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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday 17 March

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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 Friday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

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    Video caption: Cloudy and breezy with rain in some parts. Highs of 5C.
  3. Rochdale footballer diagnosed with cancer for second time

    Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson has been  diagnosed with cancer for the second time , having recovered from it in 2014.

    Joe Thompson

    The 28-year-old  overcame  nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014, while at Tranmere, after a six-month course of chemotherapy.

    He returned to Rochdale, where he began his career in their youth system, from Carlisle at the start of the season.

    Quote Message: I will fight this life hurdle with the same belief, courage and desire as my previous battle. The support shown to me since I discovered my illness has returned has been immense. from Joe Thompson Rochdale midfielder
    Joe ThompsonRochdale midfielder
  4. Latest headlines from across the region

    • Three men are jailed over the death of a man who fell from the roof of a building near Bury
    • Highways England announces half a million pounds of funding to improve roads in Oldham
  5. Greater Manchester selected for arts access pilot

    Greater Manchester has been selected as one of 12 areas in a national pilot to give more people access to the arts.  

    Home statue

    Organisations such as the Halle, HOME and Bolton Octagon will be involved in the three-year "Great Places" project, which has been funded by the National Lottery.

    The aim is to encourage people to get involved with local heritage and culture.

  6. Hyde war dead honoured on new website

    Hundreds of men from Hyde who died in World War one are to be honoured in a new website dedicated to their memory.

    Hyde War Memorial

    The World War One Project website by the Hyde War Memorial Trust is a database full of information about each of the 710 men.

    It includes details of who they were, where they lived and where they fought.

  7. Football: Man Utd striker Rashford called for England

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been named in Gareth Southgate's England squad .

    Rashford

    The 19-year-old was initially expected to feature for the England Under-21 side in friendlies against Germany and Denmark next weekend.

    But with England forwards Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney both ruled out through injury, Rashford has been called up.

    England face Germany away in a friendly before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on 26 March.

  8. Weather: Cloudy, with rain likely later

    BBC Weather

    It's looking like a cloudy end to the afternoon with winds increasing. Some rain likely later and highs of 11C.

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    Video caption: Cloudy afternoon with winds increasing. Some rain likely later and highs of 11C.

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  9. The next generation of BBC journalists?

    We're welcoming students from across Greater Manchester here at MediaCityUK today as part of the BBC News School Report.

    This afternoon we're joined by Year Eight pupils from Our Lady's School in Blackley.  And if we're not careful they're going to be taking our jobs in a few years' time.

    That's because they run a student newspaper which was launched last year.

    Pupils from Our Lady's School, Blackley
    Image caption: Andreja, Leander, Tayo, and Annelisa making themselves comfortable in the BBC Radio Manchester newsroom

    "We had to decide what we wanted to include in the paper, and jobs were allocated, like Editor, Social Media Editor etc.

    "Our mission was to give students a voice and to raise the profile of what the school was about.

    "We would write stories which would then be checked and improved. It is published every term," said Annelisa.

    Two of her classmates explained their motivation for getting involved.

    "I get to represent my people - the emo kids at my school!" said Leander.

    "And I get to write from the geek perspective," added Andreja.

    "My favourite colour is purple," concluded surrealist Tayo.

  10. Football: Guardiola criticises players after Champions League exit

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    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has  criticised the approach of his players during the first half of the 3-1 defeat to Monaco that saw Manchester City knocked out of the Champions League.

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    Video caption: Guardiola criticises players' approach
  11. Holmes Chapel residents back neighbourhood plan in referendum

    Knutsford Guardian

    Holmes Chapel residents gave an overwhelming thumbs up to the village’s neighbourhood plan as part of a landmark referendum last week.

  12. WW2 soldier to be reburied in Italy

    A young British soldier whose remains lay undiscovered in Italy for almost 75 years will finally be laid to rest.

    L/Cpl Ronald Blackham

    L/Cpl Ronald Blackham, from Cheshire, was killed as he stormed a German-held hill in southern Italy in 1943, at the age of 22.

    His remains were found in February 2014 in a shallow grave near the village of Capezzano by military historians.

    His 80-year-old sister Alma Williams said the discovery had left her "speechless".

  13. Former Man City player Adam Johnson loses Court of Appeal challenge

    Former England, Sunderland and Manchester City footballer Adam Johnson has lost Court of Appeal challenges against his conviction for sexual activity with a schoolgirl.

    
          The former Sunderland footballer is currently serving a six year sentence

    The 29-year-old was  jailed for six years last March  for sexually touching and grooming the 15-year-old fan.

    The former footballer was  refused leave  to appeal his conviction and sentence in July and  launched a second bid.

    Three judges rejected the latest appeal and a bid to reduce his sentence.

    Johnson played for Man City for two years before transferring to Sunderland in 2012.

  14. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Ex-Mancheser City footballer Adam Johnson loses his appeal against his conviction for sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl
    • Police want to trace two men who may have important information about an attack on a 70-year-old woman in Mossley in Tameside
  15. Thank you to Gorse Hill Studios

    We have had some great input from students from Gorse Hill Studios who have spent the day at Media City as part of BBC School News Day. 

    Gorse Hill students

    Thank you very much for telling us your stories. 

  16. How I found my voice...

    We're hosting a group of students from Gorse Hill Studios as part of the BBC School News Day here in Salford.

    Gorse Hill offers an alternative education to young people away from the mainstream.

    One of the students, 14-year-old Megan said: 

    "I used to be sat at home doing nothing but started at Gorse Hill in October. They've given me a lot of confidence.

    "I used to get myself into trouble and get called the naughty child. I just had to get out of there and I was blamed for stuff even when it wasn't me."

    Megan

    "Here they give everybody a second chance, and treat us with more respect.

    "I love singing and do that in the morning with my music tutor.  Afternoons are a bit different, working towards an arts qualification.

    "I also worked at a local primary school, helping children with music.

    "I recently sang at the Kids in Care Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club at Old Trafford and performed Read All About It by Emili Sande in front of 250 or 300 people.  Everybody was crying because it was so emotional."

    Jo Lacon, director of Gorse Hill Studios, said: "Megan has developed into a much more confident and outgoing young person.

    "She now feels like she has a voice - literally!"

  17. How mainstream education is not the only answer...

    All today we've thrown open the doors at MediaCityUK in Salford to students for the BBC School News Day.

    This morning we're joined by youngsters from  Gorse Hill Studios , which offers creative programmes to young people who are not engaged in mainstream education.

    Alfie

    Alfie, 12, said: "I first came to Gorse Hill after mainstream education wasn't working out for me any more.

    "You'd have kids kicking off every day. I was in a class of Year Sixes and I got bullied and beaten up lots.

    "Then I went to Gorse Hill once a week and it was a place where I could have a break and do things like dancing and art.

    "I used to really look forward to it and now go there every day.

    "We get to go skateboarding - there's always loads of people there.

    "I now record videos and edit them. I'd love to do that in future if I can.

    "One of my movies was called Gore Hill (see screengrab!) - a zombie movie shot in Gorse Hill, Manchester."

    "In Year Nine I plan to go to Manchester Creative Studios where you can learn about the media, including designing video games."

  18. Childline's smart phone app developed by Stockport pupils

    Students from Poynton High School near Stockport have helped develop a new smartphone app for Childline. 

    Smartphone

    The NSPCC's phone service for young people was launched 30 years ago. 

    The new "For me" app means the same confidential advice and support is now available via a mobile. 

    Quote Message: I'm just really hoping we can spread awareness and make people realise it is a problem and needs to be sorted. It is literally at the touch of your phone. It is so accessible...You are downloading an app and can talk to a counsellor. You can do it the way you want to do it. from Olivia Pryer Poynton High School
    Olivia PryerPoynton High School
  19. A50 'to partially reopen' later after road collapse

    The A50, Holmes Chapel Road in Knutsford will partially reopen later with temporary traffic lights being put in place,Cheshire East Council said.

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    Motorists are advised to follow the diversions that remain in place as engineers repair the damaged drainage system.

     The road is due to reopen fully on Sunday.