North Yorkshire Police say that a u-turn on proposals to build new headquarters near Thirsk will save the tax-payer millions of pounds.
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.
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.
The Institute of Economic Affairs *(IEA) *has dismissed George Osborne's idea of a new high-speed rail network for the North, calling it a "costly vanity project".
“The relatively short distances between northern cities mean high-speed rail is an expensive and inefficient way of linking them. Because northern conurbations are spread out geographically and include numerous different towns, high-speed trains between the largest city centres would make little difference to door-to-door journey times for a high proportion of travellers.
“The Chancellor should focus on smaller-scale schemes that deliver high returns for the taxpayer or, better still, that can be financed privately, rather than concocting a headline-grabbing vanity project to attract votes.
– Dr Richard Wellings, Deputy Editorial Director
“Not content with wasting tens of billions on the loss-making HS2 scheme, George Osborne is now threatening to compound the error by forcing taxpayers to fund HS3.”
Planning a barbeque this Saturday? FBU strike 10am to 5pm June 21 #takeextracare
Police are warning people to take extra care this weekend when the fire crews are on strike in a row over pay and pensions.
Durham Police say a man who allegedly swindled pensioners out of more than a million pounds may have fled abroad.
Kole Lulguraj, 48, from the Darlington area, is suspected of stealing up to £250,000 from clients while working as a financial advisor.
He disappeared after being released on bail.
Nationally, employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April. But that does not reflect the North East's situation. Unemployment rose in the region.
– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander
"Britain is bouncing back."
– Employment minister Esther McVey
"As we build a stronger economy, businesses up and down the country are feeling increasingly confident."
Unemployment in the North East has increased by 6,000 in the quarter to April. According to the Office for National Statistics, 131,000 people were unemployed in the region between February and April. The unemployment rate was 9.8% and saw a rise of 4.8% during the period.
Nationally, employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April.
The number of people in work stood at 30.54 million, after a rise which was the highest since records began in 1971.
A construction company in Northumberland has been 'named and shamed' in a list of companies not paying minimum wage to employees.
A2ZEE Construction Ltd in Cramlington neglected to pay £3,375.51 to 14 workers.
It's one of 25 firms, the largest number publicly named since the government launched the crackdown last year.