Sunderland and South Tyneside have been awarded City Deal status, unlocking millions of pounds of Government money
The Government has awarded Sunderland more than £80m to help build the New Wear Crossing.
Behind the public face of the strike, the men, were their wives, partners and children
The Northumberland Labour MP Ian Lavery has paid tribute to Tony Benn, as a politician and as a personal friend.
The MP for Wansbeck, who was once President of the National Union of Miners, said he was greatly saddened by the death.
The Labour MP for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, has added his voice to the tributes to Tony Benn.
The Northumberland MP - a former President of the NUM - said he was greatly saddened to hear the news of Tony Benn's death:
– Ian Lavery MP
"I knew Tony Benn as a personal friend and as a politician. He was an absolutely tremendous character, both in politics and in terms of being a true gentleman.
"When anybody asks me who my inspirations have been in life, Tony was always the first one I would mention."
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a multi-million pound investment, to help create thousands of manufacturing jobs and improve transport links on Wearside.
The Sunderland City Deal includes the development of a new International Advanced Manufacturing Park next to the Nissan site.
There will be £80m of government funding to build the long-awaited new bridge over the River Wear.
A Central Business District will also be developed on the site of the former Vaux Brewery in the city centre.
The Fire Brigades' Union has raised concerns about plans to transfer some emergency fire calls in North Yorkshire to Cornwall.
Fire service managers have defended the plans but Stephen Howley, from the FBU, raised concerns about safety and jobs losses in an interview with ITV News Tyne Tees.
ITV News Tyne Tees has been speaking to people in Northallerton about plans to share some emergency calls with the fire service in Cornwall. From next Spring, the control rooms in North Yorkshire and Cornwall will take calls from each other at times of peak demand.
The fire service in North Yorkshire says the community will not be put at risk by plans to share some emergency calls with colleagues in Cornwall.
From next Spring, the control rooms will answer calls for each other during major incidents, like floods, and despatch fire engines to where they are needed.
The Fire Brigades' Union has raised concerns over safety and possible job losses.
Managers are defending the decision. Dave McCabe, from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: "As far as safety goes, I would argue that this is a much better system."
Emergency callers dialling 999 to get hold of the fire service in North Yorkshire may now be transferred to a call centre 400 miles away in Cornwall after a link up between the counties' two fire brigades.
It is to allow for a reduction in the number of Control Room staff on duty in each Control Room, particularly at night time.
Joan Marriott helped to run a food bank during the miners' strike.
Brenda McDonald was part of a women's support group during the miners' strike. She, and other volunteers, provided food parcels and organised collections for unpaid striking miners in Tyne and Wear. Even though she worked part-time, she has five children and says money was still a problem.