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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 29 April

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By Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today, tune in now to hear our debate from the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency chaired by Willie Johnston.

Then join us tomorrow morning from 9am with more news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Antiques Road Trip visit

Berwickshire News

BBC 1's Antiques Road Trip presenters Anita Manning and David Harper were in the Borders and Northumberland last week

filming for a series to be shown in the autumn.

Antique businesses in Duns, Berwick, Powburn and Jedburgh will all feature in the autumn series but no one was giving the game away as to which expert came away the winner.

TV date for Doonhamers

Queen of the South's Scottish Premiership play-off quarter-final with either Rangers or Hibs will be screened live by BT Sport.

The first leg at Palmerston will be played at 5.30pm on Saturday 9 May with the away game at 3.30pm on Sunday 17 May.

Should the Doonhamers progress, the semi-finals will also be televised at 7.45pm on Wednesday 20 May and 12 noon on Saturday 23 May.

The final is on BT Sport also at 7.45pm on Thursday 28 May and 3pm on Sunday 31 May.

Cloud moving in

BBC Scotland Weather

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A fairly dry start to the night with clear spells, before an area of heavier rain and thicker cloud moves in overnight.

It will be quite heavy through the early hours and breezy too from the south or south west. Lows overnight around 3 or 4 celsius.

Bulletin reminder

Remember there is news, sport, travel and weather coming up at 16:30 from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios.

But there is no 17:30 bulletin tonight, we are broadcasting a debate from the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency at 17:00 instead.

Back to school

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@WilliamsRacing

tweets: Frank & Claire are in Scotland today to visit Frank's old school, St Joseph's College in Dumfries #FWBacktoSchool

Frank Williams
Williams Racing

Weatherson's super strike honoured

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tweets: .@Leighgriff09 & @spoonsy1980 star men in #SPFL Team of the Week. @craigfowler86 explains why
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Team of the week
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Crash victim football tribute

Southern Reporter

Albert Park will be the setting for a big occasion tomorrow evening as

the Hawick ground is staging a very special football match.

Organised in the memory of an extremely talented young Hawick footballer who died recently following a car crash, the Dale Whillans Memorial Match is the brainchild of a group of Dale's close friends.

Norovirus latest

The norovirus outbreak at the Borders General Hospital continues to affect wards.

The Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) remains closed to admissions and two bays in Ward 4 are also closed.

In addition, one bay at Haylodge Hospital in Peebles is shut.

Photographic attraction

This year's Spring Fling open studios event across Dumfries and Galloway

features the work of a number of photographers.

Spring Fling
Roger Lever

The event runs from 23 to 25 May this year.

Jewellery stolen

Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen from a Borders farmhouse.

Some time between 5pm on Saturday and 8am on Monday, thieves broke into the property near West Linton by jemmying open a conservatory door.

Food and drink focus

@DGFoodandDrink

@DGFoodandDrink

tweets: D&G's Regional Tourism Conference kicks off with a food & drink focus #dgtourism15 #eatscottish

Conference
Lorna Young

Park appearance anger

Galloway Gazette

Forestry Commission Scotland has been met with 'shock and anger'

over the appearance of the Galloway Forest Park amid efforts to tackle larch disease.

With vast swathes of - albeit infected - greenery removed, leaving a sea of brown stumps and dead pine needles, visitors to Galloway's famous national park over Easter were horrified at the changed landscape.

Medicine waste awareness

NHS Borders Director of Pharmacy, Alison Wilson, is launching Medicines Waste Awareness Week which will take place between 11 and 15 May.

Pills
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Over the course of the week the public are being asked to check their cupboards for stocks of unused or unwanted medicines and return them to their local pharmacy where they can be disposed of safely.

Merrick rescue

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team were called out last night to search for a walker who had failed to return from the Merrick.

The Merrick
Galloway MRT

Team Leader Ken Mackenzie, who co-ordinated the search, said: "The conditions on the Merrick were wintry and deteriorating.

"We met the overdue walker's companion at Bruce's Stone and team members started a search on the popular 'tourist route' path to the summit.

"At about 10.40pm the missing walker was found safe and well being escorted down the path by two forestry workers."

Champions defend titles

On Sunday more than 90 of Scotland's best time triallists made the journey to Eddleston, just outside Peebles in the Scottish Borders, to compete in the Scottish Cycling National Olympic Time Trial Championships.

Defending champions Chris Smart and Lynsey Curran were victorious once more.

Boy sought after break-in

Police are trying to trace two men and a young boy in connection with

a break-in at a south of Scotland hotel.

Hotel
John Ferguson

Alcohol worth £1,800 and £3,000 in cash were taken from Wigtown's Ploughman Hotel at 23:30 on Sunday.

Sunshine and showers

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A combination of sunshine and showers at first this afternoon, any snow will tend to be over the hills.

There is a small chance of thunder and some hail too.

As the fresh westerly wind eases the showers become fewer later in the day with more in the way of dry sunny weather to end the afternoon on.

Highs of 10 celsius but dropping a good few degrees as the showers pass.

Radio bulletins

Tune in at 12:30 for the latest radio news bulletins from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

More to come from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios later today.

Golden Ticket

A Galashiels man who purchased the last ever Waverley line ticket from his hometown to Edinburgh is the latest Golden Ticket recipient.

Bill Hastings
Scottish Borders Council

Bill Hastings will ride on a special Borders Railway train journey on Saturday 5 September - a day before the first paying customers get on board.

Bill will be accompanied by wife Marion, with the experience being extra special for the couple as 5 September is their 45th wedding anniversary.

Sponsor hopes

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scottish football

could be set for a new league sponsor ahead of the new season.

Amid speculation that a deal is close the Scottish Premier Football League have told BBC Scotland that "talks are ongoing" to secure a new backer for the four divisions.

Crash appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses to a

two car crash which blocked the A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie Road.

The smash involving a Suzuki Swift and Ford Ranger, happened just after 2.30pm yesterday at the entrance to Burnside Farm at Lochmaben.

The drivers of vehicles - a 59-year-old man from Lockerbie and a 33-year-old man for Lochmaben - were trapped for a time, but weren't seriously injured.

Food and drink event

Dumfries and Galloway's food and drink industry will come under the spotlight today at the region's annual tourism conference.

Smoked salmon
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Jointly organised by VisitScotland and the council, the Dumfries event will focus on opportunities presented in this, the Year of Food and Drink Scotland.

Lowland clash

Gala Fairydean head west to play BSC Glasgow in the Lowland League tonight.

And there are three fixtures in the Border Amateur League. Ancrum host Greenlaw and Stow entertain Leithen Rovers in the A division. And there's a C league encounter between Melrose and Duns.

Election debate

You can hear from all the candidates contesting the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency later today in a special BBC Scotland hustings which was recorded live last night in Moffat Town Hall.

Moffat hustings
BBC

The hour-long programme will be broadcast at 5pm today and will also be available online.

Journey home

Borders journalist David Knox and his family, stranded in Nepal following the massive earthquake there, could begin their journey back to the UK today.

Despite a terrible few days, he said the family were all in good spirits - and would hopefully be home before the weekend.

Gull battle resumes

An egg and nest removal scheme to try to tackle the problem of aggressive urban seagulls

is set to resume.

Seagull
BBC

It has run in Dumfries for a number of years and claims to have seen the number of adult birds breeding in the town decline "considerably".

Exam time

Thousands of pupils are preparing to sit the new look Higher qualifications

as the exams period gets under way in Scottish schools.

Exam sitting
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Changes were made to tie them in with the new National 4 and 5 qualifications that replaced Standard Grades.

Petitions considered

Holyrood's public petitions committee is to look at

how to take forward three issues raised during its visit to Dumfries.

Crayfish
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Flood defence proposals, meat processing regulations and marine protection laws will be considered for a second time by MSPs.

Chilly start

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A chilly start with possibly a touch of frost initially and a risk of icy patches where surfaces are damp.

Sunshine and showers on the cards today, although still a lot of dry sunny weather in between.

A fresh westerly breeze at first today pushing the showers through quite quickly, as the wind eases the showers become fewer. Highs of 10 celsius, feeling somewhat colder during any showers.

Works begin

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Work starting at 8am today - A76 Southbound - Carronbridge - temp lights to clear 3x blockages south of Carronbridge.

More snow

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tweets: MORE snow #A74(M) around J15 Beattock! If you're heading that way please drive to road conditions & take extra care!

Snowy road
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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and we're off once more with all the news, sport, travel and weather for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Stick with us until 5pm for regular updates from across our region.