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University of Warwick uses Twitter to predict election

New data model by academics scours the social media site to gauge opinion and aggregates various features about every party

New plans for River Rea in Longbridge

River Rea running through Austin Park in Longbridge town centre
First phase of environmental and infrastructure works aimed at improving public realm and access around River Rea including new cycleways and footpaths

First-time buyers need £29k to get on property ladder in West Midlands

People are struggling to get on the housing ladder
Research from KPMG shows the tipping point required to buy a home in the region is edging closer to the £30,000 mark

Wake-up call after rise in reports of sexual offences

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
Police commissioner David Jamieson gives stark warning over rising crime which is being fuelled by 20 per cent increase in sexual offences

Midland savers grow nest eggs to £18,680 despite Christmas crunch

The average savings balance in the Midlands stands at £18,680, according to Halifax’s Savings Review

Business In Pictures

Newly discovered cousin of T. rex 'was vegetarian'

Birmingham scientists have discovered an ancient cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex - and it was a vegetarian.

River Rea running through Austin Park in Longbridge town centre

New plans for River Rea in Longbridge

First phase of environmental and infrastructure works aimed at improving public realm and access around River Rea including new cycleways and footpaths

Energy on the Coalition backburner

It has to be said it's galling to see one of the Coalition parties hijack the "Great Charter of the Liberties" for political gain, when the Government's record on legal aid "reform" has seen justice disgracefully denied for many vulnerable people.

They say they're fighting for every vote - but the parties are targeting a few key seats

They don't like to talk about it but sometimes top politicians admit this general election campaign is really targeting a small number of voters

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Simon Brown, Iain Morrison, Jane Brown, Gary Priest, Alexandra Phillips.

Landowners given updates on rural law at seminar

Shops in Lichfield Road, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, which are set to be redeveloped

Major Mere Green work months away after £6.4m sale

Middleport Pottery, in Stoke-on-Trent, was named 2015 RIBA West Midlands building of the year

Middleport Pottery takes RIBA West Midlands crown

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