The Bishop of Durham is encouraging people to attend meetings about food banks at Churches across South Shields.
West End Food Bank has been given a £60,000 to buy a van and secure services for 2015. The donation was made by Springfield House Trust.
Loan sharks in the North East are targeting mothers picking up their children from school.
The post office in a North Yorkshire village where a woman was killed has is to go up for sale at auction.
Postmistress Diana Garbutt was murdered by her husband as she slept at their home in Melsonby in March 2010.
Robin Garbutt was jailed for life for what a judge called the "brutal, planned, cold-blooded murder" of his 40-year-old wife.
The three-bedroomed property has been left empty since the murder, but will now be auctioned off at York Racecourse at the end of the month. The estate agents have specified in the advert that a crime took place there, but do not go into further detail.
York Council are to refund more than £1.8m in fines in a dramatic u-turn over the long-running Lendal Bridge saga.
In August, the bridge was closed to traffic - and has earned the Council more than £1.8m in fines from cars which breached the ban - which only allowed buses and taxis to cross.
But the Labour leadership have said today they will refund all the fines levied against motorists.
The decision for 16 to 18 year olds in Northumberland to pay for school transport will stand, despite a bid to suspend the move.
A motion to reconsider the policy was defeated at a special council meeting at County Hall in Morpeth.
Parents and students held a protest before the four hour debate.
Helen Ford was there:
Dozens of parents protested outside County Hall in Morpeth, over plans to charge over-16s for school transport in Northumberland.
From September, most students between 16 and 18 years old will be charged £600 to use school buses, and will fund their own public transport costs.
The demonstration took place before an extraordinary meeting of the council. It debated a motion put forward by the Conservative group leader, Cllr Peter Jackson.
It called for the change to be suspended and for more consultations with parents.
The motion was narrowly defeated by 34 votes to 30.
The Labour controlled authority says the council must reduce a £3.3m bill for post-16 transport.
Council leader, Cllr Grant Davey said:
"In difficult times, we need to be focusing our resources on those who are in greatest need.
We've listened carefully to what the public have had to say, not just today but throughout the consultation period, but the bottom line is we have to balance our budget."
The Labour group said the cost of arranging today's extraordinary meeting came to £80,000; a figure disputed by others.
The Conservative group leader, Cllr Peter Jackson said:
"I think people had to have their say. People have got a democratic right and right across Northumberland, families and young people are struggling with this new six hundred pound, effectively, tax to go to school.
They had to be heard and their concerns had to be heard and addressed and I think it was the right thing to do."
Parents in Northumberland are protesting against the axing of free transport for 16-18 year old students.
The row over the scrapping of free school transport for 16-18 year olds in Northumberland reaches a climax today as parents and teenagers protest outside an extraordinary meeting of the council called to discuss the policy.
The council has taken away free school buses for post-16 students because of central funding cuts.
Picketers at Sunderland Civic Centre are dressed in Victorian costume. They say their members are having to take on several jobs and still need help from food banks. The costume represents a return to the era of the work house.
A washing line with photos of public sector workers pegged to it was strung across the civic centre court yard to represent workers being 'hung out to dry' by the Government.
Teesside long jumper, Chris Tomlinson, is in Middlesbrough promoting a giant 3D pavement art installation to mark 20 years of National Lottery funding to sport.
Middlesbrough born Chris Tomlinson is a three time Olympic long jumper, world indoor and European medallist and the British indoor record holder.
Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has called for the government to pay all its employees, including care workers, the so-called living wage. He called for the number of low-paid workers to be cut by one million by 2020.
The living wage is currently calculated a £7.65 per hour, outside London. Dr Sentamu said it would be morally justified and could make financial sense for the country.