The leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, has been talking to us about the announcement that a new £600,000 arts fund is being set up to support theatres and arts organisations in the region.
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To mark 10 years of smokefree workplaces, North Yorkshire County Council says smoking rates in the region are at an "all time low".
A group of scientists in Newcastle have been awarded £5m from Cancer Research UK to extend their cancer research.
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