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The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

2.7m visit Library of Birmingham in its first year

The number of people joining the library has leapt significantly, with a 140 per cent increase recorded

New traffic lights for Hagley Road after 21 hurt in five years

Flowers were left on the Hagley Road after Rebecca McManus was killed when a car smashed into a bus stop
The traffic lights will be on Hagley Road West in Bearwood at its junction with Galton Road by Lightwoods Park and The Dog pub

Birmingham's Jam House celebrates 15 years and a million music lovers

The Jam House
The Georgian venue has seen more than 2,000 acts perform, including the likes of Hot Chocolate and soul singer Beverley Knight

Birmingham Literature Festival to return with ten-day library takeover

Library of Birmingham
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales will be given a modern-day update and re-told on Chaucer Night

City firms step in to save Birmingham Baccalaureate

Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, one of three companies to save the city's baccalaureate
The Birmingham Baccalaureate is designed to give youngsters the skills demanded by a 21st century economy and was key part council manifesto

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A speed camera

I'll switch Birmingham's speed cameras back on, new police boss pledges

New police and crime commissioner David Jamieson said he would be looking at the speed camera issue as a priority

An artist’s impression of the new 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital

New £353m hospital will mean boost for economy

George Osborne has announced approval for the 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital to be built on vacant industrial land in Smethwick.

Professor Robert Winston

TV stars and business leaders to get honorary doctorates at Birmingham City University

Some of Birmingham’s high profile people will also be picking up honorary doctorates, including Dame Christine Braddock – chairman of Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

An artist's impression of the type of building now being planned at the V Building site

New plans drawn up for V Building site at Arena Central

Less extravagant proposals are being mooted for the site once expected to house 51-storey mega tower

Scottish students currently get free university tuition

Andrew Whitehead: Scottish independence debate is an education

A major concern of the Scottish universities will be the preservation of their non-EU student fee income, which in 2011/2012 brought in £337m from non-EU course fees.

Peter Sharkey: Our likeable Games stars deserve TV spotlight in longer term

England's Claudia Fragapane with her four Artistic Gymnastics gold medals at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Every Team GB athlete benefits from a Lottery-underwritten structure which actively promotes professionalism.

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The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

2.7m visit Library of Birmingham in its first year

The Jam House

Birmingham's Jam House celebrates 15 years and a million music lovers

Vanley Burke's flat. Picture: Vanley Burke

£17,000 appeal to move Birmingham photographer Vanley Burke's flat to Ikon Gallery

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Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor