The former chief constable of Durham is to lead a new police investigation into the Hillsborough Disaster.
Jon Stoddart, who retired from the Durham force earlier this year, will head the new inquiry which was announced by the Home Secretary today.
It follows the damning report from the Hillsborough independent panel which revealed a police cover-up attempting to shift the blame for the 1989 tragedy onto its victims.
Also today the High Court ordered new inquests on the Liverpool football fans who died.
Washing machines are to be made in Britain once again after a County Durham company secured one million pounds of Government money to build the UK's only factory.
Ebac in Newton Aycliffe was one of twenty four companies to get part of nearly one hundred and twenty million pounds of funding for North East businesses.
The manufacturer says it will create two hundred jobs.
The Deputy Prime Minister visited two Stockton-based companies to announce winners of the third round of the £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Nifco and Tinsley were both successful in previous rounds of the Regional Growth Fund. The Deputy Prime Minister met with staff and apprentices to see how the businesses are using the investments.
Ebac Group, a County Durham-based company, is using the money to become the only manufacturer of washing machines in the country - a move that will create 200 jobs.
The Government has announced that more than £100m is being given to North East businesses in an attempt to sustain more than 30,000 jobs.
The North East has received the highest amount of Regional Growth Fund money per person for any UK region.
Northumberland is well known in our part of the world for its food and drink.
But how familiar are those products in the rest of the country?
The very first Northumberland Day has been held at the Houses of Parliament in an effort to spread the word.
A host of small producers made the trip.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is to speak at today's annual Miners' Gala in Durham.
He is the first leader to attend the event since Neil Kinnock in 1989. Tensions between the party leadership and the union movement led to John Smith, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to snub the celebration.