A Midland chief constable has described Government plans to reorganise forces across the country as "scandalous" and a "major diversion" to normal police business.
West Mercia chief constable Paul West spoke out after his force's police authority voted to reject Government proposals to create a single Midland regional force.
The force is opposed to joining with West Midlands, Warwickshire and Staffordshire constabularies, and believes it can reinvent itself as a 'strategic police service' in its own right.
Birmingham City FC chief executive Karren Brady has dismissed as "unworkable" a bid by the National Exhibition Centre to become the home for the country's first super-casino.
Ms Brady believes the NEC proposal will not get Government approval and she is continuing to urge the City Council to back the Blues scheme for a casino and a 55,000-seat multi-purpose stadium
She will meet NEC chief executive Andrew Morris, at his request, but does not believe a compromise is likely.
Mr Morris announced a partnership with Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage to build a casino at the NEC, in a deal that would produce #350 million of income for the city council over ten years. Part of the money could be used to deliver the Blues stadium, he said.
A council that dragged a mother-of-two through the courts over an unpaid 40p parking ticket was accused of "wasting" thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money after it lost the case.
Laura Trotman, 25, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, fought an 11-month battle with her local council over a #100 parking fine, which she had refused to pay.
She was given an absolute discharge by magistrates in November and told she would not have to pay a penny after the court accepted the ticket machine had been out of order when she parked her car.
But the council decided to launch a costly challenge against the sentence, which was rejected on Monday at the same court. The council was thought to be considering taking its fight to the High Court but has announced it had finally ended its prosecution.
A Midland mother who lost a baby daughter and whose other little girl was brain-damaged after treatment in experimental breathing tanks won a victory in her fight to have disciplinary action taken against the paediatricians involved.
By a two to one majority, Court of Appeal judges ruled that the General Medical Council should review its decision to reject complaints from parents Carl and Debbie Henshall over specialists Professor David Southall and Drs Martin Samuels and Andrew Spencer.
The judges ordered a further hearing to decide how their ruling can be put into effect when Prof Southall and his colleagues are expected to be legally represented.
New shadow Education Secretary David Willetts visited his former Birmingham primary school - and admitted his party has no education policies of its own.
Instead Mr Willetts, who took over the role last week, claimed the Conservatives' key task was ensuring Labour drove through its reforms.
Speaking at Wylde Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, Mr Willetts said: "I have just become the shadow Secretary of State for Education and am keen to listen to the teaching profession - and where better to start than at the primary where I started some 40 years ago?"
Mr Willetts echoed his party leader David Cameron's "consensus" emphasis on supporting the Government when the Tories believed it was right.
Read more on these stories in Wednesday's Birmingham Post