MEDIA WATCH- 2 SEPTEMBER (AM)

By on 02/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City receives £22m windfall to create jobs in unemployment blackspots (Birmingham Post) The Birmingham city region has secured a £22 million pot of cash to create up to 3,500 jobs for out-of-work youngsters and adults living in unemployment hotspots. Leader Cllr Whitby quoted.

New era as city's merged college opens its doors (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's education sector entered a new era with the unveiling of its newest further education college last night, Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Cough detector idea in bid to combat swine flue peril at BIA (Birmingham Post) Space age technology capable of diagnosing a person's cough could be used at Birmingham International Airport in the fight against swine flu. Ideas proposed are among proposals from a council scrutiny inquiry. Cllr Deidre Alden quoted.

£600m refurbishment of New Street begins (Birmingham Post) Work began yesterday with the new station due for completion in 2015.

Council were tipped off about bogus carer 12 months ago, claims MP Burden (Birmingham Post) Council bosses were tipped off 12 months ago about the inadequate care of a mentally-ill patient who was left home alone by a bogus carer, an MP said. Peter Hay, Director of Adults and Communities says services were contracted from an external provider.

Regional Headlines

Detectives searching for the murderer of a taxi driver in Birmingham are to make a national television appeal.

Former BBC presenter Ashley Blake is to be sentenced for attacking a teenager with a pole outside a West Midlands bar.

A nine-year-old West Midlands girl, who was found strangled in a lorry, may have been sexually assaulted, police reveal.

National Headlines 

The UK foreign secretary says he did not want the Lockerbie bomber to die in a UK prison but denies pushing for his release.

The worst-paid members of the armed forces should get an immediate £6,000 pay rise to help boost morale, the Lib Dems say.

All prison officers should be educated to degree level to help give them the necessary skills for the “challenging” job, a penal reform charity has said.

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