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  1. Channel Islands weather: Chance of thunder overnight

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will stay cloudy and wet for a time with further outbreaks of rain and a chance of the odd rumble of thunder.

    However, the rain should ease by dawn.

    Minimum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F)

    weather

    Saturday will be brighter with spells of sunshine, though there will also be a few showers.

    It will turn mainly dry by the evening.

    Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F)

  2. Devon and Cornwall weather: Scattered showers overnight

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Tonight, outbreaks of rain will stop as some clearer periods develop, but there will also be a few scattered showers moving in from the west.

    Strong southwesterly winds will ease during the night.

    Minimum temperature:13 to 16C (55 to 61F)

    weather

    Saturday, there will be showers during the morning and some are likely to be heavy before they clear away for the afternoon and sunny spells develop more widely by evening.

    Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will turn to the northwest and ease during the day.

    Maximum temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F)

  3. Councils to share senior leaders to save money

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Two Devon councils are set to save £120,000 by sharing a new management team.

    South Hams District and West Devon Borough already share a workforce, saving £6m a year.

    Now members have approved plans to create a five-strong senior leadership team that will work across both councils.

    It is hoped that the restructure will be completed by September 2019.

    Plans to merge the two councils were scrapped in 2017 when West Devon councillors voted against submitting a merger proposal to the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.

  4. Kayaker reunited with kit in time for World Championships

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A surf kayaker who lost her equipment when she flew to the World Championships has been reunited with her kayak.

    Claire Eatock, who trains in Bude, has been waiting all week for her boat and paddles to arrive in Peru.

    The Team England competitor has been working with Iberia Airlines to locate it.

    Despite missing a week of training, Claire says she is determined to do her best in Huanchaco this weekend.

    Claire Eatock
  5. Council to spend millions on "turning the tide on poverty'

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Torbay Council is to spend £225m to support economic regeneration, tackle poverty and bring in extra income.

    The investment works out at nearly £1,700 for each of the 135,000 residents of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

    One project will create a new £100m Torbay Economic Growth Fund, which aims to develop self-financing schemes to create jobs, build homes and revive high streets.

    Another will set up a housing rental company, using £25m to build affordable homes, starting with council-owned sites in Torquay and Paignton.

    The plans, which follow a pledge by the Liberal Democrat-Independent partnership running the council to "turn the tide on poverty" will be funded by borrowing from the Government at a discounted rate.

  6. Meeting to discuss potential fire station closure

    BBC Spotlight

    Concerned residents will gather for a public meeting in Ashburton later to discuss contentious plans to close the town's fire station.

    It's one of eight in Devon and Somerset which have been earmarked for closure.

    A further eight could lose one of their engines.

    The plan could also mean the removal of whole-time night cover at Paignton, Barnstaple and Exmouth.

    A public consultation on the proposals is currently under way.

    fire engine

    The meeting at Ashburton Town Hall starts at 19:00.

  7. Key backing for principle of pan-island tunnel-link project

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    The chief ministers of Guernsey and Jersey have expressed support in principle for "further work" to take place on businessman Martyn Dorey's 'Connect 3 Million' vision for the island's future, describing it as a "serious ambition".

    The concept, first mooted by Mr Dorey in March, would be to construct a tunnel connecting the islands to each other and France, with the potential for an artificial island to house a new airport if sufficient private investment can be secured.

    In a joint letter to Mr Dorey, Guernsey's Gavin St Pier and Jersey's John Le Fondré called for a "independent expert investigation of the technical detail and viability" of his idea.

    Both Deputy St Pier and Senator Le Fondré also said they would be willing to meet with "potential investors in due course".

    However, they acknowledge the need to "establish broad public and political support" for the venture, stating that they were not able to make "firm commitments at this stage".

    Martyn Dorey
    Image caption: Martyn Dorey's project aims to connect the islands and France through a tunnel
  8. M5: Speed restriction in force after oil spillage closure

    BBC Radio Devon

    Drivers are being warned of delays hours after an oil spillage closed the M5 out of Devon.

    The motorway has re-opened after being closed northbound between Wellington and Bridgwater.

    Queues tailed back for five miles and drivers have been warned they will take some time to clear.

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  9. BreakingScarlett Keeling killer jailed for 10 years

    BBC Radio Devon

    Scarlett Keeling

    The man convicted over the sexual assault and killing of Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the lawyer of Scarlett's mother Fiona Mckeown.

    Samson D'Souza was charged alongside another man, Placido Carvalho, after 15-year-old Keeling's body was found on a beach in Goa in 2008.

    Both men were cleared of her murder in 2016.

    However, a judge overturned D'Souza's earlier acquittal on Wednesday.

    Fiona McKeown says she's relieved at the sentence.

    Placido Carvalho was cleared of all charges.

  10. Devon festival cracking down on single-use plastics

    BBC Radio Devon

    Chagstock Festival has announced it will be waging war on single-use plastics this year.

    The festival has teamed up with campaign group Plastic Oceans UK and will also working with The Green Goblet company who will provide reusable plastic mugs.

    A giant sea-creature puppet created from discarded plastics will also be on site at Chagstock this year, made with the help of internationally renowned local puppeteer William Todd-Jones.

    It is hoped it will highlight the damage being done to oceans through single use plastics.

    Plastic straws
  11. Consumer inflation rises in Channel Islands

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    The governments of Jersey and Guernsey have announced the annual changes to their retail price index (RPI), one of the main measures of consumer inflation, between June 2018 and 2019.

    Jersey's RPI increased by 2.8% over the period, while Guernsey went up by 1.8%, which means both islands experienced price growth for a majority of consumer goods and services.

    RPI is calculated by tracking the price changes of specific goods and services used by households on the islands.

  12. Cornwall's role in the Apollo 11 moon landings

    BBC Spotlight

    Apollo 11 moon landing

    Cornwall is preparing to celebrate the part it played in the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago this weekend.

    As well as being a "giant leap for mankind", it was also a milestone moment in television broadcasting.

    Live pictures from the moon were beamed across the world via the satellite station at Goonhilly, with hundreds of millions of people watching the images.

    James Burke presented the BBC's moon landing coverage...

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    Video caption: The moon landing was a milestone moment in television broadcasting
  13. Yellow weather warning for wind issued across islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Winds of force six can be expected, Jersey Met said.

    weather warning
  14. Tom Daley qualifies for the World Championships semi-final

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth's Tom Daley has begun the defence of his world title in the individual 10m platform event in South Korea.

    The 25-year-old came through the qualifying round, in the early hours of the morning, in second place behind China's Jian Yang.

    The semi-final will take place later with the final tomorrow.

    The diver won the title two years ago in Budapest and started these championships in Gwangju well, winning a bronze medal with Matty Lee in the synchronised event.

    Tom Daley
  15. New rules for Jersey's pest controllers

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's pest controllers who use rodent-killing pesticides will need to prove they're fully trained to use them from next July.

    The States has signed up to a stewardship scheme which aims to reduce the risk the chemicals pose to wildlife.

    In the UK, barn owls, kestrels and buzzards have died after preying on rodents that have eaten the poison.

    From next spring, the Environment Department will run training courses so professionals can get the accreditation needed to use the pesticides.

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  16. Man, 77, dies after crash in Barnstaple

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has died in hospital after sustaining injuries in a crash in Barnstaple, police have said.

    Officers were called to a two-vehicle crash on the A39 at Beccott Cross, near Arlington at about 10:00 on 9 July.

    The crash involved a blue Rover 25 and a black Land Rover Freelander.

    The driver of the Rover, 77-year-old Samuel Thomas from Redruth, died in hospital on Monday.

    The driver of the Freelander was uninjured.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  17. Distance-based vehicle tax agreed in principle

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's States have voted to introduce a vehicle tax based on distance traveled.

    It is not clear how the tax would function, but the States have decided, by 21 votes to 12, to allow the Policy and Resources Committee to develop a proposal and put it before the states.

    One proposal that has been floated, but not agreed, was to track the distance covered by motorists via GPS devices.

    It would replace the current system of fuel duty, where drivers are taxed based on consumption of petrol and diesel.

  18. Bravery award for officer who dragged man from blaze

    A police officer who risked her own life to save a vulnerable man from a blazing house has won a prestigious Police Bravery Award.

    PC Agata Makowska was named as the South West winner at the national Police Bravery Awards on Thursday, following a reception at Downing Street.

    police officer outside 10 Downing Street

    PC Makowska attended reports of an intruder alarm going off at the man's home in Plymouth and arrived to find clouds of black smoke coming from an upstairs window.

    The man opened the front door but retreated back inside the house, so PC Makowska rushed in after him.

    She found the man slumped, unresponsive, on the stairs, with billowing smoke filling the entire ground floor and staircase.

    Knowing that firefighters were eight minutes away, PC Makowska went into the burning house and single-handedly dragged the unconscious man out to safety.

    Quote Message: “Not going in, in these circumstances, was not even an option for me. There’s an inscription on the Queen’s Police Medal and it reads very simply, ‘protect my people’, and I feel that this has always been the foundation for all my decisions.” from PC Agata Makowska Devon and Cornwall Police
    PC Agata MakowskaDevon and Cornwall Police

    John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “PC Makowska demonstrated outstanding courage and dedication, putting the lives of others before her own without a second thought.”