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BBC Midlands Today
Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?
Here's the weekend forecast.
These are the places currently on flood alert across the West Midlands:
- Lower Tame
- Middle Tame
- River Anker and River Sence, Warwickshire
- River Avon in Worcestershire
- River Blythe in Warwickshire
- River Leam and River Itchen
- River Mease
- River Sow and River Penk
- Rea Brook and Cound Brook
- River Severn in Shropshire
- River Severn in Worcestershire
- River Stour in Worcestershire
- Severn Vyrnwy Confluence
- Tern and Perry Catchments
- The River Dee Catchment in England from Whitchurch to Chester
- Upper Teme
- Weaver catchment including Nantwich, Frodsham, Crewe, Winsford and Northwich
- Rugeley Trent
- Tern and Perry Catchments
- River Frome in Herefordshire
- River Leadon Catchment
- River Lugg south of Leominster
- Kempsey Village
Flood warnings and alerts across the West Midlands have been updated.
These are the places where flooding is now expected:
- River Severn at the Showground and The Quarry, Shrewsbury
- River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook
- River Vyrnwy at Melverley
- River Severn at Court Meadow, Kempsey and Callow End
There are also still more than a dozen flood alerts in place across the region.
Drivers are facing a rush hour of wet weather as rain's expected to sweep across most of the West Midlands.
Shropshire's forecast to get the worst of it although it's also looking like being pretty wet in parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire and elsewhere.
The Environment Agency has ten flood warnings across the region along with more than a dozen flood alerts.
There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.
But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:
You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.
Body-cam footage shows the moment officers rescue a kidnapped baby after a 36-hour manhunt.
There's still a high risk of flooding across parts of the West Midlands and Cheshire this afternoon, despite the rain easing in many places.
There are still nine flood warnings - the Environment Agency's second-highest warning level - for the region, meaning flooding is expected.
Just below that level, there are also more than 20 flood alerts spread out over every county in the region.
A forensic specialist from Hexham has called West Midlands Police's appeal for volunteer digital forensic analysts a "disaster waiting to happen".
The force has advertised the unpaid roles which involve sifting through "distressing [and] indecent images".
Forensics professionals have expressed concerns that volunteers working at least 16 hours a month will not receive adequate emotional support.
Sam Raincock said on Twitter: "I actually cannot believe what I have read here.
"It is an absolute disgrace and a disaster waiting to happen."
After days of heavy rain, the Met Office said the weather was improving in the West Midlands.
It's tweeted that there's still a chance of some heavier showers around but "generally much better than we've seen recently".
Flooding from the wet weather's dominating the websites of a lot of our local newspapers today.
The Express and Star says many vehicles have been left stranded in flood water as 'torrential rain' swept the West MIdlands.
The Shropshire Star reports that one village in the county was the wettest place in the country on Wednesday.
While the Stoke-on-Trent Live website's covered the rescue of a man in Cheshire who 'ignored road closure signs' and drove into flood water.
Drivers are being warned there could be more flooding and disruption this morning.
After several days of rain and more overnight, the forecast is for further wet weather through today.
The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, as well as flood alerts across the West Midlands.
Yesterday, the bad weather caused disruption to trains as flood water blocked railway lines and several roads were under water.
The Supreme Court has overturned a decision by Birmingham City Council to declare a mum-of-four as "intentionally homeless" after she could not afford to pay her rent.
Terryann Samuels fell into arrears in 2011 after a shortfall between her housing benefit and £700-a-month rent for a house in West Bromwich.
The council found her home was "affordable" and she had "flexibility" in her budget, which was made up of other benefits including welfare and child tax credits.
"I find it hard to see on what basis the finding of intentional homelessness could be properly upheld," Lord Carnwath, one of five Supreme Court judges looking at the case, said.
It was ruled Ms Samuels should not have had to use her other benefits to make up the shortfall in housing-related benefits and the judges called on the council to "accept full responsibility".
Homelessness charities supporting Ms Samuels, Shelter and Child Poverty Action Group, welcomed the ruling.
When someone is forced to choose between rent and keeping their children fed, they cannot be viewed as 'intentionally' homeless when they choose the latter."
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There are now five flood alerts across the West Midlands as the rain continued to fall today.
By 16:20, the Environment had issued them for:
- The Upper Teme near Lydbury North, Shropshire
- The Rea Brook and Cound Brook near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
- The Tern and Perry Catchments near Wem, Shropshire
- The Upper Tame around north Birmingham and West Bromwich
- The Middle Tame near Tamworth, Staffordshire
In several of these cases, the agency's said river levels are continuing to rise and low-lying roads and farmland could flood.
Yellow warnings of rain remain in place across the West Midlands until Thursday.
A police officer cleared of assault after being accused of hitting a man over the head with a baton after a high-speed pursuit is still expected to face a gross misconduct hearing.
PC Sunil Narr, of West Midlands Police, denied assault occasioning bodily harm over the blow to Joshua Ward in Hillfields, Coventry in August 2017.
The jury at Birmingham Crown Court accepted he was aiming at Mr Ward's shoulder and accidentally hit his head.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, who made the decision to charge PC Narr with assault.
The IOPC investigation also concuded an independent tribunal could find the officer had breached standards of professional behaviour during the incident.
"It's expected that a gross misconduct hearing will be organised by the force in due course," the IOPC said.
BBC Business News
The unemployment rate in the West Midlands in the three months to April fell to 5.0%, according to new data.
The Office for National Statistics said 145,000 were out of work in the region, down 4,000 on the previous quarter.
But its figures also showed 11,000 fewer people were employed over the period, compared to the previous three months.
Overall, the UK’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period.
A confidential helpline for victims of forced marriages and honour based abuse is being launched.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's office has provided £47,200 to fund the project.
The number of recorded forced marriages increase from 7 in 2011 to 35 in 2018, with honour based abuse crimes increasing from 52 to 182 during the same period.
Severe weather warnings for rain have been extended across most of the West Midlands with flooding and travel disruption expected to continue throughout the week.
Fallen trees across Warwickshire and Worcestershire have caused disruption with more rain forecast throughout the day.
Fallen trees affected Metro services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton and the A34 at Monks' Heath in Cheshire was partially blocked near the Capesthorne Hall turn
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the UK was in for "some treacherous weather".
The yellow warnings are in place until 12:00 on Thursday.
A severe weather warning for rain remains in place for parts of the West Midlands, with travel likely to be disrupted.
The Met Office said parts of Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Birmingham and the Black Country are set to be most affected, with rain and thunderstorms likely to continue throughout the week.
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Blood donations from men has fallen, new figures show, as the NHS says they are "less motivated by altruism" than women.
Nationally, the number of men giving blood in England has fallen by nearly 25% in the last five years.
The research shows that only 46% of the active blood donors at the Midlands’ donor centres are male, with the number of donors dropping "worryingly quickly" said NHS Blood and Transplant.
It hopes to attract 2,760 new donors in Birmingham and 360 in Stoke-on-Trent.
Men are being targeted in a new campaign as they generally have higher iron levels then women, so are more likely to be able to donate on any given day.
They also do not make new antibodies, making it easier to match their blood to patients, compared with pregnant women.
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Men are more likely to be able to donate, and able to help more patients with each donation, so we need a new generation of young male donors, to ensure our donor base is strong enough to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals".
Heavy rain could cause travel disruption to parts of the West Midlands later.
Some areas could see a month's worth of rainfall in a single day, with wet weather to last well into the week.
The first of four severe weather warnings is set to affect parts of Warwickshire and Staffordshire, with heavy rain also expected to sweep through Birmingham and the Black Country, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire through Monday.
Areas most affected could see local flooding and disruption to transport.
BBC Midlands Today
Parts of the West Midlands are already seeing heavy rain showers, but it's set to get worse.
A Met Office is warning is in place for most of the West Midlands until 23:00, with Warwickshire and Worcestershire expected to face the worse of the weather.
Some flooding of homes and businesses is likely, the Met Office said, with spray and flooding on roads likely to disrupt travel.