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  1. Budget: Midlands towns included in fund

    The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the first 45 towns to get funding from its Towns Fund. They include Wolverhampton, Kidsgrove, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, West Bromwich, Burton-on-Trent and Nuneaton.

    The £3.6bn pot of money would help the govermment in its aim of "levelling up" the country.

    Delivering his Budget in the Commons, he paid tribute to the work done by the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.

    Rishi Sunak

    Wolverhampton is to get £25m share of Towns Fund having bid for £48m.

    Council Leader Ian Brookfield said: "Of course we welcome the investment, but we are disappointed that the sum falls significantly short of what we bid for.

    "Rest assured we'll make best use of the funding we have."

  2. Covid-19 recovery fund for sport welcomed

    BBC Midlands Today

    The chief executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Stuart Cain (pictured), has welcomed news the sport is to receive what's expected to be a significant chunk from the government's Covid-19 recovery fund.

    Stuart Cain

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to announce £300m of funding to help sport recover from lockdown in today's Budget.

    Warwickshire lost £9m as last season fell victim to the pandemic and the new money will help the club to prepare for what it hopes will be the return of spectators.

    Quote Message: It is helping us get the stadium ready for reopening, helping make sure that we've got all the right staff in place with the right equipment, importantly we've got the right PPE equipment, that people have been trained, that we've got safe procedures in place for when crowds come back in (to) the stadium. But equally it's not just about professional sport hopefully. We want some of the money to go to help fund the recreational cricket clubs in the region as well." from Stuart Cain Warwickshire County Cricket Club chief executive
    Stuart CainWarwickshire County Cricket Club chief executive
  3. Weather: A cloudy day with thundery showers

    It's going turn a little chillier over the next few days but today we also have the risk of showers.

    We could see some heavy rain and even a rumble of thunder, and you can expect some overnight frost.

    Temperatures will reach between 7 and 12 Celsius.

    West Midlands weather forecast 3/2/21
  4. Three arrested after police officers assaulted

    A man has been charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer after one was punched in the head and an attempt was made to headbutt another on Sunday.

    Another charge of the same nature was made against a 21-year-old woman after another officer was bitten and spat at at Nuneaton Justice Centre.

    In another separate incident, a 34-year-old woman was arrested after an officer was kicked in the head after he tried to detain a woman suspected of driving a stolen car.

    She is also being questioned on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and theft of a motor vehicle.

  5. Dry and overcast today

    Today is expected to be dry with a good deal of cloud. It will feel chilly under the cloud with light winds of variable direction. Highs of 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

    Tonight will be dry and cloudy throughout. Mist and fog patches will develop overnight under calm conditions. A cold night with light winds. Lows of 2 to 5C (36 to 41F).

    Get the latest forecast on the BBC Weather site.

  6. Coronavirus: Death of hospital worker announced

    A councillor and hospital worker has died after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Dawn Downes

    Conservative MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones, said the death of Dawn Downes was "very sad news indeed."

    Ms Downes was "a member of our theatres team, our Unison Convenor and Staff Side Chair," said George Eliot Hospital.

    She was also a local councillor and did a "huge amount of charitable work across Nuneaton and North Warwickshire," the hospital trust added.

    Quote Message: Dawn will be very sadly missed by all at the George Eliot Hospital. She was a great force for positivity, change and engagement - always coming from a position of kindness and consideration towards her colleagues and always looking to make sure we all had the best experience and opportunities possible. from David Eltringham Managing director of George Eliot Hospital
    David EltringhamManaging director of George Eliot Hospital
  7. 'Fireball caused sonic boom across southern England'

    Last night’s meteor, visible over the West Midlands, was caused by a piece of asteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere, according to scientists from the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll).

    The fireball sent a sonic boom across southern England, the organisation said.

    Dr Luke Daly of the University of Glasgow and UKFAll said: “This meteor fragmented a lot, as you can see in the videos.

    "Most of the meteoroid vapourised during the six seconds of visible flight. However, with this one we think quite a few fragments probably reached the ground”.

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  8. 'Meteor' spotted over parts of West Midlands

    What's been reported as a meteor was captured on CCTV and on doorbell cameras last night, an astronomer has said.

    The bright streak across the sky was spotted shortly before 22:00 and was visible for around seven seconds, said astronomer Andrew Lound.

    The debris which hit the earth's atmosphere was "probably only the size of a pebble," he said.

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    Posts on social media show it was spotted in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Solihull.

  9. What's the weather got in store?

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dull, grey day with lingering patches of fog and cloud with highs of 8°C (46°F).

    Weather map
  10. Coronavirus infection rates continue to fall

    Infections have "continued to decrease" across the UK in the week to 19 February, the latest figures from the ONS infection survey suggest.

    Vaccination rate

    In the West Midlands, one in 140 people are estimated to be testing positive for coronavirus in the period.

    At England level, one in 145 people are estimated to be testing positive for the coronavirus compared with one in 115 last week.

    About 97% of people aged over 70 in the region have received a Covid-19 vaccine but there is concern that take-up is lower among some ethnic minority groups and people who live in poorer neighbourhoods.

    You can follow live coronavirus updates here.

  11. Coventry and Warwickshire praised for 'highest vaccine uptake'

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has praised health workers in Coventry and Warwickshire over Covid vaccine delivery.

    “I want to thank the whole team in Coventry and Warwickshire who have delivered the highest uptake in the whole country, giving first doses to over 95% of the over-65s in their area," he said during a government briefing earlier.

    "Thank you. It’s an absolutely spectacular effort.”

    Speaking from Downing Street, he urged people to stick to the stay-at-home guidance, warning the pandemic "isn't over yet".

  12. Man arrested after beer cans thrown at police car

    A man's been arrested after damage to a police car caused by two flying cans of suspected stolen lager.

    The vehicle's windscreen was damaged according to the Warwickshire force.

    A 25-year-old from Nuneaton has been arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage.

    The incident occurred on Camp Hill Road, Nuneaton, on Thursday night, police said.

  13. Weather: Sunshine and clear skies

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast sunshine and clear skies today, with a very light breeze.

    Temperatures could rise to about 11C (52F) and we'll have a clear, mild night too.

    You can read more about the forecast on the BBC Weather page.

    Moon over Dawley