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  1. Cumbria's weather: Rain until after midnight

    BBC Weather

    Tonight, further outbreaks of rain will spread from the south-west for a time.

    However, the rain should ease in the early hours of the morning, leaving a few clear spells and the odd mist patch, with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  2. County gritters load up for winter nights

    Cumbria highways engineers say they have stockpiled 23,000 tonnes of rocksalt ready for the start of the winter.

    Slightly under a quarter of the 4,350 miles (7,000km) county road network is routinely treated on frosty nights, not including the A66, A590 and M6 which are dealt with by Highways England, according to a priority system explained on this map.

    If the whole county is forecast to have icy conditions, the 38 gritters on the county roads will cover just over 930 miles (1,500km).

    Gritter being loaded
  3. Fell rescue volunteers seek out early winter for training

    Mountain rescue team members from the Keswick and Kirkby Stephen teams had perfect weather this week when they travelled to Chamonix to practice winter rescue techniques such as searching for avalanche victims.

    Rescue team members digging holes in snow.
  4. Town sign up Bears player for new season

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Town have signed utility-back Elliott Hall from Coventry ahead of the 2020 rugby league season.

    Hall scored 17 tries and kicked 20 goals in just 20 appearances for the Bears last season.

    Elliott Hall
  5. Cumbrian towns given cash to develop bids for millions

    Five Cumbrian towns have been given between £140,000 and £173,000 to develop proposals that could bring in up to £25m to improve their economies.

    The five - Barrow, Millom, Workington, Cleator Moor, and Carlisle - were picked to take part in an initiative called the Towns Fund.

    The money announced today is to set up what the scheme calls a town deal board, of local councillors and other local representatives, who can draw up schemes to send to ministers next year.

    Depending on what the ministers then in office think of the proposals, the communities will then get up to £25m each to spend on them.

  6. Electric car 'power points' project goes a step forward

    Seven charging points for electric vehciles could be set up in South Lakeland in residential roads where off-street plug-in supplies would not be possible.

    Electrict car plug

    The council has been given a £187,000 grant under a national scheme to identify charging points.

  7. Farmer James spots a cow in the mood for a gambol

    Jams Robinson, who runs an organic dairy herd near Kendal, has some 18,700 followers for his observations on farming life, such as this.

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  8. Travel: A685 to reopen after major engineering works

    The A685 is to reopen this afternoon after a £650,000 project to stop it being undermined by heavy rain.

    New road

    The road has been closed during working hours since September while the hillside beneath the road down to Thursgill beck, and drainage, has been rebuilt to stop it becoming saturated.

  9. Man who threatened partner with violence faces jail

    A Carlisle man has been told he faces a prison sentence of "some length" for making repeated phone threats of violence to his ex-partner.

    Daniel Norman, 29, admitted putting a woman in fear of violence by harassment during March this year and by doing so breaching a restraining order.

    No other details were provided and Norman, of Shadygrove Road, Carlisle, was remanded in custody until 25 November, with Judge Nicholas Barker warning him that he faced a prison term.

  10. Cumbria's weather: Rain dying out, but still cloudy

    BBC Weather

    The rain will gradually ease this afternoon, but with a lot of cloud remaining, and it will be misty at times over the hills.

    Highest temperatures will range from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  11. Police concerned for missing Barrow man

    Police say they are concerned about Jason Irvine, 30, from Barrow, who has not been seen for just over a week.

    Jason Irvine

    He is said to be 5ft 5in, and he was last seen wearing a red waterproof jacket and carrying a rucksack.

    Officers say he has connections in Millom and Carlisle and may have travelled to either place by train.

  12. Farmers mull Brexit uncertainty at Carlisle gathering

    Jade Taylorson

    BBC Cumbria reporter

    Uncertainty over Brexit is worrying many of the fhousands of farmers who have gathered in Carlisle for the Agri-Expo at the Borderway Mart at Rosehill.

    About 12,000 people are expected at the event, which allows farmers to show the best of their stock and businesses to advertise their wares

    Woman cleaning cow
    Quote Message: They'll have to sort something out, because there will be no farming, in livestock anyway, we had two days' sale, and we're £30,000 down." from Philip Wood Farmer from Shropshire
    Philip WoodFarmer from Shropshire
    Quote Message: It just stops folk investing, it stops them spending money and moving forward with the business." from Mark severn Farmer from Halifax
    Mark severnFarmer from Halifax
    Quote Message: Neither leader of the two big parties really instill any faith in me, or respect for that matter, we as a nation really need some clarity and we just haven't had that." from Chrissie Long Farmer in Herefordshire
    Chrissie LongFarmer in Herefordshire
  13. BreakingVirgin West Coast train managers to strike

    Press Association

    Train managers on Virgin West Coast are to stage a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the dismissal of a colleague.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out on 19 November, following weeks of banning overtime.

    RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "I urge all Virgin West Coast members to continue their magnificent solidarity and support for our colleague who has been treated so disgracefully. We cannot allow this appalling situation to continue and our member must be reinstated."

    Virgin Train
  14. Chamber says 1,000 firms called Brexit helplines

    Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce says about 2,500 businesses visited its website seeking advice on what do if the UK left the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, and some 1,000 went on to make contact with four advisers, seeking more information.

  15. Troubled school is ninth to join countywide trust

    A Cumbrian school that was put in special measures earlier this year has become the ninth school to be managed by the Cumbria Education Trust.

    Hensingham Community Primary in Whitehaven was rated ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted in February.

    The Cumbria Education Trust is now responsible for around 4,000 pupils and is the largest academy chain in the county.

  16. Rugby star Abbie's hopes rise high for the final

    England's rugby team have peaked at the right time and can win the World Cup, according to a Cumbrian player who's also played at the sport's highest level.

    England face South Africa tomorrow morning after beating New Zealand last weekend, and the Kendal player Mark Wilson, who's been praised for his contribution against the All-Blacks, will again start on the bench.

    Abbie Scott

    Abbie Scott, from Keswick, is a World Cup finalist herself and says sometimes timing is everything

    Quote Message: England pulled out a world-class performance against a world-class All Blacks team and hopefully showed that they are real, real contenders."
    Quote Message: Hopefully they haven't peaked one week too soon, and I think it'll be a huge game against the 'Boks." from Abbie Scott
    Abbie Scott
  17. Travel: Flood defence work digs in on Keswick street

    BBC News Travel

    A reminder that Penrith Road, heading into Keswick, is closed until mid-December for flood defence work.

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  18. Family raise funds for mental health charity after tragedy

    More than £8,000 has been raised for the mental health charity, Mind, in memory of the Carlisle man who died at the top of Dixons Chimney in the city on Monday.

    Phil Longcake

    The family of Phil Longcake have set up an online page, and hundreds of people have already pledged money.

    Mr Longcake's body was recovered from the top of the chimney on Monday evening.

    He is said to have suffered previous trauma and was being supported by health professionals before he died, according to his family, and they now want to "shine a light" on mental health.

  19. Weather on the fells: Cloud low on hills

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 9C to 10C (48F to 50F)
    • Winds: Southerly or southwesterly 15mph to 25mph, with gusts to 40mph
    • Cloud: Around 1,000ft to 1,650ft (300m to 500m), but lower in any showers
    • Freezing level: Above the summits
    • Visibility: Poor to moderate
    Ennerdale

    If the cloud does lift at all, it will probably look like this photo of Ennerdale, kindly provided by Joe Hewer who sent us an email.

  20. Midfielder's injury may end Carlisle career

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Midfielder Kelvin Etuhu may not play for Carlisle United again.

    The 31-year-old's long-term injury was expected to keep him out into the new year, but Brunton Park manager Steven Pressley said it may now rule him out beyond the end of his United contract in the summer.

    Kelvin Etuhu