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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Thursday 12 November

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Gala coach 'embarrassed'

    Gala head coach George Graham has confirmed he will not quit despite a run of bad results in the Premiership which hasn't seen a win for the Maroons in over two months.

    Ahead of Saturday's game against Hawick, he said: "In terms of our defence, it seems to be getting worse. There's a few games where for me being the Gala coach has been embarrassing but when we played Heriots I thought our defence was excellent.

    "We are working as hard as we can to make sure the players are ready and everybody in the club from the bar staff to myself are doing everything we can to make sure we get the right results."

  2. 'Ambitious scheme' for Dumfries

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    The chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council's education committee insists that ambitious plans to overhaul school provision in Dumfries remain achievable despite a massive hike in the potential costs of the project.

    Learning town

    Jeff Leaver said: "We need to deliver this because we are very ambitious for the delivery of education in Dumfries.

    "The town itself has been very neglected in terms of the secondary schools. All we have been doing for many years is just patching up what we have got already and that's just not acceptable for the youngsters who are going through this.

    "This is a much wider, more ambitious scheme than just replacing what we have already got at the moment."

  3. Local unemployment falls

    The downward trend in unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway has continued, according to the latest set of labour market statistics for October.

    The number of people out of work and claiming jobseekers allowances fell for the eighth month in a row to stand at 1,190.

    The total represents 1.3% of the local workforce which is below both the Scottish and UK averages.

    Across Scotland, the jobless total increased by 11,000 over the summer but it fell in the UK as a whole.

  4. Railway celebration fund closed

    Following funding awards to more than 30 projects, the Borders Railway Celebration Fund has now closed to new applications.

    Scottish Borders Council made £60,000 available to encourage people and communities to come together to celebrate the return of the Borders Railway.

  5. Thundery showers

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Heavy, squally and thundery showers for a time this evening, before clearing. During tonight we will see some clear spells developing.

    There maybe the odd passing shower overnight but for most dry with a brief ridge of high pressure building in calming the winds down. Quite chilly in shelter - lows of 4 Celsius.

    Selkirk weather forecast
  6. News bulletins

    Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland for the latest local news from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

    The local bulletins are broadcast on 92-95FM and 810MW at 16:30 and 17:30.

  7. Double landed

    A south of Scotland double has just been landed at Ayr racecourse.

    Denholm's Alison Hamilton saw What A Dream win the 2.20pm race and Carrutherstown trainer Iain Jardine has followed that up with My Little Cracker in the 3.50pm race.

  8. Control room concerns

    Local politicians have been reacting to an independent report into police call handling procedures which said there should be no more control room closures.

    MSPs Elaine Murray and Alex Fergusson said they raised concerns when Police Scotland announced that they were to shut the control room in Dumfries.

    Dr Murray said: "The thing that really annoys me is that some of the issues that are flagged up [in the report] were flagged up by staff and the trade union in Dumfries at the beginning of 2014 when the announcement was made that the Dumfries control centre was closing.

    "They weren't listened to then and it's taken almost two years before this actually has been taken seriously."

  9. 'Support needed' for wind power

    A key target for generating green energy in Scotland will be missed unless there is more support for wind power, according to industry leaders.

    wind farm

    The Scottish government wants the equivalent of 100% of energy demand to come from renewable sources by 2020.

    But industry body Scottish Renewables predicted only 87% would be achieved without further investment.

  10. Planting trees

    As many as four trees could be planted for every one felled in building Selkirk's new flood defences, according to the project manager.

    The news that about 3,000 could be chopped down to make way for walls and embankments along the River Ettrick sparked anger in the town. But it's now claimed up to 10,000 saplings could be planted along the riverside.

    The 23-month construction phase of the £31m scheme is on track to finish next November. And a draft landscaping plan will be unveiled in three weeks time.

  11. Stranraer BMX rider to become viral hit

    A BMX rider who grew up in Stranraer has showcased his skills on two wheels in a film which is fast becoming a viral hit. 

    Kriss Kyle, 23, completed a series of daredevil stunts in Kaleidoscope, which is reported to have cost £1m. 

    It has been made by drinks firm Red Bull, Sony and Ridley Scott Associates. Watch the film here

    Kriss Kyle doing BMX stunt
    Kriss Kyle doing BMX stunt
  12. Low cost rents

    Rental costs for private flats in the Borders are the lowest in Scotland - and around half of those in north-east.

    Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire landlords charge an average of £874 pounds a month. In the Borders, it's £444.

    They've fallen by 0.1% over the last year - and only show a rise of 0.5% in the last five.

  13. 'Unexplained' death

    Police say the death of a man in Newtown St Boswells is being treated as "unexplained".

    They responded to a call on Monday evening over concerns for the individual.

    Officers found the man's body within a property on the town's Whitefield Crescent.

    Police and forensic officers have remained in the village as investigations into the incident continue.

  14. Special dedication

    Richard Gordon

    BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

    Six men who died during World War Two have been remembered in a special Armistice Day dedication in Eckford.

    Eckford dedication

    The rededication ceremony will see their names added to the war memorial in the Borders town.

  15. Burgons closure meeting

    Local politicians are expected to meet the management of an Eyemouth factory which is facing closure, today.

    Both MSP John Lamont and MP Calum Kerr have called on the Scottish government to intervene in the situation facing employees of Burgons of Eyemouth.

    Mr Kerr told BBC Radio Scotland he wanted the government to work with the business, its employees and local agencies.

    "It's going to be very, very distressing for the staff involved in this process," he said. "My first thoughts are must be with those staff members to ensure they are given the necessary support during this very difficult time.

  16. Silence observed

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    A two-minute silence has been observed across Scotland to remember those who have died in conflicts across the world.

    Two minute silence

    Among those taking part were staff and students at Dumfries and Galloway College.

  17. 'Huge blow'

    South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume has called for all steps possible to be taken to avoid the possible closure of the Burgons plant in Eyemouth.

    "Our coastal fishing communities are still heavily reliant on seafood processing for jobs so this sad news is a huge blow for the 32 permanent employees at the plant," he said.

    "Of course I want every available support measure in place for the staff through government agencies if redundancies happen.

    "But before we reach that stage I want Scottish government ministers to step in to see if there's anything that can be done to find a new buyer or interested party in taking over the business."

  18. Rain clearing

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Rain will continue to clear to leave a mainly dry afternoon.

    Lunchtime weather

    It will brighten up too with spells of sunshine. Highs today of 13 celsius.

  19. Tune in

    It is nearly time for our local radio bulletins from Selkirk and Dumfries.

    Coming up at 12:30, all the news, sport and weather for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

  20. 'Crucial win'

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    The back page of the Standard reports on Robbie Thomson's role in Queen of the South's crucial win against Dumbarton on Saturday.

    D&G Standard
  21. Ayr raiders

    South of Scotland trainers are on their way to Ayr with high hopes of finding the winners' enclosure.

    Carrutherstown's Iain Jardine has Fairy Theatre (1.20pm) and My Little Cracker (3.50pm).

    Hawick's Alistair Whillans runs Glacial Rock (1.50pm) and Denholm's Alison Hamilton has What A Dream (2.20pm).

  22. Armistice Day at Eckford

    Richard Gordon

    BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

    Six men who died during World War Two will be remembered in a special Armistice Day dedication in Eckford.

    Poppies

    The rededication ceremony will see their names added to the war memorial in the Borders town.

    BBC Scotland's Richard Gordon has been to find out more about the special service. Listen to his report here.

  23. Front page

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads with a story about children caught with knives.

    D&G Standard
  24. Two minute silence

    A two-minute silence is due to be observed across Scotland to remember those who have died in conflicts across the world.

    Scottish poppies

    The Armistice Day silence will be held on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, marking when hostilities ended in 1918.

  25. Factory facing closure

    A crab processing factory in the Scottish Borders is facing closure, threatening more than 80 jobs.

    Burgons of Eyemouth has started a consultation process with 32 permanent staff and 49 seasonal workers.

    The company's owners said the move was in response to serious financial losses sustained by the business over the past few years.

  26. School plan costs rise

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Revised plans for an education overhaul in Dumfries mean the costs of its first phase could rise by more than £21m.

    Learning town

    Nearly £45m was allocated to a learning hub, north west Dumfries campus and an upgrade of St Joseph's College.

    However, it has now emerged that "due to a range of factors" they could actually cost more than £66m.

    Councillors will be told they can try to reduce funding to other schemes, use additional borrowing or reassess the schools project itself.

  27. Travel latest

    The safety camera vans will be out on the A76 and A75 today.

    A convoy system will be used for patching work on the A701 between Parkgate and St Ann's.

    Temporary lights remain in operation on the A77 between Cairnryan and Marchburn.

    And stop-go boards will be out on the A7 from 09:30 for lining between Langholm and Hawick at Branxholm, Mosspaul and Unthank.

  28. Sunny spells later

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    A rather cloudy start with outbreaks of rain at first today. The rain will gradually clear and it will brighten up with some sunny spells.

    A fresh south-westerly for most, so quite breezy - the winds will tend to strengthen as we head towards evening introducing some heavy showers for a time. Temperatures reaching 13C in the parts of the Borders.

    Dumfries forecast
  29. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning and thanks for joining us on the South of Scotland Live page today.

    We'll be here until 5pm with the very latest from across the region.