MEDIA WATCH – AUGUST 12 (am)

By on 12/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Pothole bill to reach £5.5m (Birmingham Post)
Highways engineers said to be asking for an extra £1.5million to carry out emergency repairs to roads in the city. Problems said to relate to long term effects of extreme cold weather at start of the year.

St Andrew's backed for games role (Birmingham Mail)
Cllr Mullaney promotes Birmingham City's case for St Andrews to become a venue for the 2012 Olympics, following news Villa Park has withdrawn.

Regional Headlines:

New developers starts work at coach station (Birmingham Post 12 August)
Building work restarts on Digbeth Coach Station after new developer takes over from previous contractor, who went bust mid-build.

Tata funding comes with JLR warning (Birmingham Post)
Warning that £175m announced yesterday for JLR may help business survive and compete in the future, but does not necessarily remove the need to cut costs and close some existing sites to make it more profitable.

No criminal inquiry into collapse of MG Rover (Birmingham Post & BBC)
Announcement of no criminal enquiry against 'Pheonix Four' may pave the way for the official report into the collapse to be released.

National Headlines:

Unemployment expected to rise again as figures released today

Patients failing to turn up for hospital appointments cost the NHS across the UK more than £600m

Baby P's father to sue negligent Council

£40m jewellery robbery the biggest ever

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