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  1. 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.

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  2. 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
  3. Coronavirus response costs council £10m

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Herefordshire Council is forecasting a £13m overspend in the current financial year - with more than £10m due to the authority's response to the coronavirus.

    However, finance officers say the situation has improved since the first and second quarters of the year.


    The government has awarded grants to local authorities to manage their Covid-19 responses, which are expected to cover about 70% of the pressure, although the council says discussions with government are ongoing.

    The council´s capital budget for 2020/21 has been revised to £92.136m which includes a £51.712m underspend from 2019/20.

  4. Flood warnings remain in Herefordshire after heavy rain

    Flood warnings remain in force on the Wye in Herefordshire after the river burst its banks at the weekend.

    River Wye

    It's the second time in a month it has flooded at more than five metres above normal levels.

    Flood alerts have also been issued for the River Severn in Worcestershire with flood gates on New Street and Waterside, in Upton-upon-Severn, closed yesterday

    River levels are set to fall slowly over the next 24 hours, said the Environment Agency.

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  5. What's the weather got in store?

    BBC Weather

    Early rain should clear later leaving a brighter afternoon with some sunny spells and highs of 10°C (50°F).

    Weather map
  6. Weather: On the brink of something milder

    We're on the brink of some milder weather but it's still looking fairly unsettled.

    This afternoon we'll see a lot of cloud across the region so it will be fairly dull but the rain should be staying to the west of us.

    Temperatures will be rising to up to 11C but with gusts of wind reaching up to 45mph it won't feel as mild as that.

    West Midlands weather forecast for Friday
  7. Family renew plea to trace murdered woman's body

    The family of Alethea Taylor, who was murdered by her husband in 2012, have renewed their appeal for information that will help them find her body.

    Mrs Taylor was last seen in Orleton, Herefordshire, in January 2012. Her body has never been found.

    Alethea Taylor

    Her husband, John Taylor, was handed a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering the former teacher but has never revealed what happened to her.

    "I hope that one day, either he's told somebody what happened and they come forward or he actually just decides to say, 'OK, that's where she is'," Mrs Taylor's niece, Lorraine McKillop, said.

    The family have taken part in a Channel 5 documentary, Countdown to Murder, in a bid to get the information they need.

    "If anybody knows anything at all, it's easier just to come forward," Ms McKillop said.

    "Whether it's right or wrong, police can follow it up, check it out, just so we can find her."

  8. Thursday's weather: A wet and windy start

    It's a wet and windy start this morning but that should be out of the way by this afternoon, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 9C.

    Into the evening things will be dry for a time, although it'll be a chilly night, and there's more rain waiting in the wings for tomorrow.

    Weather Thursday 18/02
  9. Twice transplant recipient in family fundraising challenge

    A family are raising money for a military home which cared for them when their father underwent his second liver transplant.

    Matt Osborne, a retired army major, had his first transplant in 2007 after being diagnosed with rare Primary Sclerosis Cholangitis (PSC).

    Twelve years later, he was put back on the list for another liver transplant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and his family, from Ross-on-Wye, were able to stay in Fisher House while he received his treatment.

    The Osborne family

    "Fisher House meant that they had nothing to worry about in terms of expensive hotel bills, or long commutes from Herefordshire to Birmingham," said Mr Osborne, who now teaches business studies at Hereford Sixth Form College.

    Together with wife Leanne, and children Oliver, 11, and Harriet, seven, they are set to cover the distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats, a distance of 1,000 miles, to raise money for the house, clocking up their miles on their daily walks, and by running, cycling and swimming