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  1. Covid-19: People urged to get tests in new hot spots

    People living in parts of Staffordshire are being urged to get tests amid a spike in local cases.

    Person getting test

    Overall, the Staffordshire Moorlands saw the rate of new cases fall to 299.7 per 100,000 for the week to 20 November from 421.6 the week before.

    But the county council says places in the area including Cellarhead, Bagnall, Brown Edge, Cheadle and Upper Tean had been identified as hot spots with a lot of community transmission of the virus.

    People with or without coronavirus symptoms are being encouraged to get tested and a mobile test centre will be at the JCB plant in Cheadle from 25-27 November.

  2. County pleads to avoid highest Covid tier

    BBC Radio Stoke

    The government is being urged not to put Staffordshire in the highest Covid tier once lockdown is lifted.

    Nurses prepare to administer tests at Dimensions Leisure Centre in Stoke-on-Trent during a testing session

    The three-tiered regional measures will return in England from 2 December, the prime minister confirmed this week.

    Areas will find out which tier they are in on Thursday, with the decision based on factors including case numbers, the reproduction rate - or R number - and pressure on local NHS services.

    Staffordshire County Council leader Alan White said he wanted to avoid the county being placed in the highest tier.

    "I want to make sure the tier we are allocated is proportionate and I want to make sure that it gives us the best chance of getting back on our feet once this crisis is over", he told BBC Radio Stoke.

    "The number of businesses that are contacting the county council all the time in distress as a result of the regulations means that I am really keen we get back on it as soon as we possibly can."

  3. Weather: Dull and wet before turning clearer

    BBC Weather

    A dull and wet start for most with outbreaks of rain which should clear by this afternoon leaving clear skies with some sunny spells. High: 11C/52F.

    This morning in Penkridge, Staffordshire
    Image caption: This morning in Penkridge, Staffordshire

    The evening and night should stay dry with clear skies. Turning chilly with a low of 0C/32F.

    You can keep up-to-date on the weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  4. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will by a dull and cloudy day with the possibility of brighter spots later and highs of 12°C (54°F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Video caption: Smaller turkeys on the menu this Christmas

    Fearful that lockdown will extend until Christmas, households have been ordering smaller turkeys.

  6. What's the weather got in store?

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a chilly start it will be a cloudy day with some light rain or drizzle and highs of 10°C (50°F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  7. Christmas food vouchers offered to struggling families

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Struggling families in Staffordshire are going to be offered food vouchers and other essentials over Christmas.

    Packed lunches being handed out last half-term

    The county council said it would use £2.2m from the government to pay for the scheme which will be aimed at families eligible for free school meals.

    It said it would also help children of adults who can show they are facing financial difficulties including due to Covid-19.

  8. Peacocks and Jaeger fall into administration

    BBC Business News

    Fashion chains Peacocks and Jaeger have fallen into administration, putting more than 4,700 jobs and almost 500 shops at risk.

    Peacocks

    It comes after owner Edinburgh Woollen Mill failed to find a buyer for both businesses.

    Jaeger has stores in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham.

    Peacocks has more than a dozen stores across the region.

    Tony Wright, joint administrator of the business from FRP Advisory, said talks with potential buyers were still going on.

  9. What's the weather got in store?

    It will be a cold day with some sunny spells and scattered showers, with highs of 9°C (48°F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands