Four things you should know in Yorkshire today

TODAY we saw distressing scenes after a fatal explosion at a house near York; heard a Bradford mother plead not guilty to murdering her two children; were told how Yorkshire is well prepared to avoid a repeat of the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic; and grew envious at the pampered pussies at a Dewsbury pet hotel who are to feature on US TV.

The scene on Springwood in Haxby, York, where a house has been demolished by a suspected gas explosion.

Here are four things you need to know so far today:

Man killed in suspected gas explosion

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An investigation has been launched after a man died and houses were damaged in a major explosion in Haxby, York, earlier today.

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Mother denies murdering her children

A Bradford mother has admitted killer her two children but denies murdering them.

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Farming can avoid foot and mouth relapse

On the 15th anniversary of the start of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, a leading Yorkshire farmer has expressed confidence in the industry’s ability to deal with the disease.

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Dewsbury pet hotel’s purr-fect TV opportunity

A celebrated luxury cat hotel in Dewsbury is to become the focus of a new reality show on American TV.

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