17/05/2017 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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First tonight, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has claimed

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in the East Midlands that public support is building for Labour -

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despite the party trailing far behind the Conservatives

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Mr McDonnell was campaigning this afternoon in the Labour target

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seat of Derby North, where, in 2015, the Conservative MP

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Our political editor Tony Roe was there to meet him.

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You could say this was the few for the many -

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the few Labour Party members braving the rain, waiting for

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the Shadow Chancellor, waiting for a bus which was an hour late.

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Yesterday's manifesto launch had nailed Labour's very different

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manifesto to the mast and supporters here are happy.

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This is a kind of 1945 moment for the people of Britain,

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where we could re-establish the welfare state, even in the face

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This is a Labour target seat, it had a Tory majority of 41

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at the last election, but they believe here,

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this seat will be a test for Jeremy Corbyn's politics.

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I'm so pleased you've stuck around despite the elements themselves.

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Derby is of course a railway city and Labour promise to electrify

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the Midland Mainline and nationalise the railways.

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Places like Derby, not only will we increase their connectivity,

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but in addition to that, Bombardier will be one

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of the companies, obviously, that will be providing a lot

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of the railway stock that we will be needing in that new system,

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so for Derby, I think this manifesto, you could have almost

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And the claim also from the Shadow Chancellor about why

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The mismanagement of the economy now is affecting all people.

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I think that's why Theresa May called the general election.

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I think she called it now because she realised

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that the economy was on a downward spiral.

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Labour don't believe the election will be a damp squib

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for the party's fortunes. Things are picking up,

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they say, and polls have been wrong in the past.

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Well, one of the region's most influential economic organisations

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has called for the next government - whoever it is -

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The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce says there are vital

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decisions to be made on things like broadband, road and rail

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spending, the skills shortage and devolution.

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Those issues were put to three parliamentary candidates

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at a hustings meeting in Derby tonight.

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The small talk before the big event at the University of Derby.

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The audience grabs a cuppa before three parliamentary candidates begin

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the hustings event organised by the East Midlands

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This document was the basis for discussion.

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As well as Brexit, The Chamber says other things like growth

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and devolution, road and rail spending, broadband and other

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issues can't be overlooked by whoever gets into power.

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There is going to be a lot of work, a lot of talk over the coming months

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But this election must be about more than that.

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There's a lot of things domestically that we need to be

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It's about providing skills, providing the infrastructure,

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supporting businesses that want to trade.

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If we can get those building blocks right, then I think we'll be OK.

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We do not understand why we want to leave the single market

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where both other main parties are saying that's

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the way we ought to go. We don't think that we should

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be splitting ourselves from our nearest large market.

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What comes through loud and clear from the business community's

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own document is that there is a role they need the state to play in order

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for them to be able to prosper as a private business,

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a role in terms of infrastructure, skills, support for research

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These are exactly the things we're talking about.

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So we are very much on the same ground.

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One of the things that I think that we do most

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effectively is actually, we do support businesses.

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I've been knocking on doors, that's why I'm looking so damp today!

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I've been knocking on doors all day and people -

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SMEs, small businesses - they are saying we are doing

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exactly the right thing, that they do have confidence that

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a Conservative government is doing the right thing.

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They don't want to have a Labour government that destroys that.

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Figures out today showed the region's unemployment

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The lowest by one measure since 1992.

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But The Chamber says, there is still more to be done.

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Mike joins me now - Mike, one of the issues brought up

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by the Chamber was the importance of devolution to our region.

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Well, there's some concern in the business community

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that the East Midlands could get left behind if it doesn't have

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The Chamber wants to make sure there's a strong business community

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voice so that focus isn't lost on this region -

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especially for initiatives like the Midlands Engine.

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There's research and development money and other funds up for grabs

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and the Chamber doesn't want to see that go to areas that

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Kehoe process of devolution has stalled because the MPs can't agree,

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is there any movement on that? Well, I spoke to Nottinghamshire

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County Council tonight, which is now controlled

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by a coalition of Conservatives and the Mansfield Independent Forum

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after the recent elections. They say they'll now be

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meeting with local leaders to discuss devolution

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and other regional issues. They also say devolution

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is dependent on the direction the new government takes as well.

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So it could be back on the cards. And here's a full list of the

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candidates standing in Derby North. A man's been killed after being hit

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by a train in Nottinghamshire. British Transport Police were called

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to the Barton Lane level crossing in Attenborough at around

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11.20am this morning. The incident caused disruption

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to train services between Nottingham and London, Leicester,

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Derby and Newark. Rail Accident Investigators

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have started an inquiry. Police in Leicestershire

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are continuing to question two men on suspicion of murdering

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a 16-year-old girl. Megan Bannister was found

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dead after a car crash in Enderby on Sunday.

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Detectives say they believe her injuries weren't

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caused by the collision. They've been searching homes

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in the Braunstone area Two Leicester men - aged 27 and 28 -

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have been arrested. Patients evacuated after a fire

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at Nottingham City Hospital are unlikely to return

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to the ward until tomorrow. They were moved to another part

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of the site after what's being described as a small fire

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on the maternity unit just after one Nobody was injured, and no other

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parts of the hospital were affected. Our cameras have been allowed to see

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the work going on at Stanford Hall, the military hospital under

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construction that's going to be the country's main rehabilitation

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centre for veterans. Our social affairs correspondent,

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Jeremy Ball, was invited in to film. And found veterans

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helping with the work. This is how Stanford Hall

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is being transformed into a place From this vantage point, you can see

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how they are restoring the old roof, just one small part of a site that

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now employs 700 You can see our heritage contractors

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relaying the reclaimed slate. Rich left the army with

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post-traumatic stress disorder. He used to build

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bases in Afghanistan. Now, he's recruiting other veterans

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to help build here at the Defence Whilst it may take a little

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bit of time to bring a service leaver up to speed,

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service personnel have got discipline and they have those

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logistical, planning challenges that they faced on large operations.

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They bring leadership. They will be there on time

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and they are reliable. There are many ex-forces on this

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site, as a result of the draw of what this project

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is all about and It means so much because it

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will revolutionise rehab treatment for men and women in the forces

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who have been wounded. A rehab service that is currently

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based at the outdated The replacement they are building

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here at Stanford Hall is due to be handed over to the Ministry

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of Defence in the What you can see behind me

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is going to be everything from complex trauma wards

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to hydrotherapy pools. And accommodation for up to 300

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injured service personnel. And from the air, a bird's eye view

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that shows just how vast it is and how rapidly the grounds

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of Stanford Hall have been This must be the biggest

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construction project in the East Midlands at the moment.

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This wasn't here the last time you came.

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So this will be a new addition. This is one of the gymnasiums

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where most of the rehabilitation will take place.

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It is a massive challenge. This is four times

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the size of Headley Court. We've got 20 odd separate

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individual buildings, hence the reason why we've got six

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tower cranes and two mobile cranes to actually feed the materials

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that we need to build in. There is still a lot more work

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to do, but when it is finished, they hope this will be a lifeline

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for the next 70 to 80 years. Well, we've had our fair share

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of wet weather today. Most of us felt a little bit

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soggy at some point. Thank you to our weather watcher

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for sending in this picture. Now, looking up the charts,

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we will continue to have low pressure in charge of the weather

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but the frontal system that has brought all the rain is moving out

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of the way into the North Sea So looking at the detail overnight

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tonight, we will continue to see that rain moving eastwards over

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the course of the night. The cloud will start

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to move away with it, leaving us with some clear spells

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in the early hours and a fresher feel tonight, not quite as humid

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and lows of around 8 Celsius. As we go through the course

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of the day tomorrow, we'll start on a reasonably bright

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note, some sunny spells there. But the cloud will increase over

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the course of the day and we are expecting to see some

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showers working across Some of those could be heavy

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in places and we are expecting highs But again, a fresher and less humid

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feel to the weather. So as we go ahead towards Friday,

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we'll continue with that regime Variable amounts of cloud

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around on Friday and highs of only around 14 Celsius,

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so feeling slightly As we look ahead towards

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the weekend, we've still got low pressure in charge of the weather

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so we are expecting again a mixture of sunshine and showers.

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I will leave you with the outlook. That's it from the late team

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at East Midlands Today. Next up is the national

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forecast with Nick Miller.

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