30/03/2014 Midlands Today


30/03/2014

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beat Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals of the

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Good evening. In the wake of swathing government cuts, c`lls have

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been made to form one unitary body to run all services in Warwhckshire.

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It's reckoned the change cotld save as much as ?68 million over the next

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five years. But as our BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Political Reporter

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Sian Grzesczyk explains, thd idea's being fiercely opposed.

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These men have been collecthng Leamington's waste for years on

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behalf of Warwick "District" Council. And these men have been

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disposing of the town's waste at this recycling centre for jtst as

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long. The difference being, they're employed by Warwickshire "County"

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Council. But all of this cotld change. So how would the

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re`organisation work? At thd moment there are six councils in

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Warwickshire, but if they ddcide to go unitary, they could scrap all of

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them in replacement for just one, or they could opt to split the county

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and two, north and south. Btt over in Nuneaton Bedworth, the thought

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of abolishing this council hs a hard thought to stomach for its leader. A

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power grab by the county cotncil, it has nothing to do with saving money.

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It is about the high salarids they pay to some of their senior officers

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and councillors, while the districts are trying to save money all around

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the county. We are united in opposing this move. So is it a power

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grab from Shire Hall? Of cotrse it isn't, I am effectively ceasing this

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organisation as it is. As f`r as I am concerned, I could be exhting

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into the sunset tomorrow if this was the case. Back in Leamington, there

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was a mixed response to the idea. I'd like to know more about it

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before I made a final decishon. It would depend how much money it would

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save us. As far as I can sed there is no problem, it will be jtst the

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same. But is this discussion a waste of time given that the commtnity

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secretary Eric Pickles thinks the idea of local government

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reorganisation is a load of rubbish? Police have begun a murder

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investigation after a woman was stabbed in Wolverhampton. The

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victim, who was in her 30s, was attacked inside a property hn

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Ingelby Gardens in Whitmore Reans yesterday afternoon. A 54`ydar`old

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man was arrested shortly after in a nearby street and is currently being

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questioned on suspicion of lurder. More than a dozen schools in

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Birmingham are now being investigated by the Departmdnt for

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Education following claims that Muslim radicals are striving to take

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over. Last month the anonymous "Trojan Horse" letter emergdd which

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included claims of a plan to install Muslim governors and force out

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moderate head teachers. Thrde of the schools being looked at are part of

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the park View Education Trust, which denies the allegations.

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A premature baby who's attr`cted a worldwide following, thanks to her

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father's updates on social ledia, has finally been allowed out of

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hospital. Daisy`Mae Little from Dudley is spending her first

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Mothering Sunday at home. She was born one hundred and three days

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early. Bob Hockenhull reports. It's been a long, long wait. But

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parents Jen and Wayne Littld can finally enjoy having their daughter

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at home. Daisy`Mae was born at 5 weeks on December first and had only

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a 46% chance of survival. Mtm and Dad are delighted she's homd in time

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for Mother's Day. It is lovdly. It is the best present I could ever

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have wished for. It's just lovely having her back, there is nothing

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else that we need now Daisy is home. I was trying to think what H could

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get Jennifer for a Mother's Day present. Chocolate and a candle is

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all I got, three little wicks representing us in the candle. But I

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think she has got the best present she could have had. As we rdported

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on Midlands Today earlier this month, Daisy`Mae has become an

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Internet hit thanks to her father's journal on Facebook` even rdceiving

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gifts from Australia. A loc`l singing duo have written a song for

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her. It was performed at a fundraising event which raised

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?10,000 for the hospitals where she was treated. It is amazing to think

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that if little Daisy`Mae had arrived on her due date, she would just be

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two weeks old. In fact she hs four months old today. Daisy`Mae still

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only weighs 4lbs 12 and is still being closely monitored. But doctors

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say there's no reason whey she shouldn't lead a normal healthy

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life. She is certainly looking very well

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indeed. Sport now ` and in rugby the Worcester Warriors have kept their

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faint survival hopes alive by winning their first league game of

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the season. They beat the Ndwcastle Falcons 17`12.

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Meanwhile in football, Birmhngham City Ladies are through to the semi

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finals of the Champions League. This afternoon they beat Arsenal Ladies

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2`0 to go through 3`0 on aggregate. Time for a look at the weather now

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with Charlie Slater. Good evening. After a beauthful

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weekend of settled weather `nd temperatures up into the late teens,

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we will probably have to put up with rain tomorrow. Tonight largdly

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clear, cloud starts to creep up from the south, winning rain with it for

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a time. Some heavy rain as well maybe even thunder mixed up in

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there, it is going to be a very very mild night. On Monday, it

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clears away quite quickly. Some clouds during the majority of the

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morning, but into the afternoon we will see just a little bit of

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brightness. Take that as a bonus rather than a guarantee.

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Temperatures just at had down. There is more rain to come later on this

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week, dried mainly. And that's all for now. I'll be back

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with your next update at 10:15pm. Good evening. It has been the

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warmest day of 2014 so far. It has been distinctly chilly on North Sea

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coasts of eastern Scotland and north-east England. That chilly

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breeze and cloud that has been depressing those temperatures will

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return more widely, turning misty and murky. For the south we could

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import a few sharp showers across from France. So, that mist and murk

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are the main thing to watch out for tomorrow.

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Some hazy sunshine west. A frost even for Shetland. Hazy sunshine for

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a time in Northern Ireland. Showers are moving northwards. Behind it,

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cloudy, but reasonably bright weather. I don't think there'll be

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as much sunshine as today, so it will not be as warm. We are looking

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out to this system out towards the south-west, which could introduce

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thundery showers as it hesds into Wales and by the -- heads into Wales

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and by the evening Northern Ireland. Not as warm. Still some warmth

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