Manchester United take on Valencia CF in major pre season event
Conservation charity Chester Zoo is part of a European breeding programme for the species, which arrived in Cheshire 10 years ago.
David Jason is voicing one of the characters in the children's programme Pip Ahoy! made in Manchester.
A number of employers from this region have been named and shamed for not paying their staff the minimum wage.
A fifth of the 25 companies 'outed' in the government crackdown are here in the North West.
They include a joiners in Cumbria, a pub in Cheshire and a tool hire firm in Manchester.
Neil Holt was on the Jet 2 flight returning to Blackpool from Alicante. He was with his partner Nicola and their two year old daughter Olivia. He says the emergency became obvious on landing when they spotted smoke coming from the wheels.
– Neil Holt, holidaymaker from Blackpool
The plane landed very fast and the pilot hit the brakes hard, we could see smoke coming from the tyres. The fire brigade arrived and we sat for fifteen minutes before the pilot told us to evacuate, evacuate. We had to slide down the emergency chute it was chaos as everyone rushed to get off.
A ground breaking international business festival attracting more than £1.7 Billion comes to Liverpool and Wirral today.
The 7 week International Festival for Business is the largest global concentration of business events this year and will attract thousands of business delegates.
It's described as a once in a lifetime business experience and is part of the Government's effort to 'rebalance the economy and achieve its export and investment objectives.'
There are more than 300 business-focused events which its hoped will encourage vital international and domestic networking.
There's also an extensive cultural programme to entertain delegates and visitors during their stay in Liverpool.
The Cunard liner will be berthed in the city for two days as part of the anniversary. Over 60,000 people are expected to visit the ship over the weekend.
Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, has hit the 21 million passenger mark for the first time since 2008.
The 21-millionth passenger was Singapore Airlines’ customer Dr Rachel Brown, from Warrington, who received several prizes when she arrived for her flight to Asia.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 21 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my trip.”
Dr Brown was treated to an upgrade to business class and lounge access within an exclusively sectioned off area.
Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “Manchester airport is the Northern Gateway, providing global connectivity through our unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations.
"We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues.”
Over 9.3m passengers set to use the airport over the coming months as the busy summer season gets under way.
Tourism in the North West is expected to boom in the next 4 years.
New figures reveal the industry is set to soar by 28 percent, contributing 12 billion pounds to the economy by 2017.
Research suggests the surge in the 'staycation' is driven by the rising cost of living.
Amy Welch reports:-
A group of experts from the University of Central Lancashire are developing a car engine which can do more than a thousand miles a gallon.
Our reporter Tim Scott followed the group of boffins to Holland to see them test their car against others from all over Europe:
There are now record numbers of women setting up their own businesses in the North West, bucking the national trend. From fashion to engineering, its female entrepreneurs who are forging ahead.
The Business Secretary Vince Cable says the government continues to monitor the proposed takeover of AstraZeneca by US drugs giant Pfizer, saying that it is in the "national interest" to do so.