Media Watch – Jan 13 (am)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6547

Gold treasure appeal (The Times, BBC R5Live, BBC Breakfast, BBC R4, BBC Online, BBC WM, Birmingham Post online, Yorkshire Post) The historian David Starkey launched a £3.3million drive to keep the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest discovery yet of Anglo-Saxon gold, in the region where it was found.  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6466

Construction work starts on 129 new council homes in Birmingham (24dash.com) Builders across four sites in Birmingham have geared up to deliver 129 new council homes by March 2011, starting work well ahead of the Government’s deadline.

Birmingham City Council gets its sums wrong over teen drinking (Birmingham Post online) Bungling city council officials have apologised after incorrectly claiming that three-quarters of children in Birmingham have been drunk before their 16th birthday.

Regional Headlines

Fresh snowfall causes Midlands travel problems 
The runway at Birmingham Airport has been closed while staff work to remove fresh falls of snow.

Ministers could block Kraft bid for Cadbury
Ministers could block Kraft’s bid for Cadbury if they are not convinced it is in the long term interests of the British economy.

Charges over Walsall Help The Heroes charity collection 
Two men have been charged in connection with fraudulently collecting for the Help For Heroes charity. Police said the charges followed the arrest of a 22-year-old man in November in Walsall town centre.

National Headlines

Fresh snow falling across UK to bring more disruption 
Fresh snow – forecast for the whole of the UK – has begun to fall, creating more problems for transport as road salt rationing increases.

Defence cuts ‘will shrink UK armed forces’ 
The British armed forces could be forced to shrink by up to a fifth because of a lack of money, a military think tank has predicted.

Tories call to revamp alcohol labelling 
The term “units of alcohol” should be scrapped in favour of centilitres of pure alcohol, the Tories have said.

Job prospects for graduates ‘are improving’ 
Graduate vacancies in the UK in 2010 are set to “increase significantly” after two years of cuts, research says.

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