Organisers of Hexham Book festival say visitors numbers are up, they want to establish the event as the literary festival of the North.
One of the most anticipated measures in the Budget was the plan to help working parents with the costs of childcare, up to £2000 per child.
Hazel Wiggins was told to abort her baby when a scan failed to find a heartbeat. She demanded a second scan which showed her baby was alive.
The RSPCA has called on the government to enforce tighter controls on illegal puppy trafficking.
One family from Hexham, in Northumberland was left devastated when they found out that their dog had been illegally imported from the Netherlands.
This is what Eleanor and Carolyn Donkin had to say:
Northumbria Police officers have been searching for a missing woman who's disappearance is "out of character".
Janis Hall, 65, was reported missing from her home address at Catton, near Hexham, on Thursday, 19th December. She had last spoken to a relative on the phone at around 2pm that afternoon.
Mrs Hall is known to frequent Allendale and Hexham and is known to often going walking in the local area.
She is described as being 5ft 4ins tall of medium build, with grey short hair, and wearing glasses. She was also possibly wearing a green fleece coat, black trousers and a Russian fur hat.
A woman who watched her best friend and her aunt die from cancer said pain relief for patients should be improved.
Rozzie Joyce, from Hexham, Northumberland, was so distressed by the suffering she saw them endure, she has started a campaign to raise money for more research into pain relief.
Julie Harrison reports.
Now, take one medieval abbey, some extensive restoration work and a mysterious bricked up door, hundreds of years old, and you have the makings of a spooky, gothic story.
All those ingredients came together at Hexham Abbey in Northumberland. The rector invited us along to see the mystery resolved.
Derek Proud reports.
The door was opened - nothing was inside! Renovators believe it was a medieval toilet.
This is the door discovered by renovators at Hexham Abbey. It will be opened for the first time in hundreds of years.
Workmen have discovered a door that has been closed for hundreds of years. It will soon be opened at Hexham Abbey.
Restorers working on Hexham Abbey have discovered a mysterious door that has been closed for hundreds of years. The workmen found the door while renovating the medieval monastery. Nobody knows what is behind it. The door will be opened today...