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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee.

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The headlines tonight: Why was an inquiry into three deaths at a

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hospital emergency department halted just one day after it

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started? Alex McLeish finally swaps Blues for Villa, but will he win

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over the fans? Until they're in place, you simply don't know. I

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think Villa fans have to try and give him a chance. Salad crops

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rotting in the fields through lack of demand, as farmers feel the

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impact of the E-coli outbreak. And I follow three men from the

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Midlands to Ireland for the World Good evening and welcome to

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Friday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight, questions are being

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asked about why an investigation into emergency care at a major

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hospital halted the day after it started. The inquiry followed three

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patient deaths at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in

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Stoke-on-Trent. It was stopped by Cynthia Bower, the head of the Care

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Quality Commission, whose job it is June Harriman seen here at her

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daughter's wedding. The 52-year-old grandmother died in January 2009

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after twice going to accident and emergency in Stoke-on-Trent. We can

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reveal that her family has just received a six-figure sum in an out

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of court settlement. She wouldn't have died if they had given her a

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scan when she first attended A&E. They would have seen what was going

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on in her head. She would have had an 80% of surviving if she had had

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that scan. But problems with the accident and emergency department

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had been identified at an urgent meeting before Mrs Harriman's death,

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and again at a meeting three months afterwards. The minutes of that

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meeting show there were three deaths and a near-miss. The Kerner

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admitted concern over the death of a child and a man. Patients had

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also been sent to a hospice with the wrong drugs and several

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outbreaks of the norovirus bug. Heather Wood investigated and

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uncovered the catastrophic failings at Stafford Hospital. She was at

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the meeting about University Hospitals North Staffordshire where

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a green light was given to begin an Cynthia Bower, the Head of the Care

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Quality Commission, said she felt that they needed to tackle poor

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care quickly. Investigations took to long. She felt that Working

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together with parties was the best way forward. Campaigners disagree.

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We are talking about very serious issues. People who died. People do

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die. You have to be quite hard and disciplined. �2 million was then

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invested in these facilities and doctors. The hospital's new

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chairman says they had had long standing financial problems. This

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organisation faces a major financial challenge. We have made

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considerable progress. But we have also been clear that we need to

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make sure that patient safety is paramount. This family now has

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money, but wishes the money had been around when June Harriman

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needed it most. University Hospital North Staffordshire accepts that

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some aspects of Mrs Harriman's care did not meet the standards it would

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have expected. The Trust has made significant changes to try to

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prevent such a tragedy happening again. You're with Midlands Today

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from the BBC. Still ahead, how the Government's drive to be green

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could drive manufacturing here There are fears that manufacturing

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jobs in the West Midlands could be lost because of the Government's

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race to go green. Last month ministers unveiled tough new

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targets on UK carbon emissions, but the Confederation of British

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Industry is concerned it could drive some production out of the

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It's a question that's been vexing people - and scientists - for well

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over half a century. Nowadays, of course, scientists know a lot more

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about our changing climate. There's still some debate about what's

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causing that warming, and how much of it is down to greenhouse gas

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emissions. But whatever your view on that argument, ministers say

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it's time to take action. One of the normal standards is the 1961-

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199030 year period. Compared to that we are about one degree warmer.

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This means that we definitely have got this significantly so -- a

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significant signal it is getting The Government admits its targets

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are ambitious. We have to take our carbon emissions from 1990. By 2025

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we have to have cut them in half. By 2050 they have to be reduced by

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80%. For generations, businesses like this forge in Cradley Heath

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have been the lifeblood of the West Midlands economy. The work here is

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hard, and hot, and - crucially - it's massively energy intensive.

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This firm has been here for 100 years. They still have to heed

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metal still incredibly high temperatures. Bath takes a vast

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amounts of energy. How well a company like this mid- 21st century

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target. We have a duty not to wait energy. -- waste. We have replaced

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one firm has already. That will save us �15,000 per year. To do

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that for the rest of the furnaces, we're talking about an investment

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of six figures. As a company just making profits again after three

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very difficult years, we do not have the money. Ministers are

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promising help for businesses struggling to cut their energy use,

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plus there'll be a review of the targets in 2014. But business

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leaders in the region say the Government needs to do more. When

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he took power last year, David Cameron pledged he'd lead the

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"greenest government ever". But as the West Midlands struggles to

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recover from the economic downturn, there are fears that instead of

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going green, some businesses might just pack up and go. We're joined

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now by Richard Butler, regional director of the CBI. How bad and

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effect will it have on businesses? It is likely to have a pretty major

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impact. The region is still very reliant on manufacturing companies.

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They used loss of energy. This is by the backdoor attacks on energy.

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What can businesses do to help themselves? Industries and

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companies have already tried to cut their energy use. They are

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concerned that it is very difficult to cut back consumption Nani more.

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-- anymore. If they want to do it, it is difficult to get money from

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the bank. It is a popular thing to be green. But you say it is a bad

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time to be green when we're coming from -- out of recession? Exactly.

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The timing of this is really poor. If you combine this with other

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countries in the world not going down the same route, the United

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States, China, they are not going down the same route. We're in

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danger of making West Midlands companies uncompetitive compared to

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other companies elsewhere in the world. There are companies are good

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did quite a lot. But Shakespeare, in the package, they cannot do very

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much. We had a major energy conference in London this week. We

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are maybe not seeking the Government to do a U-turn, but they

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certainly to look at changing the legislation. To look at companies

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on an individual basis. Bring in exemptions and rebates for certain

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companies. And you can see more on this on The Politics Show on Sunday

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at 12 noon, when Patrick Burns will also be finding out whether the

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Government's new localism bill really will put power into the

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hands of the people. A 16-year-old boy has been jailed for life for

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murdering a young man found dead on his doorstep. The man was stabbed

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in the heart last July in Erdington. His killer was told he will serve

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at least 14 years. A former soldier has appeared in court charged in

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connection with an arson attack at a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent. Simon

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Beech pleaded not guilty to three charges. He was a serving soldier

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at the time of the fire, but he was discharged by the 2nd Battalion,

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the Yorkshire Regiment. A second man, Garreth Foster, also faces

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three counts in connection with the attack. Both men are due to stand

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trial in December. Shortly before nine o'clock this morning, it was

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finally confirmed that former Birmingham City manager Alex

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McLeish had become the new manager of their bitter rivals Aston Villa.

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So how is the former Scotland boss going to win over the large number

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of Villa fans who were opposed to his appointment? This is the

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biggest decision that Randy Lerner has taken since he bought Aston

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Villa. He's staking his previously glowing reputation with the Villa

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fans on appointing the boss of their biggest rivals. And if he

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wasn't sure how controversial it would be, he was left in no doubt

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by Wednesday night's angry protests. So is there any way Alex McLeish

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can win back the fans threatening to boycott the club? He is making

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the right noises. Alec McLeish spoke about the fantastic heritage

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of the club. He said, I can understand why the fans have voiced

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concerns. It is down to me to convince them I am the right man to

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drive the plot forward. Jonathan Fear runs a popular internet forum

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for Villa fans. He believes McLeish can turn supporter opinion around.

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He has got to spend well. He has to convince Stewart Downing to stay,

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make sure Darren Bent is happy. Settle down the dressing room. Get

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rid of those not fighting for the cause and then start winning games.

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It is all about results. McLeish spent five years managing Rangers,

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and being an Old Firm boss should prepare you for anything. So do

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those who followed his fortunes in Scotland think he can cope with the

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pressure? If you come from Glasgow and have been manager of Rangers

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and have been a player on the Alex Ferguson, and you managed to

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dominate both Celtic and Rangers and take what you get from the

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terraces, you have to be a strong- minded character. There's also the

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ongoing anger from his jilted employers at St Andrew's, who say

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they feel badly treated by McLeish and will pursue legal action. But

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there was support for the new boss today from the most successful

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manager in the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson says it doesn't

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matter how many fans turn against McLeish "because the experience he

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has got, believe me, he will prove that he can do the job". If he

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fulfils that pledge this And you can see the full interviews

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with both Roddy Forsyth and Jonathan Fear on our Facebook page.

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Now let's cross live to Villa Park and Dan Pallett. Dan, angry scenes

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at Villa Park this week - any sense that the anger is subsiding? Yes.

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In general the supporters we spoke to today say they did not want him

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in charge necessarily, but ultimately they are Aston Villa

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supporters and they want the best thing for the club. The best way to

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do that is to get behind Alex McLeish and the team. Others have

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returned their season tickets. Not everybody is happy. The Internet

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forums are now talking about being anti- Randy Lerner. There is a lot

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of pressure. Randy Lerner really wanted Alex McLeish. Alex McLeish

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needs to make a good start, and the fixture computer might have done

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him some favours? Absolutely. Reasonably kind. Fulham away in the

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first fixture. Back here against Blackburn Rovers and a home match

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against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It could have been harder. If he gets

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a few wins in those first two games, it will be a lot different. Should

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they slip off, the fans are unhappy about the appointment, it cranks up

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the pressure. We have to see how he gets on. He has eight weeks to get

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his feet under the table. We will hear from him on Monday.

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touched on Villa's opening games of the new season there. Elsewhere in

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the Premier League, West Brom are at home on the first day of the new

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season to the champions Manchester United, Stoke welcome Chelsea to

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the Britannia, and Wolves travel to Blackburn. And there are two big

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games to kick off the Championship, with Blues starting life after Alex

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McLeish at Derby, while Coventry entertain Sven-Goran Eriksson's

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Leicester. The fixtures from all 11 of our clubs can be found on the

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BBC football website. Thanks for joining us here on Midlands Today.

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Coming up, why hundreds of children joined together to recreate the

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Shropshire Olympian Festival from 1864. There is rain in the forecast

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for the weekend but it's not going to be a washout. Find out the drier

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Farmers producing salad crops in the region are feeling the

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financial impact of the E-coli outbreak in Germany which has

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killed more than 30 people. Crops are rotting in fields, as cheap

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foreign imports flood the market. The National Farmers Union say it's

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costing the industry millions of pounds. It's the height of the

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British salad season and the crop pickers are busy at work on

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Valefresco in Hampton Lucy in Warwickshire. But not far away is a

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field where the lettuces have been left to rot. We can put a brave

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face on this but we have definitely seen a downturn in sales. We cannot

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quite pinpoint what is causing it. This is why, according to the

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National Farmers Union. It began with the very public destruction of

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Spanish cucumbers wrongly blamed for the German E-coli outbreak, and

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it led to tonnes of foreign produce flooding the market. There has been

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a lot of produce not sold in Germany and not been exported to

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countries like Russia. You have got a couple of countries worth of

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fresh produce that has been floating around the EU trying to

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find a market. That theory was borne out by a trip to Birmingham's

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fruit and veg market. You can buy a box of tomatoes for a pound from

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Spain. You can buy three cucumbers for �1. But not all of the shoppers

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though were tempted by that. There is local carrots, cabbage, cucumber.

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I shop regularly at the market and everything here is absolutely

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splendid. Even so, the NFU say the German E-coli outbreak has cost

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British salad farmers �2.5 million pounds so far and it's getting

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worse. To give you some idea of the drop in sales, normally at this

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time of year there would be six of these trailers out in the fields

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being filled with lettuces. Today there are four. You're here in a

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lovely field of letters, nothing to do with Germany. You seem to be

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paying the price? Exactly. You have hit the nail on the head. All of

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the safety quality assurance systems we have in place, we know

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that Anne food is probably the safest in the world. -- our food.

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The NFU say they hope to access an EU compensation fund to help the

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farmers here who've lost out. With lamb prices at their highest levels

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since the seventies, sheep farmers finally have something to celebrate

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after a decade largely spent fighting off the effects of foot

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and mouth and the blue tongue outbreak. It's against that

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backdrop that the Three Counties Show opened in the shadows of the

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Malvern Hills today. And Joanne Writtle is there now. There is more

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cattle here than any of are time. Dozens of different breeds. --

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other time. The sheep farmers are turning their back. Demand for

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export lamb is high. But sheep numbers are down after a decade of

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hardship. Sheep farmers gathered in the shadow of the Malvern Hills

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with something to celebrate. Five years ago lamb prices were �35.

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They are now �85. We are receiving good prices but costs are going up.

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Margins to remain tight. Prices are good. We have not seen prices like

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this for 25 years. It is being driven by a strong export market

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into Europe. There are other factors. Sheep numbers are down.

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Demand has increased and prices are hive. Farmers are cautious. It is

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buoyant but the costs are increasing. Feeding is increasing.

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Fertiliser prices has increased. And fuel is increasing. Not such

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good news for consumers. UK consumption of lamb has dropped by

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20%. At this shop, the price is up by a �5 per kilo. Last year we were

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probably buying 12-15 lambs per week. That is down to 628. They are

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so expensive. -- 628 lambs. I have to think about buying it now.

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has increased. But I have bought it for barbecues and special occasions.

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The 900 cattle at the show is a record. It is big business for

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exhibitors. It is an opportunity to push out your wares. Obviously

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people in the leisure industry can link in with our work. Visitors

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come from all over the world. There is a lot more for them to see.

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Visitors are being treated to a spectacle of entertainment. The

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show is aimed at farming, food and the countryside. This show

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generates around �15 million for the local economy. For the farmers,

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it is their shop window and the chance to display their hard work.

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95,000 visitors are expected. The show is on until Sunday. And all of

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the cows, did you notice, are lying down. That means bad weather. I

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think it is because it is the start of the weekend and they are

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relaxing! On Monday's Midlands Today we met three golfers from

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Staffordshire who were all facing the biggest challenge of their

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sporting lives. Terry Adnams, Norman Kelly and David Bailey have

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been competing in the One-Armed Golf Championships in Ireland this

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week, taking on the best players in the world. Ian Winter reports. On

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the River Boyne in County Meath, with trim Castle largest in Ireland,

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the setting for the film Braveheart. Half-a-mile away I found some of

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that same fighting spirit were three men from the Midlands are

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competing against some of the world's finest one-armed golfers.

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Terry Adnams cannot quite believe he is here. In June 1993 Terry lost

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his right arm in a car crash. Naturally he feared his sporting

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days may be over. The 18 years later he is making his debut at the

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World one-armed golf Championships. Countless hours of dedicated

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practice have paid off. For Terry, simply competing in it is world

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class company is a personal triumph. I did not really believe that one-

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armed golfers could play to the standard these guys can play at.

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You have players from all over the place on 6, 7 and 8 handicaps.

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Watch closely. This is what Terry is talking about. Alex from Sweden

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has a handicap of six. Such as Alastair from Tasmania. 250 yards

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down the Ferrer. Those of us to hit -- struggle be hit a golf ball with

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two arms, can only admire the skill. I was knocked down by a drunk

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driver a number of years ago and had my arm amputated. I had not

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played golf before the accident. Goth introduced me to

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rehabilitation. It has given me a great focus on life. Michael

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O'Grady has won the world title twice before. He is playing David

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Bailey from Lichfield for a place in the quarter-finals. Dock became

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his passion when he lost his arm in a motorcycle accident at 18. --

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golf. He is good, very good, but not good enough to beat his high

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res opponent. What has been the most enjoyable week -- thing about

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this week? Beginners'! Meeting up with some old friends. -- beginners.

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Success in the veterans from Norman Caly from Staffordshire. And a big

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surprise for Terry Adnams. Not quite good enough to win the world

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title, but a hard-earned trophy which he would defend at the 75th

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weren't -- one-armed Championships They had a fabulous time. Well done.

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Remarkable, the strength and the control. Astonishing. Now as the

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countdown to London 2012 continues, children from across Shropshire

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have been learning all about the county's connection to the Olympic

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Games. For the first time since 1864, The Shropshire Olympian

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Festival has been re-created. Limbering up for a festival of fun,

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more than 2000 children from 40 schools across Shropshire have been

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learning all about the history of the Olympic Games for the last six

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months. I did not know that it was invented. It was just one man. He

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wanted to make everybody healthy. We are going to watch the Olympics

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in London. Nearby Much Wenlock is the town which inspired the modern

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Olympics. The Shropshire Olympian Festival came from Wenlock here to

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the Quarry in Shrewsbury in 1864. Today is the first time since it's

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been recreated. It is the Cultural Olympiad. This is part of the

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celebration. This starts an entire year of celebration. It was a

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chance to celebrate the sport, arts and skills of the Victorian era,

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but with a modern twist. The traditional piglet catching race

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became pig shot putt, and the children couldn't run quickly

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enough to scoop up their spuds. Providing inspiration was three

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times Olympic champion Dave Moorcroft, who's heading the West

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Midlands London 2012 campaign. is great for me having been 23

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Olympic Games to know that the modern Olympics began here and

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these children are having their Olympic moment today. So just like

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the Olympics. Medals were awarded and the children got their chance

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to shine. And just like the athletes representing their

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countries, the children were proud to represent their schools. Well,

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the celebrations are continuing all weekend. On Sunday there's a big

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closing ceremony with a thousand- strong choir singing the Olympian

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Festival anthem. And of course everyone is being invited to attend

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It is all very sporty tonight. We It is not looking too bad for the

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weekend. But back to this evening. Tonight it is wet and breezy. That

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is because of the rain. It has been patchy through the afternoon. It

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will become more persistent tonight before clearing away. We are

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looking at lows of around 11 Celsius overnight. It is not too

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cold. Going into tomorrow, clear spells behind. Sunshine and showers

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at the weekend. Some Sunny spells on Saturday. The showers likely to

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be heavy. On Sunday, there will be fewer showers. Breezy with highs of

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18 Celsius tomorrow. In the sunshine it will feel fairly

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pleasant. As we go into Saturday night, we will see those showers

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clearing away. Another mild night. Lowe's into double figures of

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around 11 Celsius. -- lows. Sunday will see fewer showers because

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there is a ridge of high pressure. It will feel warmer. It is drier,

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too. Low-pressure returns on Monday. That means the return of more

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unsettled weather. You can keep up with the latest weather updates on

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your local radio stations and on A look at tonight's main headlines:

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Public sector unions threaten mass walkouts over pay freezes and

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proposals to raise the retirement age to 66. And here questions are

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being asked after an investigation into the running of a hospital

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