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  1. School launches raffle to help pay for lab refurb

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    A Shropshire secondary school's launching a raffle to help refurbish its science labs. 

    The Corbet School in Baschurch has launched the fundraising drive as headteachers gathering in Telford for their annual conference claim school budgets are in crisis. 

    Corbett School

    The government says it's spending more than ever, but the Corbet's chair of governors Roger Ford says it's not covering the increased costs of pensions and pay.   

    Quote Message: It's our 60th anniversary this year, so we're going to celebrate that and we're going to have a year-long raffle and we're going to hopefully raise some money towards the £200,000 that we need to refurbish and modernise our science labs. We shouldn't have to run a raffle, in my view, to do such things, but we're not left with any alternative." from Roger ford Chair of Governors of the Corbet School
    Roger fordChair of Governors of the Corbet School
  2. Football: Shrewsbury Town Manager expected to offer new contracts

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Paul Hurst is expected to offer new deals at Shrewsbury Town to defender Mat Sadler and winger Sean Whalley.

    The two are among the players whose contracts are up this summer and while the Town manager says he won’t focus on the ins and outs at the club until Sunday’s final game of the League One season at Oxford is out of the way, he says he’s had tentative talks with the two of them.

    Paul Hurst

    Both are popular with Shrewsbury fans, and both have previously said how happy they are at the club. 

    Quote Message: I think they know what I think of them as players and just as importantly as people." from Paul Hurst Shrewsbury Town Manager
    Paul HurstShrewsbury Town Manager
  3. The rugby team in a football final


    You don't even need to be a football team to play in the FA People's Cup.

    LBoro Rangers are a group of university students who are taking part in the Higher Education category......

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    Video caption: LBoro Rangers will be in action in the Higher Education finals on Sunday

    Catch up with what's been going on in the FA People's Cup so far - and follow live coverage of the FA People's Cup finals on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.

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    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A464 and J3 for A41.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M54 eastbound between J4, A464 (Shifnal) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Two barns go up in flames in south shropshire

    Tracey Higgins

    BBC Local Live

    Five fire crews have been tackling a blaze that resulted in two barns going up in flames. 

    The alarm was raised at around 10:00, at a farm in Nash, close to Ludlow.   

    Fire engine

    Fire crews from Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Tenbury Wells were at the scene. 

    The fire was brought under control just before midday.    

  6. Cricket: New cricket season gets under way

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    It’s the start of the new cricket season this weekend, with the former Birmingham League champions Shrewsbury, hoping to move up from last year’s third-place finish.

    Shifnal are looking to join them in the top flight. They were promoted from division two last season. County captain Steve Leach, who plays for Shifnal, says: “We’re an ambitious club with a premier division set-up.”

    Cricket captains

    In the Shropshire League, Worfield are the favourites for the title, after coming down from the Birmingham League last year, but captain James Parker knows it’ll be “a tough race,” while newcomers Market Drayton are hoping to spring a surprise.

  7. On Midlands Today from 13:30: The rise in tool thefts from vans

    Nicola Beckford

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll hear how the number of incidents of tools being stolen from vans in the Midlands has almost doubled in the last three years, a BBC investigation's found. 

    Tool thefts

    It's thought criminals are buying locksmith tools from the internet and using them to get into vans.

    We'll have more from 13:30 on BBC One.

  8. Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.....


    Images from the 2017 FA People's Cup

    ....there'll be just under a hundred teams taking part in the FA People's Cup finals this weekend hoping to book their trip to Wembley.

    Each of the winners in the 16 categories in the free five-a-side competition will win tickets to the FA Cup final on 27 May, where they will be presented with their trophies.

    You can catch up with what's been going on in the competition here - and you'll be able to follow live coverage from the finals in Birmingham on Sunday and Monday.

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    Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. In Pictures: Cloudy and overcast in Shropshire today

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a cloudy day across much of Shropshire today. There will be some sunny of bright spells later, with just the chance of a light shower. Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Foggy and Snapper Simon for these pictures of Church Stretton and Ludlow.   

    Church Stretton
  11. Football: Shrews urged to push home for last game of the season

    James Bond

    Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

    Paul Hurst is urging his Shrewsbury Town players to put in one final effort this weekend, even though the side is realistically safe from relegation. 

    Town go into the last game of the season at Oxford on Sunday, three points and 10 goals better off than relegation rivals Port Vale. They're also above Bury and Gillingham.

    Paul Hurst

    Full-back Junior Brown says a lot of credit must go the Town manager for the way he's turned things round since he joined the club back in October. 

    Quote Message: He's come in and galvanized us, he's given us a different set of ideas and values and things. The lads have took it on board, we've worked hard and I think we've got our rewards. But regardless of everything that he's done, the lads have really dug in and made big strides, mentally, physically and really put their bodies on the line." from Junior Brown Full back with Shrewsbury Town
    Junior BrownFull back with Shrewsbury Town
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    Severe accident: M54 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A5.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane blocked on exit slip road eastbound at J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  13. Canal to host top anglers

    Faith Page

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Some 500 of the country's best anglers will be looking for a nibble on a 15-mile stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal later this year. 

    The Angling Trust says August's Division One National Championship is the largest of its kind and it's being held near Market Drayton.

    Shropshire Union Canal
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    Severe disruption: A5112 Shropshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5112 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between A458 Haycock Way and Crowmere Road.

    A5112 Shropshire - A5112 Bage Way in Shrewsbury closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A458 Haycock Way junction and the Crowmere Road junction, because of a police incident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. Telford businesses seek tourism boost

    Mark Elliott

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Over 100 local businesses are meeting up today to discuss how to bring more tourism to Telford. 

    The global firm TripAdvisor will be among the guest speakers at the Big Campaign event, organised by Telford and Wrekin Council. 

    It's hoped more online advertising, including promotional videos featuring celebrities will attract more people to the borough.

  16. The power of Shropshire's non-voters revealed

    Alex Seftel

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The potential influence of people who didn't vote in the last general election has been revealed by the BBC. 

    Here in Shropshire, almost 113,000 people failed to turn out, that's about a third of the electorate. 

    The figure includes 25,000 people in Telford, where the winning candidate and sitting MP Lucy Allan received 16,094 votes.

    BBC election logo
  17. The power of non-voters

    Daniel Wainwright

    Data unit - English regions

    Non-voters would play a pivotal role in the general election if they were to use their vote, analysis suggests.

    The number of non-voters exceeded the number of votes cast for the winning party in more than half of UK constituencies in 2015.

    In Wyre Forest, 27,967 failed to vote (including spoiled ballots), compared with 22,394 who voted for the current MP, Conservative Mark Garnier.


    The Electoral Reform Society said many people felt their vote did not count.  

    See the figures for your constituency on this interactive map

  18. Video: What's the weather doing today?

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A generally dry day with occasional sunny spells and the risk of a couple of isolated showers - highs of 12C (54F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  19. Michael Buchanan

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC News

    NHS sign

    Michael Buchanan

    Social affairs correspondent, BBC News

    An NHS trust being investigated over maternity errors refuses to answer questions from the public.

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  20. Disraeli letter to William Penny-Brookes sells for £200

    A letter written by Benjamin Disraeli to Shropshire's Dr William Penny Brookes has sold for £200 at auction in Shrewsbury.

    It is dated 7 September 1859 and in it the former prime minister offers to send the founder of the Wenlock Olympics some of his books.

    Benjamin Disraeli

    Halls auctioneers carried out the sale and said Dr Penny Brookes established the Agricultural Reading Society in 1841 to educate farm workers and wrote letters to authors asking them to donate books.