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The UK business community thinks that the regional press is the most useful media for local business news, according to a survey by The Newspaper Society.
More than a third believe that regional papers have their finger on the pulse of businesses in their region, and 69 per cent believe it is the most trustworthy section of the media.


Tony Blair has backed mounting calls for the Yorkshire Evening Post to be able to name and shame local teenage yobs, despite several magistrates continuing to place bans on identifying under 18s served with anti-social behaviour orders.
The Prime Minister said, on a visit to Leeds: “We’ll give courts greater discretion for these people to be identified. Effectively this will mean you will be able to use an individual’s identity unless the magistrates put a ban in place for a specific reason.” At the moment it is generally the other way around.


TV cookery challenge programme Out of the Frying Pan has been featuring journalists from the regional press as some of its guest judges.
One of the first to appear on the Nottingham-produced contest, screened on ITV1, was Evening Post features editor Jerry Lewis.


The Ipswich Evening Star’s Cap the Tax campaign, fighting for low council taxes, has been welcomed by local council finance chiefs.
In a letter to the paper, finance chief David Rowe said the campaign: “had resulted in a large number of responses and added to our own consultation events and programme.”


An overwhelming 95 per cent of readers who took part in a vote on the Yorkshire Evening Post website asked for the Government to allow parents to choose single jabs to immunize against measles, mumps and rubella.


The Bristol Evening Post was among eight organisations at a special ceremony pledging to do their bit to stamp out racism.
It signed the Joint Declaration on Racial Equality along with other major companies and agencies.


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