Tycoon Sir Richard Branson is in Newcastle to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. The owner of the Virgin business empire is at an event for young people at the Northern Stage theatre.
The first trains have been running on the East Coast Main Line since services returned to private hands first thing this morning.
Trains between our region, London and Scotland will be operated by a franchise involving the companies Virgin and Stagecoach.
Tickets for this year's Great Yorkshire Show go on sale from half ten this morning.
It is the 157th edition of the famous agricultural show and will be held from 14 to 16 July.
It may still feel very much like winter, but for the National Trust, the 'summer' season is just beginning.
Some of the region's favourite tourist attractions open their doors to visitors again after closing for the winter.
The venues include Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn; Wallington, near Morpeth; and Cragside near Rothbury. Between them, they welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from March to November.
One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the A1(M) at J49 A168 (Dishforth) due to an accident involving two vehicles. This is affecting traffic heading away from Harrogate.
A new law comes into force today (Monday 2nd March), that will help the police to catch drivers using drugs. It means officers will be able to test drivers' saliva by the side of the road.
Police in Newcastle will be explaining the new law to people by the Monument in the city centre this lunchtime.
Durham Prison has been named as one of the UK's most overcrowded jails.
The Howard League for Penal Reform analysed figures from the Ministry of Justice. It said the building was designed to hold fewer than 600 inmates but actually has more than 900.
A cold and windy day after early frost and ice, with bright or sunny intervals and scattered wintry showers - giving further accumulations over the Cheviots and Pennines.
Winds will remain cold and strong, adding a significant windchill to struggling temperatures, highs around 5C.
Newcastle is to get ten million pounds to improve cycle routes in the city.
The money, announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will expand and improve cycle and pedestrian networks to encourage people to cycle to work.
It follows an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister at a cycling summit last November to extend £115 million of funding for eight cycling cities across the country.
In January this year Newcastle successfully bid for a share of the money.
Research commissioned by British Cycling, found if the UK became a cycling nation, like the Netherlands or Denmark, it could:
- save the NHS £17 billion within 20 years
- reduce road deaths by 30%
- increase mobility of the nation's poorest families by 25%
- increase retail sales by a quarter