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Live Reporting

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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Today will be a cloudier and cooler day than of late, although it should remain dry with top temperatures of 18C (64F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Can the town high street be revived?

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    Video caption: Online shopping has left retailers such as Marks and Spencer announcing store closures
  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J16 for A500 Crewe.

    M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire both ways severe disruption, at J9 for M6 Toll affecting J10 for A5.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 in both directions at J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of emergency repairs. Congestion to J10, A5 (Tamworth).

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J15 for A500.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M42 southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  9. Shopping centre marks 30th birthday

    The Potteries shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent is celebrating its 30th birthday today.

    It took three years and three million locally sourced bricks to build in 1988.

    Potteries centre

    About 11 million people visit it each year.

  10. Chip price warning as potato crop struggles

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    The price of potatoes and chips could rise, a farmer in Staffordshire is warning, because of the recent wet weather and the earlier "Beast from the East" last winter.

    Potatoes suffering from blight

    Rob Evans grows a crop for a big chip company in Pattingham but says the bad weather's deluged the land.

    It's also led to an increase in potato blight, he says, rotting the tubers and putting him a month behind where he should be, which could affect food prices.

    Quote Message: Normally you get a little bit of a break, where you can plant some and then maybe you're delayed but not to plant any potatoes before the third week in April, I've never known that before." from Rob Evans Potato farmer, Pattingham
    Rob EvansPotato farmer, Pattingham
  11. Some sunshine returning over the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    There could be some sunshine this weekend, but there could be one or two showers too.

    Here's the forecast.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands
  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J19 for A556.

    M6 Cheshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Travel time is 35 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J19, A556 (Knutsford).

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A500 and Stafford Services.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services, because of an accident.

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

  14. Weather: Overnight mist and fog but staying mild

    BBC Weather

    Generally clear during the evening although a few showers could continue in places. Patches of mist and fog later in the night.

    Lows of 14C are expected.

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    Video caption: Weather

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  15. Minister 'should resign' over rail 'chaos'

    BBC News England

    The RMT union has called for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to "get out" after days of "carnage" on Northern trains since a new timetable came in.

    Among its services, the firm runs a small number between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.

    Protest sign in Manchester

    The trade union's general secretary Mick Cash said his members were facing public anger "without a shred of support" from Mr Grayling or Northern's management.

    Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham told the BBC he understands Northern will introduce an emergency timetable.

    A spokesman for Northern said there would be "amended services" from Monday.

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54 affecting J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of an accident. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J8 M5.

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