A car is on fire on one of the Midlands' busiest motorways this evening. Firefighters have been rushed to the scene between junction 2 (Oldbury) and junction 1 (West Bromwich). Six miles of delays have been reported despite only one of three lanes having been initially closed. Travel time between the two junctions is an estimated two hours. Follow news and travel updates on the incident below.
A bull is on the has escaped form a field and is running free across Solihull this morning. Police are hot on the trail of the bull which escaped from a nearby field. There were reported sightings of the beast in town centre and near Monkspath Junior and Infant School in Farmhouse Way, Shirley. West Midlands Police confirmed they were attendance at a field near the school as they awaited the arrival of the farmer who owns the bull.
The most rapidly improving city in the UK has been named in a new report - Birmingham. Britain's Second City has undergone a transformation in recent years, after decades of neglect. Factors such as transport, work-life balance, inequality and health, as well as income levels were analysed by consulting group PwC and thinktank Demos. Out of 42 cities it found Birmingham had improved the most in its 2017 Good Growth for Cities index.
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".