Tata Steel UK says it's approached the conciliation service ACAS to try to resolve a pension dispute wth its workforce.
The company has sites across the North East, at Hartlepool, Skinningrove, Lackenby, Darlington, York and Blaydon.
A one day strike is planned for later this month. Tata says it's facing a projected shortfall of more than £2 billion pounds this year. The Unite union says it's provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.
With only 100 days until the beginning of the Rugby World Cup click here to find out when the Web Ellis Cup arrives in North East.Read the full story ›
Prince Harry helped mark the 100 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup at a launch event in London, ahead of its arrival in the North East.
Newcastle is hosting three matches this October and tourism experts hope the tournament could bring as much as £43 million into the region.
Prince Harry made a speech the Trophy Tour at Twickenham this morning, alongside England legend Jonny Wilkinson.
The Webb Ellis Trophy is coming to the region at the end of next month as part of a nationwide tour.
South Africa is one of five international rugby teams that will play in the North East for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in 100 days.Read the full story ›
It's 100 days until the beginning of the Rugby World Cup 2015. The three matches to be hosted by Newcastle will be staged at St James' Park.
Here are the details:
- October 3 - South Africa v Scotland at 16:45
- October 9 - New Zealand v Tonga at 20:00
- October 10 - Samoa v Scotland at 14:30
The Rugby World Cup trophy tour gets underway today as the countdown until the start of the tournament reaches 100 days to go.
The Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on July 30 and travels to the following destinations:
- Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
- Newcastle City Centre - July 30
- Alnwick Castle - July 30
- Tynemouth - August 1
- Northumbria University - August 2
- Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
- The Angel of the North - August 3
- Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
- West Hartlepool RFC - August 3
Click the link for more information about the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
The North East Credit Union is opening its first town centre branch in Gateshead.
For the first time, they say, they will be able to offer the same facilities as rival banks and building societies on the High Street.
The NEFirst Credit Union is a merger of smaller credit unions in the region, which have provided savings and loan accounts for more than 20 years.
A young football fan will attempt 10,000 'keepy ups' in a month to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.Read the full story ›
Sting and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have made it onto a list of the richest musicians in the UK.
Sting, who was born in Wallsend, is joint 8th on the Sunday Times Rich List of Musicians, with an estimated fortune of £180 million.
Cheryl, who grew up in Newcastle, is second on The Times' Young Musicians Rich List. She is said to be worth £12 million.
Newcastle United's controversial shirt sponsor, payday lender Wonga, has announced huge losses.
The business has posted a pre-tax loss of £37.3 million in 2014.
It is not clear whether the results will affect Wonga's sponsorship of Newcastle United.
Last year, the company was ordered to pay compensation of more than £2.5 million by the Financial Conduct Authority after sending threatening legal letters from fake law firms to 45 thousand customers.