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Could dramatic dog fertility rate fall help human research?

The cause of falling rates in male fertility continue to be controversial among scientists, but now experts here think man's best friend could uncover part of the answer.

Scientists from the University of Nottingham looking at fertility rates in dogs have traced certain chemicals in their tissue samples and food.

While it's stressed there is as yet no link between the two, experts hope it could point them in the right direction. Chris Halpin reports.

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Airport worker saves family holiday after chickenpox flight ban

A family from Coventry who almost lost their holiday because their youngest had chickenpox say they've made a lifelong friend in an airport worker who saved the day.

The Doyle family were asked to leave a plane when cabin crew discovered their one year old was recovering from the contagious illness.

In order to fly, a fitness to fly letter is needed from a GP, but in a mix up at their surgery they didn't have one.

So when customer services worker Zita Small bumped into the disappointed family in the terminal building, she made it her mission to get them from Birmingham to Portugal. Chris Halpin reports.

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Vandals wreck sports pavilion at start of summer holidays

A council run sports pavilion in Stoke on Trent which was due to host hundreds of footballers this weekend has been destroyed by vandals.

The attack at the Spring Bank recreation ground came at the same time a police backed scheme to keep youngsters out of trouble and tackle anti-social behaviour over the summer break has returned to Staffordshire. Chris Halpin reports.


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Could 'Culture Levy' on hotels help fund Birmingham arts?

A significant reboot - that's what's needed for the future of funding for arts and culture in Birmingham according to a report out today.

It's calling on greater collaboration and investment by businesses and universities as many cultural institutions struggle with funding after years of cuts from local government.

Ideas include organisations taking loans from businesses, borrowing on buildings, through to more radical ideas like Dragon's Den style pitches for particular arts money making ideas or putting a culture levy on hotel rooms.

Around 65 thousand people are employed in the sector in the Midlands, but without reform it's feared a lack of funding could put the region's world class culture at risk. Chris Halpin reports in the second part of our special series, Culture Shock: The Future of our Arts.

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East Midlands arts working hard to keep people healthy

The arts and cultural sector in the East Midlands employs 56,000 people and contributes tens of millions of pounds to the economy, but also to health and well being.

However over the last few nights we've been hearing how funding cuts to culture are presenting one of its biggest challenges yet.

In the final part of our special series Culture Shock: The Future of our Arts, Chris Halpin has been finding out how the arts really can change lives.

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15 times more invested in Arts in London than East Midlands

Between 2010 and 2015 national funding for arts and culture fell by 16.6%. Councils in the East Midlands also cut cash to many museums, theatres and galleries which they'd relied on for decades.

During that time a major review found that per person, 15 times more public money was invested into arts and culture in London than in the East Midlands.

The Arts Council says it's working to spread that money more fairly, but as local organisations struggle, some think arts and culture in the East Midlands is losing out. Chris Halpin reports.

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