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Live Reporting

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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    After a dry morning with some bright spells, there should be more sunshine this afternoon with highs of 13C (55F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41.

    M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: A5 Shropshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire northbound severe disruption, between M54 J7 and A49.

    A5 Shropshire - A5 in Wrockwardine closed northbound between Wellington and Preston Island, because of an earlier vehicle fire.

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

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    Severe accident: A5 Shropshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Shropshire eastbound severe accident, between A488 and A5112 Hereford Road affecting B4386.

    A5 Shropshire - Queuing traffic on A5 eastbound in Shrewsbury between Edgebold Roundabout and Dobbies Island, because of an accident. Congestion to Montgomery Roundabout.

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

  5. This weekend's weather for the West Midlands

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    It's turned into a drier day for most of us - here's how tonight and the rest of the weekend are looking across the West Midlands:

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    Video caption: Sara Thornton.

    You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  6. In the papers: 'No money claim' from footballer

    Shropshire Star

    These are some of the stories appearing on the Shropshire Star website today:

  7. Grade II listed gates taken away for restoration

    Andrew Hewkin

    Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

    A pair of old railway gates that form part of Ironbridge's industrial heritage are being taken away for restoration today.

    Railway crossing gates

    The Grade II listed level-crossing gates in Jackfield were installed in the 1860s as part of the Severn Valley Railway.

    Telford and Wrekin Council says the restoration work could take a few months, depending on how long the wood takes to dry out.

  8. Giant mechanical puppet to visit Victorian museum

    A giant mechanical puppet is coming to Shropshire's Blists Hill Victorian museum this weekend.

    Man Engine puppet on display

    The Man Engine stands 11.2m (37ft) tall and weighs nearly 40 tonnes and will be the highlight of events tomorrow at the site, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.

    It was built in Cornwall to mark the 10th anniversary of the county’s World Heritage status and is touring venues across the UK to celebrate Britain’s industrial heritage.

    Man Engine puppet on display
  9. Shrewsbury Town draw at Bradford

    BBC Sport

    Shrewsbury Town failed to significantly cut down the points deficit on their promotion rivals in League One after a goalless draw last night at Bradford.

    Jon Nolan had Shrewsbury's best chances but Town had to play the final 30 minutes with ten men after Omar Beckles was sent off for two bookings.

    The results leaves Shrewsbury four points behind Blackburn in second place with five games to go.

  10. BBC weather: A wet start but what about later?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy, wet start for lots of us but there may be better ahead today - here's Friday's full weather forecast:

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton

    Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  11. Overnight West Midlands weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will mainly be cloudy but dry tonight - overnight, we'll see heavy rain spreading across the West Midlands - lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Latest West Midlands weather forecast
  12. Council refuses request to take in asylum seekers

    Mark Elliott

    BBC News

    Councillors in part of Shropshire have refused a government request to house asylum seekers while at the same time agreeing to take 10 more families of Syrian refugees.

    Syrian children stand near their tent in Ras al-Ain province, Syria

    Shropshire Council's been asked by ministers to take part in two different resettlement schemes.

    For one of them, they've agreed to take 10 more Syrian refugee families, saying they already have the infrastructure in place to support them, having already resettled 15 Syrian families.

    But councillors said they didn't have the same kind of structures in place to take in 25 single male asylum seekers, so refused the Home Office's request.

  13. Three local hospitals among worst A&Es for waits

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Three A&E units in the West Midlands are among the top 10 worst-performing A&Es in the last financial year, BBC analysis reveals.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours.

    Data from NHS England for 2017-18 show that, overall, the NHS has recorded its worst ever annual performance - at 88.4% - since records began in 2004.

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust was among the 10 worst services, seeing just 74.6% in four hours during 2017-18.

    The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust in Staffordshire with 77.5% and the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust with 78.9% were also among the 10.

  14. Anger as 'Windrush generation' face deportation threat

    BBC News England

    Thousands of people who arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration face being threatened with deportation.

    A new petition on the government's website calling on the Home Office to grant them an amnesty has attracted more than 23,000 signatures.

    Windrush arrivals

    Those campaigning have highlighted the case of Paulette Wilson who arrived in Telford from Jamaica in 1968 aged 10, but in August 2015 her benefits were stopped and she was later detained at a removal centre.

    The 61-year-old was told by the Home Office in January she can now stay.

    Paulette Wilson

    The Migration Observatory at Oxford University estimates there are 500,000 people who could be affected.

    The Home Office said it would handle applications to stay "sensitively".

  15. Cyclist dies 'after crashing into lamp-post'

    A woman's died after police believe she lost control of her mountain bike and hit a lamp-post.

    Bishopdale, Telford

    The 43-year-old from Telford was cycling on Bishopdale, Brookside, on Wednesday evening when it happened.

    West Mercia Police says an off-duty fire officer was first to try to help her with CPR before paramedics arrived, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

  16. Grand National: Tale of first horse to win after Red Rum

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Ahead of this year's Grand National, former champion jockey Bob Davies has been remembering for BBC Sport "one of the best spare rides in history".

    Lucius was only the Shropshire jockey's fourth ride in the race - and he had previously only once got around the 30 fences on National day.

    Victory for Bob Davies on Lucius at Aintree

    He only inherited the ride when Dave Goulding was injured in a fall five days before the race.

    Fate then smiled on Davies, as the legendary Red Rum pulled out on the morning of the National having suffered a hairline fracture the day before.

    Read what happened next for Bob and his famous win in one of the tightest-ever finishes here on the BBC website.

  17. In photos: Wildlife fun in spring

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our local wildlife seems to have been enjoying the spring weather along with the flowers coming out in bloom, given the photos we've had from our local BBC Weather Watchers:

    Image caption: Southam
    Image caption: Leek
    Image caption: Wribbenhall