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  1. Crewe to be transformed by £48m plans
  2. Nursery being 'creative' on care costs
  3. Road reopens after weeks of repairs
  4. Updates from Friday 1 September 2017

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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    Severe accident: A462 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A462 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between B4210 Broad Lane and B4156 Hobnock Road.

    A462 Staffordshire - A462 Warstone Road in Essington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4210 Broad Lane junction and the B4156 Hobnock Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

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    Severe disruption: A500 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A500 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between A527 Porthill Road and Reginald Mitchell Way Kidsgrove.

    A500 Staffordshire - A500 D Road in Longport, Stoke-On-Trent closed northbound between Porthill Bank and Kidsgrove, because of emergency repairs.

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

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    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for M6 Toll and J10 for A5.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

  6. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Rare view of classic TV show

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening, we've got a story about a TV show that at one point was among the country's favourites.

    Still from Crossroads

    Crosswords ran for almost 5,000 episodes but many were never kept.

    However a team of archive hunters in the region have unearthed some rare clips and we'll have more from 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. 'Redundant bus lanes' being removed in Stoke-on-Trent

    Vicky Norton

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A series of what the city council has described as "redundant" bus lanes are being removed across Stoke-on-Trent.

    The authority says it's reviewed how they're used and decided taking them away will free up more room for motorists.

    The bus lane before being removed

    The first red bus lane's been stripped away on Wedgwood Street, Burslem overnight with the road resurfaced.

    The council says it's costing thousands of pounds from the existing highways budget and claims it won't affect bus services.

  8. Sunset and harvesting in today's audience photos selection

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Today's selection of pictures you've sent in are book-ended by two superb shots of sunsets in Staffordshire.

    You can share a photo taken recently in this area by popping it on an email or posting it on Instagram, tagging it with #bbcstoke so I know you agree to share it.

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    Video caption: Audience photos
  9. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The West Midlands will have a completely dry and rather chilly night with long clear spells.

    Some mist patches may develop, especially in rural parts of Shropshire and Staffordshire - lows of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  10. Road reopens after weeks of repairs

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    It's taken several weeks, but the A530 Middlewich Road near Nantwich is fully open now, after it was badly damaged by a burst water main.

    Cheshire East Council spent the time rebuilding supporting walls and protecting underground cables. This afternoon the council tweeted that it was fully open.

    A530 reopened
  11. Nursery being 'creative' on care costs

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A nursery manager in Staffordshire says staff have had to be "creative" with the funding to cover the cost of extra free childcare.

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    Video caption: Lynsey Hurst

    From today, about 7,000 families in the county are eligible for 30 hours' free childcare a week rather than 15.

    The government says it's paying councils more than the average cost of providing childcare, but some campaigners say the increase is not enough.

    Lynsey Hurst, who runs Reach for the Stars in Biddulph, says the firm is being careful with its money, but is coping.

  12. Crewe to be transformed by £48m plans

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Plans to transform the centre of Crewe are about drawing more people into the town, according to one of the people behind them.

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    Video caption: Artist's impressions of plans for Crewe

    Today, Cheshire East Council revealed its detailed proposals to spend £48m on revamping the Market Hall, Royal Arcade and bus station.

    Planned new facilities include a cinema, restaurants and shops. If they are approved later this month, the authority is aiming to get them finished by Christmas 2020.

  13. Football: Crewe boss says direct approaches for midfielder 'disgusting'

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's manager David Artell has told BBC Radio Stoke that some clubs contacted midfielder George Cooper directly over a possible transfer.

    George Cooper

    The Alex received five offers for Cooper on deadline day but he will remain with the club until January at least, which is when the next transfer window opens.

    Artell says he's disappointed with the way some teams approached the 20-year-old.

    Quote Message: Those other clubs, their staff members have been phoning him up directly, which I think is disgusting, but that's the way it goes, not going to cry over that, that's the nature of football. But, unless the valuation is what we've put on his head, he remains a Crewe player." from David Artell Crewe Alexandra manager
    David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager
  14. Stag rescued after getting in a tangle

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A stag's been rescued by firefighters this morning after it had got tangled up in wire near Congleton.

    The stag tangled up

    Cheshire Fire Service says the wire had got around the animal's antlers and jaw on Clough Road, Wildboarclough.

    The service says a vet gave the stag a sedative while crews untangled it. It then woke up and returned to the wild.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10A for M54.

    M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10a M54, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  16. Post Office branch set to move inside shop

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A six-week consultation has started over plans by the Post Office to move a branch in Crewe inside a shop.

    The Post Office on West Street, Crewe

    It says it wants to relocate the current West Street branch inside the McColls store on the same road.

    The Post Office says it'll mean longer opening hours and a more modern branch - the consultation ends on 11 October.

    If they go ahead, the branch would be relocated over the Christmas period.