Media Watch – August 27 (am)

By on 27/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

High-speed rail link would need major new station (Birmingham Post) Reflections on yesterday’s Network Rail announcement. Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley welcomes the report.

Council agrees ‘iconic’ £180million schools scheme (Birmingham Post) A new generation of iconic school buildings are to be created in Birmingham, providing a major boost for the region’s construction industry as well as safeguarding education in the city for the next 20-25 years. Cllr Les Lawrence quoted.

Plans for car parks at busy hospital shelved (Birmingham Post) Plans to build two new car parks for staff at Heartlands Hospital have been shelved, prompting concerns by residents over congestion around local roads.

Perry Beeches bucking trend with GCSE tale (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham school is laying claim to the title of most improved secondary in the country for the second year in succession as the annual GCSE results are revealed today.

Car clamper employees arrested in fraud probe (Birmingham Post) A city centre car clamping firm was taken off the road when officials seized its tow-truck and arrested four employees as part of a fraud investigation.

A Jacobean masterpiece for free (Country Life, double-page spread) In-depth feature about the recently reopened Aston Hall.

Runners urged to make a difference to needy (Birmingham Post) A group of Midlands business leaders are hoping to recruit 200 runners to complete this year’s Birmingham Half Marathon and raise money for charity.

Wonderwall buskers coverage continues – this time in New Zealand’s Dominion Post

Regional Headlines

MG – no decision to mothball Longbridge (Birmingham Post) MG was non-committal yesterday over a claim that it was preparing to suspend production at its Longbridge factory in Birmingham until next year.

Elderly woman hurt during mugging (BBC)
A 90-year-old woman had to have stitches to her face and hand after she was pushed to the floor and had her handbag stolen.Nancy Reeve was attacked as she made her way to the Trinity Way tram stop in West Bromwich, West Midlands, on Saturday morning.

Charge over teenager’s stabbing  (BBC)
A man has been charged following an incident during which a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the stomach. Emergency services were called to a flat in Druids Heath, Birmingham, on Sunday night. 

National Headlines

Basic care ‘lacking’ in hospitals

GCSE grades expected to improve

House prices continue to rise

Ambassador backs Afghan mission

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