A £67 million push to get cutting-edge technology products on to the market has been announced by the Chancellor to boost Oxford's economy.
The two airlines plan for their new partnership to take off on March 30th 2014, combining slots at Heathrow.
Unions are to meet defence giant BAe Systems to discuss the future of the firm's three shipyards amid a review of its business.
Nicola Blackwood said: "The Chancellor's announcement today is a great vote of confidence in Oxfordshire's scientists andinnovators, who are already world leaders in their fields."
"From a Government that has clearly demonstrated its long term commitment to Science and Innovation as a key economic priority for Britain, £67m for our local innovation sends a clear message that Oxfordshire has the potential to be an innovation powerhouse for Britain."
"The City Deal funding has been granted because we have demonstrated we are a good investment."
On his visit to Oxfordshire, the Chancellor George Osborne said that investment in innovative new technologies is key to economic growth.
Where do you turn when you want a loan? A bank? A building society? A friend? How about your local church! Well this morning, Kent's first "community bank" to be held in a church opened its doors for savers and borrowers.
Last year the Archbishop of Canterbury promised to do more to help people affected by debt, and to provide alternatives to high-interest "pay day loans". But are financial services really what the church should be involved in?
David Johns reports, speaking to the Rt Rev Trevor Wilmott, Bishop of Dover; parish priest Rev Lesley Jones; financial expert Justin Urquhart Stewart; and headteacher Patricia Hatt.
We often hear the phrase 'all work and no play' but one manage thought that if he could combine the two, he might get better results from his team. So to keep spirits up he created something you'd normally see in a playground.
But has it achieved the desired results - or are his workers on a slippery slope to disaster? David Johns has been finding out, speaking to Building Manager James Avery, two employees, and Sales Manager Russell Bailey.
Fishermen in Hastings are warning that the bad weather could drive them out of business. Storms over the last month have left much of the fishing fleet grounded - with many crews only managing to go out three times in 30 days.
Fishermen say the weather, combined with fresh cuts to quotas, is putting livelihoods at risk.
The first woman has joined a scheme that allows young people to learn how to fly at the British home of aviation in Farnborough.
NIneteen-year-old Miriam Pratap from local area, has been awarded a scholarship to help her start her training. Learning how to become a pilot can cost more than £100,000.
The new visitor centre at Stonehenge has come in for heavy criticism from some tourists who are claiming that being at the centre - which opened last month - is chaotic because of long delays and severe overcrowding.
Some of the complaints about the experience include reports of visitors queuing for more than an hour to board the 'land train' which carries people from the centre to the stones. The journey of a mile-and-a-half takes just ten minutes.
Managers have said that the majority of feedback has been positive. They say that they are trying to address the problems. Robert Murphy reports.
Plans for the creation of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail link between London and the north have stepped up a pace with the announcement of a new college to train engineers who will work on the project.
It will be the first new incorporated Further Education College to be created in over 20 years.
The college will deliver specialised training in the areas of rail engineering, environmental skills and construction. The skills learned will then be used in the construction of HS2 and other infrastructure projects across the country.
– Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business
"HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project that this government is delivering. So it is right that a large scale investment in bricks and mortar should also come with investment in the elite skills which will help build it. That's why this government is launching the first further education college in over 20 years, which will train the next generation of engineers in rail, construction and environmental studies that this country needs to prosper."
The shops in our HIgh Streets have been fighting for survival over the past few years, facing increased competition from online rivals and out-of-town shopping centres.
But now some analysts are predicting the fortunes of high streets in the South East are about to change. The prediction coincides with the announcement that one of the high streets in the Meridian region has been named the 'Best High Street in Britain' by a national newspaper. Malcolm Shaw reports.