The news that average rail fares could increase by around 3.5% next year sparked anger but also understanding among passengers in the region. Unions claim costs are rising too quickly for people, while the government says extra money is used to improve services.
A Middlesbrough businessman is appealing for the return of £1,000 in bank notes after dropping them in the street.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "Police received a report of £1,000 having been dropped on Baker Street, off Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough at around 12.45pm on Friday 11 July.
"Officers would ask any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the money to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
A foodbank in Newcastle has been forced to bring in extra supplies from across the country after it ran out of provisions due to soaring demand.
Food and drink were sent to the Newcastle West End Foodbank from a service in Lincolnshire.
Jonny Blair has been speaking to Michael Nixon from Newcastle West End Foodbank and Kevin who uses the foodbank.
A foodbank in Newcastle has been forced to bring in extra supplies from across the country because demand in the city has soared.
Food and drink has been sent from a sister organisation in Lincolnshire because the Newcastle West End Foodbank has been running out of supplies.
Volunteers say the number of people using the service has rocketed from 30 people a week to 1000.
Michael Nixon from Newcastle West End Foodbank says he thinks demand will continue to increase.
A food bank service based in the west end of Newcastle says it's seen an 'astronomical rise' in the number of people using the service. Supplies have even been sent from a charity in Lincolnshire to meet demand.
The Chancellor George Osbourne will announce the government budget later this afternoon. He's expected to help lower income families in the region by raising the tax threshold. It's not yet known if he'll change current plans to raise fuel prices by three pence.
A taxpayers campaign group has criticised Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council for proposing to increase council tax.
The Taxpayers' Alliance has blasted the local authority for proposing a 3.5 per cent rise.
A spokesman for the TPA said: "Those politicians proposing rises in the region have decided to increase the burden on local families."Since 2001-02, Stockton-On-Tees residents have seen their council tax bills increase by 39 per cent, the watchdog added.
A spokesman for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council said: "Stockton's council tax for the coming year will be the third lowest in the North East and we have an outstanding record of sound financial management and good, value for money services."