There have been celebrations and some commiserations across the region today as thousands of pupils collected their GCSE results.
Nationally there has been a record fall in pass rates with girls continuing to do better than boys.
- Watch Michael Worrall's report from one high school in Cheshire which is celebrating a rise in A star to C grades.
Students at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results.
We'll have a full roundup on the tears and joys of GCSE results day in the North West on Granada Reports at 6pm.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a 'confrontational' burglary last week in Bold Heath, Widnes.Read the full story ›
A man's been jailed for life after murdering a Good Samaritan.
When Alison Wilson saw a row between a man and a woman, with a baby, in Widnes, she felt she had to intervene.
That decision cost her life.
When she stepped in to help the man 28 year old Stephen Duggan lashed out at her with a broken bottle. She died six days later.
At Liverpool Crown Court today, Duggan was told he'd serve at least 22 years in prison.
Our correspondent Nick Quraishi reports:
A man has been jailed for life for murdering a mother-of-two in Cheshire. Alison Wilson died trying to stop an argument in the street.Read the full story ›
While the rugby world cup plays to packed houses across England, the rise of wheelchair rugby league continues to win a new following.
It's the European Championships this week, with a strong North West presence.
Chris Hall has been to meet the players at Mersey Storm in Widnes to find out more about the sport that's growing in the shadow of Super League.
St George Illawarra have agreed to release versatile back Charly Runciman from his contract to enable him to join Widnes.
Runciman, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has made 12 first-grade appearances for the Dragons since making his debut against Penrith two years ago.
"Charly has received an opportunity to play regular first-grade football with the Widnes Vikings on a multi-year contract which he has opted to explore," said Dragons director of recruitment and retention Peter Mulholland.
"On behalf of the Dragons we would like to thank him for both his services and contributions to the club and wish him well for the future."
Runciman said: "I have had a couple of great seasons with the Dragons and will look back on my time here with fond memories.
"The opportunity however to play regular first-grade football with the Vikings was appealing to me and something that will help me progress as a player."
More than a thousand fans showed their support for a former rugby league player diagnosed with cancer.
Stars of the game joined supporters to raise money for Tony Barrow who played for Oldham and Swinton.
The father of three has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.
Ou reporter Ralph Blunsom was there:
Former Rugby League player Tony Barrow has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.Read the full story ›
Widnes' top-eight Super League hopes have been dealt a major blow with the loss of skipper Kevin Brown for at least six weeks.Read the full story ›