Media Watch – Sept 9

By on 09/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Early flu jabs are essential, say medics (Birmingham Mail) Those at a high risk of getting flu, including the elderly, are being urged to get their jab earlier this year.

Brum’s wheelie bin Birmingham wheelie bins across the city by 2015 (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Wheelie bins are planned to be introduced across Birmingham by the end of 2015, the council has announced.

Widespread coverage of the 4Squares Weekender.

Plan for 122 homes on playing fields rejected (Birmingham Mail) Plans to build 122 homes on former school playing fields in Birmingham (Martineau Centre, Harborne) have been rejected by councillors as unacceptable. Webcast: See the Planning Committee debate here: http://bit.ly/1e7GiMh

Paying for a misleading in-store price promotion (Birmingham Mail) BCC’s Jacqui Kennedy looks at the work of Trading Standards officers to ensure Birmingham consumers are not misled.

Cash crisis threatens to kill off local football teams as costs soar (Birmingham Mail) Dozens of grassroots football teams in the West Midlands are facing the final whistle - because players can no longer afford the rising cost of playing the game they love.

Legal highs risk Russian Roulette (Sutton Coldfield Observer) Brummies using “legal highs” have been warned they could be playing “Russian Roulette” with their lives because they have absolutely no idea what they are taking.

Regional Headlines

HS2 benefits dwindling, say MPs
The estimated benefits of the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link are dwindling as costs spiral, an influential group of MPs says.

Motorcyclist dies after car crash
A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car in Birmingham, the ambulance service says.

National Headlines

Labour is on your side, unions told
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman will urge union leaders meeting at the TUC not to break their links with the party, amid a continuing row over funding.

Lucozade and Ribena sold for £1.35bn
GlaxoSmithKline agrees to sell Lucozade and Ribena to Orangina Schweppes owner Suntory for £1.35bn.

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