BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Decision on M4 relief road sparks new row

South Wales Argus: POLITICS Wales 105430 (2282705)

6:19pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

LAST week's announcement that the Welsh Government is backing a new motorway across the Gwent Levels provoked a backlash from critics and was welcomed by those backing the "black route". So what happens now? JEN MILLS reports.

Newport's town bridge sealed off due to police incident

South Wales Argus: Gwent Police Logo2.jpg

5:36pm Friday 18th July 2014

TOWN Bridge is sealed off this afternoon due to a police incident.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent councils facing more cuts

South Wales Argus: TRANSFER: Sport and leisure services in Newport are set to be transferred from council control to a trust. This has already happened in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.

6:17pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

With the Welsh Government indicating that councils across the country could be facing budget cuts as deep as 4.5 per cent next year, NATHAN BRIANT finds out what it means for Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The student voices behind planned university cuts

South Wales Argus: Students at the Acorn Centre in Abergavenny (L-R) Kelly Brown, Sharron Clarke, Sally Jones, David Holman and his daughter Tanaka Abigail Shaw, Nikki Wilkins, Janet McCarthy, Annwen Holland, and Kathy Batten (7841174)

11:36am Wednesday 9th July 2014

LAST month the Argus revealed 100 part-time student places could leave Gwent if cuts proposed by the University of South Wales go ahead this year, while some courses in Caerleon are already being stopped. EMMA MACKINTOSH spoke to some of the students who could be affected.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Will the Newport Nato summit boost the city?

South Wales Argus: Newport NATO Summit Logo (7529320)

6:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

As Newport is snubbed from the Nato summit’s title and an overwhelming majority believe there are no benefits to be had, LAURA LEA asks the people of Newport how we can benefit from the global event this autumn.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Pit closures still blighting Gwent

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6:30pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

COAL mining areas in South Wales continue to be blighted by the effects of the huge job losses caused by pit closures throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and still require support to help them recover, a new State of the Coalfields report concludes. ANDY RUTHERFORD looks at former mining areas in Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: 'Cuts hitting older people'

South Wales Argus: CAMPAIGNING: Sarah Rochira

6:15pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

PUBLIC service cuts are hitting the quality of life of older people in Wales, says Older People's Commissioner Sarah Rochira. NATHAN BRIANT reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Are blocked brooks to blame for flooding?

South Wales Argus: WATERWAY: The footpath from the St Joseph's Meadow estate to the railway line had at least a foot of water. -Photo taken by Mike Villars (6690998)

6:03pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

People whose homes were flooded in Cwmbran last month are still living with the fall-out of the waters damaging their properties. LAURA LEA investigates.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Eisteddfod will be ‘lasting legacy‘ for Abergavenny

South Wales Argus: CB 2.8.10 REPORTER BEN
THE EISTEDDFOD IN EBBW VALE .  THE  CROWNING OF THE BARD CEREMONY . GLENYS MAIR GLYN ROBERTS BEING CROWNED  (6373569)

6:20pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

The biggest cultural event in Wales is coming to Monmouthshire in 2016. Carys Thomas and Kath Skellon report on what this will bring to the county.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent less likely to be hooked on sport

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12:47pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

Despite an encouraging study showing the numbers of adults who regularly take part in exercise is growing in Wales, it is growing faster in other parts of the country than in Gwent, KEILIGH BAKER discovers.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Recycling fears push councils to their limits

South Wales Argus: A bin lorry collection round through the streets of Newport (2905302)

6:03pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

LOCAL authorities across Gwent are looking at very different ways of reducing their landfill waste, including the potential for monthly bin collections, as JOHN PHILLIPS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Count down to Queen’s Baton Relay in Blaenau Gwent

South Wales Argus: Queen's Baton Relay  (3318277)

3:47pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

IT’S now less than one month to go until the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Blaenau Gwent and the community is gearing up to support it. HAYLEY MILLS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Is Welsh Government backing food industry?

South Wales Argus: Rogerstone's Avana Bakeries will be closing and that there will be a number of job losses.  Pictured is Avana company logo on one of the pedestrian gates. (5198346)

6:03pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE food industry was dealt a massive blow last week as Avana Bakeries confirmed the closure of their site in Newport putting around 650 jobs at risk.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Should e-cigarettes be banned in public places?

South Wales Argus: E-cigarettes "just another way of smoking" warn health chiefs

10:42am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Electronic cigarettes have 1.3 million users in the UK so how will the Welsh Government proposals to ban the use of them in public places and places of work affect them? CARYS THOMAS looks into the argument for and against the ban of e-cigarettes in Wales.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Why won’t NHS fund life-changing op?

South Wales Argus: Behind the Headlines - Bayli Lippiet. Pictured is Bayli Lippiet at home in Fleur de Lys, near Blackwood. (4795683)

6:10pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

MORE than 20 children from Wales have undergone radical surgery - most of them in the USA - to help overcome problems that severely restrict their mobility and balance. Health reporter ANDY RUTHERFORD reports on a parent-driven campaign that is seeking to get the treatment, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), available on the NHS.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How the film industry is adopting Gwent

6:20pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

With previous attempts at revitalising the Welsh films and entertainment industry in the form of Dragon International Studios (aka Valleywood), people involved in the business are eagerly waiting to see how well the new Pinewood Studios Wales will perform. ALEX JAMES JONES looks into how important filming is to the Gwent area and how this ties in to Pinewood.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Miners' strike anniversary brings calls for inquiry

South Wales Argus: STAND-OFF: Police and striking miners at the Celynen colliery during the 1984-85 strike

6:15pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

IT WAS a bitter conflict which has left wounds for decades and is now sparking continued calls for a public inquiry. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the1984/5 miners' strike, and NATHAN BRIANT takes a look at whether there is an appetite for such a probe in Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Major hospital services shake-up ahead

South Wales Argus: Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Gwent Hospital on Cardiff Road, Newport. (4010944)

1:45pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

HEALTH boards across South Wales - with one notable exception - have voted to concentrate key services at fewer hospitals, to try to protect them and improve quality for patients. Health reporter ANDY RUTHERFORD reports on a process that will begin in within months, even though in Gwent the hospital that will house these services has yet to be built.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Neknominate: The Russian roulette of drinking games?

South Wales Argus: Newport drug campaigners hit back over criticism of scheme

6:51pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

As Gwent's PCC slams online drinking craze Neknominate as a real-life Russian roulette, LAURA LEA looks at the game making headlines and claiming lives.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Newport Ship needs funding to keep project afloat

South Wales Argus: SCALE MODEL: Toby Jones with a 1:10 scale replica of the Newport Ship

6:10pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

After a decade of work on the Newport Ship specialists are sharing their wealth of information with the world. But with funding cuts planned a council officer says a trust is the best way forward for the project. DAVID DEANS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: M4 relief road - what route next for South Wales?

South Wales Argus: Lorry RTC in the Brynglas tunnels.

Chris Prior from Usk. A friend of mine was driving the lorry that collided with the tanker. Driver is fine.  (3543003)

6:12pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

DEBATE has raged for years, decades even, about what should be done to the M4 around Newport.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Job aid for those who served their country

South Wales Argus: ACTIVE SERVICE: Military personnel have skills which are in demand in civilian life Picture: JON BEVAN

6:10pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

A PONTYPOOL-based charity is helping ex-servicemen and women into jobs in civvy street. ROB OWEN investigates.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Joy as Cwmcarn High reopens its doors

South Wales Argus: GLAD TO BE BACK: Teacher Charlotte Vaux takes a georgaphy lesson at Cwmcarn High School

9:14am Tuesday 7th January 2014

No less than 14 months after the school first closed over airborne asbestos fears, pupils were relieved to get back to Cwmcarn High yesterday. CAIO IWAN and EMMA MACKINTOSH look back at the school's turbulent journey.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Can we address our obesity problem?

South Wales Argus: OVERWEIGHT: Too many of us are obese putting the NHS under increasing and unsustainable pressure

6:00pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

CHILDHOOD obesity is one of the biggest threats to public health not only in Wales, but across the UK.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Newport Velodrome builds on 10 years of success

South Wales Argus: VERSATILE VENUE: Newport City Council cabinet member for leisure and culture Cllr Debbie Wilcox

6:12pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

THROUGHOUT its lifetime, the 250 metre track has been used by many cycling greats from Sir Chris Hoy to Mark Colbourne, but the arena is also the base for the head office of Welsh Cycling and Newport Velo Youth Cycling Club.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent Music Support Service still standing

South Wales Argus: TALENTED: Gwent Music Support Service students line up outside the Royal Albert Hall

6:10pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

DESPITE some setbacks in the past, Gwent Music Support Service is continuing to produce talent as Nathan Briant finds out.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent plays its part in Doctor Who story

South Wales Argus: BOWING OUT: Matt Smith is soon to leave Dr Who

6:00pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of science fiction TV series Doctor Who. NATHAN BRIANT takes a look at the links between the programme and Gwent.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: ‘Embrace Nato talks - the world is coming to Newport'

South Wales Argus: NATO: Some 60 heads of state are expected

12:50pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

THERE was excitement last month when Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the military alliance would be convening at the Celtic Manor Resort next autumn, as well as venues in Cardiff.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Why educating the young about Gwent's Chartist heritage is vital

South Wales Argus: Behind the headlines feature
Pat Drewett, of the Chartist Society, at his home in Keynsham Avenue, Newport (2289896)

6:02pm Tuesday 5th November 2013

Today [TUES], hundreds of school children will march down Stow Hill to the Westgate Hotel in the footsteps of the Chartists who did so 174 years ago. LAURA LEA finds out why education must be at the heart of remembering this extraordinary piece of local history.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: We’re in good shape, says NHS Wales chief

South Wales Argus: Submitted pic from internet
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6:02pm Tuesday 8th October 2013

UNPRECEDENTED demand on emergency departments, more than 2,500 operations cancelled and threats of a massive squeeze on budgets. It has been a tough year for the NHS in Wales.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Let trains take strain as Gwent valleys marooned

South Wales Argus: ELECTRIC PLAN: The rail line at Ebbw Vale

1:20pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

IT will be a depressingly familiar picture for many across Gwent.

More premature babies surviving at Royal Gwent

4:01pm Tuesday 20th August 2013

More babies born prematurely are surviving to go home. Jen Mills visited the neo-natal unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital, to find out about a revolution in care over the past 20 years

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Welcome for Old Town Dock regeneration

South Wales Argus: PLAN: How the development at Newport's Old Town Dock could look

4:40pm Tuesday 25th June 2013

Plans to transform Newport’s Old Town Dock are being welcomed as a much-needed boost for the city. JEN MILLS reports.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: PCCs under scrutiny after Gwent's top cop retires

South Wales Argus: CONTROVERSIAL DECISION: Gwent police and crime commissioner Ian Johnston

9:39am Tuesday 18th June 2013

The forced retirement of Carmel Napier exclusively revealed by the Argus last week has triggered a debate on whether the power of PCCs should be curtailed. Now a Home Office committee led by MP Keith Vaz will investigate the matter. DAVID DEANS, SOPHIE BROWNSON and NATALIE CROCKETT report.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: 'Too many myths' about drink or drug-driving

South Wales Argus: BREATH TEST: Gwent Police officers will take part in the all-Wales crackdown on drink and drug-driving, which will include more frequent stop checks

7:30pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

FORCES usually run such campaigns in summer and at Christmas, as shown by the poster above Too many myths about drink or drug-driving Every month 23 people in Britain are killed and 108 are seriously injured by drink or drug drivers.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Safer A465 could be at cost of wildlife

South Wales Argus: UPGRADE: An artist’s impression of the A465 after it is dualled, with its split-level carriageway, improved junctions, viewpoints and extra lay-bys

4:40pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

LAST week the final design for the scheme to dual the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road between Gilwern and Brynmawr was revealed.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: ‘Shops, art and leisure can revive Newport’

South Wales Argus: BLEAK TIMES: Empty shops on Commercial Street in Newport

5:16pm Tuesday 21st May 2013

With regeneration plans put into place to transform Newport’s city centre, SOPHIE BROWNSON, DANIELLE SHERIDAN and DEAN PROSSER asked the people of Newport what they would really like to see happen to regenerate it.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Big demand for Welsh education means crunch time for planners

South Wales Argus: WELSH-MEDIUM SCHOOL: A teacher and pupils in a workshop in the newly refurbished block at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw

2:40pm Tuesday 14th May 2013

IN THREE years’ time pupils from Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire who want to go to a Welsh-medium high school in their catchment area could find they have nowhere to go.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Still hope for Newport's medieval ship

South Wales Argus: Blow to plans for displaying medieval ship in Newport

4:10pm Tuesday 26th March 2013

LAST week’s Colliers report into the Newport Ship may have proved difficult reading for supporters of what’s thought of as the largest, best-preserved medieval ship in the UK, commanding international attention.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How Gwent councils are bridging budget gaps

South Wales Argus: CONCERT CAMPAIGN: Gwent music students played outside Newport Civic Centre in protest at proposed cuts to Gwent Music Support Service

12:10pm Tuesday 12th March 2013

Gwent’s councils have set their budgets for 2013/14 and, while some have closed services, others haven’t. But the financial outlook is not good and future years could be bleak. DAVID DEANS investigates.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Obesity bill could hit £10bn by 2050

South Wales Argus: BATTLE OF THE BULGE: Pam Bland from Abergavenny weighed more than 25 stones before she was referred to the specialist obesity clinic now she has lost 12 stone

3:20pm Tuesday 5th March 2013

WEIGHT loss surgery on the NHS in Wales could quadruple, and intensive multi-disciplinary help be made more widely available for severely obese people, following a specialist services review.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: ‘Skills will be lost if Gwent music service cash goes'

South Wales Argus: IN DEMAND: Members of Gwent Music Society take part in many events, here members are seen in rehearsal for a concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff

4:40pm Tuesday 8th January 2013

WHAT is it to be part of the Gwent Music Support Service? As Newport council considers whether or not it will axe its funding to the service, DAVID DEANS investigates how it touches the lives of thousands of children it works with every year.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Heads down for ‘more rigorous’ GCSE exams

South Wales Argus: East Lancashire headteachers say scrapping GCSEs would be retrograde

3:20pm Tuesday 4th December 2012

WALES could end up with a separate system of qualifications from England after a report recommended GCSEs remain here, while across the border plans for an entirely new qualification are moving ahead.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Plans for £250m Ebbw Vale race centre well on track

South Wales Argus: WELSH RACE CENTRE: The latest artist’s impression of the Circuit of Wales, Ebbw Vale

1:40pm Tuesday 27th November 2012

With plans for a £250 million motorsport centre in Ebbw Vale expected to be submitted next month, ALISON SANDERS and EMMA MACKINTOSH look at how the plans are progressing and what the development could mean for the Gwent Valleys. PLANS for a multi-millionpound racing circuit in Ebbw Vale have moved a step closer.

Does public art inspire, or is it a frivolous waste of cash?

South Wales Argus: Artist and sculptor Sebastien Boyesen

3:29pm Tuesday 30th October 2012

WALKING around our towns and cities we may have become used to the sculptures, statues, murals and other pieces of public art which have become part and parcel of our communities. Conservative or wacky, beautiful or ugly, people either love them or hate them. ALISON SANDERS looked at the contribution public art in Gwent has made and whether it can be justified in today's economic uncertainty.

Missing Caldicot man’s parents cling to hope despite their torment

South Wales Argus: STILL WAITING: Catherine and Jeff Nutley from Caldicot

3:10pm Tuesday 9th October 2012

EVENTS in Machynlleth last week brought back painful memories for a Caldicot family, who are still waiting for answers eight years after their son vanished. CHRIS WOOD spoke to Geoff and Catherine Nutley as the eighth anniversary of James’ disappearance looms.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: New list of possible Gipsy sites spurs hundreds to voice concern

South Wales Argus: OBJECTIONS: Residents of Castleton on a proposed site in their village which is on an unadopted road and backs onto houses and countryside

1:18pm Wednesday 26th September 2012

A new list of proposed Gipsy and traveller sites in Newport has spurred hundreds of concerned residents into action. DAVID DEANS reports.

Dangerous dogs: jail terms aim to deter

South Wales Argus: JAILED: Kirk Fleming, owner of a pitbull mastiff cross which attacked Kay Piatek

3:50pm Tuesday 4th September 2012

 Last week, the first man from Gwent was jailed under the new sentencing guidelines for convictions under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Emma Mackintosh and Ben Frampton look at the changes in the law and dangerous dog ownership.

Dangerous dog owners now face harsher sentences

South Wales Argus: Sutton granted first Dog Control Order

6:00am Tuesday 4th September 2012

Last week, the first man from Gwent was jailed under the new sentencing guidelines for convictions under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Emma Mackintosh and Ben Frampton look at the changes in the sentencing guidelines and dangerous dog ownership.

Keen young helpers lend a hand in Gwent

South Wales Argus: Volunteers (back from left) Ross Weaver, Victoria Couzens, Stacey Butler, (front from left) Gemma Nichols, Lowri Taylor, Jenni Hughes

3:20pm Tuesday 28th August 2012

A NEW survey has found 74 per cent of all volunteers in Wales are between 18 and 24. But why are so many young people volunteering? KEILIGH BAKER meets Gwent youngsters who are making a difference.






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