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  1. Mother appears in court charged with murder of two sons

    A woman has appeared in court charged with murdering her two teenage sons in Sheffield.

    Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin

    Sarah Barrass appeared at Sheffield Crown Court earlier, accused of killing Tristen and Blake Barrass, aged 13 and 14 respectively, following an incident at a house in the Shiregreen area of the city last month.

    Brandon Machin, 37, who is also accused of murdering the two boys, appeared in court by video-link.

    Ms Barrass, 34, is also charged with three counts of attempted murder against two other children.

    No pleas were entered during the 20-minute hearing, which relates to an incident at a house on 24 May.

    A trial date has been fixed for 12 November at Sheffield Crown Court.

    Judge Jeremy Richardson QC remanded Ms Barrass and Mr Machin in custody.

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J31 for A57 Worksop Road Sheffield.

    M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J2 for A1 to J1 for A631 Bawtry Road.

    M18 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M18 southbound from J2 A1(M) Doncaster By Pass J35 to J1, A631 (Bramley), because of a break down.

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

  4. Watch: Friday's weather forecast

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will be mostly dry but we could see one or two isolated showers.

    Temperatures will reach up to 19C in places:

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    Video caption: Watch: Friday's weather forecast
  5. Watch: Fighting for the right to strip

    BBC Stories

    Feminist campaigners have secretly filmed at the Spearmint Rhino strip club in Sheffield. They claim the recording shows sexual acts taking place in the club, which breaks the licensing rules.

    Ella, a stripper at the club, is furious with Not Buying It for secretly filming dancers naked and fears losing her job as the club may now lose their licence.

    But Dr Sasha Rakoff who assisted the secret filming insists this was the only way to expose the dark side of the industry:

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    Video caption: Spearmint Rhino Strippers fighting for the right to strip
  6. Yorkshire's weather: Fine and dry

    It will remain dry and fine with a good deal of sunshine today, and just a little patchy cloud forming. Highs of 17C (63F).

    Dry tonight with largely clear skies and one or two mist patches.

    A weather graphic
  7. Missing Barnsley girl, 17, found

    A girl from Barnsley, who had been missing since Saturday, has been found.

    Amy Perry, who was last seen in Dodworth, was found earlier according to South Yorkshire Police.

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, from J32 for M18 to J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M1 northbound from J32 M18 to J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a break down.

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

  9. Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far, however:

    • The 07:38 service from York to Middlesbrough running 27 minutes late
    • The 07:58 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running 10 minutes late

    For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

  10. Leeds United drawn against Salford City in Carabao Cup

    BBC Sport

    Leeds United will face League Two newcomers Salford City in the Carabao Cup first round.

    Salford celebrating promotion

    Salford are in the competition for the first time after promotion from the National League in May.

    Salford, co-owned by co-owned by six former Manchester United players, will host a Leeds side managed by Marcelo Bielsa, who agreed a contract extension at Elland Road in May.

    The draw for the competition, which took place in a Morrisons supermarket, threw up the following ties for Yorkshire's teams:

    • Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City
    • Tranmere Rovers v Hull City
    • Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers
    • Bradford City v Preston North End
    • Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
    • Sheffield Wednesday v Bury
    • Barnsley v Carlisle United

    The fixtures will be played in the week commencing 12 August.

  11. Northern Powerhouse 'undermined' by austerity

    The Northern Powerhouse is being "undermined" by austerity despite signs of economic growth, a think-tank says.

    Places in Yorkshire

    Five years since its launch, the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) North said the economy had "moved in the right direction" but more children were living in "poor" households.

    The government said record numbers of people were in work across the north.

    IPPR North, a centre-left think-tank, said the Northern Powerhouse had succeeded in devolving power by creating five new "metro mayors" and a regional transport body - Transport for the North.

    However, it said the government had "undermined" the project while making cuts in public spending, with the north having seen an overall £3.6bn reduction in real terms since 2009-10, while south-east and south-west England saw a £4.7bn rise.

    Cities such as Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were encouraged to work together both in rivalling London and the South East and to "take on the world", with more jobs and opportunities.

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    Video caption: Spearmint Rhino Strippers fighting for the right to strip

    Strippers in Sheffield are fighting back against claims made by feminist campaigners that sexual acts happen in Spearmint Rhino.

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    Severe accident: A616 South Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A616 South Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from A61 Westwood New Road to A629.

    A616 South Yorkshire - A616 in Tankersley, Barnsley closed and queues westbound from Wentworth Industrial Park to Wortley, because of two-car accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A61 South Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A61 South Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from M1 J36 Barnsley South to A616.

    A61 South Yorkshire - A61 Westwood New Road in Tankersley closed and queues westbound from Barnsley South to Westwood Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  15. Ten-year high for Sheffield cyclist injuries

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The number of cyclists being seriously injured on South Yorkshire's roads has hit a 10-year high, according to latest figures.

    An ofo bike

    A total of 51 people were seriously injured in 2018 - the highest in a decade, according to a Freedom of Information request from South Yorkshire Police.

    The amount of total injuries has been largely the same, with them being ranked either fatal, serious or slight.

    Dexter Johnstone, from Cycle Sheffield, which campaigns for a "cycle friendly" city, says: "Cycling in Sheffield does not feel safe, or convenient, or an attractive option.

    "This is what prevents most people from making their journeys by bike in Sheffield. This will remain the case until Sheffield Council invests in safe, protected cycle infrastructure."

    Sheffield City Council says the number of people cycling in the city has increased by almost 20% and the authority is working to improve the local cycle network.

  16. Apache attack helicopters spotted in South Yorkshire skies

    Two military helicopters have been spotted in the skies over South Yorkshire this afternoon.

    An Apache helicopter

    The Apache attack helicopters, called Hunter 1 and 2, were seen flying over Sheffield and Doncaster.

    They were later caught on camera by a member of Doncaster Sheffield Airport Forum at the South Yorkshire airport, where it's believed they refuelled.

    Two Apache helicopters

    This type of helicopter has flown in sorties over Afghanistan and Libya, where they were used to hunt and destroy tanks.