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Summary

  1. A30 in Cornwall closed in both directions due to crash
  2. Exeter Chiefs urged to change 'offensive' name
  3. Health trusts and commissioners in £150m overspend last financial year
  4. Rip current swimmers rescued at Godrevy and Bude
  5. Fears homes could be demolished under Devon A30 alternative plans
  6. 'Vandalised' Paignton Zoo rhino gets ear back
  7. SW surfers celebrate as the sport gets the nod for Tokyo Olympics
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Weekend weather: Staying in the 20s

    BBC Weather

    It's expected to remain warm over the weekend with temperatures staying above 20C (68F) and moderate winds.

    Weather
  3. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    • The A30 in Cornwall is closed in both directions between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross following a crash
    • Exeter Chiefs urged to change 'offensive' name by university academic
    • Health trusts and commissioners in £150m overspend last financial year
    • Rip current swimmers rescued at Godrevy and Bude
  4. 'Major contribution' from Derek Adams at Plymouth Argyle

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle chairman James Brent said manager Derek Adams had "made a major contribution to Plymouth Argyle and the board believes he has much more to offer".

    Derek Adams

    He spoke after Adams signed a new four-year contract with the League Two club.

    He said: "Much of what football clubs do is focus on the ‎current season and yet, to achieve sustainable success, we believe that plans need to be implemented for the medium-term, as well."

  5. South West success at British Transplant Games

    BBC Radio Devon

    A team from the South West has scooped a total of 25 medals at this year's British Transplant Games - that's five more gold medals than last year. 

    The 15 gold, six silver and four bronze medals were won by the seven competitors aged between 35 and 70. They have all received a life-saving kidney transplant at Derriford Hospital.

  6. Surf champ celebrates Olympic status

    Former European longboard champion Ben Skinner will be on BBC Radio Cornwall at around 17:30 talking about the sport getting Olympic status.

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  7. Sgt Colin Taylor: It's been a 'truly remarkable and unique privilege to serve' Scilly

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    Colin Taylor is on duty as the Isles of Scilly police sergeant for the last time today.  

    He told BBC News: "I'll be a detective sergeant investigating child exploitation in Devon. A very different role.

    "I am not planning to blog about it. I'm moving back to my family home near Exeter with my wife and two teenage children. 

    "I am 50 in a months time and have been a police officer for 21 years this month. In total I will have served seven years of those 21 on Scilly. It has been a truly remarkable and unique privilege to serve the community on Scilly for so long. I am looking forward to returning in a completely off duty capacity in due course."

    Scilly
  8. Chiefs urged to sit down with Native American groups

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    An expert in Native American history has urged the Exeter Chiefs to sit down with Native American groups so they can "explain why the name is so offensive".

    Exeter Chiefs

    Dr Rachel Herrmann, from the University of Southampton, said: "I think changing the name would be the ultimate step but I don't know whether that is likely to happen. 

    "I would at least like to see an engaged discussion between the team and Native American groups that could better explain why the name might be offensive." She called out the team, which rebranded as the Chiefs in 1999, for their use of Native American imagery. She said it evokes "Britain's forgotten imperial American past". A spokesman for the club said they had no comment to make on the claims or the name change call.

  9. A30 closed in both directions

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The A30 is closed in both directions in Cornwall between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross because of a 'serious incident' according to Highways England.

    Diversions are in place and there are reportedly long delays in the area.

  10. New dog laws on islands

    The Council of the Isles of Scilly has agreed to adopt a Public Spaces Protection order to place controls on dogs in certain areas, according to ThisisScilly.com

    The council has introduced permanent exclusion areas and ordered dogs to be kept on leads in designated streets.

  11. 'Vigilance' warning after London death stabbing

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez says everyone has to be vigilant after last night's knife attack in central London in which an American woman was stabbed to death.

    Stab scene

    She said: "We focus an awful lot on prevention. At schools and colleges they have really strict safeguard practices looking out for radicalisation.

    "Our 101 numbers has improved dramatically if people want to report intelligence."

    An extra 40 armed response officers are being trained in Devon and Cornwall and the use of Tasers is being extended, she added.

  12. Helicopters above Tiverton and Plymouth today

    Western Power Distribution (WPD) owns and operates a fleet of five helicopters from Bristol Airport.

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    The helicopters are used for the maintenance and repair of networks and also during emergency and fault conditions, WPD's website says.  

  13. Plymouth skateboarder 'pleased' with Olympic inclusion

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The International Olympic Committee has confirmed skateboarding will be an Olympic sport from 2020. 

    Plymouth-born professional skateboarder Stefani Nurding said she would love to be able to compete but needs more information before making a decision.

    "I'm excited to hear more about it," she added.

  14. Rip current swimmers rescued at Godrevy and Bude

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Coastguards in Cornwall have helped co-ordinate lifeguard rescues at Godrevy and Bude after swimmers got caught into dangerous rips.

    Coastguard helicopter

    The sea conditions on the north coast particularly are reported to be strong with rescue teams reminding people to use lifeguarded areas and check the conditions before entering the water.

  15. Radio Devon live from Honiton Show

    BBC Radio Devon

    Fresh from the North Devon Show on Wednesday, Matt and Pippa are broadcasting live from the Honiton Show today. 

    They'll be entertaining you with dancing sheep, dogs herding ducks, ferret racing, and nearly 100 vehicles in the vintage tractor section. Join us from 16:00 today.

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  16. Why are the South West NHS trusts and commissioners struggling to balance their books?

    Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Quite simply the demand for services is growing faster than the funding available. 

    There are a few key reasons for this:

    • Here in the South West we are experiencing the impact of an ageing population earlier than other areas
    • The cost of treatment of chronic conditions  - in England the NHS is now paying almost a billion pounds a year for diabetes medication for example
    • The cost of ongoing care packages 
    • Public expectation that innovative - but expensive - new treatments will be available to us

    Throughout the country, health trusts and commissioners have been grouped and told to deliver so called "sustainability and transformation plans", which explain how they will run our health services more efficiently, but also improve our health. 

    We'll find out more about these plans in the coming months.

    Hospital