Media Watch – June 25

By on 25/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Beaten to death by his own mum (Birmingham Mail, ITV Central, BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, and other extensive local and national coverage) A Birmingham mother is set to be sentenced today after being found guilty of the murder of her son, Keanu Williams, in January 2011. A Serious Case Review will be published in due course following the end of the trial.

Council house improvements (BBC WM) New figures show that 19,000 homes need upgrades across the region. The news follows an announcement that Birmingham City Council is to embark on a major investment programme for 9,000 of its properties. C ouncil officer Rob James quoted on the improvements planned in Birmingham.

Minister slams introduction of 'garden tax' (Birmingham Mail) Local government minister Brandon Lewis says the council could have bid for money to protect free green garden waste collections - but chose not to. Cabinet Member Cllr James McKay the bid for £29million to protect weekly waste collections was submitted before it became clear that government cuts meant a charge for green waste would be needed.

Regional Headlines

There are too few people with Brummie accents on television, Northfield MP Richard Burden has claimed during a Parliamentary debate.

Professor Mick Aston, a former resident academic on long-running Channel 4 show Time Team who was born and raised in Oldbury, dies at the age of 66.

The operators of the M6 Toll have said they will open it for free when the main M6 motorway is closed, if they are released from a government contract. Midland Expressway has asked ministers to scrap a deal for it to part-fund the building of a link road between the M6 Toll and the M54 motorways.

National Headlines

Thousands of women across Britain with a family history of breast cancer are to be offered drugs on the NHS to help prevent the disease.

Afghan security forces tackle militants who launched a gun and bomb attack near the presidential palace, in one of the most secure areas of Kabul.

A Leveson-style inquiry is needed to investigate the ethics of the police, according to a lawyer who represented the family of Stephen Lawrence.

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