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Yard's handling of the case. That's all from the BBC News

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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today.

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The headlines tonight: Exports reach record levels ` export growth here

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is higher than anywhere elsd in the UK. The value of goods made here

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reached nearly ?30 billion last year.

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Our companies are feeling confident, and that is what is driving the

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growth. Also, tonight: A court backs a

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widow's fight for the chancd to have a baby using her dead husband's

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sperm. The improvements causing ch`os `

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Coventry commuters stuck for hours and the roadworks will last three

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years. They have made an utter mess. They

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need to be shot. Jonathan Trott will start the season

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for Warwickshire, after leaving the Ashes tour early with a

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stress`related illness. And the sun may have disappdared for

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the time being, but the temperatures are rising and there's great news

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for next week. Hear all abott it in the forecast later.

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Good evening. The value of exports from the West

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Midlands has reached record levels. Figures released today also show

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that export growth here is the highest anywhere in the UK. The

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value of West Midlands`made goods being sold abroad reached ?29.6

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billion in 2013, a rise of 08 % on the previous year. Much of the rise

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is down to the success of companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and JCB,

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but all over the region firls are reporting strong order books and the

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prospect of new jobs. Here's our business correspondent Peter

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Plisner. Mixing sealants so the engines in

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our cars don't leak. This Coventry firm has a big share of the market,

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and following a decline in car`making, here, virtually

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everything it makes now goes abroad. We started following them to Asia,

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the UK, in Europe, as well, and in Korea which is a big market.

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In addition to making sealants for engines, they also make the plant

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machinery to apply them. It's another area of big export growth.

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All the books are full for the next two years.

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Many of the manufacturers fhnished in last week's Made in the Lidlands

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special, highlighting exports as the reason they are growing. Colpanies

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like JCB and Jaguar Land Rover are amongst the biggest exporters in the

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region. But manufacturers aren't the only ones going abroad ` thhs

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Worcester`based technology firm provides postcode and address

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searches for websites all over the world.

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Here, growth in exports is helping to grow the company.

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As a technology business, wd are not restricted by the size of otr

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factory. We can add more servers around the world to accommodate

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growth, and to do it really quickly. Poring over the figures, thhs

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morning, it's all good news for the man in charge of helping to boost

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exports for the West Midlands. I think we've got great companies

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here in the West Midlands ` manufacturing is at the heart of

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what we do. Those companies, and the products they make, work re`lly well

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in the overseas market. With strong order books boosted by

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exports, it is perhaps not surprising that the latest survey of

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West Midlands' manufacturers says that more than half of them are

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expecting to create new jobs over the next six months.

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And Peter joins me, now. So, why are exports here rising so much fast

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than other regions in the country? One word ` automotives. That is

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counting for almost three qtarters of exports in 2013. That sector rose

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27% compares to previous ye`rs. That success is driving success hn other

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companies, particularly those in the automotive supply chain.

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Away from cars ` what are other sectors are doing well in this

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region? Manufacturing are doing incredibly

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well. A lot of what is being made is not directly being exported, but is

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assembled and then sent abroad. That is technically an export, btt is not

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showing up in these figures. Food products are also up 22%. Mhnerals

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and fuels are up 21%. Bever`ges are up 11%. Breweries are exporting

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more. All sectors saw a risd from 2013.

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And where are all these goods going to?

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Asia is up quite a bit. That is the target market for it Jaguar Land

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Rover. North America is showing very strong rises. Also, in the Liddle

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East and North Africa. The T is also rising 8%. `` the EU.

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Coming up later in the programme: Keeping business afloat ` how

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traders in Ironbridge have been helping each other to recovdr from

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the floods. We've been stuck here for h`lf an

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hour. With just one road in and one road

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out, commuters tell me they have sat in traffic over the last few nights

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from anything from 1.5 hours to two hours. The situation is ridhculous.

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It has been taking an hour to get down this line I could walk in 5

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minutes. They need to be shot.

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Steve spent ?4 million locating his business to this estate. He has

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already lost staff because of the road chaos.

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He says he regrets moving to the area.

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It would have changed my decision if I had known about the lack of

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commitment from the council to actually creating access from the

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park. We are a prisoner of the estate.

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Today, businesses were assured that local authorities were in t`lks to

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try to alleviate the stress of the roadworks.

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The Highways Agency said thdy were investigating authoring timhngs on

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traffic lights. It's regrettable that we ard having

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to do this, but it is for the longer term benefit.

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Some firms are experimenting with Black Sea hours to alleviatd the

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tour of the jams. `` flexi`hours. A widow has won a legal battle to

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preserve her dead husband's frozen sperm, while she decides whdther she

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wants to have a baby. The htsband of Beth Warren, who's from Birlingham,

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died from a brain tumour two years ago. His frozen sperm was dte to be

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destroyed next year because of a legal time limit on the consent he

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gave to its storage. But at the High Court today a judge ruled that the

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sperm can stay in storage longer. Beth Warren joins us now: What was

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your immediate reaction when you heard the judgement?

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I was `` a little bit of disbelief. I didn't want to build myself up.

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It's hard to describe how h`ppy I was.

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But, just a few hours after the ruling, came the news the jtdge had

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given permission for an appdal by the fertility regulator ` how do you

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feel about that? Devastated. It has been such a

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roller`coaster. This morning, I was incredibly nervous. And then feeling

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so incredibly happy. Two hotrs later, finding out that thex were

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looking to appeal against the decision is heartbreaking.

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What now? I thought the fight was over. I

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thought I could look to my future, but now they are challenging the

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decision. They have three d`ys to file the appeal.

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It's been incredibly diffictlt dealing with the death of mx brother

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so close to the death of my husband. I was told I had six weeks to become

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pregnant, and there was no alternative. That is when the legal

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battle started. Trying to mhx grieving for two of the most

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peak... Important people in my life, and returning straight back to

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work and my university course, has been incredibly difficult. H am

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really trying to move on, whilst holding on to the past. It's so

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difficult to describe. What options are open to yot, now?

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I just need to wait. That's it. I can't do anything about it, now I

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have been fighting for two xears. It was a decision that we all worked

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towards. I've had such support. I thought that was it. We werd over.

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Now, I just need to wait. How has this left you

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to be honest, I just want to cry. I'm not going to ` keep strong. If I

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can lose my husband, I can keep fighting longer.

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Thank you. A murder enquiry's under way after a woman's body was found

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in a hotel in Wolverhampton. Police were called to the Britannia

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Hotel in the city centre, this morning, where the 29`year`old woman

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was discovered. A 41`year`old man is currently in hospital, and hs

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helping police with their enquiries. Thousands of fines handed ott to

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motorists for driving in bus lanes are to be reviewed by Birmingham

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City Council. 18,000 cases will be looked at again, and some drivers

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could get their money back or have their penalty withdrawn. More than

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100,000 fines have been issted since ten cameras were introduced in the

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city, last September. Last lonth, a tribunal ruled that some of the

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signs weren't clear. A hosphtal trust has been told it's got to do

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better by inspectors, althotgh, they did recognise improvements had been

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made. The Heart of England NHS Fotndation

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Trust includes Solihull, He`rtlands and Good Hope hospitals. Thd

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Ofsted`style ratings were introduced by the Government following the

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Stafford Hospital scandal. Redditch, Stafford, and Kidderminster ` all

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have seen highly public campaigns to save their hospitals. But

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campaigners fear new legisl`tion could hamper their efforts by

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cutting the consultation period to just 40 days. Critics say Clause 119

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of the Health and Social Care Act will stop local people having a

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proper say. A campaign against it began today in Redditch. Our health

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correspondent Michele Paduano was there.

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The job of delivering 35,000 leaflets across Redditch st`rted

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today. It's part of a campahgn against Clause 119 which protesters

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believe would limit the consultation process on hospital closure to forty

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days. Residents here weren't aware and weren't impressed.

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We should at least have somd kind of thought. If it allows us to `` if it

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allows them to close hospit`ls down. An online campaign group asked its

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members what should be their next campaign. They voted for thhs one.

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It is being paid for by indhvidual donations.

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It's backed by the Save the Alex Campaign, which has won major

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concessions over two and a half years. It's worried that cotld be

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lost because of debts built up in Worcestershire.

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This is no way to plan a future health service. They need to speak

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to the public you have to use the service.

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`` who have to use this service This afternoon, the campaign went to

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see their MP Karen Lumley to urge her to vote against the bill.

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The Department of Health saxs it's important to have an effecthve

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regime for dealing with unsustainable trusts, but not

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everyone agrees. This is our top story tonight:

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Exports reach record levels ` export growth here is higher than `nywhere

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else in the UK. Your detailed weather forec`st to

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come shortly. Also in tonight's programme:

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Dispelling the myths about `dopting, as hundreds of children wait and

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wait for a family in the Midlands. And we catch up with our guhde dog

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Zeus four months on, as puppy training school starts.

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The recent floods have causdd millions of pounds worth of damage.

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But one Shropshire town is showing how community spirit can get things

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back on track. Flood barriers in Ironbridge were largely effdctive,

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although there was damage to a handful of shops and businesses But

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owners have pulled together, offering free help to each other, as

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Bob Hockenhull reports. Normal river levels have bedn

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restored in Ironbridge. But this was the scene three weeks ago ` the

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flood barriers couldn't prevent the Severn overflowing into watdrfront

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businesses. Queenie's Cup C`kes was shut for three weeks. A loc`l

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customer raised ?400 so the cafe could be cleaned up. Local traders

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carried out repairs ` the only payment they'd accept was ctpcakes.

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I was completely bowled over. I kept putting little jokes on Facdbook,

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saying that the flood barridrs haven't been taken down yet because

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of my tears! I just kept crxing every time somebody was kind to me!

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An elderly couple stopped md in the street and gave me ?20, and said

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that will buy you a new roll of wallpaper. I literally spent about

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two weeks crying! Next door to Queenie's, thex're

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still dealing with the aftermath of the floods. Here, at The Whhte Hart

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pub, the water came up from under the floorboards. The repair work is

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still going on. When the barrier is there, xou put

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up with things being a bit puieter because people can't get to you It

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is disappointing when the w`ter comes in, too, but it has h`ppened

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here before. We are in a very low point.

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At least the pub has managed to stay open. But tens of thousands of

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pounds worth of takings havd been lost across Ironbridge. The Traders'

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Association says it's heartdned that the public appears to be willing to

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help build businesses back tp again. We've got people arranging to come

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into tearooms to try and kedp them going. They're supporting the other

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little shops up and down thd street, which is quite promising.

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On a murky March morning, tourists aren't in plentiful supply, though.

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And the local council recognises it needs to play its part to stpport

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traders who've lost out. The Ironbridge Gorge is the jewel in

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the crown, for the council. Along with the rest of the borough, it

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counts for over ?150 million of visitors' spend.

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With the weather due to improve everyone here is looking forward to

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welcoming back more people. Latest figures show nearly 7,00

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children in England are waiting to be adopted. With 177 childrdn

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looking for new homes, Birmhngham has one of the highest totals in the

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country. Last year, the council s Children's Services departmdnt was

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dubbed a national disgrace, but the authority says things are ilproving.

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The aim now is to streamlind the adoption service, as Cath M`ckie

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reports. It's breakfast timd in the Gibbs household in Birmingh`m.

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11`year`old Michael was adopted as a toddler by David and Albert`, who

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had a daughter of their own and wanted a bigger family.

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The process took two years. It was a long and quite intrusive process,

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but we understand why they did it. We kept in mind what we werd trying

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to do, which was adopt. In the living room, Michael's judo

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medals are proudly displayed. He's aware of what many children in the

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city are missing out on. They've grown up having nothing If

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someone adopts them, they'll have a chance to feel a family, have love.

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177 children are waiting to be placed in Birmingham ` as the

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biggest local authority in the country, it's perhaps not

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surprising. But there's no puick fix for the city where Children's

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Services have been rated in`dequate for years.

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Birmingham has had a lot of negative press, because we have faildd our

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children in Children's Servhces There's no secret about that. We

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have been working very hard to make improvements, and adoption hn

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particular ` there has been investment in recent months.

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You hear so many horror stories about things that happen. Btt very

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often you don't hear the stories where things have worked very well.

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Birmingham City Council say there are plenty of myths about adoption

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putting off potential parents from coming forward, with people

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believing they're too unfit or too old. But every case, they s`y, is

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considered on its individual merits. He's like any normal child, he has

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fitted into our family ` adoption is not an issue.

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I love my family. Off to school, and Michael Gibbs is

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aiming high ` he hopes one day to compete in the Olympics at judo

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Let's turn to sport, now, starting with cricket and welcome news for

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Warwickshire fans. Yes, batsman Jonathan Trott has

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declared himself fit to plax for Warwickshire this season. Hd'll

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return in a pre`season friendly against Gloucestershire, next month.

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Trott came home early from Dngland's dismal Ashes whitewash in Atstralia,

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due to a stress related illness In a statement released, today, Trott

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said he's been overwhelmed by the messages of kindness over the last

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few months, and he's really looking forward to joining up with

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Warwickshire for the new se`son Is he likely to play for England

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again? Until you are out in the middle and

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playing again, you don't re`lly know. We will make sure that

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Jonathan has support around him I'm sure the PCA and ECB will hdlp us

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with that. It will be nice to see him out, and we hope he gets some

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early`season runs. Coventry City eased their fdars of

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getting caught up in a relegation battle with a 2`1 victory over

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Walsall at Sixfields, last night. But it's a result that puts a major

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dent in Walsall's play`off hopes. Nick Clitheroe reports.

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This had the feeling of a phvotal night for both of these clubs.

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Surprisingly, it was Coventry City, who've been in a slump of l`te, who

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started the stronger and took the lead through Callum Wilson. But

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Walsall were far more inspired after the break, and equalised through Mal

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Benning's first goal for thd club. They looked likely to go on and win

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from that point, but Coventry revived and the substitute Nathan

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Delfouneso scored the first goal of his loan spell from Aston Vhlla to

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claim victory. It's been an uncomfortable period,

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and something I don't think they've deserved. They've reacted vdry

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positively. We are not giving up, by anx shadow

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of a doubt. We've worked re`lly hard to get where we are. We are all

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about performances, and if we keep putting in performances likd that we

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will get wins. Off the pitch, there are sthll

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concerns for Coventry, though, with less than 1,700 fans watching the

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game Four months ago, we introduced you

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to a tiny pup who'll grow up with a big job to do.

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Zeus is a guide dog puppy, `nd we're following his progress over his

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first eighteen months. It costs ?50,000 to support a guide dog from

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birth through to retirement. Last time we saw Zeus, he was just seven

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weeks old and had just moved in with a family. Joanne Writtle's been with

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him to his very first guide dog puppy class. What a difference four

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months makes. Zeus confidently joins the school

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run with the volunteer family in Kingswinford who are looking after

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him for his first year. This was Zeus last October at the guhde dog

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breeding centre in Leamington Spa. And, a few days later, earnhng

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celebrity status at a local school. Why is it so important for him to do

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everything with you? So that when he goes to a p`rtially

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sighted person, he can do b`sically anything that they want with him. He

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will have done it before, or he will have the skills to cope with it

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It's a special day, today ` it's Zeus's first guide dog puppx class.

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All the dogs here are less than six months old.

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Play with your dogs! Get thdm excited!

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Howard Jones has trained hundreds of guide dogs. All of the people in the

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class are volunteers, like Simon, who are looking after the training

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pubs until they're one`year`old There are currently 1000 guhde dog

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pups with volunteers across the country. This may look strange, but

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there is a serious and poignant side.

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These dogs are ultimately going to visually impaired clients, so we

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want to get them used to it at this age ` being well`behaved, nhce and

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calm, and relaxed whilst behng groomed.

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It's very strange, indeed. Ht gives you a real idea as to how a

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partially sighted person gets on. You sense what you are doing more

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than seeing. Just feeling your way around.

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Next stop: busy Shrewsbury Town centre. It's essential that Zeus is

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exposed to all kinds of envhronments so he's not afraid of anythhng.

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All he can see is a wall of legs. It's really hard to make sole

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judgements about which way to go. Not only that, but we are asking him

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to ignore some of the distr`ctions ` the pigeons, the other dogs, the

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chips on the floor, the things that the kids have dropped at lunchtime.

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He will make a big difference to somebody's life. That's what it s

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all about. Giving somebody the opportunity to get out and

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experience all this. We takd it for granted, but somebody can't do it

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unless they got one of thesd. Back at home, Simon knows they can't

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get too attached ` in the attumn they'll part company as Zeus'

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training really steps up, and he returns to the breeding centre in

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Leamington Spa. The children do know he's not for keeps ` at least, they

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seem to. How much do you love him? A lot.

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Their work will pay dividends for Zeus' future blind owner, though,

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who that will be is a decishon yet to be made.

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A bit of a dull day, all rotnd ` anything brighter on the horizon,

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Shefali? High pressure is firmly in control,

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next week. On that front, a word of warning to gardeners: There will be

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some night frosts. We could see a frost, tomorrow night, becatse of

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this high`pressure. It will temporarily take position over us,

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tomorrow. That's deep area of low pressure to the north`west will

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intensify any activity that head our way. `` that deep area. We've got a

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front, the same front that brought today's rain, which is starting to

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invigorate us. That will tap up the rain activity. We are looking at

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heavy bursts, in places. `` pep up. Because of those milder

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temperatures, we are looking at some missed developing. For tomorrow

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morning, it is going to cle`r quite quickly. It is looking southwards,

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and after that we are looking at a much drier day. Because of the added

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bonus of that song, temperatures will be that bit higher. Just

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touching the teens ` up to 03. Temperatures are very good, very

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respectable. But the winds will be picking up from that south`westerly

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direction. That will take the edge off those temperatures. Tomorrow

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night, we are looking at frosty conditions. The skies will be

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clearing. We are looking at lows around two or three. Perhaps, just

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under freezing further out of towns and cities.

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We've got a frontal system heading up through the south. This hs the

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high pressure that will be sitting over us, next week. That is what is

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giving us all that lovely wdather. Tonight's headlines from thd BBC: 21

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years after the And calls from Ukraine for Russia o

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withdraw its troops from Crhmea ` but MPs there say they want to

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become part of the Russian Federation. Exports reach rdcord

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levels ` the West Midlands leading the way in the UK. And a widow winds

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a legal battle to retain her dead husband's sperm, but regulators say

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they'll appeal. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at 10pm with all the l`test news. Have a great evening. Goodbye.

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