The North West is taking the lead in a creative boom in the gaming industry. This weekend Manchester will host the biggest video gaming expo in the North. It comes as Liverpool showcases the biggest wireless virtuality studio in Europe.
Europe's only studio for wireless virtual reality is opening in Liverpool. It'll be used to design theme park games and showcase arena-scale models. Bosses say the applications are limitless. John Bacon is from the Vizuality Studio.
Fracking has been given the go ahead in Lancashire. Protestors say it's a dark day for democracy. The government has approved it even though local councillors said it shouldn't happen.
They're still considering a site at Roseacre Wood - but drilling will now go ahead at Little Plumpton which many feel will open the floodgates for hundreds of similar sites across the North West. WATCH: THIS REPORT BY OUR CORRESPONDENT AMY WELCH
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The Labour mayoral candidates for Greater Manchester and Liverpool are calling for the prime minister to honour pledges to invest in high speed rail services.
Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram challenged Theresa May to follow through with plans for HS2, a fast route between London, the Midlands and the North and HS3, a fast route between Manchester and Leeds.
Andy Bonner reports:
Greater Manchester calls for UK to host World Expo in 2025. A suitable site in Tameside has been identified as a suitable location.Read the full story ›
Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner is calling on the government to eliminate pregnancy-related discrimination in the workplace.
New research has found more than one in 10 pregnant women and new mothers reported being dismissed or forced out of their job.
MPs on the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee called for a German-style system which would ban employers from making women redundant during and after pregnancy except in specific exceptional circumstances.
The committee also called for a "substantial" cut in the £1,200 fee for women taking a pregnancy-related discrimination case to an employment tribunal.
Simon Rogan's L'Enclume restaurant in Cumbria has been named best in the UK in the 2017 Good Food Guide for the fourth year running.Read the full story ›
What impact is Chinese investment having in the North West?
Following President Xi Xinping's historic visit last year, Chinese investors have began to pour billions into Manchester.
But, as more and more Chinese citizens buy property in the city, there are concerns rents will rise and outprice locals.
Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been investigating: