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A new independent board is to be set up to help drive up standards at Walsall's struggling schools in the wake of a damming Ofsted report.

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All lanes on the M5 southbound between J1 (West Bromwich) and J2 (Oldbury) are now open following an earlier accident involving an HGV and a motorbike.

Delays for trains passing through Wolverhampton due to a signal failure.

All lanes on the M5 are now open following an earlier accident between J1 and J2 southbound.

The incident on the M5 involved an HGV and a motorbike.

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M5, southbound between J1 (West Bromwich) & J2 (Oldbury) an accident is blocking two lanes.

A health watchdog is seeking reassurances from Walsall Manor Hospital that lessons have been learned following a hospital blunder which saw doctors remove a patient’s kidney by mistake when she should have been receiving chemotherapy.

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage was tonight selected by local party officials as their candidate to stand in the South Thanet seat in next year's General Election.

An illegal immigrant has been found stowed away on top of a lorry cab by police after the driver heard noises.

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27 new beds to be created at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

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Belly Busters to be demolished

"We just fell to pieces" - these are the words of a devastated cafe owner as he watched his Wolverhampton business go up in flames.

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A legend in the snowdrifts

Actor and director Richard Attenborough has died aged 90.

Blogger of the Year PETER RHODES recalls an encounter with Richard Attenborough. Plus, a handwarmer for dog owners and a turkey for the Doctor.

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Bumper 25,000 crowd at Sandwell Show

A bumper crowd of 25,000 basked in glorious sunshine on the first day of this year’s Sandwell Show – with thousands more set to visit the extravaganza today.

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Your pages from the past: Thursday, August 30, 2001

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Here's the Express & Star's front page from Thursday, August 30, 2001 - the day a four-year-old boy from the West Midlands drowned in a Worcestershire marina whilst on a boating holiday with his parents.

Family cooking is not on menu

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More than a quarter of parents never cook with their children, a new survey has found. And one in eight families don’t prepare any meals in the oven.

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Toyota listens to customers!

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Customers tell you they’d like sharper steering in their next new car. If you’re Toyota, you will answer their wish – by using stronger glue to hold the windscreen in place.

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RBS fined £14m over mortgage advice

Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined 14.5 million pounds by the City regulator

State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was today fined £14.5 million after the City regulator found "serious failings" in its advice to mortgage customers.

Buffett defends Burger King move

Billionaire Warren Buffett has defended the relocation of Burger King to Canada

American billionaire Warren Buffett has denied Burger King relocating its headquarters to Canada as part of its takeover of coffee chain Tim Hortons is motivated by lower taxes.

'No business case' for independence

Co-operative Bank chief executive Niall Booker is one of a group of business leaders unconvinced by the indepencence campaign

Audrey Baxter and Boyd Tunnock are among a group of more than 120 business people who say they want Scotland to "keep flourishing" as part of the UK.

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