While No 10 said Mark Simmonds' departure was agreed at the reshuffle, it means the Foreign Office has lost two ministers in one week.
A Lincolnshire ambulance driver caused death of a patient when he drove in to a dyke during a "moment of inattention".
Sprout growers have drafted in Santa scarecrows to ward off hungry wood pigeons.
Police in Lincolnshire are searching for 17 year-old Simona Kozlovska, who was reported missing from the Carver Road area of Boston at 10.50pm on Monday 21 July, after failing to return from shopping in town.
Simona lives in Manchester and is visiting relatives in Boston. She is familiar with the town as has visited previously.
Simona is 5'7" tall, of medium build, and has shoulder length hair in a ponytail. When last seen, she was wearing a top with coloured flowers on, white trousers, and was carrying a white leather bag with jewels on.
Police are searching for a convicted burglar who has escaped from a prison in Lincolnshire Timothy Riggott, was serving his sentence at North Sea Camp near Boston. He was last seen shortly before 9am on Thursday morning. He left the prison on foot and is not thought to have any money with him.
The 41-year-old prisoner is described as 6ft 1in tall, of thin build, with brown cropped hair. He was wearing green trousers and a grey sweatshirt. Police believe Riggott, who is originally from the Lincoln area, may have attempted to travel in that direction.
There are plans to develop the Boston Stump, aimed at making the church a bigger part of the community.
The proposals included connecting Blenkin Hall, which is next to the church, to it via a labryinth. The hall would then become home to a visitors centre and a soft play area for children. The church is seeking lottery funding and plans will go on display to the public this coming week.
The number of prison officers at Lincoln prison was cut by 37 per cent in three years.
Figures from the Howard League for Penal Reform show that there were 207 officers working there in September 2010, but three years later that number had dropped to 130.
At North Sea Camp, near Boston, numbers reduced 29 per cent from 56 to 40. The charity warns that it could mean riots and attacks in prisons become more common as a result.
Adam Fowler has been speaking to Jane Lewington, Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, after the Trust was told it will remain special measures.
The Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Grantham and District Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and Louth Hospital, was placed in special measures six months ago after concerns were raised about mortality rates and standards of care.
In a recent visit, inspectors found evidence of improvement, but said the Trust still has some way to go before it reaches the required standard.
A science project at a Lincolnshire school has become an internet hit after it launched a mobile phone into space.
Students from Giles Academy in Boston recorded the video footage on an i-phone.
Matt Price reports:
Students from Giles' Academy in Boston have launched an iPhone attached to a balloon into space as part of an experiment.
The phone took pictures from 18 miles up and parachuted down to land in Downham Market, Norfolk just 40 miles away from where it took off:
Police are searching for a missing woman who has not been seen since she left home to go to work on Wednesday.
Diane Tytheridge, 60, left her home in Bicker at around 6am to go to work at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Before she got there she contacted colleagues to say she would not be in and has not been heard from since.
Diane is 5' 4" tall, of slim build, and has long fair hair. She drives a black Ford Fiesta, registration DT03 GPT.
Police are increasingly concerned for Diane's welfare and are appealing to her to contact them to let them know she is safe.
Detectives investigating a rape in Derbyshire in 2010 believe some residents of Boston may have information that could help police track down the offender.
Officers are continuing an inquiry into allegations made by a woman, who was 50 at the time, that she was raped in her home on Westlea, Clowne.
The offence happened sometime between 1.45am and 2.10am on Thursday 26th August 2010 and despite extensive enquiries by Derbyshire officers the offender has not been traced.
Detective Sergeant Ryan Finnegan said:
"We have forensic evidence which we hope will help us build a case against the offender or eliminate any innocent suspects.
"We now have information that some people from Boston were staying in the Clowne area at the time and may have known the victim. We think they may be able help us".
A woman has been taken to hospital after a collision in Boston.
Part of the A16 Spalding Road remains closed around the Liqourpond roundabout, at the High Street junction with John Adams Way, and at the ATS roundabout.
The woman was taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital.