UK councils tell ITV News how many fines have been issued to parents for holidaying with their children during term time this school year.
Unemployment in the North West fell by 6,000 in the three months to December, official figures have revealed.
As new figures reveal The North West has the highest suicide rate in the UK, here are 10 ways to look after your mental health.
The North West had the highest rate of suicide in the country in 2012, according to new figures published by the Office of National Statistics.
There were 12.4 deaths per 100,000 population.
The lowest rate was in London, where the rate was 8.7 deaths per 100,000.
The group most vulnerable to suicide are men aged 40 to 44, at 25.9 deaths per 100,000 population.
People in the North West are being invited to team up with health and social care workers to improve the NHS.
It comes ahead of NHS Change Day on March 3, which calls on NHS staff across the country to pledge to make a positive difference to patient care.
This year, members of the public are being asked to make their own pledges for the first time after a poll of more than 1,000 people found that eight in 10 believed they could do more to help their local health service.
– Dr Damian Roland, one of the founders of NHS Change Day
Anyone who joins our patient and public pledges therefore has a chance to make a real difference. NHS Change Day belongs to everyone who takes part; it's a genuine opportunity to make simple changes and do something better together.
Four key pledges have been chosen based on feedback from people in the North West, they are:
- not missing scheduled appointments
- seeking out information on local healthcare providers before needing to access them
- giving up at least one hour to volunteer with the local health service
- and giving feedback about experiences of health and care services.
More than three million pounds has been raised by people in the North West for this year's Poppy Appeal.
Organisers say the people in the North West give more to the appeal than any other region.
Manchester Piccadilly – Stoke this line is not expected to reopen this evening
Manchester Piccadilly – Crewe this line is not expected to reopen this evening
Manchester Piccadilly – Chester debris on the line
Manchester Piccadilly – Buxton tree on the line at Whaley Bridge
Manchester Piccadilly – Styal overhead line problems
Southport - Wigan - tree on line at Bescar Lane line not expected to reopen this evening
Lancaster - Carnfoth / Morecambe - line not expected to reopen this evening
A council in the North West, that can't be named for legal reasons, is taking legal action over a six-year-old child who was left disabled after her mother drank while pregnant.
Lawyers say it's highly unlikely any women would be prosecuted if the action is successful.
They say it's to help councils seek compensation to pay for medical costs.
For more information on the risks of drinking while pregnant, go to fasaware.co.uk.
Imperial War Museums North has launched it's First World War Centenary programme with an outdoor photography display in 5m high frames, showing images of North West women working in industry during the conflict.
The images in the free IWM North display document women’s vitalcontribution to the war effort in factories across the North West of Englandalmost 100 years ago.
– Andy Brown, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager Environment Agency
It's a triple whammy - high astronomical tides, a deep low pressure and strong winds increasing the tides and the waves by as much as a metre more than normal. We are advising people to stay away from the sea all along the North West coast.
A flood warning is in place for properties close to the river Dee during the tidal surge, which is expected at 12-12.30pm. Chester is expected to bear the brunt, with The Groves, Grosvenor Park Terrace, Chester Racecourse and the Greyhound Retail Park at risk.
Road closures are in place at Souters Lane and Grosvenor Park Terrace in Chester, and The Parade in Parkgate. Teams are stationed at several high-risk locations ready to respond to emergency situations such as fallen trees and potential flood damage, should they arise.