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Watch: X Factor hopefuls line up for chance at stardom 

23 Apr

Thousands of wannabes took what they hoped was the first step to stardom when they auditioned for the X Factor today...


Gangster caught with loaded pistol is jailed for five years 

23 Apr

Wolverhampton Heath Town Crew member Agandy Anderson arrested after battle with rival gang...


Calls for ‘squalid’ Brinsford young offenders institution to be shut down 

23 Apr

Campaigners demand action after inspectors condemn poorly furnished and dirty cells...


Wolverhampton collectables shop destroyed in arson attack 

23 Apr

Wolverhampton collectables shop destroyed in arson attack...


Walsall lake death father a real-life Del Boy who just wanted to make people happy 

23 Apr

He was a real-life ‘Del Boy’ who wanted to make all around him ‘happy’.


Tributes to popular opera singer Lyndsie 

23 Apr

She was born and bred in the Black Country and rose from humble beginnings to win global acclaim for performances in works by Gilbert and Sullivan.


Black Country taxi drivers call to keep cars longer 

23 Apr

Taxi drivers say they are struggling to make ends meet due to rules stating they must replace their vehicles every 10 years.


Air freshener claim over Wolverhampton road tragedy 

23 Apr

Eight air fresheners and a soft toy dangling from a car mirror may have obscured a driver’s view before he knocked down and killed a university worker, a court heard.


Camilla’s brother dies in New York 

23 Apr

The Duchess of Cornwall is "utterly devastated" after her brother died from a s erious head injury sustained in a fall in New York.


Bus company admits failures over tragedy of worker crushed between vehicles 

23 Apr

A bus company has admitted failing to ensure the safety of workers after a mechanic died when he was crushed between two vehicles at a depot.


£400,000 returned from Staffordshire benefit cheats 

23 Apr

Nearly £400,000 has been recouped from benefit cheats from parts of Staffordshire, figures have revealed.


M6 lorry crash causes rush hour delays 

23 Apr

A man was injured after a wagon and two cars crashed causing rush hour delays on a motorway.


Brinsford faces calls to shut amid ‘squalid conditions’ 

23 Apr

Brinsford prison near Wolverhampton was facing calls to be closed down today after inspectors found that inmates were living in "squalid conditions" among the worst ever seen.


Call for new safety measures at scene of Brownhills fatal crash tragedy 

22 Apr

Petition calls for new crossing on Chester Road after death of Shire Oak Academy schoolboy Jack Garrington...


Look: First David Moyes… now the writing’s on the wall for Fergie! 

22 Apr

Birmingham artist creates tribute to former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson...


Man found lying in Willenhall street after hit-and-run collision 

22 Apr

Victim suffered serious head and internal injuries in mystery accident early on Saturday...


David Silva set for Manchester City return in two weeks 

22 Apr

Club had feared Spanish playmaker may be out for season Silva could be in contention for final two matches David Silva looks set to hand a boost to Manchester City's Premier League title aspirations after initial tests showed the ankle injury he ...


Man who drowned in lake identified 

22 Apr

Police identify a man who drowned in a lake in Walsall.


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Blogs

Chris Kelly MP – Reporting Back – Week 17 

24 Apr

Chris Kelly MP Thursday 24 April 2014 Chris Kelly MP Here is a summary of Chris's activities in the House and around the constituency since the last edition .


What was lost, now restored 

24 Apr

I am indebted to a Burnell yet again, as top chap and fellow cyclist Richard contacts me and points out something he noticed that I didn't - Bullings Heath Grove is now a real place, with street signs and everything.


As good as a rest 

24 Apr

Change, be it geologically imperceptible or earth shatteringly violent, shares the inevitability of both death and taxation...


Lots of things for children… 

23 Apr

Yes there's a real ale festival, yes there's the Strongest Man competition, yes there's the skatepark events…and yes, there's loads of great music too! But there's also a fantastic number of things for younger children ...


The cost of pharma 

23 Apr

The NHS drug approval body – NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has turned down a breast cancer drug that offers women with advanced breast cancer about 6 months longer.


Fit Like A Glover 

23 Apr

OMG! Watch him go! Martyn Glover, manager of 24/7 gym (Hagley Road) has his own You Tube Fitness Channel.


Walsall Wood take shine off Continental’s Star 

22 Apr

Easter Monday afternoon (21stApril 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at Dales Lane, and I think it's fair to say that the lads from Walsall Wood trounced their Rushall hosts.


Labour Calls for a Fair Deal for Drivers and Customers 

22 Apr

Doug James and Zulf Ali with taxi drivers who are calling for a fair deal for all private hire cars.


Lightwoods Line-up! 

22 Apr

The full-line up for Lightwoods Park May Day Festival has just been announced and we must admit we’re a little (ok VERY!) excited.


MP judges student doodle competition 

22 Apr

Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, has visited the Birmingham Metropolitan College Art and Design Centre in Brierley Hill to judge a student doodle competition.


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Blogs

Birthday bird, Pingu! 

24 Apr

Bird keepers delivered a delicious fishy birthday breakfast for DZGs oldest Humboldt penguin this morning, Pingu turns 23 today and keepers made sure he had the first pick of the sprats when they arrived at Penguin Bay with the food.


Bob’s Easter leftovers 

24 Apr

Kune Kune pig, Bob, has been enjoying a few leftover Easter treats.


A hearty Icelandic Breakfast And Several Earthquake Simulations ……. 

24 Apr

This truly is going to be a whistle stop, no time to catch your breath type trip for us in Iceland.


Stalking the Herd – Reviewed 

23 Apr

My latest Mysterious Universe article is a review of Chris O'Brien's new book, Stalking the Herd .


Some of the students! 

23 Apr

This series of pictures contains a picture of a Yorkshire minor who could not go back down the mine because of the illness which a lot of miners suffered from.


Back to Portland to the end! 

23 Apr

I returned to Portland after getting the all clear on the Sunday ready to get back to work on the Monday.


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 109 – 19th April 2014 

23 Apr

I could argue that this week's run report is deliberately late as with so few other races going on, I wanted to include Pete's result from the Boston Marathon in the one run report.


Jamaica Inn or out? 

23 Apr

Well the BBC’s much vaunted period drama, Jamaica Inn has drawn quite a bit of criticism of late but it’s not only the poor sound that is disappointing – I think the whole thing is rotten.


Let’s Go To Bed 

23 Apr

If I went about my dressmaking in a logical manner I'd identify the gaps in my wardrobe and make something accordingly, but that would be far too sensible and I'd probably be bored before I'd even pinned the thing out.


Sumdog Competition Update! 

23 Apr

The latest scores are as follows:- Year 5-6 competition the top four are…..


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Sport

Walsall Fan Speaks About Facing Legends 

23 Apr

Walsall Fan Speaks About Facing Legends Vitalfootball:Walsall:23/04/2014 20:32:00 Lifelong Saddler, David Pearson contacted us to share his excitement for the match and asks for your help.


CHARITY MATCH EDGES CLOSER 

23 Apr

Walsall Football Club's main kit sponsor and commercial partner CAT Communications ' final sponsored charity match at Banks's Stadium is edging ever closer...


Olsson – We Have To Change Our Pattern 

23 Apr

Olsson - We Have To Change Our Pattern Vitalfootball:WBA:23/04/2014 13:54:00 Jonas Olsson has said that the Manchester City game is a perfect example of how things have gone for us for the last six or so weeks, if not all season.


TO THE 92: STEVENAGE 

23 Apr

This Saturday Walsall Football Club make the trip to Hertfordshire to take on Stevenage in their penultimate Sky Bet League One match of the season, once again we have teamed up with tothe92.


Dorrans – We Can Take The Positives 

23 Apr

Dorrans - We Can Take The Positives Vitalfootball:WBA:23/04/2014 13:45:00 Graham Dorrans has said that despite an 'unacceptable' ten minutes against Manchester City, he feels Albion can take a lot of positives from the game.


Walsall 1 Gillingham 1: Saddlers denied victory by late levelle 

23 Apr

Gallery created by Walsall Advertiser...


Urgent message for Jack Hadlington 

23 Apr

Please can you ring Jim McComish in connection with travel to Hitchin on Saturday.


Wolves’ Jez Moxey: It’s been the perfect season 

23 Apr

He was the perfect choice and has led Wolves to the “perfect season”.


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Business

Optimism among manufacturers sees fastest rise since the early 70s – CBI survey 

23 Apr

Business optimism among manufacturers saw its sharpest improvement since 1973, on the back of strong growth in orders at home and abroad.


Primark seeks to crack US market 

23 Apr

PRIMARK is to open stores in the United States for the first time as it looks to replicate the success behind a 26% jump in profits in the last six months.


Championing Better Work and Working Lives 

23 Apr

Championing Better Work and Working Lives:a celebration of Black Country skillsDate: Thursday, 22 May 2014Time: 9:00am - 4:00pmLocation: Ramada Park Hall Hotel, Park Drive, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton WV4 5AJ.


Jobs created at new Stafford Land Rover dealership 

23 Apr

A NEW motor dealership set to deliver new jobs to Stafford has taken its next step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony.


St Modwen resi scheme in Staffs green-lighted 

23 Apr

DEVELOPER St Modwen has secured outline planning permission for a residential scheme at Little Haywood in Staffordshire.


Stourbridge law firm hosts clients and contacts for Easter 

23 Apr

STOURBRIDGE-based law firm, Wall James Chappell solicitors, held its Easter drinks reception,hosting more than 70 clients and professional contacts from the business community.


Round Table Special: Information and skills are the keys to export success 

22 Apr

Information is key to Midland firms looking to export, a group of manufacturers have told experts from the UK’s overseas trade advisers UKTI.


Lifestyle: Motoring – Jaguar Land Rover; Audi; Renault 

22 Apr

A NEW generation of car buyers is looking beyond factors such as luxury and performance when deciding on their next choice of vehicle.


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