A #2.2 billion plan to privatise Birmingham's roads, which has been mired in controversy for four years, is facing a fresh crisis.
One of four consortia bidding for a 25-year PFI contract to improve and maintain the highways network, pavements and street lights has pulled out and a city council union is threatening industrial action.
A consortium led by Balfour Beatty and Mouchel Parkman dropped out of the race earlier this month, leaving only three shortlisted bidders to continue to negotiate with the council.
And in a move that could bring the PFI to the brink of collapse, 150 members of the Amicus union at the council are balloting for a possible strike. Other unions representing more than 750 staff in the highways department are understood to be considering similar action.
The threat of a walkout by council employees has existed since the highways PFI was first proposed four years ago by the then Labour-controlled council. Unions fear wage cuts and the loss of benefits once members are transferred to the winning consortium.
A Birmingham Labour party worker accused of helping to organise a campaign of postal vote fraud has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Two High Court judges ruled that the election commissioner, Richard Mawrey QC, was wrong to brand Zulfiqar Khan guilty of corrupt and unlawful practices.
But 34-year-old Mr Khan still faces an estimated #10,000 bill for clearing his name after the judges refused to allow his legal costs to be met from public funds.
Mr Mawrey named Mr Khan earlier this year at an election court hearing into electoral fraud in Aston and Bordesley Green.
Six Labour councillors were barred from office. One, Mohammad Afzal, has since been cleared on appeal but is no longer a councillor.
Pupils competing in a Birmingham-wide schools' rowing challenge have been cheered on by Olympic hero Sir Steve Redgrave.
The event in Nechells was the cumulation of a 12-month long fitness test that has seen pupils from 20 secondaries competing.
Five-times Olympic Gold rower Sir Steve has been involved in improving rowing facilities at schools in the city through his charity, the Steve Redgrave Trust.
He visited the Nechells Community Centre to lend his support to the 200 youngsters competing in the contest.
It is hoped the success of the Birmingham rowing challenge will act as a role model to schools across the country.
Immigration officials are reviewing a decision to deport an asylum seeker who found work as a nurse after spending three years training for the job at a city university.
The Home Office refused to comment on the case of Melissa Reid, a 30-year-old who was denied a visitor?s visa and asylum when she arrived from Jamaica five years ago.
But Miss Reid appealed against the decision to reject her asylum claim and studied nursing at the University of Central England in Birmingham while her case was being processed.
She graduated in March and found employment at the city's Nuffield Hospital in July.
The original and prototype portrait of Admiral Nelson has been bought for #164,800 at auction by a Midlands gallery.
The Kilgraston sketch, 1797, by Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760-1802), was bought at the Christie's auction by the Compton Verney Gallery, Warwickshire.
The same sale also saw a gold medal which was awarded to Captain Hardy following the Battle of Trafalgar sold for a world record price of almost #250,000.
Hardy was the captain of the fleet at Trafalgar and Admiral Nelson's "right hand man", to whom he purportedly uttered the immortal words "kiss me Hardy" as he lay dying on HMS Victory.
Read more on these stories in Thursday's Birmingham Post