Birmingham has been named a "science city" by Gordon Brown, as the Chancellor warned that Britain's economic success depended on high-technology industries
Traditional metal-bashing manufacturing faced a bleak future in the face of competition from emerging economies such as China, he said.
In his last Budget speech before the forthcoming election, Mr Brown announced a series of measures to improve Britain's skills base, including paying young people up to #75 a week to stay in school or training after the age of 16.
Thursday's Birmingham Post includes a comprehensive guide to the budget, featuring:
- in depth analysis of how budget changes will affect you;
- reaction from around the region;
- a detailed examination of the impact Mr Brown's budget is likely to have on the West Midlands economy.
For the best budget coverage, get your hands on a copy of Thursday's Birmingham Post.
A left-wing website run by a former Birmingham student is urging anti-war voters to support the Conservatives in 19 West Midland seats.
The tactical voting plea is designed to stop Tony Blair winning another landslide victory at the next General Election.
The site is the brainchild of Keith Mothersson, who votes for the Green Party and studied politics at Birmingham University as a postgraduate.
But the scheme has been branded "ludicrous" by Labour.
Four men and a woman have been arrested by police investigating the desecration of an 82-year-old woman's grave at a Staffordshire churchyard and the removal of her remains.
A man and a woman were arrested at a house in Gloucester by a team of 25 Staffordshire Police officers who travelled to the city to execute a warrant.
And three men were arrested in the Newchurch area of Staffordshire when the car they were travelling in was stopped by uniformed officers who detained them on suspicion of causing criminal damage locally.
It is a familiar image - a man wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled in chains.
The prison uniform of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay has become a disturbing and well-documented visual symbol of the 'war on terror' and debates about human rights.
But Birmingham doctor David Nicholl is donning the distinctive attire out of choice, to raise money for Amnesty International.
More on all these stories in Thursday's Birmingham Post