The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli are among the headliners at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.
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The Southern Reporter is out today and it leads on the latest in the Earlston play park row.
A new poll by a Tory peer Lord Ashcroft in eight Scottish constituencies suggest six could go to the SNP.
The only Conservative seat in Scotland - Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale - which is held by the Scotland Office minister David Mundell, is said to be too close to call with the SNP and the Tories both on 34%.
The Labour seat of Dumfries and Galloway, held by Russell Brown, is also apparently at risk.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli will be among the headliners at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.
A total of 82 acts will perform at 42 venues across the south-west over 10 days at the end of May.
A final fund-raising push is under way in the renovation of the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.
A wide range of items are needed to complete the ambitious overhaul.
No problems to report at the moment with Irish Sea ferry services or local rail travel.
On the roads, on the A75 traffic controls are in use at the Rowan Glen Dairy at Creetown and at the Newton Stewart roundabout.
Stop-Go boards will also be in use in various locations for studding works along the route.
You'll encounter temporary lights on the A76 Enterkinfoot and just north of Kirkconnel.
Traffic controls will also be in place today on the A7 just north of Langholm and on the A701 at Locharbriggs in Dumfries.
Also in Dumfries, a combination of temporary lights on the Moffat Road and at St Mary's Street will add to peak times delays.
Most places dry, some brightness along the Solway coast and in the eastern Borders.
There is the chance of a little patchy rain over the Southern Uplands.
Windy today with quite a brisk southwesterly. Temperatures will reach around 11 celsius, so feeling noticeably mild.
Grey skies in our part of southern Scotland at the moment but on with the news.
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