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Workers strike over increases to pension contributions and cuts to the size of payouts

Commute becomes too much for Shanks CEO

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Hodgson stays cool as Warrington complete epic double over Saints

Warrington 35 St Helens 28

King gunning for Saints double

Matt King insists there will be no danger of complacency when Warrington seek to complete a first Super League double over St Helens tonight.

Rovers escape lightly as King powers Wolves top

Hull KR 16 Warrington 46

Pace-setting Wolves are dragged back to the pack

It was a terrible afternoon for the top two in Super League, Warrington and Huddersfield both beaten by teams near the bottom.

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One in five people live in market towns – those historic small towns where the community spirit is still strong.

Viridor buys family-owned Storm Recycling for £1.7m

Viridor Waste Management, part of the utility company Pennon, has bought a family-ownedrecycling business for £1.7m.

Imperious Warrington retain their grip on top spot

Leeds 6 Warrington 42

Parker makes emotional farewell but West Ham limp into Championship

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Widnes choose to stick with Betts

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Refresh zones and collaboration pods at BBC's new hub

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Rio Ferdinand stalker jailed

A woman who stalked footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family was jailed for 10 weeks today and put on a restraining order for 10 years.

Protesters target oil refinery

Fuel price campaigners staged a demonstration outside one of Britain's biggest oil refineries yesterday.

More Treasure strewn in the wake of Frankel

No doubt the majority even of those jockeys staying locally remain scrupulously immune to the hedonism that infects Chester during this carnival. There were presumably one or two, however, who were a little uneasy to discover that the British Horseracing Authority's breathalyser unit had made one of its random appearances before racing yesterday. Whether or not he was one of them, it was Francis Norton who would ultimately suffer the embarrassment of being stood down for the day. At least he could comfort himself that very few of the Ladies' Day crowd might feel eligible to throw the first stone.

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