North Yorkshire Police say that a u-turn on proposals to build new headquarters near Thirsk will save the tax-payer millions of pounds.
A new £9million centre to support enterprise and innovation in Sunderland could produce up to 650 jobs.
The official signing of the Sunderland City Deal in partnership with South Tyneside has taken place.
Newcastle City Council has successfully applied to ban signs advertising rental properties in some areas of the city.
It follows years of complaints from residents who say the boards lower the quality and appearance of their streets.
From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission in Jesmond, Heaton, Gosforth and Sandyford could face fines of up to £2,500.
Kath Lawless, of Newcastle City Council, says the boards have "brought the area down":
But John Henderson, of Acorn Properties, has spoken of the inevitable affect on business:
Newcastle City Council has banned 'to let' boards across the student areas of Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth.
The ban is after years of complaints from residents who say it lowers the quality of the area and claim the signs affect house prices.
From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission could face fines of up to £2,500.
Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon their plans to demolish the Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay after nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition to save it.
Joshua Shrimpton Dean reports:
A police investigation is ongoing after prescription drugs were found among JellyTots made at the Nestlé factory in Fawdon on Tyneside.
The company has stressed the contamination was swiftly contained within the plant and that there is no risk to the public.
But Lynn Frewer, Professor in Food & Society at Newcastle University, says "there needs to be communication" by Nestlé over what is being done to protect consumer interests.
Cofely, an energy services company, is to create 200 new jobs on North Tyneside, and relocate 50 current members of staff.
The firm, which employs 15,000 people across the UK, is starting a new operation at the Quorum Business Park.
Paul Stafford, Manager of the 150-year-old Boardwalk Cafe on Whitley Bay's seafront, says North Tyneside Council's plans to demolish the building are "not the answer to the needs of the beach".
Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old café on Whitley Bay's seafront.
The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. However, an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.
A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.
A police investigation has been launched following reports that pills were found among Jelly Tots on the production line at the Nestlé factory in Newcastle.
It is understood that tablets of a prescription drug were discovered among the sweets prior to them being packed.
The factory produces a number of well-known confectionery brands including Fruit Pastilles, Rolos and Yorkies.
A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed that officers are investigating reports of contamination on the production line.
Nestlé says the incident was contained and there is no risk to consumers.
– Nestlé spokesperson
We can confirm that there was an incident at our factory in Fawdon, Newcastle last week. The incident was immediately contained, the police were asked to investigate and we are working with them.
It would not be appropriate for us to make any further comment until they have completed their investigation.
The incident involved the discovery, in product prior to packing, of a standard prescription tablet, commonly prescribed to both adults and children. We can confirm that due to our rigorous quality procedures and immediate action, the incident was isolated and contained within our control.
Our consumers and customers can be assured that all our products are completely safe.
Northumbria Police has confirmed the force is investigating the Nestlé factory in Fawdon following reports that a batch of sweets has been contaminated.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "Police are carrying out enquiries after a batch of confectionary was found to be contaminated at Nestlé UK in Fawdon".
A house in Middlesbrough has an auction starting price of just £1.
Agents Property Auction will auction the three-bedroom terrace house on Thursday night. There is no reserve price.