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Get those sun hats ready (again) - After a disappointingly cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

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Today's most-read story - A man has been found dead in a house at a quiet Staffordshire village and firearms seized at the scene by police.

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Pictures just in of the fire that's broken out in Wednesbury this afternoon

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We've just spoken to West Midlands Fire Service who say it is a large amount of scrap wood on fire on Friar Park Road, Wednesbury. Three engines involved in tackling the blaze.

Fire on Friar Park Road, Wednesbury, involves scrap metal. Residents advised to shut windows. Details to follow.

Details coming in of an incident in Wednesbury this evening. Details to follow...

We're hearing that Rileys in Wolverhampton will stay open, despite today's administration announcement.

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Breaking National News: Riley's sports bars, which has a branch in Wolverhampton on Broad Street, has gone into administration. Details to follow...

Another update here on the developing situation with Phones 4U

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What does being homeless actually mean? Socks & Chocs' latest blog post for the Express & Star.

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Who can we trust with the NHS?

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The National Health Service will be one of the main battlegrounds for the next election and the West Midlands is going to see some of the fiercest fights.

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Increasingly the decision on which car to buy is driven by cost: not just the initial outlay but how much you spend on fuel and taxes of one sort and another.

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Safe trading ahead of Fed meeting

Traders took few risks ahead of an important Federal Reserve meeting

Investors played it safe today ahead of a potentially pivotal US Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped.

Boss blames 'callous networks'

Over 500 Phones 4u stores were closed after the retail chain plunged into administration

The founder of Phones 4u has blamed "extremely callous" mobile networks for the collapse of the company, which has put 5,600 jobs at risk.

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