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  1. Industrial Revolution pioneer to get memorial

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A sculpture is to be erected to commemorate the achievements of a pioneer from the Industrial Revolution.

    Dudley Council has granted planning permission for the structure to celebrate the life of Abraham Darby I at the junction of Sedgley Road and Birmingham New Road.

    Plan for statue

    Darby was born in Woodsetton in 1678 and developed a method of producing pig iron in a blast furnace in Shropshire, using coke instead of charcoal, which was in short supply at the time.

    It paved the way for the mass production of iron and turned Coalbrookdale into the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

    Dudley residents and councillors, along with members of the Woodsetton Charitable Trust and Friends of Wrens Nest groups, have been working to secure funding to produce the permanent memorial to him.

    The steel memorial will take the form of a cross section through his 1709 blast furnace and will also have figures of a silhouette of six pig iron workers in front and lettered cast iron ground plaques.

  2. Bid to extend motorway

    Plans to extend the M54 an extra 6.5 miles (10km), so that it reaches Shrewsbury, will be discussed by Shropshire councillors tomorrow.

    At the moment it ends at junction seven, when it becomes the A5, although the road remains a dual carriageway.

    A motion going before councillors says giving it motorway status would encourage foreign investors to look at the town.

    M54 ends

    The motion has been put forward by the Shrewsbury councillor Peter Adams and is being supported by the council leader Peter Nutting, who also represents a ward in the town.

    It suggests enlisting the help of local MPs to lobby for the extension, and to draw up a business plan to make it happen.

  3. Wroxeter 'pendants' turn out to be Roman make-up tools

    BBC Shropshire

    Roman artefacts which experts believed for decades were pendants have been re-identified as make-up tools.

    One of the pendants

    The tool sets, made from copper alloy, were found in Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire in the early 20th Century but it is unclear exactly when.

    They were mistaken for "lunate pendants" when they were last examined in the 1970s because of a loop which allowed them to be carried on a cord.

    But curator Cameron Moffett, from English Heritage, discovered the mistake while digitising a collection.

    She said the pestle and mortar sets were "hugely important to understanding women" in Roman Britain.

  4. Plenty of sunshine forecast today

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After the cold start to Wednesday, a dry, fine day with plenty of sunshine:

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    Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

  5. Congestion warning over roundabout works

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A roundabout outside Telford's Princess Royal Hospital is going to be shut for several nights for resurfacing work.

    Apley Roundabout, Telford

    Despite the closures running from 20:30 to 06:00, Telford and Wrekin Council says drivers could still face congestion around Apley Roundabout.

    The work's starting on Thursday night with the last closure on 1 October.

  6. Fire station's £12m revamp set for 2020 start

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Among the stories writers from the Local Democracy Reporting Service have been covering in Shropshire:

    • A £12m refit of Telford Central fire station (pictured) is expected to begin early next year
    • Safety improvements are going to be demanded by Shropshire Council this week for the A483 Llynclys crossroads which has seen several serious accidents over the past few years
    • A council officer's going to be given a tour of faulty street lights in Shropshire after Ellesmere Rural Parish Council says it has missed out on funding to maintain them
    :Telford Central Fire Station
  7. Shopping centre 'to be flattened in a year'

    BBC Shropshire

    One of three shopping centres bought by a council for £51m could be demolished in 12 months' time.

    Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting says the authority is aiming to flatten the Riverside centre in Shrewsbury.

    Entrance to Riverside shopping centre in Shrewsbury

    He says the plan after that is to "use [the site] as temporary parking for when the multi-storey goes".

    The authority bought Shrewsbury's Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside centres in January 2018 but admitted in June their value had slipped to £11m less than the £51m it paid.

    However, Mr Nutting said the council was making about £2.3m from the centres this year and it was about to start £4m of renovations to the Darwin site.

  8. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a dry and fine day with spells of sunshine and highs of 17C (63F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  9. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    It will be a chilly but dry night with clear skies and lows of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands