An energy firm has pulled out of building a £300m plant in Blyth. It blames uncertainty over energy policy for putting off investors.
The RSPCA has reported a big rise in the number of dogs brought into the UK illegally, which could cost their new owners.
The North East of England may not have a vote in the Scottish referendum, but it does have a view.
The Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson has warned his colleagues that Scottish independence would damage the economy of the North East of England, as he led a debate into the issue at Westminster.
He said the effect of Scotland leaving the UK after September's referendum would reduce trade and travel, affecting workers and business from both countries. However, the Scottish National Party called the claims "scaremongering".
Watch Phil Wilson MP (Labour) and Angus MacNeil MP (SNP) in the debate:
Durham County Council has confirmed it has spent £46,000 supporting food banks over the past two years. The food banks are set up to support people who would be otherwise unable to feed their families.
BT has announced it will create more than 1000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs, which are likely to include 50 in the North East. The jobs were earmarked for Northumberland, Newcastle and Sunderland.
The telecoms company also pledged to provide up to 1,500 vocational training and work experience placements for unemployed young people across the country over the next 18 months. Those posts would last for four to seven weeks and would be aimed at 18-24 year olds.
– Morrisons spokeswoman
" Morrisons has updated the signage in many of our stores and removed the reference to "boys" and "girls" toys. We are aware that the old signage remains in some stores and are working to address this.
"Our new signage retains colour coding based on our experience that this helps customers to navigate the aisle and quickly find the toys they are looking for. We are listening carefully to the views of all of our customers and the Let Toys be Toys campaign.
Greggs profits fell by 19.1% during 2013 and the bakery chain said it expects "challenging market conditions" to continue during 2014.
The firm, which is based in Newcastle, posted a drop in like-for-like sales of 0.8%, although total sales rose by 3.8%.
The company announced last year that it would change strategy, focusing on food-to-go units rather than cafes, and refitting hundreds of its stores.
Today in its annual results, the firm said it was "making good progress" with that plan.
A North East MP has come under pressure after he advertised a job in his office for just £3.38 per hour, despite campaigning for a rise in wages for low paid workers.
Alex Cunningham, who represents Stockton North, has said he would like to pay an apprentice more but could not afford it.
The Labour MP has campaigned for a so-called living wage of £7.65 per hour. Paul Brand has been speaking to him.
The MP Alex Cunningham has been criticised for advertising a job which pays just £3.38 per hour.
Despite campaigning for a "Living Wage" - which equates to around £7.65 an hour for the lowest paid workers - the Labour MP for Stockton North is looking for an apprentice who'll be given £125 per week.
We asked you for your reactions:
– Tracy Halliday
"You might want to ask is he even paying that or has he received a grant to employ a young person?"
– Ann Harland
"But it's an apprentice job, I get where people are coming from, but I was paid JSA when I did my Business Admin Apprenticeship, most apprentices are 16 year old still living with their parents, not out on their own with a mortgage and kids like the rest of us, just my view."
– Rob Heslop
"If you put the word 'apprentice' in front of job title it just enables the employer to pay employee less"
The Government's Aviation Minister has launched plans for a new business park at Newcastle Airport, which could create thousands of jobs.
Robert Goodwill is also the MP for Scarborough and Whitby. He announced plans to start work on the Newcastle International Business Park. The completed development could create as many as 7,000 new jobs and contribute more than £300 million to the local economy.