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Have you been affected by Japanese Knotweed?

There are concerns mounting over a type of plant known as Japanese Knotweed which growing out of hand across Wales. The plant can damage the foundations of houses causing them to lose some value.

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The weed can easily spread and is becoming a problem across Wales. Credit: PA

We want to hear from you, across Wales, and whether you have been affected by the weed.

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Smokers urged to quit with Stoptober campaign

Stoptober is one of the largest campaigns encouraging smokers to quit Credit: PA

Smokers in Wales are being urged to quit smoking with the start of the annual Stoptober campaign.

The campaign aims to help smokers understand the reasons why they smoke and encourage them to kick the habit.

Research has shown that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to give up full time.

WRU: 'Record re-investment into the game'

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The WRU says re-investment into the game by the governing body is at record levels.

During the last financial year the WRU allocated £22.5 million into rugby an increase on the previous period at £22.1 million.

In this year's annual report the WRU also posted a profit before tax of £2.4 million on a turnover of £58.5 million for the period.

The total rugby allocations stand at just over £4.3 million for the community game, £1.1 million for the Principality Premiership and £17.1 million for the Regions in Wales.

It also says during the year the repayable bank debt was reduced to £15.0 million.

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Welsh Government budget: Where is the money going?

The Welsh Government has changed direction on funding the health service. After a series of below inflation increases, the NHS will get an extra £425 million over two years.

It's an above inflation increase, worth an extra 3.2 percent next year. The Welsh Government says it will enable the NHS to transform its services.

But there are further cuts for local councils. Though there's extra money for schools, following a deal between Labour and the Liberal Democrats to get the budget passed.

Our political reporter, Owain Phillips, has been looking at what the budget could mean for the services we all rely on.

"Too little, too late" for NHS say Tories

The Welsh Conservatives claim that the extra money for the NHS in the Welsh budget fails to make up for the cutbacks already imposed on the health service. They also criticised the Liberal Democrats for agreeing to support the Welsh Government's spending proposals.

With shallow promises the Lib Dems are propping up a discredited Labour government, which has run down our NHS and whose incompetent bungling has seen Wales dragging along the bottom of UK league tables in school and economic performance.

The Lib Dems have caved in for less than three quarters of 1% of the Welsh Government’s £15billion annual budget, with shameless commitments, many of which were already in progress, in an attempt to aid their dire electoral prospects.

The Lib Dems have agreed to be Labour’s voting fodder until the next Assembly elections, when voters will cast their judgement on a decade and a half of Labour failure, dithering and underachievement.

– shadow Finance Minister Nick Ramsay AM

Whilst any additional cash for the NHS is to be welcomed this investment is a far cry from the record-breaking amounts that Welsh Labour has cut from the health budget in recent years. It is also too little too late for those who have seen their local hospitals and services closed or downgraded in recent years.

Under Labour, waiting times in Wales have skyrocketed, cancer patients are denied life transforming drugs, our ambulance service is in chaos and our emergency departments haven't met their targets for more than 5 years.

– Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM
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