Media Watch – Jan 8 (pm)

By on 08/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage
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Free rent offer may be made at markets (Express & Star) The council has announced that new market traders in Birmingham could be offered a month's free rent under plans to boost business.  Deputy leader Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

Run-down city areas will be transformed (Express & Star) Ambitious plans have been submitted to transform Newtown, Lozells and Aston with new homes, public spaces and youth centres.  Cllr Neville Summerfield quoted.

Appeal for new rail link in city (Birmingham Mail) Rail passengers today launched a last-minute plea for supporters to add their names to a petition demanding a new service for south Birmingham.  Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Midlands homeowners are targeting roadside grit bins and taking supplies for their own driveways.  It is claimed that thieves have struck in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell, though thefts are thought to be more widespread.

Mixed sex wards will be phased out altogether by the Spring, according to NHS West Midlands.

Birmingham restaurant Lasan has been named the best local restaurant in the country, on Gordon Ramsey's hit TV show, “The F Word.”

The winner of an online auction to celebrate Christmas Day at Warwick Castle has failed to pay up the £27,000 that he bid.

National Headlines:

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has been fined £350 after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention.

MP George Galloway has been deported from Egypt.  He had been with international activists trying to take 200 aid trucks into the Gaza Strip.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson is coming under increased political pressure, following fresh allegations over his wife's financial and personal affairs.

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