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Summary

  1. Jersey murder probe: Police working on '166 lines of inquiry'
  2. 'Celebrations' in Guernsey as same-sex marriage legalised
  3. States of Guernsey 'proud' to keep park funding levels
  4. Police launch hate crime survey in Jersey
  5. Brexit 'could open Guernsey to new markets'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Ryan Morrison

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and there's news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Sark 'formally acknowledges' Brexit

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Sark's government has "formally acknowledged" the UK's decision to leave the European Union at their Easter meeting today.

    Sark

    Chief Pleas discussed Brexit for the first time following talks with the UK Justice Select Committee.

    The committee wanted to ensure any future Brexit settlement protected the island's tourism and fishing industry and stressed the same to the UK Justice Select Committee. 

  3. Police find items belonging to missing Sark man

    Jersey Evening Post

    UK police have found a rucksack and passport belonging to a Sark man who disappeared earlier this month.  

  4. Latest weather: Clear spells and an odd shower

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight there'll be lengthy clear spells across Jersey overnight, accompanied by the odd shower or two. It'll be chilly though, with a patchy rural frost by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F)

    Jersey

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey

    Guernsey weather
  5. Health minister urged to protect rights of care workers

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Health minister has been challenged not "to stand idly by while care agencies compete in an open market" by Reform Jersey politician Deputy Geoff Southern.

    Deputy Geoff Southern

    The St Helier politician says Family Nursing and Homecare was forced to change its staff conditions due to a subsidy cut. He says staff face lower pay and zero hours contracts. 

    He argues that the minister should act to protect workers conditions, and is asking the states to support him in a proposition due to be debated at the end of May. 

    The minister, Senator Andrew Green, has already said that he has no control over how the agency deals with its staff.

  6. All but one Guernsey politician votes for same sex marriage

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    All but one of Guernsey's States members voted in favour of same sex marriage on what senior politician Deputy Gavin St Pier described as a "historic day" for the island. Barry Paint was the only deputy to reject the new law.

    Same sex couples will be able to marry from Tuesday 2 May and a spokeswoman for equality charity Liberate said she couldn't wait for the first same sex wedding.

    Deputy Barry Paint
    Quote Message: I believe it is a step too far, I don't hold anything against gays, I have no discrimination in me at all but I sincerely believe marriage is between men and women. from Deputy Barry Paint
    Deputy Barry Paint
  7. Jersey funds treatment for eye care in Africa

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

    Money from Jersey will be used to help thousands of people with diabetes in Rwanda and other African countries. 

    Jersey Overseas Aid is providing £100,000 per year over four years to provide training in retina screening for eye specialists from five African countries.

    Dr Ciku Matenge who is running the programme says many patients would go blind if it wasn't for this programme.

    Eye scan
    Quote Message: It is a programme where we help patients with complications of diabetes in their eye. It is for poor patients who can barely afford the care for diabetes itself and on top of that they have to take care of their eyes. from Dr Ciku Matenge
    Dr Ciku Matenge
  8. Maximum 20mph speed limit approved for central St Helier

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Drivers in St Helier will have to drive slower in future as the speed limit in the centre of the Jersey capital has been dropped from 30mph to 20mph.

    At a meeting this morning the St Helier Roads Committee voted to cut the limit within the ring road.

    The decision now has to be presented to the infrastructure minister who will make any necessary changes to the law. The change will come in after that has happened but we don't have an exact date at the moment.

  9. Guernsey 'second in the world' for broadband uptake

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    When you think about the most connected places in the world your mind often goes to Asian countries like Japan or South Korea, but what about somewhere closer to home?

    Ethernet cables

    A new report by streaming company Akamai found that Guernsey is only behind South Korea in terms of broadband adoption rates.

    According to the States of the Internet report, 97% of Guernsey residents have at least 4Mbps broadband. That compares to a global average of 79% adoption of at least 4Mbps broadband.

    Guernsey's largest telecom company Sure said: "Being second in the world for broadband connectivity is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the investment by Sure and others in the island’s digital future."

  10. Inshore rescue training for Jersey Fire officers

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Fire and Rescue officers have been inshore rescue training in St Aubin including picking up a casualty.

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  11. Whoops! Avis promotes car hire on car-less Sark

    Jersey Evening Post

    Unless Avis has branched out into leasing tractors and horses, it appears the hire car firm has made something of a blunder in its latest advertising campaign.  

  12. Guernsey 'could look internationally for deals after Brexit'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Brexit could allow Guernsey to pursue deals with a wider range of countries than is currently possible due to the UK's membership in the EU, according to Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq.

    He says he has been told by companies that going after certain deals could impact on the island's relationship with the UK, but after Brexit that would likely change.

    Jonathan Le Tocq
    Quote Message: If there is a change of view in the UK obviously that opens up the doors to greater trade and a more global setting. Also emerging markets in the Far East and in South America and Africa are potential growth areas. from Jonathan Le Tocq Guernsey's Minister for External Affairs
    Jonathan Le TocqGuernsey's Minister for External Affairs
  13. Man was 'stripped to waist' before group fight

    Jersey Evening Post

    A man is believed to have been stripped to the waist shortly before a group became involved in a fight in town.  

  14. Voluntary and private sectors 'could partner with the States' on park upkeep

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Voluntary and private sectors could form a partnership with the States of Guernsey in the future to help with the maintenance of open spaces, according to the chairman of Floral Guernsey.

    Park

    Pat Johnson says the private and voluntary sector has a lot to contribute towards the upkeep of open spaces and can often do it cheaper than the States.

    Government officials have said that while park spending is frozen at £760,00 for now, it could face cuts as part of wider States budget cuts over the next two years.

  15. Programme makers singing island’s praises after visit

    Guernsey Press

    Songs of Praise has been filming in Guernsey ready for a programme that will be broadcast just before Liberation Day.

  16. Jersey mothers-to-be take part in nutrition study

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Pregnant women in Jersey are taking part in a new diet and lifestyle study in the hope of reducing the risk of giving birth to undernourished babies.

    Jersey General Hospital

    Jersey health authorities say evidence shows issues a baby may face later in life can be set at the very early stages of development.

    Doctors are warning that high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can be reduced through the diet and lifestyle of mothers before and during pregnancy.

  17. Generous Jersey donates millions to charity

    Jersey Evening Post

    One in eight adults in Jersey found time to help the island’s charitable sector last year, a survey of volunteering and donation trends has revealed.  

  18. Jersey chief minister 'encouraged' after Brexit meeting

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, says he is "very encouraged" by the open dialogue the UK government is having with Jersey in preparation for Brexit.

    He met with the Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker yesterday where they discussed a range of issues including fisheries and financial services.

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  19. Maintaining fishing exports to France 'a key issue' for Sark

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Maintaining fishing exports to France is a key issue for Sark during Brexit negotiations, that's according to Chief Pleas Policy and Performance Chairman, Charles Maitland.

    Sark

    He says most of Sark's legislation falls in line with Guernsey but the island has some unique concerns including being able to sell fishing produce to France.

    Chief Pleas will be debating Brexit for the first time at their sitting today following talks with the UK Justice Select Committee on the issue.

  20. Police find items belonging to missing Sark man

    Jersey Evening Post

    UK police have found a rucksack and passport belonging to a Sark man who disappeared earlier this month.