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  1. Updates on Thursday 8 September 2016

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    That's all for BBC Cumbria Live today but we'll be back with all your news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

    We'd love to hear your stories and see your pictures of the county so get in touch with by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us using Facebook.

    Have a great afternoon.

  2. New round of savings 'cutting to the bone' for Barrow Council

    People living in Barrow will have to pay more for many council services after Barrow Borough Council agreed a budget including £2.3m of savings.

    Councillors have also decided to ask other groups to take over the running of The Forum entertainments venue, the Park Leisure Centre and the town's dog kennels in a bid to save some of the money. 

    The council says that the budget strategy that runs up to 2020 is the "best [it] could do" in the face of another reduction in the grant it gets from central government. 

    The Forum venue in Barrow
  3. Time running out for businesses to get growth funding

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    There's not much time left for Cumbrian firms to get hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding to grow their business.

    The Cumbria Growth Fund is a pot of money from the government for manufacturing businesses that want to invest in projects which will create or project jobs.

    There's £400,000 left in the fund after a significant level of demand from Cumbria's firms.

    The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, which manages the scheme, says the rest of the money is likely to go soon and is encouraging businesses to contact them for more information.

  4. Paralympics: Cumbrian wheelchair racer Simon Lawson says thank you

    Here's a Tweet from a Cumbrian athlete who'll be in Rio for the next few weeks.

    There's a bit of a wait for Simon Lawson from Maryport though because he's competing in the T54 Marathon on the final day of the games 18 September.

    There's a full schedule of events over on the BBC Sport website.

    View more on twitter
  5. A66 reopened after man dies in car and lorry crash

    Police say that the A66 has been reopened eastbound between Brough and Bowes following a fatal crash earlier this morning.

    The man who died was driving an Audi A4 which was involved in a collision with a lorry near the Stainmore Cafe at 05:22.

    The driver of the HGV was not injured.

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  6. Paralympics: What it's like to get the GB call up for Cumbrian athlete

    Mike Zeller

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

    It's the first time that Simon Lawson from Maryport has competed at a Paralympic games in Rio.

    Simon won silver in the Great North Half Marathon and will be competing in the T54 Marathon on the final day of the games. 

    He's been explaining what you've got to keep handy to make sure training isn't interrupted by a puncture and how it felt to get the phone call from British Athletics to say he was going to Brazil:

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    Video caption: Maryport's Simon Lawson will make his Paralympic debut in the T54 Marathon in Rio.
  7. Reaction to flood report from Cumbria flood group: 'Restructure Environment Agency'

    The chairman of a group representing people living in flood risk areas of Carlisle says that it's time to make changes to the body that currently manages flooding in England.

    Dr Stephen Gibbs from the Carlisle Flood Action Group was speaking after the publication of the National Flood Resilience Review which recommends spending more money on temporary flood defences and combining Met Office rain forecasts with Environment Agency flood models for the first time.

    Quote Message: We're looking for a restructure of the Environment Agency following the model of Somerset. Somerset set up a Rivers Authority that took over the lead from the EA. We'd like to do that here in Cumbria -- professionals and locals working together to focus on our rainfall catchment areas -- and allow the EA to step back into a back office role from Dr Stephen Gibbs Carlisle Flood Action Group
    Dr Stephen GibbsCarlisle Flood Action Group
  8. Weather: Cloudy with sunshine to come

    BBC Weather

    Some sunshine should break through during the afternoon but it'll stay cloudy in parts of Cumbria.

    Highs reaching 18C.

    Here's this afternoon's forecast for Crooklands where the Westmorland County Show is being held today:

    Weather in Crooklands

    Get the weather forecast where you are with the BBC Weather website.

  9. Flood review: Recommendations from national report into winter flooding

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Here are the main points from today's government report after last winter's flooding:

    • £12.5m investment for new temporary defences stationed around England.
    • A commitment from utility companies to increase flood protection of their key local infrastructure, such as phone networks and water treatment works.
    • Improvements to information sharing between the government and utility companies.
    • A new stress test of the risk of flooding from rivers and the sea in England. 
    Environment Agency workers checking the river defence barriers on Osney Island in Oxford
    • Met Office forecasts of extreme rainfall scenarios will be linked with Environment Agency modelling for the first time to provide a new assessment of flood risk.
    • £750,000 investment for Fire and Rescue Services and other groups to maintain flood rescue teams.
    • Pilot scheme to design innovative flood defences for Sheffield - with plans to roll out similar schemes in other cities.
    • Surface water flooding to be officially recognised as a separate risk from coastal and river flooding.

    The report is available to read in full on the website.

  10. The headlines in Cumbria so far today

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

  11. Travel: Very slow traffic at Kemplay Bank roundabout in Penrith

    BBC Travel

    A pair of broken down vehicles are affecting traffic at the Kemplay Bank roundabout for the A66 and A686 at Penrith.

    It's also affecting traffic from Appleby heading towards Penrith.

  12. Judging under way at the Westmorland County Show

    BBC Cumbria

    Hear updates from the Westmorland Show throughout the day on BBC Radio Cumbria.

    Just click the speaker icon at the top of the page to listen live.

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  13. BreakingMan dies following A66 crash

    A man has died after a collision between a car and a lorry on the A66 at Stainmore.

    The man was driving an Audi A4 at 05:22 when the collision happened.

    The lorry driver was not injured.

    Cumbria Police are asking motorists to avoid the area.

  14. Report recommends four times as many temporary flood barriers for northern England

    A national review of the winter floods says that £12.5m will be spent on new temporary flood defences that can be moved around the country in case of flooding. 

    The review was commissioned after 16,000 houses in Cumbria and Yorkshire were flooded during the wettest December in a century last year.  

    The investment would mean the Environment Agency would have four times as many temporary flood barriers than in 2015.

    members of the armed forces helping distribute sandbags to residents following flooding in Carlisle