29/03/2014 Midlands Today


29/03/2014

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Good evening. A same`sex cotple from the West Midlands were among the

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first in the region to get larried this morning after it becamd legal

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at midnight. Rebecca Billington`Green and Sarah`Louise

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Billington tied the knot in Dudley in front of family, friends and

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their 11`month`old son Jacob. Nadine Towell reports.

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Just another bedtime for 11`month`old Jacob, but for his

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mums, Rebecca and Sarah`Louhse, it's the night before their big day.

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After the law was changed l`st summer, from today same`sex couples

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have been allowed to marry. It just shows we are equal to her conceptual

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couples `` heterosexual couples And this morning at Dudley Register

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office these two brides bec`me part of history. To be my wedded wife. To

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be my wedded wife. Sarah`Lotise who's a hairdresser, and Rebecca, a

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nurse, made the same vows as heterosexual couples as thex were

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legally married. I am delighted to announce you are now wife and wife.

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The pair, who have been togdther for three years, were one of thd first

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gay couples in the region to marry. Brilliant. It was really emotional,

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wasn't it? Lovely service, really nice. Rebecca and Sarah`Louhse had

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originally planned to enter into a civil partnership. Since thd law was

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changed same`sex couples from across the region have been taking

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advantage of this new choicd. Most of our couples planning to have

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civil partnership, they are now switching and planning to h`ve a

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marriage. Some couples have just come forward now the legisl`tion is

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confirmed, and booking their marriage. The couple recently bought

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a house in Coventry where no doubt pictures from their wedding day will

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be among their most prized possessions.

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Congratulations to them. Hulan remains discovered near Atthngham

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Park in Shropshire have been identified as those of a man who

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went missing from Shrewsburx two years ago. 36`year`old Simon

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Rothwell disappeared after ` night out in February 2012. His rdmains

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washed up in a field last wdek following recent flooding.

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A couple from Herefordshire who offer an alternative therapx for

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horses say their work is transforming the lives of animals

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who would have otherwise bedn put down. Steven and Julie Goodridge are

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the only practitioners in the treatment, known as Samsara equine

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muscle therapy. It involves repeatedly applying a herbal lotion

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to the injured animal. Onto today's football results ` and

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in the Premier League in thd lunchtime kick`off Aston Villa lost

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4`1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Elsewhere Stoke bdat Hull

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1`0. And there was a six`go`l thriller in a crucial releg`tion

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match at the Hawthorns, a l`te Cardiff equaliser denying Wdst Brom

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the three points, the game dnding 3`3.

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In the Championship Birmingham lost 4`2 against Bournemouth at St

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Andrews, Federico Macheda gdtting both goals for the Blues.

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In League One, Coventry earned a valuable three points, winnhng `1

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at Crewe. Almost 9,000 travdlling fans saw Wolves beat the MK Dons

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1`0. It finished 1`1 between Stevenage and Port Vale. Me`nwhile

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Walsall have kept up their play`off push with a 1`0 win over Shrewsbury.

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In League Two, Cheltenham got a 1`0 win away at Hartlepool. And Burton

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Albion drew 0`0 against fellow play`off contenders York City.

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And in the Conference Nuneaton drew 1`1 away at Alfreton. Hereford were

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beaten 1`0 by Grimsby. It ended 1`1 between Salisbury and Kidderminster

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Harriers. And Tamworth drew 0`0 with Lincoln City.

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Onto rugby and in the Premidrship Gloucester got a narrow 14`03

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victory over Exeter. And in the Championship a

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comfortable win for Moseley, beating Jersey 39`8.

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Time for a look at the weather now with Mel Coles.

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Time for a look at the weather now Good evening. It has been a

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beautiful day. Most places have seen glorious spells of sunshine, and

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will keep the dry weather as we head into tonight. We will see v`riable

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amounts of clothes work thehr way in, there will be the risk of one to

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mist patches, but most placds remaining dry. Temperatures not

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falling too far, lows betwedn seven and 10 degrees. Tomorrow st`rts off

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cloudy, we will see more sunshine. During the morning there will be

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outside risk of a shower, most places remaining dry. Cloud breaking

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up nicely. The winds will bd later tomorrow, we could hit highs of 18

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Celsius. The clocks do go forward by an hour tonight, don't forgdt.

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And that's all for now. Midlands Today is back with your next update

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at the same time tomorrow nhght Until then, have a very good

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evening. Good evening. We achieved 20 degrees

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in the sunshine today but, in contrast, under the cloud in

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Northern Ireland, just nine. With the cloud, just seven in the North

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East. We take the contrast into tomorrow. At least the cloud here,

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creeping back inland, will prevent textures falling too low, down to

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six overnight. -- temperatures. Less fog in the south and east. But it

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will be an issue further north. Again, a lovely start to the day

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before taking a while to left, the cloud

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