The continuing delay in identifying a site for a new Birmingham library has sparked a furious political row, with Labour accusing the Conservative-Liberal Democrat-led city council of "blind political prejudice".
Labour's onslaught came after the council confirmed the search had narrowed to two options.
Officials are compiling detailed costings for placing the library either inside a refurbished and extended Baskerville House, in Centenary Square, or building an entirely new structure on adjoining land presently occupied by a car park.
But Labour, which lost control of the council in June 2004, believes neither option is workable.
Council chiefs will not throw their full weight behind Birmingham City Football Club's plans for a new multi-sport stadium until the Government clarifies its position on casinos, a senior councillor said.
Councillor Ken Hardeman, the city's cabinet member for regeneration, was speaking after new pictures were released of the proposed sporting arena which will be funded by a super casino operating under relaxed gaming laws.
Current legislation allows for only one super casino to be built in the UK, which will probably be located in Blackpool.
However, Coun Hardeman said the Government may amend its Gambling Bill, which would see the go-ahead being given for eight regional super casinos.
A woman who disappeared from a maternity unit within an hour of giving birth, leaving her newborn daughter in the care of hospital staff, has made contact with police.
West Midlands Police had appealed for the woman to get in touch after she left the child at Birmingham's City Hospital on Monday morning.
A force spokesman said she had contacted officers and no action will be taken against her.
A mother who helped police catch two teenage thugs after they snatched her son's iPod has condemned the criminal justice system for failing to prosecute them.
Teacher Amanda Jones chased the young thieves through the streets of Birmingham until they were caught and arrested.
But her efforts came to nothing when the authorities told her the offenders would not be prosecuted.
Mrs Jones, a teacher from Yardley, said: "I was shocked. The police did a fantastic job and caught these two thieves, but then they were just let off."
The events behind the collapse of MG Rover will be revealed to the public, Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson has pledged.
Speaking during a visit to the West Midlands, he said: "One way or another, I think people are entitled to have a full report into what happened."
The Department of Trade and Industry has been criticised after it emerged an official report into the carmaker's finances may never be published.
But asked if the full story behind Rover's demise would eventually be revealed, Mr Johnson said: "I am certain that will be the case".
More on all these stories in Thursday's Birmingham Post