The Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that local authority primary schools in Staffordshire are not good enough and urgent action must be taken.
Twenty in the county are rated inadequate by Ofsted, twice as high as the national average.
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A senior court prosecutor from Worcester stabbed his wife in the head as she slept after a bout of depression brought on by work pressures.
A man has appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with the murder of another man who was found dead in Coventry on Monday night.
"This was an incident of domestic violence of the highest severity which sadly had tragic consequences."