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Regional Affairs

Green light for £36m shake-up of city's leisure facilities

Birmingham City Council rubber stamps project which will include five rebuilt or new swimming pools

National Express signs landmark deal with Highways Agency

Coach giant on the right road to ease congestion after agreeing deal to receive early warnings of congestion to enable evasive action

Police abuse power under Mental Health Act, inspector claims

West Midlands Police
Officers are also forced to take people with mental health issues into custody – because the NHS refuses to take responsibility for them, a House of Commons inquiry was told

Would West Midlands succeed or suffer under devolved Scotland?

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.
With a matter of days to go before Scottish voters head to the polls to decide the future of the UK, Paul Forrest, director of the West Midlands Economic Forum, asks what outcome would best serve this region

Mark Rogers: Let's stop poring over Birmingham's failings

Birmingham City Council's new chief executive Mark Rogers
The council chief pointed out that the city has been the subject of a range of inquiries by the Government and official inspectors in the past year

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Sarah Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Children's Hospital

Clinical jobs 'safe' if Birmingham hospitals merge

Birmingham Children's Hospital chief Sarah-Jane Marsh expects no compulsory redundancies if merger plans go through

King Solomon International school finds new home at Aston University

World free school identifies site next to city university to launch business teaching from September 2015

CGI of the iCentrum building which will go before city planners this week

Birmingham Science Park's iCentrum plan poised for green light

City councillors recommended to approve £7.5m development next to Aston University which will be home to 400 roles in tech sector

The launch of the new Aviva Premiership Season at Twickenham Stadium, London.

Peter Sharkey: Rugby sugar daddies and the fears for clubs 'living beyond their means'

The new, all-singing, all-dancing Aviva Premiership kicks off in Northampton tomorrow night when the Saints host Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens.

Chris Upton: Perfect day without a car in the world

Car servicing
I always knew that having a white car would come with cleaning issues, but white was the only colour - or absence of colour - I was offered.

Videos & Photos

Birmingham landmarks picture quiz 3

Picture quiz: Can you recognise these Birmingham landmarks from above?

Wayne Tracey, one of the owners of Snobs nightclub and David Southham, the club's DJ

Giveaway: Final night at the old Snobs set to sell out - win five tickets

The steel frame of the new Assay Office in Icknield Street

That giant steel frame on Icknield Street? It's the new Assay Office building taking shape

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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