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effort to put people off smoking. That is all from the BBC

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:

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Claims that terrorist views are promoted in a school assembly are

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denied. Pupils have said thdy have not heard any such things. We know

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from our internal investigations that these allegations are false.

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We will be hearing what it hs really like inside one of the schools in

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questions. Smog causes more problems over

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Birmingham and many parts of the region. Had problems breathhng last

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week, but I went to my GP. H got help, but still I'm having problems.

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The controversial badger cull will start again in Gloucestershhre.

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Help us protect our stunning landscape. A bid for Lotterx cash.

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If you are under the weather, struggling for breath, join me

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later. There is good news. There could be relief on the way.

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Good evening. The school at the centre of allegations of Muslim

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extremism have denied claims that extremism. It follows claimdd about

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a plot to take over the leadership of targeted schools. Tonight, a

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letter has been sent to every headteacher in the city warning that

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children have a right to a broad and balanced education.

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A dozen schools in Birmingh`m are being investigated over alldgations

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of extremism. Today, the BBC revealed claims that the politics of

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Al`Qaeda had been discussed during one school assembly.

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This man was killed by the Americans. He called on western

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Muslims to attack their own countries. It is claimed th`t his

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views were promoted at the school according to two unnamed sotrces,

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but Park View's governor defended the school on all news outldts. It

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is completely false. That khnd of thing would not happen in otr school

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and has not happened in our school either. So these allegations as well

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as many others that have bedn made actually, they are without, they are

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anonymous. As investigations widen into the plot to allegedly replace

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moderate school leaders with hardliners, one MP called for swift

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action. What is needed tor Ofsted to get their report on the desk of

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Michael Gove, so that we can take whatever decisions are needdd.

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The school has previously h`d an outstanding reputation, takhng

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children fr one of the most deprived areas in the country and producing

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excellent exam results. In terms of the school, it is doing brilliantly

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and the children are doing really well and excelling. The most

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important thing is we do well in our GCSEs. It is a fantastic school

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What's it like inside? One BBC reporter was allowed past the gates.

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What did stand out was that the girls were in one part of the

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classroom and the boys were clustered in another part. The

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school says that's not deliberate and the children prefer to work like

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that. I went inside other academy. The leader of Birmingham City

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Council has written to everx headteacher outlining his

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determination that all children in the city should receive a broad and

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balanced education. Clearly, the Trojan horse agenda

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unnerves heads like me and to have a letter saying that Sir Albert will

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not tolerate governance that is all about anything but standards is xa I

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need to hear `` what I need to hear. Liam Nolan is a good friend of his

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counterpart, Lynnsy Clarke, who is due to retire this Easter. There is

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a brilliant headteacher in our city and has really seen that school come

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from difficult challenging circumstances and made it one of the

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best, not just in Birminghal, but in our country and as a headte`cher,

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when I first became a head hn Birmingham who was supportive of me.

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The leadership of Birminghal City Council refuses to go on calera and

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answer questions about the Trojan horse investigations, but they have

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said their silence should not be misconstrued and that they `re

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resolute and committed to ddaling with these matters.

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Coming up later: David Cameron says Birmingh`m

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Airport's runway extension hs a sign of confidence and will bring

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thousands of new jobs. Pollution got worse in parts of the

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region today with West Midl`nds ambulance service dealing whth a

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surge in calls because of breathing problems. Yesterday on a ten point

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scale used to determine risk, pollution levels were around six

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which is described as moder`te. Today they'd gone up to sevdn and

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more ` that's in the high c`tegory although still below peaks reached

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in London. Here's Giles Latcham The spires of Worcester lost in the

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murk. The BT tower in Birmingham barely visible in a pall of mist

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made up partly say experts of particles of dust or other

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pollutants. So were the runners and walkers out for their consthtutional

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feeling the effect? I noticdd my throat feeling bad and my whfe is

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feeling her eyes are bad. So the answer is yes. I haven't bedn

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running for the past few daxs and started today and I'm reallx

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noticing it. A heavy chest when I started off. Only a stuffy nose but

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that was yesterday and it h`s cleared up. Carsten Skjoth forecasts

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pollen counts and measuring the catkins on silver birch treds helps

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him do it. He says the factors behind the high pollution ldvels are

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not in themselves unusual ` it's that they've all come together. It

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is common to have a high amount of gases and pollen at the samd time

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because it is the same thing that creates these things, but h`ving

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lots of particles, sand all the way from The Sahara, this is untsual.

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Ian Jenkinson from Newcastld under Lyme has been asthmatic since

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childhood. His symptoms this week have been the worst ever ap`rt from

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a trip to Beijing two years ago He says we're failing to get to grips

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with high levels of pollution. Plainly it is something we can do

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something about. I'm led to believe that China used to have cle`n

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atmosphere, it has got a very, very polluted atmosphere. So unldss you

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manage these problems, you can fall into that situation quickly.

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The UK has the highest rate of asthma in Europe, a condition

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exacerbated by air pollution. At a hospital in Birmingham they've

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pioneered the use of a ten second breath test to help treat asthma

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patients across the NHS. It is a really useful tool to help with the

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diagnosis of asthma, but with the management of asthma. It is less

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physically demanding for thd patients to use this machind.

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The long`term effect of pollution on human allergies is still not fully

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understood. In the short`term it's wind and rain which will cldar the

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air. So still a lot of problems.

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Will this be the last of it, do you reckon? Well, Giles just mentioned

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that we need wind and rain. Well, change in wind and rain as well and

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we are going to see that by tomorrow. You can make out the smog

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around me at the moment, but as we have heard there, is due to several

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days of light south easterlhes. By tomorrow, that situation is to

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change to light south`westerlies and we are going to see rain tonight

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which should help matters. Ht is not uncommon to see highly levels of

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pollution across the UK throughout the year as for the Saharan dust

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that can be blown our way sdveral times. It is just that the weather

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has conspired to keep it hanging over us.

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The badger cull in Gloucestdrshire will continue despite a highly

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critical report which says protesters were put at risk from

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near misses. The independent report says the cull using rivals was not

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humane and was not as effective as it should have been.

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What's been the Government's reaction to this report then, David?

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Well, Owen Paterson the Farling Minister says lessons will have to

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be learnt. The four year culls in

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Gloucestershire and Somerset are pilots and we always said that we

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would learn lessons from thdm and it is crucial we get this right. And

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that is why we're taking a responsible approa accepting

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recommendations from experts to make the pilots better, doing nothing is

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not an option. Well, with me is Drew, an anti`cull

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protestor. First of all, ne`r misses. When you are out protesting,

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bass there a danger you could have got in the way? There was a danger,

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yeah. Several of my colleagtes where there when shots were fired near

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them which is contrary to the licence. Another of my colldagues

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found live rounds on a footpath The Government is saying today, Owen

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Paterson is delaying the roll out, but he is planning to go ahdad with

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it and in the pilot zones you have three years of culling to go? Three

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years left. The fact that wd are rolling out when they failed so

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miserably in a pilot, it didn't meet its objectives, but we will be there

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to make sure it doesn't go `head this time. Wh support have xou got?

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The support has been growing more and more. Last year we had 400 and

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500 people saying they would be out with us. This year, there is upwards

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of 2,000 people saying they want to stop this. They are spending

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millions compensating farmers for catting that contracted TB? They are

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dealing with it in Wales, they are using vaccination and it is working

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there. It could work here as well. All we need to do is go thehr way.

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The Government said it will look at increased vaccination of badgers. I

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understand there will be an announcement about that in ` few

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weeks about extra cash for farmers to help them vaccinate badgdrs on

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their land. More reaction tonight in tonight's 10.25pm bulletin.

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The husband who stranged his wife `` strangled his wife has been

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sentenced. A charity leased its three

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helicopters. The service will be able to extend its winter flying

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hours to 12 a day. The aircraft cost ?4.5 million, but the charity's

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Chief Executive says it will save money in the long run. It whll

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enable us to reduce our overheads which means we can thereford

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reinvest that money into our clinical service and into bdtter

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equipping our aircraft. So ht will keep us safe for the long`tdrm.

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David Cameron has rejected suggestions that Birmingham Airport

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is being overlooked in the Government's long`term strategy for

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UK aviation. The Prime Minister came to the airport to see the ndw ? 4

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million runway extension whhch is due to be completed next month. He

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was talking to our political editor, Patrick Burns. It is not thd 40

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meters of added runway nor the ,000 miles of added nonstop flying it

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enables. It is the 4,000 jobs around the airport that brought thd Prime

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Minister here with the same number again promised for the surrounding

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economy. But no mention of Birmingham in the Budget whdn

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regional airports were awarded a new subsidy. Proposals for a second

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runway here had already been cold shouldered in the Davis Comlission's

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interim aviation strategy. H think Birmingham Airport has huge

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opportunities. Howard Davis recognised that his report. With the

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extended runway that could go up to 36 million. The opportunitids for

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more flights, more trade, more business, more jobs is therd. Now

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comes claims from Heathrow @irport that its expansion plans offer the

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best deal for areas like ours, but managers here remain bullish. The

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thing that will change Birmhngham's future is the local economy. With

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Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls`Royce and JCB, people investing in this

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community will make this air property work. `` airport work. The

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runway development is due for completion next month, just in time

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for the step change in Birmhngham's long haul capacity. It comes at an

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interesting moment for Birmhngham Airport with the new runway and new

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services direct to China and Bangladesh about to test deland

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Politics, well that's always important in airport development,

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but market, they are decisive. Nothing causes more problems.

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The Grand National favouritd, his famous owner and how the de`l to buy

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him was done after more than a few drinks!

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The cast of Westside Story lake a surprise visit to a school.

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Peak interest rate attracts ten million visitors a year.

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People living in the Staffordshire moorlands worry they don't get the

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financial help to maintain such a wonderful landscape.

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It is one of the wildest landscapes we have in the Midlands. Thd

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Staffordshire moorlands can look dramatic on a foggy day. A decline

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in farming leaves some wonddring if its rural charm can last forever? It

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is at a tipping point. We think we are at a point where we either

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intervene now or we lose wh`t is left of the values in the l`ndscape.

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We have seen 35% of dairy hdrds go out of business in the last 15

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years. That's an impact. Environmental groups have joined

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together to bid. Local farmdr Sheila, wants to use some of the

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money to bring the patchwork of field barns back into use. She is so

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passionate, she produce add photographic book `` producdd a

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photographic book detailing each one. There is so many of thdm to be

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kept in a weather proof, re`sonable condition for the landscape value,

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the social history value and wildlife. There is a lot of

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wildlife, especially birds, using these to live in. The childness is

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part of this countryside's charm. It needs people if its charactdr is to

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be maintained. If skills ard lost, traditional features will crumble

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and disappear. If the bid is successful apprentices

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will be trained up. It is really important we don't lose

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the skills. Apprenticeships will get people to stay in the area, to value

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the area and for people to care for it in future as well.

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Country lovers are invited to contract their ideas on the Peaks

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preservation. Ideas which m`y stop this area being abandoned in years

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to come. Sport now. Dan is here with news of

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a massive setback for Aston Villa. The Villa striker Christian Benteke

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could miss the rest of the Premier League season and the World Cup

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because of injury. The Belghan has damaged his achilles tendon in

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training. He will miss the World Cup and the start of next season.

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The New One, trained in the Cotswolds by Nigel Twiston`Davies

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and ridden by his son Sam, gained compensation for his unluckx third

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in Cheltenham's Champion Hurdle by winning today's Aintree Hurdle. But

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it was close. The New One whth the red silks hit the front just before

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the final fence but had to work hard to win the race by a head from Rock

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On Ruby. But after the disappointment of Cheltenhal this

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meant a lot to the trainer `nd the owners. So what about Saturday's

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Grand National? Could it be won by the best mistake Mike Tindall's ever

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made? When the rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall got carried away

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at an auction he spent ?12,000 on a horse he knew nothing about. But

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four years later Monbeg Dudd has proved a winner for his owndrs who

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include Gloucester team matd James Simpson`Daniel. And on Saturday the

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horse is among the favouritds in the National. What a ride it has been

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for trainer Michael Scudamore and for the owners. What were you

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thinking in the aftermath of that hammer going down? I was hoping the

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hammer didn't go down! The aftermath was how can I mitigate

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these costs? I didn't want ht on my own. Monbeg Dude has done nothing

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but delight, he won at Cheltenham and the Welsh National. He has been

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a special horse and dream for us. And people use the word it hs a

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dream story, but it really hs. We can't hide for that. We bought a

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horse for next to nothing in comparison to what a lot of people

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spend on them. We didn't know anything about it and we had the

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most amazing time with them this last several years.

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This is a small stable with just 20 horses, but throw in a couple of

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rugby players with a Grand National entry and look at the interdst. The

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Scudamore family have a long association with Aintree and the

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Grand National. Michael Scudamore senior won the

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1959 national. His son Peter and grandson Tom haven't managed to win

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it as jockeys. Now his own grandson, Michael, will try as a trainer. We

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probably had one go since 1859. There has been a Scudamore name

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associated with grandad ridhng. It is time one of us put it right.

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He is a hands on trainer. Hd washes them too. Michael is one of the

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owners and they are all hophng Monbeg Dude is one part of ` winning

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national team. Hereford United are less th`n

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?20,000 away from raising the money they need to avoid a winding up

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order next week. Fans from clubs all over the country have made donations

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to help the Bulls pay off an unpaid tax bill of 78 thousand pounds.

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Almost almost ?20,000 has bden raised by The comedian Omid Djalili.

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Although he's a Chelsea fan he's donating the proceeds of two shows

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in Hereford on Sunday to thdir fighting fund. They need ?300,0 0 to

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get them through the summer and by Monday the players have been unpaid

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for half of February and all of March. Still long`term problems If

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there is a little silver lining the next two Saturdays, they ard at

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home. Last Saturday, just over ,500 fans were there. That's good for

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them. That's very good. If they had 2,000 all season, they wouldn't be

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in this mess. It is all abott momentum, but at least therd is

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hope. This time last week, there didn't seem to be. I think

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communities in times of trotble pull together. Sports clubs are

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community, aren't they? Absolutely. It is why people I spoke to in the

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streets of Hereford, who don't care about football, but they care about

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this. It represents their chty. Five years ago, Sinead Kennx was

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performing to a few hundred people in her school's musical. We reckon

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she must have been pretty good because in the years since, she s

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been treading the boards in front of thousands in the revival of the

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Broadway and West End smash 'West Side Story'. And she made good on a

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promise to go back to her old school, as her show now opens in

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Birmingham. Here's Ben Godfrey. It's a classic story of love and honour

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in 1950s New York. West Sidd Story is a streetwise and savvy Romeo and

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Juliet. Now it's reached Birmingham on its UK tour.and there's `

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homecoming for a rising star. Sinead Kenny plays the fiesty Constelo a

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tough Puerto Rican girl with bleached blonde hair. She's also

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understudy to the leading role of Anita. I was confident and focussed.

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It is a hard process. But as long as you stay determined and foctssed and

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you believe that you can do it, then you can do it.

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The 23`year`old was invited back to Arthur Terry School where she caught

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the performing bug at the age of 16. It is all very strange. It hs like

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it is fate. When she came to us at sixth form,

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she had one goal and that w`s to be successful.

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Sinead enjoyed ballet and t`p from the age of four. Her parents took

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her to classes around the Mhdlands. My dad a massive fan.

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Fellow cast members joined her this morning to inspire performing arts

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students. It really inspired me to do the same. I'm determined to

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succeed in what I want to do because of being inspired by them.

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Sinead Kenny is performing `t the New Alexandra Theatre until April

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19th. Let's get the weather now.

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I'm surrounded by smog. The levels of pollution have been high across

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the Midlands Today, but for urban areas, if you ventured out of towns

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and cities, the levels have been moderate. The levels are set to

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drop. They are set to drop by tomorrow and that's because we need

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the winds to change direction and then to pick up as well and for us

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to get rain and we're getting all three in the coming days and it is

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not often I say that's good news, but it is. We can see what hmpetus

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for that is. We have got a cold front wriggling across the region.

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That is going to make a difference once it moved to the north. It will

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switch the direction from a south easterly to a south`westerlx that's

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going to draw in much cleardr and cleaner air from off the Atlantic.

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There are a couple of systels that are lurking to the south`west that

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are going to be heading our way over the weekend and that's going to

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bring extra rain. Let's get back to this first frontal system that's

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over us right now and you c`n see that's producing a bit of hdavy rain

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across Wales. The fortunate thing is by the time it heads our wax, it

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will fragmentks but there is `` fragment, but there will be heavy

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bursts embedded in that. We are looking at showery outbreaks of

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rain. Elsewhere, it is cloudy. It is dry and where we get the brdaks in

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the cloud, we are looking at mist and fog and low level cloud as well

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developing. Temperatures on the mild side, down to about nine to ten

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Celsius. Then for tomorrow, well that rain should be out of the way.

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We are looking at cloudy conditions. We are looking at sunny spells as

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well and temperatures rising to about 15 Celsius.

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Tomorrow night, nothing really changes. It is going to be cloudy,

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but dry. Just a few showers dotted about the place. We have another

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warm sector heading up from the south`west. It will be cloudy, but

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dry on Saturday and then we have got rain spreading in from the west As

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for Sunday, well we are looking at another band of rain as well. Again

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heading up from the south`wdst with stronger winds.

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Branding on cigarette packets in the UK is set to be banned to m`ke them

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less appealing to the young. The families of the 96 Liverpool

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fans who died at Hillsborough begin personal tributes at their hnquests.

:27:23.:27:26.

Claims that terrorist views are promoted a school assembly hn

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Birmingham are denied. Smog causes more problems over

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Birmingham and many other p`rts of the region.

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That was the Midlands Today. I will be back at 10pm.

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Bye for now.

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