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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Watch out for rainbows

    BBC Weather

    We're expecting a mixture of sunshine and showers this afternoon, so watch out for rainbows.

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    Video caption: The weather for the North West of England on Monday 6 March.

    Showers will continue for a time overnight, but drier conditions will develop in the early hours. Lows of 4C.

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  3. High-speed 'hover train' plans submitted

    Plans for a futuristic "hover train" that could get passengers from Liverpool to Manchester in just seven minutes have been  submitted to transport bosses.

    Maglev train in Japan

    Direct City Networks is developing a plan for "the world's fastest underground system".

    But the plans have been discounted as "laughable" by a leading industry expert.

    Transport for the North said the plans needed more "development".

  4. Speedway: Documents appear to show council 'knew' track issues

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City Council knew a week in advance about issues with the National Speedway Stadium track which forced the postponement of the grand opening, according to a document seen by BBC Radio Manchester .

    National Speedway Stadium

    Former Belle Vue Aces chief executive David Gordon has claimed the council did not pass on the information to the club, who are tenants of the venue.

    It was one of seven meetings lost because of track problems.

    The council rejects the claims.

  5. Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  6. Cheshire bypass: What happens to the old A556?

    The new A556 bypass between Knutsford and Bowdon opened this morning, linking the M56 to the M6.

    But what happens to the old A556 Chester Road?

    Chester Road

    Highways England say the "de-trunked" road will be reduced to a single carriageway, with the existing southbound carriageway becoming two lanes, one in each direction.

    The existing northbound lanes will now be used to provide a "shared pathway" for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

    "We will replace the redundant outside lane with a mounded grass bund," a spokesman said.

    "The existing A556 will be renamed and reclassified to discourage its use by non-local traffic."

  7. Liam Gallagher reveals solo album title

    Burnage's finest Liam Gallagher has announced the name of his upcoming solo album.

    The former Oasis singer tweeted yesterday to say that his "fab new record" would be called As You Were.

    View more on twitter
  8. Football: Ibrahimovic & Mings charged with violent conduct by FA

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association .

    Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The pair clashed during the 1-1 draw between their sides on Saturday when Mings, 23, landed on the United forward's head with his studs.

    Moments later, Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow at a corner.

    Both the players have until 18:00 on Tuesday to reply to the charge.

  9. Deansgate fire 'at Topkapi restaurant'

    Fire crews are tackling a blaze on Deansgate in Manchester city centre. 

    According to Twitter user This Cycling Manc, the fire is at the Topkapi restaurant.

    Restaurant fire in Manchester
    Restaurant fire in Manchester
  10. Football: De Bruyne 'is all heart'

    Manchester City's social media team captured the moment star player Kevin De Bruyne whipped off his shirt, signed it and gave it to one of the home fans at the end of his side's win at Sunderland.

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  11. Businessman becomes eighth Greater Manchester mayoral candidate

    Kevin Fitzpatrick

    BBC Radio Manchester political reporter

    Businessman Marcus Farmer has announced he will be running in the Greater Manchester mayoral election - the eighth candidate to throw their hat in the ring.

    Mr Farmer, who will be running as an independent, runs a waste disposal company in Cheadle Hulme and says his experience growth, opening new markets and creating jobs in at his company will be "invaluable" should he become mayor.

    He stood as an independent in Withington in the 2010 general election and says the fact voters will have to make a first and second choice means someone not linked to a political party could win.

    The election takes place on 4 May.

    The other candidates are:

    • Sean Anstee - Conservative
    • Jane Brophy - Liberal Democrat
    • Andy Burnham - Labour
    • Peter Clifford - Communist League
    • Stephen Morris - English Democrats
    • Shneur Odze - UKIP
    • Will Patterson - Green Party
  12. Cheshire's new bypass in numbers

    Highways England have provided some facts and figures about the new dual carriageway linking the M6 and M56 in Cheshire, which opened this morning.

    Knutsford to Bowdon bypass
    • The project includes 14.5 miles (23.3km) of fencing, which is enough to stretch from Mere to centre of Manchester
    • Workers moved 24,720,000 cubic ft (700,000 cubic m) of earth, enough to fill over 10,000 shipping containers
    • Seven bridges and one underpass over and under the road
    • The construction team worked on 100,000 tonnes of surfacing and moved 180,000 tonnes of hardcore
    • Over 1,259,000 sq ft (117,000 sq m) of shrubs and trees were planted and 42,377,000 cubic ft (1,200,000 cubic m) of earthworks landscaped
  13. Football: City's England star celebrates Lionesses win

    Manchester City's Jill Scott celebrated England's victory over world champions USA with a snap of her Lionesses teammates.

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    The side snatched a last-gasp winner in New Jersey on Saturday and face Germany in their final SheBelieves Cup match tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Highlights: England beat world champions USA
  14. Bolton family discuss how PTSD impacted on their lives

    BBC News Magazine

    A Bolton family have spoken about how their lives have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Grace and Toni Collard

    It's well known that soldiers can suffer from PTSD after their experiences on the battlefield - but the effect this has on their families is rarely discussed. 

    Toni Collard was finally able to help her husband Keith find effective treatment after he twice smashed up their home with an axe.

    Read more on BBC Magazine .

  15. Cycling: British Cycling name new chief executive

    BBC Sport

    Julie Harrington has been named the new chief executive officer of British Cycling , replacing Ian Drake.

    Julie Harrington (l) with Greg Dyke and Prince William

    Harrington has been a senior executive at the Football Association, where she has been responsible for Wembley and England's training base at St George's Park.

    The Manchester-based organisation is currently under intense scrutiny around accusations of sexism and treatment of riders, and questions have been raised about the lack of records kept by the governing body regarding medical treatments.

  16. Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Senior FA executive Julie Harrington is named as the new boss of Manchester-based British Cycling
    • A new £192m bypass has opened linking the M6 and M56 in Cheshire
    • Police are looking for a woman who witnessed a sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl in Bolton