Durham County Council's Cabinet has voted unanimously to close the last five council run elderly care homes.
Joanne Milne from Gateshead has been to The Sage in Gateshead where she's heard live music for the first time since being able to hear
An off-duty paramedic has been reunited with a woman whose life he saved after she suffered a heart attack at the gym.
GP surgeries could open for longer, with more flexible hours and consultations over the phone and on the internet, if a pilot scheme is successful.
Selected surgeries in Whitby and Darlington are among the 1147 taking part. Some doctors said the changes do not address the core problems, but the government insists it will help doctors and patients.
Middlesbrough fans celebrated a terrific victory at promotion-bound Burnley on Saturday, but both sets of supporters were united in support of a remarkable man and his remarkable family.
Gary Parkinson, who played for both teams before he suffered a stroke, received a standing ovation.
Alice Hedworth reports. **
GP surgeries in Whitby and Darlington are among 1147 across the UK, experimenting with longer hours from today.
They will also focus on care for older people and offer consultations over the phone and the internet.
Some doctors welcome the changes, while others say they do not address the core problems. The government insists it will help doctors and patients.
Tony Phoenix-Morrison, the fundraiser who carries a 42kg fridge, has been forced to abandon his latest challenge - which he had said would be his last - because of sickness.
Tony, known as 'The Fridge', was trying to run four marathons within 24 hours, starting with the London Marathon.
However, he has suffered sunstroke and sickness overnight, including fainting. He called the race off after his second marathon.
– Tony 'The Fridge' Phoenix-Morrison
I don't care about records of challenges. I started this to raise thousands of pounds for charity, which I have. I had a magnificent reception from the Londoners and that is what counts. What will be, will be.
Tony the Fridge has 'just a few miles to go' and is hoping to complete his challenge of four marathons in 24 hours within the hour.
Former Middlesbrough player, Gary Parkinson, received an emotional welcome from fans when he returned to his former club at Turf Moor.
Gary, who has locked-in syndrome, was guest of honour when Middlesbrough beat Burnley 1-0.
He suffered a stroke in 2010 which left him unable to move or speak.
He was given a standing ovation when he appeared at pitch-side.
As Tony the Fridge attempts to complete the challenge of four marathons in 24 hours, his supporters are tweeting him messages of good luck.
While you were sleeping, @tony_the_fridge was running another Marathon in London. Give him your support (and a good breakfast)
Thanks everybody for all the lovely messages, I'm exhausted and emotional but I'm still going because you x
Two and a half miles since the break, and Tony is rolling ! http://t.co/5sZe04noFt