Media Watch – Mar 14

By on 14/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Pregnant smokers still risking harm to babies (Birmingham Mail) The percentage of pregnant women smoking in Birmingham continues to fall and is lower than the national average. But Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, admits there is still much work to be done.

106 council houses set to be built (Birmingham Mail) Proposals to build 106 new council houses in Birmingham and invest £58 million in existing properties are set to be approved by city chiefs.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Tahir Ali.

Three lessons in digital leadership, including one from a dancing man (Guardian online) Mentions Chief Executive Mark Rogers' first blog.

Regional Headlines:

Three teaching staff held in 'extreme porn' inquiry – Three teaching staff from Birmingham and Wolverhampton have been arrested on suspicion of possession of extreme pornography as part of a continuing police investigation (Park View and Golden Hillock academies)

Birmingham honours ELO frontman – Singer-songwriter Jeff Lynne, frontman of the Electric Light Orchestra, is given a star on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars.

Charter flights to China announced – A burgeoning Chinese tourism trade is behind plans to introduce a charter flight from Birmingham Airport, officials have said.

National Headlines:

Labour stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88  – Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has died at home at the age of 88, his family says.

US-Russia in Ukraine crisis talks – US and Russian envoys prepare for key talks in London on the Ukraine crisis, as Sunday’s disputed referendum in Crimea looms.

NI peer among helicopter crash dead – Northern Ireland peer and industrialist Lord Ballyedmond is confirmed as one of four people who died in a helicopter crash in Norfolk

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