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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 7 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    That's it for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 9am with all the latest news, sport and travel from the south of Scotland.

  2. Rain clearing

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    The rain tends to clear from Dumfries and Galloway this evening and it's drier.

    However, it remains windy from the west around the coast and there'll be few showers at first then largely dry during the overnight period. Lows around 3 to 5 Celsius.

    A similar story in the Borders as today's rain pushes through this evening and tonight there's clear periods with the odd shower.

    A touch of frost in sheltered spots and chilly with lows around 1 or 2 Celsius.

  3. Gay ministers supported

    A majority of Church of Scotland presbyteries have voted in favour of the ordination of gay ministers.

    General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

    The Kirk said 32 of the 45 presbyteries voted in favour of proposals to allow ministers and deacons who are in a civil partnership to apply for vacant posts.

    The remaining 13 presbyteries opposed the move.

  4. Crash sentence cut

    A Lincolnshire man who was jailed for killing a Canadian tourist in a crash in the Scottish Borders has had his jail sentence cut by appeal judges.

    Andrew File

    Andrew File, 42, of Sleaford, was given a three-year term after being convicted of causing death by careless driving.

    A court heard he caused the death of Murielle Vaillant, 57, from Quebec, on the A701 near Tweedsmuir in May 2012.

    Judges ruled three years in jail was excessive and reduced his sentence to two years.

  5. News bulletins

    The next radio bulletins for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway are coming up at 16:30.

    Radio desk

    One more to come from Selkirk and Dumfries after that at 17:30.

    Remember to tune in tomorrow morning at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30 for more news, sport, travel and weather from our region.

  6. Kelso crown

    Lie Forrit, owned by Hawick's John McNeill, is aiming for a valuable prize this weekend.

    He is one of the 20 entries for Sunday's £30,000 Veteran's Chase at Kelso.

  7. Windy warning

    Two Atlantic storms are expected to batter northern Scotland, with winds gusting to speeds of up to 100mph, forecasters have warned.

    A low pressure will sit over Scotland on Thursday night

    The Met Office has issued amber 'be prepared' warnings for the Highlands, Western Isles and Orkney for Thursday and Friday.

    A yellow 'be aware' warning of high winds for the rest of Scotland and north England has also been issued.

  8. Weather advice

    Police Scotland tweets: Weather warnings for strong winds & heavy rain in Scotland over next few days. Follow @trafficscotland if you'll be travelling on the roads.

  9. Budget call

    The leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ronnie Nicholson, is encouraging local people to have their say on the administration's budget proposals.

    Cash

    The proposals were published at the end of December and detail the administration's plans for meeting a £32m savings target currently facing the council over the next three years.

    Details of the budget proposals and areas for investment are available on the council's website.

  10. Website woes

    Scottish Borders Council

    tweets: our website is back up and running - sorry for any inconvenience

  11. Your views

    Let us know what you think of this south of Scotland live page service.

    Email your views to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

  12. Medication lost

    Anti-psychotic drugs, painkillers and heart tablets are among a quantity of drugs lost in Dumfries and Galloway today.

    pills

    Police said they were mislaid between Bankend Road in Dumfries and Thornhill in the early hours.

    They have warned of the dangers of taking such medication without being prescribed it.

  13. Borders derby

    A Borders team is guaranteed to make the semi-finals of the BT Cup after the draw at lunchtime.

    Kelso were drawn at home to Hawick in the quarter-finals of the competition.

    The winners will play Heriot's or Howe of Fife in the semi-finals.

  14. Flu fight continues

    Dumfries Infirmary continues to wrestle with a flu outbreak.

    Dumfries Infirmary

    It is centred on ward 12 which remains closed to routine admissions.

    Visiting is also restricted. The unit is also being used to treat other patients with flu from other parts of the hospital.

  15. Moore's new role

    Borders MP Michael Moore is returning to frontline politics.

    Michael Moore

    Party leader Nick Clegg unveiled his team today and Mr Moore is Europe spokesman in the Lib Dem's "general election cabinet".

  16. Flood funds targeted

    A public consultation is being lined up as part of a strategy to reduce the threat of flooding to communities across Dumfries and Galloway.

    The proposed flood management plan for the Solway District aims to ensure that limited funds for protection measures are targeted at areas deemed to be at greatest risk.

  17. Annan arrests

    Police says two arrests have been made in connection with a spate of motoring-related offences recorded in Annan.

    It follows complaints about anti-social behaviour and irresponsible driving in the town.

  18. Who are you?

    Thousands of Borderers are having to prove they actually exist following changes to the way the voters' roll is compiled.

    Documents

    More than 12,000 adults in the region have been asked by Scottish Borders Council to supply documents proving they are who they say they are - including a number who actually work for the authority.

    SBC says in cases where details provided don't match DWP records the law requires the Electoral Registration Officer to request proof of identity in support of an application to register.

  19. Wet and windy

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    It remains wet and windy for the rest of the day, with further outbreaks of heavy and persistent rain across Dumfries and Galloway, with surface water spray on the roads and poor visibility.

    The rain is also accompanied by strong winds.

    Cloudy this afternoon in the Borders with rain continuing to push in from the west.

    It's always that bit drier towards the coast, but inland the rain will be heavy and persistent at times.

    Milder than yesterday with highs of 10 Celsius.

  20. Radio bulletins

    Remember to tune in for all the latest from across the south of Scotland with our local radio bulletins at 12:30.

    More to come at 16:30 and 17:30 today.

  21. First of 2015

    Border Telegraph

    tweets: THE first edition of the Border Telegraph in 2015 arrived on news stands across the region this morning (Wed).

    Paper front page
  22. Baird joins Bairns

    Falkirk have completed the signing of former Queen of the South striker John Baird after his release from the Dumfries side this week.

    Queen of the South scorer John Baird

    The front man joins recent signings Mark Kerr - who also left the Doonhamers - and ex-Annan Athletic defender Aaron Muirhead.

  23. Sober celebrations

    Berwickshire News

    Eyemouth's new world darts champion Gary Anderson has revealed he will be returning to Scotland to see his family next week, The Berwickshire News reports.

    Gary Anderson

    But it said the teetotaller would be keeping his feet firmly on the ground, despite pocketing a winner's cheque for £250,000 after beating Phil Taylor 7-6 in Sunday's thrilling final at Alexandra Palace.

  24. Rain warning

    A yellow "be aware" weather warning of heavy rainfall has been issued by the Met Office for south west Scotland, Lothian and the Borders.

    Warning

    It said there would be a "good deal" of surface water and spray on roads with the chance of localised surface water flooding in prone spots.

    In addition there is the possibility of minor river flooding in parts of the western Borders. The more persistent rain will clear to showers during the evening. The warning is valid from 12:00 to 20:00.

  25. Tapestry vote unravels

    Border Telegraph

    Two councillors who voted against spending £3.5m on the Tweedbank tapestry centre resigned yesterday from the Independent group in Scottish Borders Council's ruling administration, the Border Telegraph reports.

    Tapestry Bannockburn

    Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall have decided to leave the group.

  26. Homecoming record

    A record-breaking two million people attended Homecoming events across Scotland last year, according to Visit Scotland.

    Hamish the Haggis

    The tourism agency said many events sold out as the spotlight shone on the country.

    Existing events were able to extend their programmes as a result of additional Homecoming funding including Borders Book Festival, Big Burns Supper in Dumfries and Doors Open Days.

  27. Your views

    Let us know what you think of this south of Scotland live news service.

    Email your thoughts to dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

  28. More on BT Cup draw

    Scottish Rugby tweets: Join us live on twitter at 1pm today, when President Ian Rankin will draw the quarter-finals of the #BTCup!

    Ian Rankine
  29. BT Cup draw awaited

    Two Borders teams will find out their fate later when the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Scottish BT Cup are made.

    Hawick and Kelso go into the hat with a shot at lifting the prestigious trophy.

  30. Driver airlifted to hospital

    A driver is in a serious condition in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after his car crashed on the A7 just outside Selkirk.

    ERI

    The man's Mini came off the road, overturned and went down an embankment a mile south of the town, at about 18:00 on Tuesday.

  31. Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads on a story about a Dumfriesshire aid worker who shared a flight with the British nurse diagnosed with Ebola.

    Standard front page
  32. Persistent rain

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Cloud continues to increase early this morning as a weather front moves in from the west coast, bringing outbreaks of heavy and persistent rain.

    This means a wet morning commute for many, with surface water spray on the roads and poor visibility.

    The rain is also accompanied by those strong winds - gales around the Solway and Rhins of Galloway from the south or south west.

    It remains wet and windy for most of the day - although it will be milder than yesterday. Highs of 9, maybe 10C.