Cities Minister Greg Clark has confirmed that the Tees Valley's city deal bid will now go through to the next stage.
The next stage will work towards determining which powers can be transferred to a local level, in order to determine the detail before a final decision can be made.
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A 19-year-old woman has sadly died from her injuries. Another female has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.
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Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car in Houghton.