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 | 24/04/2009 2:51 pm

  • Bitter-sweet reaction from Somerset as new business rates announced - NEW business rates have been met with a mixed reaction across the county - with West Somerset businesses shocked to be facing the biggest increase in the UK.
  • Mums defend Taunton preschool after damning Ofsted report which said staff 'intimidated' children - MUMS whose children attend a Taunton preschool slammed by inspectors have hit out in defence of the facility. 
  • What you'll get for paying an extra £5 council tax in Taunton Deane - COUNCIL taxpayers are being asked for an extra £5 in the year from April to fund services such as planning, environmental health and kerbside rubbish and recycling collections in Taunton Deane.
  • Skills for Life: The UK Hydrographic Office is developing more apprenticeship opportunities - ONE of Somerset’s biggest employers is keen to continuing providing apprenticeships that set people up for a successful future.
  • STORM DORIS: Power restored to more than 323,000 homes after strong winds sweep across West England - MORE than 320,000 homes were without power yesterday as Storm Doris hit the West of England.
  • Taxpayer could benefit as two firms battle it out to buy council-owned plot - THE taxpayer could benefit from two neighbouring companies fighting each other to buy the same plot of land in Taunton.
  • Asda slammed as elderly widow buys £3,400 iTunes vouchers to pay conmen - A VULNERABLE widow has been forced out of her home by phone scammers who have fleeced her out of her life-savings.
  • Q: 'When will the NIDR road be finished' Contractor's A: 'Don't ask us' - THE company building a £22 million relief road in Taunton is refusing to say or doesn't know when it will complete the massively delayed project.
  • WEATHER: Cold and frosty morning set to give way to sunny afternoon in Somerset - A COLD and frosty morning is set to give way to a cool but sunny afternoon across Somerset.
  • Village 'not ready' for 2,500 more homes - THE Taunton area isn’t ready for even more new homes, it is claimed, as a developer announces plans for 2,500 on fields on the outskirts of town.
  • Taunton gets £6.7 million to upgrade busy Toneway road - TAUNTON has won £6.7 million of Government funding to upgrade a main artery road into Taunton.
  • Pensioner speaks out after thug boots dog into air and threatens her in unprovoked attack - A PENSIONER walking her dogs was shocked when a passer-by suddenly kicked one of her animals into the air and shouted abuse at her in an unprovoked attack.
  • Serious Fraud Office alerted to allegations of 'multi-million pound tax scam' in Taunton Deane - TAUNTON Deane Borough Council has been referred to the Serious Fraud Office among allegations of "a multi-million pound council tax scam".
  • Somerset trio among arrests over "enormous" cannabis farm found in nuclear bunker - THREE Somerset men have been arrested after police discovered an "enormous" cannabis farm in an underground nuclear bunker.
  • Council garages could be demolished to make way for two blocks of flats - A TOTAL of 16 council garages rented out to tenants could be bulldozed and replaced by two blocks of flats.
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  • Have Foo Fighters dropped another huge Glasto hint? - Band suggest secret gig tonight near Worthy Farm and more in Music News LIVE.
  • Lizzy Yarnold targets world skeleton medal after 'disappointing' comeback - Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold says she is "fired up" for the World Championships after a "disappointing" return.
  • Where do prison escapees and absconders actually go? - Beating up love rivals and trying to get a job are among the myriad reasons given by offenders for going "on the run".
  • Couples speak of pain over spouse visa rules - Three couples speak of their struggle to stay in the UK with their partners because of visa rules.
  • Government meddling makes energy costlier, peers say - House of Lords report says ensuring energy security should be the top priority for ministers.
  • Nuclear bunker raid finds £1m cannabis farm - Several thousand cannabis plants seized in midnight raid on RGHQ Chilmark.
  • Election 2017: English mayoral candidates - Check candidates running in six regions of England which are holding mayoral elections in 2017.
  • Vegetable shortage: How to cope as supermarkets ration lettuces - With experts warning that salad shortages are the tip of the iceberg, what can leaf lovers do?
  • Francois Louw: Bath flanker to serve ban after appeal against suspension dismissed - Bath flanker Francois Louw will serve a two-week ban after his appeal against the decision was dismissed.
  • Premiership: Bristol v Bath - Team news as Bristol host Bath in Sunday's Premiership fixture at Ashton Gate (13:00 GMT).
  • Dan Bowden: Bath release utility back from contract for New Zealand return - Bath release utility back Dan Bowden from his contract by mutual consent, while winger Jack Wilson signs a new deal.
  • Lando Norris: McLaren sign British teenager to young driver programme - McLaren sign British teenager Lando Norris to their young driver programme, with a view to developing him towards a Formula 1 career.
  • Bath duo Kahn Fotuali'i & Francois Louw banned for two weeks - Kahn Fotuali'i and Francois Louw are banned for two weeks over separate incidents in Bath's win over Harlequins.
  • Natalie Haigh: Yeovil Town Ladies re-sign former captain for 2017 - Yeovil Town Ladies re-sign former captain Natalie Haigh ahead of the Women's Super League One 2017 Spring Series.
  • Darren Allinson: Bath to re-sign London Irish scrum-half at end of season - London Irish scrum-half Darren Allinson is to rejoin Bath from the end of this season on a two-year deal.
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  • Theresa May celebrates 'astounding' Copeland poll win - Theresa May celebrates Tory victory in Copeland as Jeremy Corbyn insists he will carry on despite Labour's "disappointing" loss.
  • Kim Jong-nam killing: 'VX nerve agent' found on his face - The N Korean leader's half-brother was killed by a substance classified as a weapon of mass destruction.
  • Storm Doris: Woman killed by debris in Wolverhampton named - The 29-year-old killed by a "coffee table-sized" object in Wolverhampton is named as Tahnie Martin.
  • Trevor Timon jailed for Oliver Dearlove killing - Trevor Timon attacked "kind and gentle" Oliver Dearlove in an "unprovoked and gratuitous act".
  • Fasting diet 'regenerates diabetic pancreas' - Restoring the pancreas through diet could be "immensely" beneficial, doctors say.
  • Caitlyn Jenner's message to Donald Trump: 'Call me' - Reality star and activist Caitlyn Jenner records a message for Donald Trump, over protecting transgender students.
  • Price of stamps to rise next month - Royal Mail says the rises are necessary to maintain the universal service.
  • EU vote campaign spending probed - Watchdog launches investigation into spending returns of Remain and Leave campaigns in EU referendum.
  • £14,000 tuition fees plan for two-year degree courses - Universities in England will be able to charge higher annual fees for shorter, fast-track degree courses.
  • Briton Susan Howarth 'killed and tortured' in South Africa - Briton Susan Howarth and her husband were attacked at their farm in an early-morning raid.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland losses more than treble to £7bn - The bank, which is 72%-owned by taxpayers, reports its ninth consecutive year of losses.
  • UN promises to stamp out abuse after child rape allegations - Child abuse allegations have been made against French and UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.
  • Former Home Secretary Lord Waddington dies at age of 87 - Lord Waddington, who was home secretary under Margaret Thatcher, dies at the age of 87.
  • Emma Thompson: 'Too soon' to do Love Actually sequel after Alan Rickman's death - The actress speaks for the first time about why she won't appear in Red Nose Day Actually.
  • 7 days quiz: Which Bowie album won a major award this week? - A weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.