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  1. Father jailed for baby son's murder
  2. Firefighters rescue eight-year-old boy from fire in Basingstoke
  3. Voting under way in local elections across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
  4. Updates from Thursday 4 May

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  1. Pompey Takeover: Ex-Disney exec meets shareholders - Listen LIVE

    It's a big night for Portsmouth FC. 

    Former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner will address shareholders at a meeting in Portsmouth Guildhall on his plans to take over the club. 

    Listen live to the meeting on BBC Radio Solent from 19:00 BST.  

    Portsmouth will be playing in League One next season after winning automatic promotion from the fourth tier and there is a possibility they could finish as champions if they win their final game at home to Cheltenham on Saturday. 

    Portsmouth Guildhall
  2. Pompey Takeover: Portsmouth Guildhall packed

    Tony Husband

    BBC South Today sports editor

    "The shareholders have packed into the Portsmouth Guildhall - they want to hear what Michael Eisner has to say. 

    "They are the people who saved Portsmouth four years ago. 

    "Now they are being asked do they want to sell to an overseas investor. They have had those here at Portsmouth before - from those heady days of the Premier League when it all went wrong - it was boom and bust. 

    "Mr Eisner wants to buy the club lock stock and barrel - without any of these shareholders having a say in the future. Now we wait to hear what Mr Eisner has to say. 

    Tony Husband
  3. Charity flights for last remaining Trislander

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The airline Aurigny has launched special flights to Southampton Airport ahead of the retirement of its final Trislander aircraft.

    Trislander G-BEVT

    Aurigny donated one of its Trislanders to Solent Sky Museum last month.

    The aircraft G-BEVT was built in 1977 and was registered to Aurigny in 1983 and has flown more than 86,000 flights in its lifetime.

    The Trislanders are being replaced by Dornier 228s.

    Tickets are priced at £50 each, with all the profits going to the charity, Channel Islands Air Search.

    "Both Southampton and Guernsey Airports have agreed to waive all the airport fees, so extra funds can go to the charity", a spokesman for Aurigny said.

  4. Pompey takeover: Michael Eisner meets shareholders

    Prospective Portsmouth Football Club owner Michael Eisner will meet Pompey shareholders at a meeting at the Guildhall from 19:00. Listen to the meeting LIVE on BBC Radio Solent.

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  5. Witness appeal after assault on boys in Bournemouth

    Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an attack on two 17-year-old boys in Bournemouth.

    The boys were cycling on Ringwood Road on 27 April when they heard a man shouting at them. It is reported that one of the victims was dragged to the ground and assaulted while the second victim was grabbed by another man. 

    It is alleged the boys were placed into a room at a premises along the same road for an unknown period of time before they were released.  

    A 26-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of assault and false imprisonment and has been released under investigation.  

  6. Troubled Sandown Academy school set for merger

    A troubled Isle of Wight academy school is set to merge with another school, its sponsor has announced. 

    The headteacher of Sandown Bay Academy resigned and the board of governors was replaced earlier this year.  

    Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) said it intended to merge it with Ryde Academy to make "one great school". 

    It said falling numbers and the consequent impact on Sandown's finances had prompted the decision.

    Quote Message: "It has been becoming increasingly difficult for the school to fund the teachers and the educational resources needed in order to provide the education we would all want for the students. We believe that merger offers the best option all round, and that out of these two schools we can create one really great one." from AET Spokesman
    AET Spokesman
    Sandown Academy
  7. Salaries 'down 12% in Portsmouth'

    Advertised salaries in Portsmouth have fallen by 11.9% in the past year, new research suggests.

    Southampton also saw a drop of 9.3%, according to data from jobs website CV-Library.

    The firm says other areas, including Bristol and Guildford, have seen substantial salary rises, amid "strong competition for candidates".

  8. When can shops refuse to accept old £5 notes?

    Paper £5 notes cease to be legal tender from Saturday, so when can shops refuse to accept them?

    The Bank of England says their legal tender status expires just after midnight on Friday.

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    But the bank says businesses are within their rights to refuse to accept the notes before Saturday if they choose.

    Dorset bus firm Damory Coaches is among those insisting on new polymer fivers from Friday.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

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    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

    M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound at J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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