Prime Minister Theresa May is to announce £250 million to improve transport in the West Midlands as she visits the region today - including a major extension to the Midland Metro. The cash will fund an extension of the light-rail Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill in the Black Country. It's the first allocation from a new £1.7 billion "Transforming Cities" fund, designed to improve transport links and promote local growth within city regions across the country.
There’s a lot of bad news around at the moment. Westminster is mired in sleaze, Brexit negotiations are making slow progress and it’s not clear whether anyone is actually running the country. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Perhaps this is the right time to focus on the good news for once. After all, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Unemployment is down. In fact, in the West Midlands it fell by 5 per cent in just three months. That’s a fall from 164,000 people to 155,000 people.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has warned she is ready to introduce legislation forcing Channel 4 to move out of London. She told MPs: "If we cannot reach an agreement, we would need to legislate." And she welcomed an attempt by backbench MPs to introduce a Bill to require Channel 4 to relocate its headquarters. Her comments suggest the Government is not backing down in its battle with the broadcaster, which is determined to keep its current base in Westminster, central London.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".