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Summary

  1. Staffing at county A&E departments remains critical
  2. Royal visit for Shropshire hospital
  3. Telford has one of the highest rates for school exclusions
  4. FA chairman unhappy with 'embarrassing' Senior Cup matches
  5. Updates on Friday 21 July 2017

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By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

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  1. West Midlands 'among the worst for puppy farming'

    The West Midlands has among the highest reports of puppy farms in England.

    New figures released by the RSPCA show that 2016 was its busiest year for tackling the underground puppy trade.

    The charity says it's receiving more calls than ever from people reporting questionable breeders and dealers.

    French bulldog

    The charity's findings also show that French bulldogs (pictured) are the most searched-for breed for sale online.

  2. Football: Shrewsbury beat Villa, Telford lose to Wolves U23s

    BBC Sport

    Goals from Zak Jules and Arthur Gnahoua helped Shrewsbury Town to a 2-1 friendly win over Aston Villa at the weekend.

    AFC Telford United lost 1-0 to a Wolves under-23 side at the Bucks Head.

    Wolves vs Telford

    AFC Telford United have a pre-season game against Sporting Wolves tomorrow night, while Shrewsbury play Wolves on Saturday.

  3. Supporters of terminally ill man outside court

    Amy Cole

    BBC Midlands Today

    Supporters of the terminally ill Shropshire man, Noel Conway, have turned up outside the High Court in London.

    His legal team is fighting for his right to have an assisted death in the final six months of his life and is back in court to appeal against a decision not to allow his case to go forward.

    Video content

    Video caption: Campaigners back assisted dying bid
  4. Funeral for folk festival founder

    A funeral is being held today for one of the founders of the Bridgnorth Folk Festival, Alan Surtees.

    The event later became the Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the funeral is being held at St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury at 13:15.

    Alan Surtees
  5. CCTV images released after Shifnal shop thefts

    Shropshire Star

    Police have released CCTV images of a man and a woman following two separate thefts from a Shifnal shop.

  6. Shropshire bowled out for 123 in Cornwall

    Cornwall are starting their second innings at St Austell 226 runs ahead after Shropshire were bowled out on day two of the minor counties match.

    The visitors collapsed to 66-6 on day one and were bowled out this morning for 123.

    Cornwall have just started their second innings, but could soon declare.

  7. Flooding warning with thunderstorms forecast this week

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Two weather warnings for the West Midlands have been issued by the Met Office today.

    Firstly they say thundery showers are expected across the south of the region, including Herefordshire, Worcestershire and parts of Warwickshire, from tomorrow evening.

    Yellow weather warning for Wednesday

    Then from just after midnight on Wednesday they are expected to turn into scattered thunderstorms affecting the whole region.

    In both cases the Met Office says there is a chance of localised flooding where they hit.

  8. American football: Shropshire Revolution win division

    Shropshire Revolution crushed their divisional rivals, the Chester Romans, 30-0 yesterday to clinch the NFC2 South championship and win a place in the play-offs.

    They've not lost a game all season and are just two wins away from finishing with a perfect record.

    Shropshire Revolution

    Their remaining games are both away, against Crewe Railroaders on 30 July and Humber Warhawks on 6 August.

  9. Whitchurch biker gathering claims world record

    The organisers of an all-female biker gathering at Whitchurch over the weekend believe they have set a world record.

    They say 1,132 people turned out for the rally, beating the previous record of 1,002, which was set in Australia.

    Women and motorbikes
  10. Safety lessons for horse riders

    Alex Seftel

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    Lessons are being offered to help people avoid accidents while riding horses on the road. The British Horse Society says 41 people have been involved in accidents while out riding in the West Midlands in the last year.

    Car and horse

    That figure is up from 28 cases the year before and includes nine in Shropshire.

    The society's Ride Safe Award is designed to give people more confidence in the saddle.

  11. The cost to councils of traveller encampments

    Joanne Malin

    BBC Midlands Today

    More than £900,000 has been spent by Midlands councils dealing with sites used illegally by travellers in the last three years.

    Travellers in Wolverhampton

    Figures obtained by the BBC show that the sum since 2014 has been spent on legal fees and clean-up operations.

    Rubbish left in park
  12. Football: Joe Hart poised for West Ham loan

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town's most successful export in recent years, Joe Hart, has got a new club.

    The England goalkeeper is due to have a medical today before completing a season-long loan deal with West Ham.

    Joe Hart
  13. What can tennis do for you?

    #GetInspired

    Have you been inspired by the tennis you've seen at Wimbledon over the past two weeks?

    Why not see what the power of what getting into tennis can do.....

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    Video caption: 'Tennis saved my life'

    And if you want to find out about how to get into tennis yourself, take a look at the BBC Get Inspired guide

  14. One phase of roadworks nears completion

    Delayed work on Reabrook island on Shrewsbury's inner ring road is due to be finished by the end of the month.

    It has caused concerns to many businesses and residents in the Abbey Foregate area after the increase in traffic caused by the diversions.

    However it will clear the way for the start of the next phase on the gyratory sytem near the English bridge.

    PLAN

    Shropshire Council spokesman Matt Johnson says there'll be no changes to traffic flow, but it's hoped to make the area near the bridge more pedestrian and bike friendly.

    He says the council has tried to keep disruption to the minimum, but sometimes it's unavoidable.

  15. Shropshire county cricket order collapses

    Shropshire will need to do well when play on day two starts later.

    On day one, Cornwall batted first at their home ground in Saint Austell. They scored well and got 349 for 5 in their 90 overs.

    Former Essex and Derbyshire player Greg Smith was unbeaten on 127.

    cricket ball

    Shropshire were hopeful that they could do well on a ground that was good for scoring runs.

    However they lost three wickets in the first nine overs. They finished the day 283 runs in arrears after the batting collapsed to 66 for 6 at the close.

  16. Terminally ill Shropshire man in right to die fight

    Fergus Walsh

    Medical correspondent

    The case of a Shropshire man fighting to change the law on assisted dying returns to the High Court this morning.

    Noel Conway, 67, from Garmston, near the Wrekin, is terminally ill with a form of motor neurone disease.

    Noel Conway

    Noel Conway was diagnosed in 2014 with an incurable condition and he is not expected to live beyond the next 12 months.

    He is fighting for the right to have an assisted death in the final six months of his life. Earlier this year he went to the High Court to ask for permission for the case to go ahead.

    It was initially thrown out, but Noel's legal team won an appeal. This review will be heard by three judges and is expected to last four to five days.

  17. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a slightly cooler start to the day, it will be warm and sunny with plenty of sunshine and highs of 25C (77F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  18. Good morning from the BBC Shropshire newsroom

    Les Walton

    Journalist, BBC Shropshire

    The team and I will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18.00.

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