Despite pledging to find savings in the expensive High Speed 2 train line, the project's boss has failed to find significant financial cuts.
A terrified family had to leave their home for three days after finding the spiders - which are feared to have been the world's most toxic.
The world's first black professional footballer is to be memorialised as a statue at England’s St George’s Park base in Staffordshire.
Emergency teams, including West Midlands Ambulance Service, are tweeting updates from the scene of a gas leak in Cannock. Locals have been told to avoid the area, after a car crashed into a sub-station, causing gas to leak.
Roads closed so far because of the gas leak exclusion zone in Cannock include:
A460 Eastern Way from the Orbital Way island to the Voyager Drive island
Orbital Way from the Eastern Way island to The Cley Road island
Voyager Drive from the Eastern Way island to Orbital Way
The A5, M6 and M6 Toll are unaffected, but local officers are urging people to stay away from the area until the incident is resolved.
A Masters student from Staffordshire is today completing a marathon on a pogo stick for Alzheimer's Research UK.
Adrenaline junky Jack Sexty, 24, will 'pogo stick' around the route of the Greater Manchester Marathon.
If he goes the distance he will go into the history books as the first man to complete a marathon on a pogo stick.
Jack is hoping to raise £2,000 for the UK's leading dementia research charity.
– Jack Sexty, Staffordshire
A close relative of mine is unfortunately battling Alzheimer's disease so Alzheimer's Research UK is a charity which resonates with me and my family.
The Peter Pan Nursery in Newcastle-Under-Lyme is appealing for Easter eggs to be donated to children in time for the Easter holidays.
The nursery provides care and education for children with special needs from birth to five years old.
Sophia Baker, head of fundraising at the charity, said:
This is the second year we have launched the Easter Egg appeal, which was a fantastic success last year in which all of our children received a delicious treat.
A woman who lost her son in Basra says the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is too important a place to get rid of, and it would break her heart if it closed.
Carol Jones was instrumental in getting the Basra Memorial moved from Iraq to the Arboretum. She says she prefers to go to the memorial in Staffordshire than to her son John's grave.
A Staffordshire MP has criticised a decision by the Ministry of Defence to cut funding to the National Memorial Arboretum, calling it an "embarrassment".
While the MoD says it extended funding which was due to be cut altogether last year, Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant argues that it's still not enough. He says the Arboretum gets a fraction of the funding given to other memorials - despite attracting much higher visitor numbers.
There are calls for the government to re-think its decision to cut funding for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The MP for Lichfield, Michael Fabricant, has called the removal of the grant a national disgrace, saying:
> "This is an embarrassment and a national disgrace. I shall work with the NMA to pile the pressure on the Ministry of Defence into supplying adequate funding... The National Memorial Arboretum and the Armed Forces Memorial are an iconic centre for national remembrance."
The arboretum contains the National Armed Forces Memorial dedicated to the 16,000 servicemen and women who have died since the Second World War.
One lane is closed on the M6 northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) due to an accident.
Traffic is slow in the area.
@staffspolice Rest in Peace mate, #5735 PC Dave BEECH. Former special and good all round officer!
Real sense of grief in @staffspolice following tragic death of PC Dave Beech after fire at his home. Thinking of his family and friends
A house fire which killed a Staffordshire police officer and his two pet dogs started in the kitchen, investigators have revealed.
Neighbours called the fire service shortly before 11.30am on Sunday after noticing the external extractor fan on PC David Beech's home in Tunstall had melted.
When firefighters broke in to the property, they found PC Beech along with the two animals.
Fire investigators said while the fire had not spread beyond the kitchen, the house was heavily smoke-logged.