The war of words between Birmingham International Airport and a union balloting on strike action over the Christmas period has intensified.
Amicus angrily rejected BIA's offer of binding arbitration over the dispute - which centres on two members of staff who were sacked after allegations of unauthorised absence from work, falsification of records, and breaches of trust.
It said it would not enter into "sweetheart" deals that precluded industrial action.
In turn, the airport expressed astonishment that the offer, which remains on the table, had been snubbed.
Leaders of Birmingham City Council have privately signalled their intention to press ahead with controversial plans for a split-site library, effectively sidelining a highly critical scrutiny report.
Senior cabinet members are understood to have ordered work to proceed as quickly as possible on developing the business case for the #147 million scheme - which involves building a lending and reference library at Centenary Square and a family history and archive centre at Millennium Point.
A project manager is to be appointed with a remit to do everything possible to deliver the split-site option for the council.
The move finally puts paid to hopes of resurrecting a #180 million proposal for a Library of Birmingham at Eastside by the acclaimed architect Lord Richard Rogers.
A red panda which escaped from a Birmingham nature reserve four days ago has been recaptured - after it was spotted hiding 60ft up a tree.
Keepers at Birmingham Nature Centre discovered the creature, named Babu, about a mile away from where it vanished.
A spokesman for the city council-run centre said: "He was about 60ft up a tree when he was found and everyone at the centre is delighted to have him back."
Anti-social behaviour laws meant to curb yob behaviour should never have been used against Sikhs protesting over a controversial play "highly offensive to their religious beliefs", the High Court was told.
The stage play Behzti, which depicted acts of rape and violence in a Sikh temple, caused "alarm to many Sikhs who viewed it as insulting and dangerous" when it was performed at the Birmingham Rep, two judges heard.
In Punjabi, the word Behzti means "Dishonour"
University student Pritpal Singh is seeking a declaration that the police unlawfully resorted to provisions of the 2003 Anti Social Behaviour Act to curb what was in effect a peaceful demonstration against the play on December 16 last year.
Concerns have been raised over ambitious plans to build a housing development on the site of one of Birmingham's most popular nightspots.
Developers are hoping to build 40 family homes, 50 apartments and a small cafe on the site of the Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston.
Local community groups and councillors have voiced anger over the scale of the proposals, which include four-storey apartments standing on the edge of Edgbaston Reservoir.
The Tower Ballroom is due to be bulldozed as part of a massive regeneration of the area, as revealed in The Birmingham Post last year.
More than 80 acres of land surrounding the reservoir are to be redeveloped with new bars and restaurants designed to attract tourists into the area.
See Friday's Birmingham Post for more on these stories