The cabinet of Gateshead Council have announced their recommendations to plug a 30 million pound funding gap and make budget cuts.
Budding actors are being given a helping hand by professionals who are keen to keep talent here in the North East.
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Arson investigators will investigate the ruins of a former library on Teesside which was destroyed by fire.
Six crews were called to the blaze on April 29th at Thorntree library in Middlesbrough at around 2045.
People living nearby were urged to keep doors and windows shut.
Firefighters on Teesside are dealing with a major fire at a derelict library in Middlesbrough.
Six crews were called to Thorntree library at around 20.40pm.
Residents living nearby are advised to keep all doors and windows closed.
Firefighters on Teesside are dealing with a major fire at a library in Middlesbrough.
Six crews were called to reports of a blaze at Thorntree library at around 20.40pm.
ITV News spoke to comedian Patrick Monahan when he was back in the North East for a special visit.
The man from Middlesbrough has been in Darlington as a guest teacher at The Darlington School of Maths and Science, where he gave a one off class in English and story telling.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says he remains optimistic about the club's future despite them falling eight points adrift of the Championship playoffs.
Boro lost 2-0 to Brighton at the Riverside on Saturday - a result which means the Teessiders have now picked up just eight points from a possible 51 in 2013. That run has left Middlesbrough closer to the relegation zone now than the playoffs.
Speaking after his side's defeat to Brighton, Mowbray said: "I don't think we're much worse than we were in the first half of the season, and yet we can't win a game at the moment. Confidence is probably a bit down.
"There's room for optimism for next year, and listen we've got four games to go. Let's wait and see."
Middlesbrough's league decline has led to questions regarding Mowbray's future at the club. However, the Boro boss said any decisions would come from the club's Chairman Steve Gibson.
He said: "The Chairman, who is from where I'm from, he's from Teesside. He'll have his own opinions on things of management - of what's right and what's wrong - and there's only one guy in our football club who makes those sort of decisions."
A group from Teesside are turning recyclable waste into art projects for children.
A local scout group visited the Percy Middlesbrough scrap-store - which makes material which would ordinarily have gone to landfill into art - to complete their Community Challenge and Creative Challenge awards today.
The scouts helped cleared away rubbish from the Middlesbrough compound, and also used material donated by local businesses to create artwork.
Tributes are being paid to a man killed in a collision on Teesside. 67 year old John Price died following the crash on Ladgate Lane in Middlesbrough on Saturday April 6th.
His family paid tribute to the retired crane driver saying he was a "loving husband, dad and brother in law. He was also a devoted grandfather who will be deeply missed."
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is refusing to rule out his side's chances of qualifying for this season's Championship playoffs.
Boro are now six points adrift of the playoff positions after last nights 0-0 draw at home to Peterborough. But with Middlesbrough facing Hull, Brighton and Nottingham Forest over the next two weeks, Mowbray says they still have a chance.
He said: "If we can win, we are clawing three points back on those teams just above us."
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was robbed in Middlesbrough on Thursday 21 March.
The robbery happened on Ormesby Road at around 11 am when a 26-year-old woman was on her way to ASDA when she was approached by a man who pushed her to the ground and stole cash from her handbag.
Police believe that he had followed her from Norfolk Place shops and along Ormesby Road.
The man is:
- Aged between 30 and 32-years-old
- Of slim build
- Blonde stubble
- Around 5 feet 7 inches tall
- Gaunt face
- Distinctive long, yellow teeth
- Scruffy appearance
- He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and blue ripped jeans
Any witnesses - or anyone with further information - is being asked to contact DC Gerry Ironside at Middlesbrough CID on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Unemployed young people on Teesside have been working with Territorial Army engineers to learn how to design and build buggies.
The nine week course in Middlesbrough is the first of its kind in the region and aims to boost skills.
The programme also includes visits to local engineering firms and tuition from an education instructor. Students who complete the course receive a Certificate of Achievement.