In this week’s Express

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This week we lead on the fight to secure a long term future for Kellingley Colliery as the government are expected to grant a £10m loan for it to stay open until next year. We also have a special report on the impact the pit closing could have on the area.

Also in news:

- A cheery church organist will celebrate her 100th birthday tomorrow.

- Residents were given the chance to have their say on plans for a new £135m Castleford Tigers stadium and retail development at consultation events last week.

- A wife and her lover have been jailed for plotting by text to harm her husband.

- A man was seriously injured when a gang of three thugs barged their way into a house and subjected him to a violent assault.

In sport:

- Castleford Tigers ready for huge top of table clash with St Helens.

- All the latest from Castleford Tigers, including a reaction to their Tetley’s Challenge Cup win over Batley and the fifth round draw.

- Long serving Tigers star awarded a testimonial.

- All the latest from Featherstone Rovers as they crush Crusaders and now look to improve their away record.

- Pontefract Racecourse is up and running for 2014 with first meeting of the year.

- Tricky British Open draw for Pontefract squash star.

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