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  1. BreakingLife sentence for mother's murder

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A woman has been given a life sentence for stabbing her mother to death.

    Charlene Sargeant, 25, was found guilty at Stafford Crown Court of killing 53-year-old Rocky Sargeant at their home in Sun Street, Cheadle, in Staffordshire, in March.

    Sun Street

    She'll serve a minimum term of 13 years 97 days in prison.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J15 for A500 Queensway to J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

  3. Primary school teaching assistants facing pay cuts

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Dozens of teaching assistants are facing pay cuts at six Staffordshire primary schools.

    They are being consulted over the plan which would see them no longer paid during school holidays.

    Bishop Lonsdale Academy

    The affected schools are run by St Chad’s Academies Trust and include the Bishop Lonsdale Academy in Eccleshall and St John’s Primary Academy, in Stafford.

    The academy trust says the changes will help bring equality across its schools.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J15 for A500 Queensway to J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J16, 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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J15 for A500 Queensway.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Weather: Cloudy day, feeling chilly

    BBC Weather

    Weather

    It will be a cloudy day with the odd chance of sunshine breaking through in some areas. Will have a chilly feel with a moderate breeze. Highs of 10C or 11C.

  7. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy day with the chance of patchy drizzle and highs of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  8. Homeless offered hot drinks and help by city centre police

    Homeless people in the middle of Stoke-on-Trent are being offered hot drinks and support by local police officers.

    Staffordshire Police mobile unit

    Staffordshire Police says PC James Howard came up with the idea and will comb through Hanley with community support officers every morning.

    When they find anyone living on the streets, the force says they'll be directed to a mobile police unit where other agencies will offer support along with hot beverages.

    PC Howard says he suggested the move as he was getting concerned at the number of people sleeping out in the area as the weather got worse.

  9. Approval given for 1,500 new homes

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Proposals for up to 1,500 new homes in Stafford have been approved today.

    The area covered west of Stafford

    The application was for land to the west of the town at Castlefields and includes plans for a neighbourhood centre with retail and a health centre.

    Ahead of Stafford Borough Council's planning committee meeting today, there were more than 110 letters of objection, citing concerns including traffic and where a link road would go.

    The meeting heard that the development would deliver more than £28m in Section 106 funding towards the area, including £15m for the Stafford Western Access Route scheme.

  10. In the papers: Church criticised for memorial removals

    Staffordshire Live

    The Staffordshire Live website is covering these stories today:

  11. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy night with the odd spot of drizzle and lows of 7C (45F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Brexit: PM told to get 'real change' after vote called off

    Theresa May has been urged by one of her own to MPs to get "real change" from the EU on her Brexit deal, after she today called off Tuesday's crucial vote on it.

    Theresa May

    She told the House of Commons that MPs backed much of the deal she has struck with the EU, but there was concern over the Northern Ireland backstop.

    It is the insurance policy aimed at avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

    Tweeting after her announcement, the Lichfield Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said the UK "must able to leave the backstop unilaterally with no fudge".

    Meanwhile, the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Gareth Snell, said Mrs May's announcement meant the Tory party "has given up governing but intends to say in government".

    He tweeted that the only course of action for him now was for there to be a vote of no confidence in the government.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound at J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down crane. Congestion to J19 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.

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

  14. Weeks of overnight closures for sign work

    Part of the A500 in Staffordshire is going to be shut overnight for several weeks.

    A500 near Wolstanton

    Highways England is aiming to remove several large signs and replace them, to make them more visible to drivers.

    For that work, the southbound side's going to be completely closed from 20:00 to 06:00 tonight between Porthill and Wolstanton until the middle of January, with a break for Christmas.

    Quote Message: The work starts tonight and will run through until the 19 January. We do have a Christmas embargo from the 20 December until the 2 January so we will be avoiding any work during that time." from Jess Kenny Highways England
    Jess KennyHighways England
  15. Runaway girl, 8, says 'sorry' for wasting police time

    An eight-year-old girl who ran away from home has sent a letter of apology to the emergency services in Cheshire for wasting police time.

    The girl, who "didn't go far", has promised "never to do it again" after being found safe and well.

    A spokesman for Cheshire Police replied on Twitter with: "Forgiveness is not required but, if you're reading this, we offer it nonetheless."

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A500 Queensway and J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

  17. Firms' bid for tree 'brings Christmas spirit'

    BBC News England

    Businesses who came together to get a Christmas tree in their town say it's already improved the atmosphere.

    One of Cannock's trees ahead of the switch on

    Residents in Cannock, Staffordshire, said it was "unbelievable" the council had to give up its responsibility for providing decorations.

    The authority said it gave up its responsibility for providing a tree and Christmas decorations and handed responsibility over to the Cannock Chase Traders' Association in a bid to save £33,590 a year.

    But local firms came together to get two trees and arranged a switch-on event which included a fun fair on Saturday.

    One local charity who was involved with the decorations told the BBC: "We didn't have a Christmas spirit in Cannock, we have got it now."