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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    It will be dry and bright at times but also some showers with highs of 22C (72F).

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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, from J2 for A449 Stafford Road to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

    M54 Staffordshire - M54 partially blocked and queues westbound from J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands to J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of an accident.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A464.

    M54 Shropshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J4, A464 (Shifnal), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It should be a dry night with largely clear skies and lows of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. Oil painting surprises auctioneers

    This oil painting has surprised auctioneers in Ludlow by selling for £84,000, well above its guide price of £40-60,000.

    It was created in 1958 by the Taiwanese painter Richard Lin and was bought by a private buyer who was bidding over the phone from Germany.

    Phillip Blackman Howard, the auctioneer at McCartneys, said: "“Richard Lin is regarded as one of the leading artists of the 20th Century and his reputation in Taiwan and East Asia has never been higher."

    Richard Lin painting
  6. Health commissioning bodies want leader to oversee merger

    Shropshire's two health commissioning bodies have started their search for a new leader, ahead of their planned merger,

    The new accountable officer will need to be in place soon, to help the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group join with its Telford and Wrekin counterpart and the closing date for applications is 7 July.


    The two CCGs have both voted to approve the merger and they aim to do that by April 2020.

  7. Youths stage climate change demo

    Up to 100 school and college students in Shrewsbury have staged another climate-change protest today.

    They've been demonstrating and handing out leaflets as part of a wider campaign to highlight issues surrounding global-warning.


    Callum, from the group Extinction Rebellion, said the students chose to strike "to show that we can fight for our climate".

    "We're skipping education because we think that our climate is more important."

    He called on local councillors and schools to take action.

  8. Police forces cleared over handling of shotgun killer

    An independent review has found police could not have reasonably foreseen the murder of Cheryl Hooper from Newport.

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct also concluded that both Staffordshire Police and West Mercia Police took appropriate precautionary steps after she contacted the Staffordshire force with concerns about her estranged husband's intimidating behaviour.


    Andrew Hooper has been sentenced to 31 years in jail for shooting her dead with an unlicensed shotgun (pictured), but the IOPC said the two forces took steps to stop him holding licensed firearms and that the concerns raised beforehand did not to amount to a criminal offence.

    The report concluded no disciplinary action was needed, but recommended the two forces continue to look for ways to cooperate with each other.

  9. Flash floods warning as thunderstorms sweep in

    The severe weather warning for thunderstorms across the West Midlands has been extended to Tuesday.

    Localised flooding, lightning strikes and up to 30mm of rain in an hour is possible between 12:00 on Sunday and the end of Tuesday, said the Met Office.

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  10. Campaign group angered by landowner's claims

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A campaign group that opposes new homes being built in the village of Tong in Shropshire is disputing claims from landowners that they're working with community groups.

    Shifnal Matters, which also opposes new homes in Shifnal, said neither Shifnal Town Council nor Tong Parish Council had been contacted by Bradford Estates.

    Tong Parish Council also said it hadn't been contacted.


    A leaflet by agents working for Bradford Estates has been sent to people living in both Tong and Shifnal, setting out the benefits of building 3,000 homes on land it owns.

    The estates's representative David Henry, said: "Over the course of the past 18 months we have spoken to communities throughout the area who have told us that that top priorities are to provide sufficient high-quality jobs and affordable homes to ensure that Shropshire and the surrounding area can flourish. We can provide both."

    Councillor Paul Fisher, chairman of Tong Parish Council, replied: “Shifnal and Tong residents were taken aback by these preposterous claims around the planned development of a huge greenfield site that lies between the two communities."

  11. BreakingLife in prison for farmer guilty of wife's shotgun murder

    A farmer who shot his wife as she sat in her Range Rover outside her home has been jailed for at least 31 years after being found guilty of murder.

    Andrew Hooper

    Cheryl Hooper, 51, was killed in front of her daughter outside her home in Newport, Shropshire, in January 2018.

    Andrew Hooper, who turned the shotgun on himself after the attack, was convicted this morning at Birmingham Crown Court today.

    Jailing the 46-year-old, Judge Mark Wall QC told him: "The sentence that I must pass on you is one that you richly deserve - life imprisonment."

  12. New boss at under-fire hospital trust

    A new interim chief executive has been appointed at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

    Paula Clark starts on 1 July and takes over from Simon Wright, who announced he would step down at the beginning of the month.

    Paula Clark

    Ms Clark is the former chief executive at the University of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford's County Hospital.

    She takes over at a time the hospital trust is in special measures and being investigated over the number of baby deaths.

  13. BreakingFarmer guilty of murdering estranged wife in shooting

    A farmer has been found guilty of murdering his estranged wife.

    Andrew Hooper, who is 46 and from Newport, shot Cheryl Hooper outside her home in the town in January 2018

    He will be sentenced this afternoon.

    Crown Court
  14. BreakingThunderstorms set to bring travel disruption

    Thunderstorms and heavy rain could cause travel disruption throughout Sunday afternoon, the Met Office is warning.

    Weather map

    It has now extended yellow warnings for severe weather starting at 12:00 on Sunday until the end of Monday.

    Where thunderstorms do develop, 20 to 30mm rain may fall locally in an hour, and close to 40mm of rain may fall in two or three hours, it said.

    The Environment Agency's Dave Throup said there was the "potential for big storms for Sunday onwards as temperatures and humidity rise".