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1 in 4 care homes in the West Midlands are failing to meet required standards

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£86m Walsall Council cuts announced

Hundreds of jobs will be lost, libraries and children's centres will close and millions of pounds will be slashed from youth services in Walsall.

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Watch the video and see the pictures from the Stourbridge Navigation Trust's open weekend. Are you in any of the pictures? Or if you've got some pictures of your own, send them into Star Witness and be in with a chance of winning £100!

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Breaking News: Attorney General says DJ Dave Lee Travis's three-month suspended sentence for indecent assault "not unduly lenient".

Breaking News: Oscar Pistorious jailed for five years for culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp.

Fantastic news for Wolverhampton today - The Queen will open the new £500m Jaguar Land Rover engine factory next week. Her Royal Highness will be accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh for the visit to the i54 business park. Here's what we know

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Sentencing of Oscar Pistorius is now well under way in South Africa

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A woman was under arrest today after a man was allegedly attacked with a knife in Bilston. Police were called to Lunt Road at 2.30pm yesterday after a 23-year-old man sustained a knife wound to his leg in the street. More details to follow.

Details of few accidents coming in this morning...

More details in on that horrendous robbery in Oldbury. The victim was knocked out and robbed of his iPhone in the attack. It happened last month, but details have only now been released.

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