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Smoking costs the West Midlands economy £1.3 billion a year and leads to over one million sick days, new figures show.

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A teenage girl has told how she tried to break up a fight at a party involving a man who was stabbed moments later.

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BREAKING NEWS: the British National Party has expelled its former leader Nick Griffin.

Dozens of dog owners in Sandwell have been slapped with £75 fines since a hard-hitting poster campaign was launched.

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Lamb hotpots and steak and kidney pie will no longer be on the lunch menu for Sandwell Hospital patients as bosses bid to save more than £120,000.

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Opposition Tory and UKIP councillors claim these moves are akin to a pay rise and have opposed the move tonight. Final decision due to be taken by Dudley full council members on October 13.

17 assistant director posts earning £70,049 will be replaced by eight chief officer posts on around £90k under Dudley Council's restructure.

Just in from our reporter who attended a Dudley Council meeting to discuss new director's salaries.

Four-year-old girl who suffered brain damage when born to receive NHS payout.

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BREAKING NEWS: Police confirm body found in west London yesterday is that of missing Alice Gross.

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Kenny Jackett bemused by Wolves response

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Frustrated Kenny Jackett today criticised Wolves for their poor response in last night’s 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield – as Lee Evans became their latest casualty.


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Conference diary: We must eliminate youth unemployment

The bars and fringe events were buzzing last night for the start of conference, or so I was told by one of my team this morning. It was an early start away from conference for me as I attended the start of Wolverhampton’s first business week, writes Conservative MP Paul Uppal.


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Holy grail of Eric Idle story

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At the age of just nine, he was already a master of words, scoring 80 per cent in his end-of-year exam in English Language.

Filming starts on new Conan Doyle drama

Martin Clunes will play author Arthur Conan Doyle in ITV's drama Arthur & George.

Filming is beginning on the dramatisation of the fascinating story of how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle travelled to Staffordshire and turned real-life detective.


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New BMW will poach buyers from opposition


IT doesn’t look at all sporty and power goes to the ‘wrong’ wheels for a BMW but the latest model from the Bavarian car maker is going to cause some large ripples in the sales pond.

Sportback hot enough to burn petrolheads

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Some years ago Audi wowed petrolheads by launching a big family estate, of all things, with the sort of performance and handling that made supercar manufacturers looks up and take notice.


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Homeowners 'have no rate rise plan'

Banks and building societies are warning homeowners to start planning now for the impact of increased mortgage costs on their budgets

More than half of mortgage holders have no plan in place for how they will cope with interest rate rises, according to research from a Government-backed body.


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