Amateur filmmaker Lee Halpin was found dead in Newcastle, where he was sleeping rough to film a documentary about homelessness.
Business leaders have given George Osborne's Budget a cautious thumbs up, but it's still unclear how far the North East will benefit
Controversial cuts to arts funding and libraries have been passed by Newcastle City Council.
Eleanor McGrath, Taxpayers' Alliance.
As council's continue to face hefty cutbacks and redundancy programmes the latest town hall rich list shows one chief excutive from the region walked away with almost £400,000 last year.
Gateshead's Roger Kelly came in at number seven in the top 10 highest renumerated council executives in the country as he retired last year.
The authority stressed the figure included his pension payout accrued over 25 years and that its senior management costs are actually coming down.
But the Taxpayer's Alliance insists the figure is still too much.
Over the past eight years, ITV - in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund - has awarded nearly thirty million pounds to more than five hundred community projects across the UK.
Prizes of up to fifty thousand pounds each will be awarded to the winning projects.
We want to encourage applications from a wide range of organisations that can submit community-based projects which improve the lives of local people.
The following organisations are eligible:
Voluntary or Community Organisations
Branches of Organisations or Partnerships.
You can enter any time between now and noon on May the13th.
Here are the details of how YOUR organisation can enter:
Visit www.itv.com/peoplesmillions OR call 0845 0 10 11 12.
Each call to the application line costs up to a maximum of 3p per minute PLUS an additional 14p set-up fee from a BT residential landline.
Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will be considerably more.
Entrants must be 18 or over.
Lines close on Monday 13th May 2013 at midday.
Calls made after the closing time will not be counted but may still be charged.
A hot tip on how to scoop the jackpot - move to Sunderland! It is officially the second luckiest place to live in the UK, according to the National Lottery Fund.
A plaque confirming the city's lucky postcode status has been unveiled today, May 9.
Watch Helen Pearson's report here:
Tthere are just a few more days left to enter The People's Millions. Prizes of up to £50,000 each will be awarded to the winning projects.
Here are the details of how your organisation can enter:
Nissan announced fifty new jobs at its plant on Wearside as the Labour MP for Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson urged the government to do more to help the sale of electric cars.
The friends of a documentary maker who died while making a film about homelessness have agreed to finish the film. Lee Halpin was found dead in a derelict hostel in Newcastle.
One of his friends has agreed to take part in the Tyneside CEO Sleepout in October, sleeping rough for one night for charity. Some of the funds raised will go towards finishing the video Halpin started.
An appeal has been started to help farmers struggling to pay bills and running out of animal feed after the long winter.
You can watch Frances Read's report below, with one family who said the help is vital.
For more details of the appeal and how to donate, see here.
An appeal has been launched to help farmers who are in crisis after the hard winter. In some areas the snow, which stayed for months, means there is not enough feed for the animals.A fund set up by Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services will pay for extra support on farms.