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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 2 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 7 April

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for your company on the Live page today.

We're taking a few days off for the bank holiday weekend but we'll be back with rolling news from the south of Scotland on Tuesday 7 April.

Happy Easter!

Tomorrow's headlines

The need for vigilance over drugs issues makes the front page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard which is out tomorrow.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

'City deal' pursued

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region, which includes the Scottish Borders, is aiming to win a £1bn 'City Deal', under plans announced today.

The six local authorities in the region - Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Fife, Mid-, East and West Lothian - have agreed to work together to deliver a deal with the Scottish and UK Governments designed to grow the local, national and UK economies.

At the heart of the proposition lies a £1bn infrastructure fund, with priority areas for investment likely to include transport, housing, economic regeneration, energy and digital connectivity.

'Atmospheric' day

@welovehistory

Historic Scotland

tweets: Staff photo of an 'atmospheric' day @ Threave Castle, one of our grounds accessible by boat!
http://ow.ly/L7Z73

Threave Castle
Historic Scotland

Rain spreading

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

This evening and tonight, outbreaks of rain will spread north and eastwards across all parts of our region, preceded by sleet and light snow for a time - briefly - over higher ground.

The rain will turn lighter and patchier as the night goes on.

Temperatures will dip to around 2 Celsius in the coldest spots but many areas will hold at around 3 or 4C.

Tune in

Remember to listen to our last radio bulletins of the day from Selkirk and Dumfries at 16:30 and then at 17:30.

We're back with more regular broadcasts for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders tomorrow.

Connor on target

Borders College gamekeeping student Connor Dunlop won the Barry Morton Trophy in the student's clay shooting class at the annual BASC Gamekeepers' day at Scone Palace recently.

Connor (pictured, centre) excelled further by winning the pairs flush trophy as well.

Shooters
Borders College

Lecturer Gary Dickson also came third in the overall competition.

Get in touch

selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk

Send us your news, views and images from across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Email us at selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk or dumfries@bbc.co.uk.

We are also on Twitter @BBCSouthScot.

Gold cup challenge

Borders jockey Jason Hart will ride Mr Snoozy in Sunday's £20,000 Musselburgh Gold Cup.

Musselburgh race course
Kim Traynor

The Scottish track has another meeting tomorrow ahead of the big race.

Police assault charge

A man has appeared in court charged with carrying a knife and

assaulting a police officer during a disturbance at a supermarket in the Borders.

Krzysztof Lyszko, 42, was also accused of theft by shoplifting and obstructing police at the Tesco store in Paton Street, Galashiels, on Wednesday.

He appeared in private at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Lyszko, from Kelso, made no plea and the case was continued for further examination.

Norovirus closes another ward

A sickness outbreak has forced the closure of another ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Thirty patient cases have now been reported - all consistent with the norovirus - with nine staff affected.

Ward 12 has joined wards nine and 10 in being closed to admission and new transfers, and visiting restrictions are in place.

The closures are expected to remain in place over the Easter weekend.

Bus charge decision delayed

A "departure charge" levied on buses using the new Galashiels transport interchange

could increase five-fold.

Other
Scottish Borders Council

Operators using the old Stirling Street bus station were charged 35p per vehicle before its closure in 2013.

Councillors in the Borders had been asked to approve plans to increase the charge to use the £5.2m transport hub to £1.75 per vehicle.

However, a report outlining the proposals was withdrawn at a meeting of the full council on Thursday.

It will now be discussed at a later date.

Compost call

Scottish Borders Council

Anyone wishing to learn more about home composting can attend beginners workshops taking place this month at Woodside Walled Garden near Jedburgh.

The free workshops are being held on Saturday 4 April and Sunday 12 April by Dave and Jane Allan of Ask Organic, home composting advisors for Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

'Special' promotion

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

Stranraer manager Stevie Aitken aims

to achieve a "special" promotion to the Scottish Championship.

Stevie Aitken
SNS

The Stair Park side have not been in Scotland's second tier since the 2005-06 season but lead League One by a point. with five games to go.

Get involved - Andy Murray's tennis legacy

@Caspar10666

@Caspar10666

tweets: @BBCSouthScot @judmoo @andy_murray Come on Scotland, Build a tennis centre......its about time. UK only two slam champions are SCOTS.

Speedway training track sought

Southern Reporter

A director of Edinburgh Monarchs speedway team is seeking land in the Borders

to develop a training track for the sport's stars of the future.

Brian Gray revealed his scheme to The Southern this week, seeking readers' help to locate a piece of suitable ground in the region.

Train spotted

@BruceCBall

@BruceCBall

tweets: Just spotted the @BordersRailway liveried train at Haymarket. Will be great to see it at Tweedbank.

Train
Bruce Ball

Tennis call

Scotland has to capitalise on Andy Murray's Grand Slam success before he retires,

according to his mother, tennis coach Judy Murray.

Judy Murray
BBC

As her son clocked up his 500th career win, she said there was a "massive, massive opportunity" to grow the game in Scotland during a visit to Dumfries.

Cooking up a storm

A company developed by students at Castle Douglas High School has been awarded the top prize for young entrepreneurs in Dumfries and Galloway.

Castle Dining, which produced a cook book reflecting Castle Douglas Food Town, beat off competition from 12 other school teams to land the regional title.

They'll now go one to the final of Scottish Young Enterprise Awards which will be held in Glasgow in June.

Sevens preparations

@MelroseRugby

@MelroseRugby

tweets: Stands going up here at the Greenyards for next week's @AberdeenAssetUK Melrose7s

Melrose Rugby
Melrose Rugby

Ice Bowl action

@smats1984

@smats1984

tweets: Once more at the Dumfries Ice Bowl, day's starting with Kaz-NZ followed by Poland-Korea. Some great hockey to be played! #ww2015

Pleasant in the sun

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be dry and bright across the Borders this afternoon, with hazy sunshine.

Cloud will continue to thicken from the southwest, eventually bringing rain into Galloway by the end of the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach 7 to 9 Celsius, and with mainly light winds, it'll feel pleasant in the sun.

Top stories

Coming up on our local radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders at 12:30.

Tune in again at 16:30 and 17:30 for more from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

League One tussle

@Kenny_Crawford

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

tweets: Spoke to @StranraerFC boss Stevie Aitken about the exciting League One title chase...more on @BBCSportScot website later.

Vale victorious

In last night's Lowland League football, a Shaun Stevens hat-trick helped Vale of Leithen to a 4-2 victory at Whitehill Welfare. Alan Flanagan got Vale's other goal.

Gala Fairydean Rovers' match at BSC Glasgow was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Threave concerns

The back page of today's Galloway News features both Threave Rovers and successful rugby side the Stewartry Sirens.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Queens hero

@queenstrust

@queenstrust

tweets: #ThrowbackThursday 1932 @ChelseaFC v @NUFC programme featuring former @OfficialQosFC player Hughie Gallacher

Football programme
Other

Railway fund

Border Telegraph

A £50,000 fund to help local groups and communities across the region celebrate the return of the railway in September

will be launched today by Scottish Borders Council.

The cash will be used to support a range of events, including trips, open days and street parties along with lasting legacy projects, including railway-themed improvements to public spaces and playparks which must be fully completed by March 31 next year.

Nato exercise set to start

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

One of Europe's largest Nato military exercises

starts in the UK on Saturday.

Navy operations
ABE McNatt/US Navy

Joint Warrior is held twice a year - in April and October - and includes several locations in Scotland and in the sea off its coast.

Curling champion

The Southern Reporter back page today honours the achievement of Kelso curler Cameron Bryce.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Galashiels debate audience sought

Audience members are being sought for a BBC Radio Scotland hustings debate in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders ahead of the General Election.

It is for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency and is being held on Wednesday, 22 April.

If you would like to be in the audience at the Scottish Borders Campus at Netherdale in Galashiels, you can apply online.

The email address for applications is bordersdebate@bbc.co.uk.

Car problems

The Galloway News front page today leads on noise problems in Castle Douglas.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Revival ended

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scotland revival at the World Men's Curling Championships was brought to a halt as they fell to a heavy 7-1 defeat to host nation Canada.

Ewan MacDonald's rink - including Dumfries and Galloway's Euan Byers - had started a revival of fortunes with an extra-end win over Switzerland.

Pringle's story

Steven Brocklehurst

BBC Scotland news website

It has become an international fashion brand, famous for luxury cashmere knitwear,

but Pringle of Scotland began life 200 years ago making underwear.

Grace Kelly
Archives du palais princier de monaco

Its twinsets have been worn and loved by Hollywood film stars such as Grace Kelly and its Argyle diamond-patterned golf jumpers made the leap from the green to street fashion but Robert Pringle's firm began life in Hawick in 1815 making stockings and long-johns.

According to Alistair O'Neill, curator of the new exhibition Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story, at the National Galleries of Scotland, it was not until after World War One that Pringle began to make its name in cardigans and jumpers.

Boundary anger

The Southern Reporter is out today and leads on plans to reduce the number of councillors in the Scottish Borders.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Needle find increase

Colin Colthart

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

There has been a large increase in the number of drug users' needles found abandoned in Dumfries and Galloway,

according to a new report.

Needle
Thinkstock

A total of 656 syringes were found discarded in the region in 2014/15 - 40% more than in the previous year.

Travel latest

In Dumfries temporary lights are still scheduled to be in use at Laurieknowe between the New Abbey Road and Rotchell Road today with possible peak times delays.

Temporary lights will also be in use on the A701 at Locharbriggs from 09:30 and stop-go boards will be in use on the A75 at Springholm for a couple of hours from 10am.

Also on the A75 traffic controls will be in use at Glenluce and Dunragit, and it's a similar picture on the A77 north of Cairnryan and on the A76 at Enterkinfoot.

Sunny spells

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It's a chilly start with a frost in places. Beyond that, though, it'll be largely dry across the south today, with sunny spells.

Cloud will tend to thicken through the morning, turning the sunshine hazy, and eventually bringing rain into Galloway by the end of the afternoon.

A few showers may clip the Berwickshire coast at times.

Temperatures will reach 7 to 9 Celsius, and with mainly light winds, it'll feel pleasant in the sunshine.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome on board for another day of news, sport, travel and weather from across southern Scotland.

Get in touch with your news, views and images on dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

If you are on Twitter, you can contact us via @BBCSouthScot.