IN THE Press this week: We reveal health chiefs have given final approval for major changes at Dewsbury District Hospital to go ahead next month.
Permission to downgrade services including the maternity unit was granted earlier this year pending a safety review in June.
This has now reported and backed the changes, which come into effect from Friday September 16 and also involve children's services and surgery.
In exclusive interviews Coun Paul Kane and MP Paula Sherriff criticised the plans. Read what they have to say only in the paper.
Elsewhere, a fourth candidate has announced he is standing in the Batley and Spen parliamentary by-election prompted by the death of Jo Cox MP.
Rumours that a property developer was coming back to Mirfield with a controversial housing scheme have been scotched.
Motorists were in the news in both Mirfield and Batley, with claims of untaxed vehicles related to a gipsy camp in Mirfield and a police crackdown on dodgy vehicles in Batley.
And read our tribute to Dudley Ward, one of the central figures in Dewsbury life for decades, who has died at the age of 80.
Elsewhere in sport Keegan Hirst has signed a contract with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for 2017.
But it remains unclear if the 28-year-old prop forward will feature against London Broncos this weekend in round two of the 'middle 8s'. The Bulldogs captain missed his side's clash with Hull KR last weekend having been subject to internal disciplinary action at the club.
At Dewsbury Rams head coach Glenn Morrison is targeting a 100 per cent home record in the Championship Shield.
In the Rio Olympics 16-year-old diver Lois Toulson finished fifth in the 10m synchronised diving alongside partner Tonia Couch, having set a personal best score.
Also keep up to date with all the latest cricket news, follow the journey of talented young golfer Josh Morton and find out how Liversedge FC faired in their opening match of the NCEL Premier season.