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  1. Yorkshire's top stories

    The top stories from across Yorkshire today include:

    Updates on breaking news will continue through the weekend.

  2. Rotherham 'no longer needs' commissioners

    The government has been told Rotherham Council has improved and no longer needs the three external commissioners who were drafted in following the child sex abuse scandal in the town, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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    Minister are to now make a decision on whether to allow the council to take control of its own affairs again.

    Mary Ney, the lead commissioner, has written to the secretaries of state for local government and education following the latest in a series of 'health checks' to monitor the council's progress.

    Commissioners were called in during 2015 after a number of reports spotlighted serious failings in aspects of the council's work.

    Some functions have been returned to the direct control of the council recently following improvements.

    A report published in 2014 estimated 1,400 children were abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

    Quote Message: The health check report confirms our view that the council is on the right track, we have seen significant improvements over the last three years, and whilst we continue to face the same challenges as many other local authorities we are now in a strong position to move on from commissioner intervention." from Councillor Chris Read Leader of the council
    Councillor Chris ReadLeader of the council
  3. Sheffield Sharks announce return of Chris Alexander

    They say he's wowed audiences with his speed and agility, and the Sheffield Sharks have snapped up the chance to have Chris Alexander among their number once again.

    Chris Alexander

    He came to the sharks after playing in Germany for seven years.

    Quote Message: We are delighted to see the return of Chris, he had so many games where he really took apart the opposition offensively and he demonstrated why he was so consistent in Germany, because he has a strong work ethic and a professional approach to his job." from Sarah Backovic Sharks General Manager
    Sarah BackovicSharks General Manager
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    Video caption: A World Champion strongman pulls a double decker bus to get people more active.
  5. 'Glacial Britain' history out by more than a million years

    Imagine Yorkshire and the rest of the country being under colossal sheets of ice, and not just in the way of a bad winter.

    Ice sheet

    New research involving the University of Sheffield indicates that such a covering was seen over much of the UK and Ireland 2.5 million years ago.

    Previously the experts believed it had happened 1.1 million years ago.

    The new thinking comes after analysis of sediment cores and seismic data from deep beneath the North Sea.

    Ice sheet
    Quote Message: This work (sic) convincingly demonstrates that ancient iceberg scours deep beneath the sea-bed of the North Sea came from British or European ice sheets, rather than from icebergs from Greenland or North America." from Grant Bigg Professor in Earth Systems Science, University of Sheffield
    Grant BiggProfessor in Earth Systems Science, University of Sheffield
  6. New plan aims to get Doncaster people out and about

    A new plan to tackle inactivity in Doncaster puts walking at its heart, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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    To encourage people to get out and about, the council says improved footpaths, less litter, new walking routes and more activities are planned.

    It comes after a recent report showed Doncaster still has the lowest percentage of physically active adults compared to neighbouring areas.

    The proportion of adults in the town who regularly get out for walk is also lower than the national average, according to the report.

    Quote Message: Encouraging more walking can ease traffic congestion which enables the borough to grow, has positive health and wellbeing benefits that improve people's quality of life and helps to reduce air and noise pollution." from Clare Henry Public health specialist and report author
    Clare HenryPublic health specialist and report author
  7. Police locate missing man

    Earlier we told you about a police search for 27-year-old Matthew Cavill from Sheffield.

    He'd not been seen since last weekend.

    Police say he's now been found and thanked people for sharing the appeal to find him.

  8. TUI announces new flight routes from Doncaster

    Holiday company TUI says it will offer long-haul flights to Orlando in Florida from Doncaster-Sheffield airport from next year.

    Airport

    The company says it'll add another 100,000 seats on services by using Doncaster-Sheffield airport next year, and other destinations to come will include Egypt and Turkey.

    Quote Message: This is very significant for us, there'll be five new routes and we'll be the only airline providing long-haul flights from Yorkshire." from Rob Coldrake TUI
    Rob ColdrakeTUI