More than 80 staff, volunteers and students from West Midlands Ambulance Service are set to march in this weekend's Pride parade in Birmingham to "show support for the LGBT community".
A spokesperson said: "Attending this event enables the ambulance service to better represent the community that we serve and demonstrate the service as an employer that celebrates inclusivity and diversity within its workforce."
European elections 2019: Polls are open
Polling stations have opened for the European Parliament elections.
Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, with seven elected in the West Midlands.
MEPs are elected by proportional representation, in order as listed by their party.
The number of MEPs each party gets is calculated using a formula called d'Hondt, except in Northern Ireland, where the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system is used.
Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the voting process completed by 22:00 on Sunday 26 May.
West Midlands Ambulance Service says it's going to be relying less on motorbikes and response cars and more on traditional ambulances in the future.
Mark Docherty, its executive director of clinical commissioning, said: “We invested a lot in response cars, a lot of motorcycles and even bicycles. But what we found was that it was all well and good getting a paramedic there, but what do they then do with the patient?"
Mr Docherty said he also wanted more defibrillators "on every street corner", so that if someone suffered a cardiac arrest, they could get help quickly.
Staying dry in the West Midlands
There's no end in sight for the dry weather over the next 24 hours, with more forecast tonight and tomorrow - here's the full report for the West Midlands:
Members of the University of Birmingham Mountaineering and Climbing Club (UBMC) were asked to visit the William Mitchell artwork, underneath Hockley Circus, by a group which campaigns to promote and protect the city’s 20th Century architecture.
Brutiful Birmingham said the climbing wall murals, created in 1968, were largely forgotten and neglected.
UBMC members plan to alert other enthusiasts across the country. Only experienced climbers are advised to scale the artwork.
Meeting ambulance target in county 'would cost £45m'
Mayor Andy Street said £5m worth of funding for his Beat the Bots initiative would be made available for colleges and training providers to deliver innovative digital training.
The fund, which he said was "our way to stay ahead", represented a chance to gain digital skills "which will prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future".
“Artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and robotics are getting better, and, in reality, it’s only a matter of time before real people will lose out to bots in the fight for jobs," he added.
The funding comes from the government’s National Retraining Scheme, and was announced by Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds in summer 2018, as part of the West Midlands Combined Authority's Skills Deal.
He had been pursued by West Midlands Police officers, but the Independent Office for Police Conduct said the chase had been "authorised, proportionate and carried out in accordance with local and national policy".
The IOPC also said: "The police officers drove a safe distance behind the stolen vehicle and ultimately it was the manner in which the Audi was driven which led to such tragic consequences."
Dave Thompson said some offenders "didn't have anything to lose" and were "not thinking about the consequences" of their actions.
"There's got to be a dread of detection, a dread of the consequences, but you know I've looked at some of the cases we had, cases where really the likelihood of the offender being caught is obvious and yet, you know, the incident results in a murder.
"Perhaps because they don't think they have anything to lose and don't live a life where they think anymore further than the immediate."
'Children should visit dentist when first milk teeth appear'
Just 3% of children visit the dentist before their first birthday which shows a "lack of understanding" about oral health, a new study has found.
The figures rise to 12% by the age of two, University of Birmingham researchers said.
Most children miss out on dental appointments in the first few years of their lives, the report in the Community Dental Health journal reports.
It's recommended parents take their children to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear, with regular check-ups to follow.
Dr John Morris from the university said: "Poor oral health can cause pain and infection, which can affect eating, sleeping, socialising and learning, yet worryingly our research suggests that there is a widespread lack of understanding of the importance of taking children to the dentist before their first birthday."