Two East Midlands NHS trusts are among 16 in England showing higher than expected death rates, according to a major report.
Scientists have worked out the weather conditions in The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings - with the Shire found to be like Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
Flood waters that swamped parts of Boston have mostly receded and attention has turned to the clean-up operation.
A rescue dog from the East Midlands has found a new home just in time for Christmas after appearing on the Paul O'Grady Show's adoption appeal.
The East Midlands is among ambulance trusts across England failing to hit national targets on response times, latest figures show.
Chilling footage has been released showing a burglar standing over a sleeping pensioner as he raids her home in Derbyshire.
Nottinghamshire Police have had to rename their seasonal crime fighting calendar after complaints its original title was "in poor taste".
A financial adviser from Nottingham has been jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years for violently murdering his wealthy client after conning him out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
An explosion at a house in Newark which killed two people was caused by a build-up of fumes from cans of inflammable foam, an inquest has heard.
Police are appealing for the owner of a dog which attacked a woman in Leicester to come forward.
A man was killed when he was struck by a tree blown down by strong winds in a park in Nottinghamshire.
A woman whose partner had support from a Derbyshire hospice in her final months is asking people to support the charity's Christmas appeal.
A Northamptonshire GP who suffers from Parkinson's disease has raised more than £38,000 by cycling from the UK to Paris in aid of a charity which helps people with the condition.
A quick-witted teenager caught a misty white figure on snaps when he used his iPod Touch while visiting Nottinghamshire County Council's Rufford Abbey Country Park with friends.
Two Derbyshire artists are creating a special artwork to go on display at the hospice which cared for their friend.
Cash rewards of up to £1,000 are being offered by Derbyshire Police to Christmas and New Year revellers who report drink-drivers to the police.
A pond at a Mansfield nature reserve is to be restored in a bid to attract more wildlife and make the area more accessible.
A man is to go on trial accused of the attempted murder of a religious leader in Leicester
A hospital trust in Derby has apologised after a surgical glove was left inside a patient following an operation.
A hospice has been named Retailer of the Year at a business awards event in Derbyshire.
A senior detective investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, from Leicestershire, has thanked the public for thousands of messages received in the wake of recent television appeals.
A mother jailed for 17 years for killing her six children in a house fire in Derby has lost a second bid to challenge the length of her sentence.
A £14,400 grant has helped an animal charity to buy six energy-efficient washing machines, giving staff more time to look after the dogs in its care at centres in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire
A widower whose wife had support from a hospice in her final months wants people to support the charity's Christmas appeal.
Detectives have asked members of the jewellery trade to help them hunt down a £250,000 diamond which was stolen in a robbery in Nottinghamshire.
A police force has told members of the public to ignore people dressed as clowns if they meet them in the street, following incidents in Norfolk and Northampton.
Women living in the South East have the highest average savings balances in the country, while female savers in the North East have the lowest, and those living in the South West and the East Midlands have the highest amounts saved as a proportion of their earnings, Halifax has reported.
A deranged businessman who murdered a family of four from Northamptonshire in a bloody revenge attack after a commercial relationship turned sour has been jailed for at least 40 years.
Rail passengers will have to contend with reduced services and buses replacing trains on routes in the East Midlands over Christmas and the new year period.
A house fire which killed two women and two young brothers near Chesterfield is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault, a fire service investigation has found.
A former Premier League football star has denied dangerous driving after a three-car crash in Nottinghamshire which left another motorist with a fractured elbow.
Chart act Kasabian are to headline a major outdoor show in their home town of Leicester next summer.
Utility giant Severn Trent, which supplies 4.2 million households and businesses across the Midlands and parts of Wales, courted further controversy over water bill hikes as it posted a rise in half-year earnings and confirmed a 6% increase in dividend payouts for shareholders.
A High Court battle over where the remains of King Richard III should be reburied - in Leicester or York - was adjourned as another party was added to the legal fray.
A book written to help children cope with losing a loved one is helping to raise funds for a Derbyshire hospice.
The family of a man shot dead in Nottingham as he sat in his taxi nearly 20 years ago have launched a Facebook page in a renewed bid to trace those responsible.
A businessman who stabbed a family of four from Northamptonshire to death has been found guilty of their murders.
The governors of a dysfunctional Muslim free school in Derby got things "very badly wrong", Michael Gove has said.
A man is in hospital with serious head injuries after he was found lying unconscious in an underpass in Leicester.
The body of a man found in a national park on Saturday is that of a missing senior police officer from Derbyshire, it has been confirmed.
Staff from homeware store Wilkinson have been digging deep for a Chesterfield hospice.
A street in Chesterfield will be blooming with colour come the spring thanks to a project which has seen disused public toilets demolished and replaced with benches and flower planters.
Coronary heart disease kills more than 5,800 people in the East Midlands each year, a charity has warned.
Western Power Distribution, which serves customers in the Midlands, the south west of England, and south Wales, has had its price controls agreed early.
Supermarket retailer Tesco was criticised by the Bishop of Derby in the Lords for selling "lads' mags".
A man is in serious condition in hospital after he was found collapsed in the street with a head injury in Nottingham.
A Northampton Conservative MP has attacked banks involved in the Government's controversial privatisation of Royal Mail, claiming the deal had cost taxpayers money.
A family has paid tribute to a GP from Nottinghamshire whose body was found on grassland two weeks after she went missing from her home.
A charity which transformed 12 acres of disused land in Leicester into a thriving food-growing project has teamed up with a co-operative to sell preserves made from their own fruit.
The grandmother of two young boys killed in a house fire near Chesterfield has spoken of her devastation at their deaths.
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