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3D impressions of new Garden of Memory at Warstone Lane Cemetery Birmingham

New garden of memory plan for historic Warstone Lane Cemetery in Jewellery Quarter

Plans have been submitted to transform Warstone Lane and Key Hill cemeteries

Seven JLR cleaners suspended after drink and drug tests

Land Rover at Lode Lane, Solihull.
Workers employed by Lode Lane contract operator Voith were breath-tested last week and ordered to provide urine samples as part of a crackdown

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham
Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

Hidden Spaces Unlocked: Full listings for June 2015 open days and events

The Assay Office in Birmingham
2015 Hidden Spaces ‘Unlocked’ events programme follows the feedback from hugely popular Curzon Street Station exhibition

Work begins on UK's largest combined authority after Queen's speech

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper.
With Solihull and Coventry on board, the West Midlands combined authority is set to oversee a region with of four million people and an £81 billion economy

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University Hospital in Coventry was the region's biggest PFI project

West Midlands PFI projects set taxpayers back £12.7bn

Schemes such as Building Schools for the Future and Queen Elizabeth and Walsgrave hospitals have racked up a gigantic bill for the region

Britain's obesity epidemic

NHS boss: Parents making childhood obesity ‘normal’

Parents who allow their children to eat junk food and lead sedentary lifestyles are “normalising obesity”, the head of the NHS in England has warned.

University Hospital in Coventry was the region's biggest PFI project

West Midlands PFI projects set taxpayers back £12.7bn

Schemes such as Building Schools for the Future and Queen Elizabeth and Walsgrave hospitals have racked up a gigantic bill for the region

CGI of the Left Bank development looking up Oozells Way towards Broad Street

Calls to reject Broad Street hotel and apartment project

City councillors urged to knock back Regal's plan for new development in centre of Birmingham's busiest area for bars and nightclubs over fears residents will find it too noisy

Cannock Chase

The forgotten rural pieces of the West Midlands

A significant rural-urban fringe surrounds “Greater Birmingham” where the wider rural development dimension has been largely forgotten and neglected in policy and decision making.

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street
When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

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The Assay Office in Birmingham

Hidden Spaces Unlocked: Full listings for June 2015 open days and events

The front of the reconstructed sword pommel

New secrets of Staffordshire Hoard revealed

CGI of the Left Bank development looking up Oozells Way towards Broad Street

Calls to reject Broad Street hotel and apartment project

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In This Week's Paper

Journalists

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