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Spot the International Space Station over the Midlands

This is the International Space Station in orbit over Gloucestershire yesterday but if skies are clear tonight you will have a very good chance of seeing it over the Midlands.

Stargazers should be able to see it with the naked eye even more clearly around 9.50pm over Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

What to look out for: it looks like a very bright star, moves quite quickly across the sky and it does not flash. If it is flashing it is a plane.

Click here to find out the best places to spot the station and here for a live ISS tracker.

Lincolnshire: Over 90% get their 1st choice school

The majority of parents in Lincolnshire have been given their first choice school today.

93.6% of children have been given their preferred choice which is an increase on the figure from last year (92.3%).

I am delighted to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September. It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their preferences. Every year the overwhelming majority of parents are successful in gaining admission to the school of their choice._

– Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services

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Parents wait as school places announced today

Thousands of parents wait to hear if their children have been given their first choice primary school
Thousands of parents wait to hear if their children have been given their first choice primary school Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of parents in the Midlands will find out today if their child has gained a place at their preferred state primary school. In Leicestershire and Staffordshire, 9 out of 10 parents have been offered their first choice compared with 84 percent in Nottingham City.

This comes despite a rise in birth rates of up to 11 per cent in places like Staffordshire over the last decade putting more pressure on school places.

£167million to fix potholes across the Midlands

It is thought that it will cost £167million to fill potholes across the Midlands
It is thought that it will cost £167million to fill potholes across the Midlands Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Figures released from a report out today from the 19th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey suggest the complete cost to fill the backlog of potholes across the Midlands will reach £167million.

The cost across the East Midlands is much higher at £117million compared to the West Midlands at £50million.

Almost 10,000 potholes were filled across the West Midlands last year with more than 17,000 filled in the East. This is compared to a national average of 15,195.

The high numbers of potholes we have seen is partly down to the amount of rainfall we saw this winter.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance's Chairman, Alan Mackenzie is urging the Government to invest in more preventative measures to help save costs.

The Government has recently made significant additional funds available to help combat the results of relentless rainfall this winter but money spent on repairing damage never goes as far as money invested in planned, preventative maintenance.

It costs at least 20 times more per square metre to fill a pothole than it does to resurface a road.

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Community workers criticise new FGM rules

by Emma Burrows
FGM is a common practice in Somalia and many central and eastern Africa countries Credit: ITV News Central

Health and community workers in the Midlands say new rules starting today requiring all NHS hospitals to report cases of female genital mutilation to the government do not go far enough.

The Department of Health says it wants hospitals to report cases to get a better picture about the number of women in the UK who have been subjected to the practice.

Midlands house market improving at a slow rate

Two in five people in the Midlands believe now is a good time to buy a home
Two in five people in the Midlands believe now is a good time to buy a home Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

The housing market is improving in the Midlands - but at a slow rate according to latest figures.

40% of people in both the East and West Midlands believe now is a good time to buy a home, according to the Building Societies Association.

But 62% of people in the East Midlands and 67% of people surveyed in the West Midlands say finding a deposit is the biggest barrier to getting their own home.

Midlands Matchday Live: The scores at the final whistle

The 90 minutes are up! See how your team has got on here... Credit: ITV News Central

Premier League:

  • Stoke 1 - 0 Hull City
  • West Brom 3 - 3 Cardiff City

Championship:

  • Birmingham City 2 - 4 Bournemouth
  • Derby County 3 - 0 Charlton Athletic
  • Ipswich Town 1 - 1 Nottingham Forest

League One:

  • Crewe Alexandra 1 - 2 Coventry City
  • MK Dons 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Notts County 2 - 0 Colchester
  • Stevenage 1 - 1 Port Vale
  • Walsall 1 - 0 Shrewsbury Town

League Two:

  • Mansfield Town 1 - 0 AFC Wimbledon
  • Northampton Town 0 - 3 Bury
  • York City 0 - 0 Burton Albion

Midlands Matchday Live: The half-time scores

See all the half-time scores for our teams in the Midlands Credit: ITV News Central

Premier League:

  • Stoke 0 - 0 Hull City
  • West Brom 2 - 1 Cardiff City

Championship:

  • Birmingham City 0 - 3 Bournemouth
  • Derby County 2 - 0 Charlton Athletic
  • Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest

League One:

  • Crewe Alexandra 0 - 1 Coventry City
  • MK Dons 0 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Notts County 2 - 0 Colchester
  • Stevenage 0 - 0 Port Vale
  • Walsall 1 - 0 Shrewsbury Town

League Two:

  • Mansfield Town 1 - 0 AFC Wimbledon
  • Northampton Town 0 - 2 Bury
  • York City 0 - 0 Burton Albion
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