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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 14 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Friday 15 May

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for another day on the South of Scotland Live page - thanks for joining us.

We'll be back with more live updates tomorrow from 9am.

Dry end to the day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry end to the day with some bright or sunny spells this evening.

Still cloudy in places through and breezy from the east along the Solway.

Overnight, it's dry with winds veering southerly by dawn and the cloud tends to clear, leaving a cool night with temperatures around 4C.

Bike festival road closures

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Looking forward to @tweedlovefest but please note there will be some road closures in #Peebles on Tues
http://ow.ly/MWIIT

Sevens suggestion

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scotland would be better without director of rugby Scott Johnson

rather than downgrading their sevens team, says former forward Iain Morrison.

Scott Johnson
SNS

Scottish Rugby's board is expected to make an announcement about their squad after a Thursday board meeting.

Bulletin time

Don't miss our local radio news bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders coming up at 16:30 and 17:30.

More again tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

Slow moo-ving traffic

@RSPBDandG

@RSPBDandG

tweets: #traffic on the @MullofGalloway reserve ;)

Cows
RSPB

Healthcare award shortlist

NHS Borders has been shortlisted for the CHKS Top Hospitals programme data quality award for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales 2015.

The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK and are presented to acute sector organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.

Fish landings rise

The quantity and value of fish landed by Scottish boats soared in 2014,

according to new figures.

Fishing boat
PA

The volume increased by 31% to 480,400 tonnes, and was worth £513m - up 19%.

Queens remain upbeat

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Queens have refused to throw in the play-off towel

despite losing 2-1 to Rangers on Saturday.

The Doonhamers now need to overcome the narrow first leg deficit when they face Stuart McCall's men at Ibrox on Sunday.

Replace Dumfries sports centre?

The team behind plans to overhaul school provision in Dumfries has recommended

replacing a sports centre in the town.

The David Keswick Sports Centre was initially earmarked for refurbishment.

However a survey of the building has revealed its entire roof needs replaced, together with all its windows.

Pitch progress

A turf cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday to mark the start of work on a new £750,000 artificial pitch in Selkirk.

Selkirk pitch works
Scottish Borders Council

The 2G surface is being built next to Selkirk High School and is being funded by Scottish Borders Council (£500,000) and sportscotland (£250,000).

Perth success

There was success for the Borders at Perth racecourse last night.

Trainer Sandy Thomson won with Just Awake while Stuart Coltherd and Grant Cockburn teamed up for a victory with Seventeen Black.

Final venue

@fairydeanrovers

@fairydeanrovers

tweets: Lowland League Cup - For the second successive year Netherdale has been chosen to host the LL Cup Final.

Gala Fairydean Rovers
Gala Fairydean Rovers

Norovirus ward reopens

Ward 12 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary will reopen today following an outbreak of norovirus, the NHS has confirmed.

The ward has been closed for more than a week.

Infection control manager Elaine Ross said: "I'd like to thank patients and the public once again for their continued support and co-operation during the period where patients and staff have been affected by norovirus which is circulating in the community.

"Thanks to the vigilance and hard work of staff across the hospital it has been possible to bring this episode to a close swiftly and I am pleased to say that the hospital is functioning normally again."

'Vote of confidence'

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

has received funding of £30,000 from the local council.

Organisers said the "unprecedented investment" has allowed them to develop their most ambitious programme to date.

Arts festival
Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

The festival will run over 10 days from 22 May and will include theatre, music, comedy, dance, literature and film.

Programme director Peter Renwick said the grant, from Dumfries and Galloway Council's major events fund, was a "vote of confidence" in the festival.

Butcher's award

A Dumfries butcher has won a prestigious national award for its pork sausages for the second time.

Mogerleys saw off competition from across the country to lift the title at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair in Perth.

The local firm, based at Friars Vennel, first won the accolade in 2003, and in 2012 were champions in the beef sausage category.

Roads merger declined

Scottish Borders Council has decided not to join a new roads department, merging their service with Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians.

They say there's no detail of how the scheme would work - or how it would be funded.

A68 road
Phil Catterall

The Borders would be the smallest council involved - but makes up around half the total area.

The Scottish government says, nationally, the present system isn't sustainable.

Local council leaders plan to talk to their counterparts in the other authorities - with a view to perhaps participating in future.

Butterfly hunter

Debbie Muir

BBC Scotland, Dumfries

One of the UK's most threatened butterflies

has seen its numbers soar following careful management of its habitat in Mabie Forest.

Butterfly Conservation Scotland says the numbers of the rare pearl-bordered fritillary are now six times what they were in the forest 10 years ago.

I went out to see if I could track one down for myself.

Medicine plea

@NHSBorders

@NHSBorders

tweets: Hand in all your unwanted medicine to your local pharmacy during @NHSBorders medicines waste awareness week. Don't be a Borders Hoarder.

Tourism funding agreed

Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed a 12-month funding package to finance promotion campaigns by VisitScotland to boost tourist numbers in the region.

An investment of £200,000 has been agreed.

Caerlaerock
Archie Cochrane

Previously, the council had a three-year agreement with the tourism body.

But Colin Smyth, who chairs the economy, environment and infrastructure committee said they wanted to review how the service fits in with the rest of their plans for the economy.

Cup finalists decided

Abbey Vale will face Edusport Academy in the final of the Tweedie Cup.

In the semi-finals last night - Vale beat Fleet Star 5-1 while Edusport ran out 7-1 winners against Newton Stewart.

Sunny spells

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Staying dry this afternoon with some bright or sunny spells.

After quite a windy morning along the Solway coast, the winds here will ease with light winds for all. Temperature will respond very well in the sunshine, up to around 15 celsius, so feeling really very pleasant.

Play-off tickets remain

There are still approximately 150 tickets remaining for Queen of the South fans for the Premiership play-off second leg at Ibrox on Sunday.

Ibrox stadium
SNS

They will remain on sale from the club shop in the Queens Arena between 10am and 4pm today and tomorrow.

Coldstream appoint managers

Coldstream have appointed Grant Davidson and Des Sutherland as their new managers.

The relegated Home Park club have been searching for a new manager since the departure of Steve Gibbard in March.

Davidson, who has led Gala Fairydean Rovers amateurs to a cup double this season, is looking forward to the challenge.

Back page news

The back page of today's Galloway News covers Dalbeattie Star's defeat by Gretna in the Lowland League Cup semi-final.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Gretna miss out

Gretna's hopes of landing a second cup final spot in the space of a week were dashed last night.

The Raydale Park side went down 3-1 away to Lothian Thistle in the semi-final East of Scotland Qualifying competition.

Pool return

The back page of today's Southern Reporter is dedicated to a Galashiels woman who has returned to competitive swimming after 20 years away.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Leithen sign off with win

Vale of Leithen completed their Lowland League programme with a 1-0 win at BSC Glasgow. Meanwhile, in the East of Scotland First Division, hosts Duns beat Peebles Rovers 2-1. Hawick Royal Albert went down 2-0 to visitors Burntisland Shipyard.

And looking ahead, tonight sees Stow play host to Jed Legion in the Border Amateur A League.

Education row

Today's Galloway News leads on catchment concerns at a local secondary school.

Galloway News
Galloway News

Station speed change pondered

Speed limits at one end of Tweedbank could be increased - to encourage train passengers not to go in through its housing area. The 30mph limit would remain at the entrance to the village nearest Galashiels.

But the Eildon Area Forum tonight will consider raising the limit to 40mph at the other end - which comes in past the industrial estate - to the site of the station. Trains are due to begin running in September.

Grave concerns

The Southern Reporter is out today and leads on concerns about new burial proposals in the Scottish Borders.

Southern Reporter
Southern Reporter

Crime cameras considered

Peeblesshire News

A system of CCTV cameras

is under consideration for a Peeblesshire village in a bid to stamp out a rising crimewave.

Residents in West Linton also want to resurrect a neighbourhood watch scheme as concern mounts over an increasing number of break ins.

Road closure

@scotborders

Scottish Borders Council

tweets: A7 south of Boleside closed tonight btw 7pm & 6am for resurfacing and sign improvement. Works expected to be complete tonight. Diversions.

Butterfly rise

One of the UK's most threatened butterflies

has seen a big increase in numbers in southern Scotland.

Butterflies
Geoff Hiscocks

Butterfly Conservation revealed the rise in pearl-bordered fritillary numbers at Mabie Forest near Dumfries.

A1 reopens

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In the Borders - the A1 has re-opened after it was blocked by loads of bags of clothes at Grantshouse.

A702 between Biggar and Dolphinton - you'll have rolling SCT in operation - till the 29th 09:30 to 15:30.

In Dumfries and Galloway - A75 E/B Crocketford - Stop/go boards controlling the flow from 08:00 till 17:00.

Dry day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry and settled look to today.

Weather
BBC

A dry day to come with some bright or sunny spells. Easterly winds will be brisk along the Solway coast for a time this morning, easing during the course of the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach 15 celsius, so feeling pleasant in the sunshine, a few degrees lower towards St Abbs and Eyemouth.

Laundry quandary

A major road has been partially blocked after

a vehicle shed dozens of bags of clothes across the carriageway.

Clothes
Gary Godsell

Traffic Scotland said the A1 was blocked southbound in the Scottish Borders between A6112 Grantshouse and B6437 Auchencrow.

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Good morning and welcome on board for another day of live news from across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

You can email us on dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk if you want to get in touch.

Or, if you prefer to use Twitter, we are @BBCSouthScot.