We reported on the news that births have been temporarily suspended at South Tyneside Hospital, due to a shortage of staff.
More than 160 mums-to-be, due to give birth at the unit have had to be contacted.
Healthcare officials say the decision, on safety grounds, was made after taking advice from professional bodies.
The much anticipated stage routes for the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 were revealed.
For the first time, Richmond will host the start of a stage, while part of the route will go directly through Catterick Garrison.
Scarborough also features in the list of North Yorkshire destinations set to host the cycle race.
We marked the first major step in the multi-million pound restoration of the Globe Theatre in Stockton.
A major refit, to turn it back to its art deco roots can now begin, as the roof has been made watertight and all asbestos has been removed.
Once opened, it's hoped the 3,000 seater venue will attract big names and bring a night-time economy to Stockton.
Sunderland missed out to Coventry on becoming the UK City of Culture 2021.
The announcement, made by Arts Minister John Glen, came as the current UK City of Culture, Hull's year-long celebration nears an end.
People gathered at Pop Recs music store in Sunderland to hear the news, and were clearly disappointed in the result.
Also on Thursday:
In his FIRST television interview since arriving back on home soil, Nick Dunn told ITV News Tyne Tees, he's 'looking to the future'.
The 31-year-old touched down at Newcastle Airport on Thursday afternoon after spending the last four years imprisoned in India.
Lisa, his sister who campaigned tirelessly for his release, joined him in the studio.
Children at Blackhall Primary School in County Durham remembered Bradley Lowery in a special assembly.
The six-year-old lost his battle with cancer in July - and this is the first Christmas his classmates will spend without him.
They unveiled a plaque in the playground in tribute.