Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.
A new £9million centre to support enterprise and innovation in Sunderland could produce up to 650 jobs.
Rock legend Brian Johnson, from Gateshead, has been given an honorary degree by Northumbria University.
Hundreds of children from schools across Tyne and Wear are on Newcastle and Gateshead's Quayside taking part in a Guinness world record attempt treasure hunt.
Around 950 young people are at the iconic location for the event, organised by Newcastle University.
The pupils, aged between seven and 11 are starting the hunt at Baltic Square and heading over the Millennium Bridge. They will be answering questions based on local history as they make their way along the route. If they answer the questions correctly they will gather clues.
The previous world record was set with 466 participants in 2012.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is now an Honorary Doctor of Music.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson will soon have an honorary degree from Northumbria University. The 66-year-old, from Dunston in Gateshead, will become an Honorary Doctor of Music.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is to be given an honorary degree in Newcastle this morning.
The 66-year-old, from Dunston in Gateshead, will be made an Honorary Doctor of Music at Northumbria University.
Johnson has been the lead vocalist of the Australian rock band since the 1980s.
A best-selling author who created the fictional North East detective "Vera", will be presented with an honourary Doctorate of Letters from Sunderland University today.
Ann Cleeves is an immensely successful writer, and the mind behind one of ITV's biggest crime dramas.
Four series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been broadcast in the UK, and sold worldwide, and a fifth is in preparation.
Ann Cleeves said:
“I’m a North Easterner by choice, not by birth. It’s easier to write about a place as an outsider. People who live in the region perhaps sometimes take for granted just how beautiful the region is, and how nice people here are.”
The lead singer of AC/DC, Brian Johnson, is to receive an honorary degree from Northumbria University in Newcastle. The musician, who is from Gateshead, will be made an honorary Doctor of Music.
Others who will receive honorary degrees this summer include Vera Baird QC, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and former Labour MP, and Baroness Howells of St David, a life peer who campaigns for racial equality.
A jury at the trial of a headteacher accused of sex offences against a 13-year-old boy has failed to reach a verdict.
Anne Lakey, 54, was accused of six counts of indecency and indecent assault relating to incidents that are alleged to have taken place in the late 1980s.
But the jury of five men and six women failed to reach a verdict on their third day of deliberations at Durham Crown Court.
They were discharged by Judge Christopher Prince, bringing the eight-day trial to an end.
The Crown Prosecution Service is yet to decide if it will seek a retrial.
The jury in the trial of headteacher Anne Lakey has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.
Newcastle City Council is considering closing children's centres across the city as part of £40m of savings.
Sure Start centres have been running for over 15 years, and provide learning, health and childcare services for those with children up to five-years-old.
They're focussed on some of our most deprived areas, but are open to everyone.
Today, parents held a protest picnic to try and persuade the counsellors to change their mind.
But when challenged by ITV news, council leader Cllr Nick Forbes directed criticism at central government, saying he needed 'no convincing' Sure Start centres should stay.