben Lamerias, Andy Rose and Vladimir Gadshev are all leaving while Jordan Turnbull and Stuart Beavon could also leave before the end of July under the terms of their existing deals.

  8. 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.  

  9. Heart-breaking moment a junior doctor has to tell a woman her stroke-victim husband may die

    The Daily Mail

    This is the heart-breaking moment a junior doctor at Leamington Spa hospital told a woman who has just lost her son, brother and mother in the last 12 months that her husband may die too.

  10. 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.

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

  11. BBC Weather Watchers: Send us your pictures

    BBC Weather Watchers

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    Clear blue skies in Warwick
    Countryside in Southam
  12. Lines reopen after charter train catches fire in Northampton

    Train services in and out of Northampton railway station are getting back to normal after a charter train caught fire.

    The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports that 40 firefighters were called to Martins Yard, off Spencer Bridge Road, to fight a blaze that broke out in a diesel train's engine bay.

    This was the smoky scene at the station earlier...

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    Some passengers were transferred to road transport to get to Milton Keynes and Rugby to reconnect with services.  

    All lines have reopened but delays may remain this afternoon, rail bosses said.

    We've contacted the emergency services to find out more.

  13. Lines reopen but expect delays

  14. Bears bowling pair get first contracts

    BBC Sport

    Warwickshire have awarded professional contracts to seam bowlers Grant Thornton and Mitchell Spencer.

    The pair, both 24, have been given three-month contracts with the County Championship Division One side.

    Grant Thornton
    Image caption: Grant Thornton took 0-34 on his first-class debut against Northamptonshire in April

    Thornton made his first-team debut in their One-Day Cup win over Northamptonshire on 27 April, while Spencer is yet to play for the county. 

    "They are two very different bowlers and good options for Ian Bell to have as captain." said coach Jim Troughton. 

    Warwickshire's sport director, Ashley Giles, had talked about bringing in "new blood" after they made an difficult start to the season.

  15. Coming up on TV

    Nicola Beckford

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Voters go to the polls tomorrow in Warwickshire, electing county councillors in contests, which ahead of the General Election, will be fiercely fought and scrutinised closely. 

    We've been looking at the issues which have been shaping the campaign. 

    Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  16. Rugby Union: Wasps say new chief executive will 'soon' be in place

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    As the season comes to a close, Wasps say they will soon have a new chief executive.

    The Ricoh Arena

    The rugby club announced yesterday that CEO David Armstrong is stepping down in June though he will remain on the board as a non-executive director. 

    Nick Eastwood, the current deputy chair of the club, will take over he and says they have overcome one "massive challenge" in moving the club from one area of the country to another and that will equip them for the future.

  17. Railway line closure causes delays to London

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The railway line between Rugby and Northampton is blocked due to an on-going incident, warns London Midland.

    Rail passengers are warned to expect delays - London Midland tickets are valid on Virgin train services while disruption continues

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  18. Cricket: Stoke-on-Trent player gets first Warwickshire contract

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A cricketer from Stoke-on-Trent has been offered a first deal by county side Warwickshire. 

    General view of Warwickshire's Edgbaston ground

    The club says seam-bowler Mitchell Spencer, 24, has been given a three-month contract after impressing in 2nd XI games last year along with a pre-season tour in the winter.