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  1. Updates for Friday 13 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 16 November

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Thanks for joining us on what has shaped up to be a very busy news day.

    We'll be back with more from 9am on Monday.

  2. Blustery showers

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Frequent blustery showers will continue through the evening and into the night, with hail and thunder at times, and snow on hills and higher level roads.

    Westerly gales, locally severe at first, will gradually ease as the showers become more scattered during the second half of the night. It'll be cold, with temperatures dipping to around 3 Celsius.

  3. Back in the USA

    Haggis could be back on the menu in the US by 2017, according to the Scottish government.


    Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has held meetings with the US Department of Agriculture in a bid to get a decades-old ban lifted.

  4. Bogie's Wales challenge

    In motorsport David Bogie leads the local challenge on this weekend's Wales Rally GB, the final round of the world rally championship.

    The Dumfries driver will compete in the WRC Two class, while the national rally - which runs alongside the international event - will see last year's winner Mike Faulkner go head-to-head with recently-crowned Scottish champion Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas.

  5. Sunset at Carlingwark

    This sunset over Carlingwark Loch in Castle Douglas makes it into BBC Scotland's picture gallery this week.

    Take a look at the rest of the photographs from around Scotland here.

    Carlingwark Loch
  6. Rugby ties

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    There's two South Challenge Cup second round ties this evening with Gretna away at Glasgow University and Dalbeattie Star in Annan to face Edusport Academy.

    In tomorrow's cup games, Crichton are Heston Rovers' opponents at Palmerston, St Cuthbert Wanderers make the trip to Meadow Park to play Threave. It's Lochar Thistle against the other Wanderers, Nithsdale.

    Elsewhere, Upper Annandale host BSC Glasgow, Newton Stewart have home advantage for their game against Dumfries YMCA and Creetown are away at East Kilbride.

    And in the South league, there's home games for Mid Annandale and Wigtown and Bladnoch against Abbey Vale and Fleet Star respectively.

  7. Police worker's child abuse images

    A police worker from Dumfries has admitted possessing indecent photographs of children.

    Barry Rankine

    Barry Rankine, 32, also abused his position to get confidential details about vulnerable children in care.

    At the High Court in Glasgow he pled guilty to seven charges committed between 2007 and 2014.

    They included crimes connected with the Data Protection Act and theft. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced later this month.

  8. Children in Need goes on

    Staff and children have ensured a Children in Need fund-raising event went ahead the day after their south of Scotland nursery was broken into.

    ABC Nursery

    Thieves ransacked an office and stole more than £1,000 from the ABC Nursery in Ecclefechan overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

  9. Hexham heroes

    It was a triumphant afternoon for Borders trainers at Hexham racecourse earlier

    Sandy Thomson's Mossies Well, George Bewley's Innis Shannon and Raymond Shiels' Tikkandemickey were all winners.

  10. Reprieve for dementia unit

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    A dementia unit in Stranraer has been give a six month reprieve - a week after NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it had closed for good.

    Woman's hands

    The health board has agreed to repair a broken boiler at Darataigh mental health unit so that it will have the potential to accept admissions.

    There had been concerns that some patients had been relocated to Midpark Hospital in Dumfries, some 72 miles away.

    In a statement the board said it is committed to six months of "extensive engagement" on plans to remodel mental health care in Wigtownshire.

    It added: "The board apologises for any distress or concern caused by the poor communication on this matter."

  11. Rugby fixtures

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    In rugby's National League division three, it's second against third as Dumfries host West of Scotland who sit just behind them in the table.

    While in the regional leagues, there's home games for Newton Stewart and Stewartry. Langholm, Annan, Wigtownshire and Moffat all have away fixtures.

    In West One, second placed Newton Stewart host the division's basement side Cambuslang, while West Two leaders, Stewartry welcome fourth placed Cumbernauld to Greenlaw. In the same division fifth placed Annan make the trip to second top McLaren.

    Elsewhere, Wigtownshire travel to Uddingston and Moffat head to league leaders Millbrae in West Three. And in the East, Langholm are away to Ross High in division two.>

  12. 'Winless monkey'

    Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

    The Wee Paper's back page looks back Selkirk's first win of the season - against Gala.

    Selkirk Weekend Advertiser back page
  13. East football

    In football, Vale of Leithen welcome Tynecastle in the first round of the South Challenge Cup, while in the second round, Selkirk have home advantage against Civil Sevice Strollers and Duns go to Whitehill Welfare.

    Meanwhile in the East League, Peebles go to Craigroyston, Eyemouth welcome Spartans and Hawick Royal Albert are at home for Coldstream.

  14. League One rugby

    In National League Division 1 Jedforest are at home to Marr, Peebles visit Musselburgh and Kelso travel to play Watsonians.

    There was meant to be another major clash, in the East League Division 1, where St Boswells were aiming for a 53rd straight win in all competitions.

    But their visit to North Berwick, who are unbeaten this season, has had to be called off after the East Lothian side failed to raise a full front row for the match.

  15. Bah humbug

    Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

    The Selkirk Weekend Advertiser reports that the Christmas has arrived "far too early" in the Borders.

    Selkirk Weekend Advertiser
  16. Rugby: Gala head to Hawick

    In Borders rugby, Gala head to Mansfield Park to meet Premiership opponents Hawick tomorrow.

    Although it's been more than two months since the Maroons last won in the Premiership it was against Hawick, and they'll be looking to do the double despite their current poor run of form.

    The Hawick side will see former Scottish international Scott MacLeod make a return at lock after a stint at Newcastle.

    Meanwhile Selkirk are at home to Stirling County looking to back-up last week's first win for them in the Premiership when they defeated Gala.

    Melrose aim to bounce back after last week's home defeat to Hawick with a victory on the road against Glasgow Hawks.

  17. No game for Stranraer

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    Stranraer are without a league game tomorrow due to their scheduled opponents, Peterhead playing in the Petrofac Cup.

    The fixture has been re-arranged for next Tuesday.

  18. Police weather warning

    Police in Dumfries and Galloway have urged motorists to take care on the roads this weekend after the Met Office issued a warning for "heavy and persistent" rain in the area.

    rain on car windscreen

    Insp Neil Hewitson of the Roads Policing Unit said the region is likely to see between 70-100mm of rain on Saturday and Sunday.

    He added: "This rain falling on already saturated ground across the region is likely to lead to areas of standing water on our roads, with some flooding in other areas.

    "Drivers have to be aware of the road conditions as they set out on a journey."

  19. Yellow warning

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain in the south-west of Scotland for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

    Met Office weather warning

    Forecasters warn it will be heavy and persistent, especially over the hills.

    Flooding is possible from standing water or from rivers which have remained high following recent spells of rain.

  20. Transport gap

    Debbie Muir

    BBC Scotland, Dumfries

    Dumfries and Galloway Council has been urged to continue to plug a transport gap for pupils from Newton Stewart who attend Kirkudbright Academy after the company which was providing the service quit.

    The local authority stepped in this week with a bus and a driver but say that arrangement will finish today.

    Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson said it is vital that a new contractor is found as quickly as possible for the 52 students so there is no disruption to their routine.

    But he said he hoped Dumfries and Galloway Council will change its stance and continue to send buses until that happens, despite having no obligation to do so.

  21. Refugees 'very welcome'

    A Borders councillor has said she believes Syrian refugees due to be resettled in the Galashiels area will be made to feel "very welcome".

    Syrians walk along a rail track
    Image caption: Millions of Syrians have fled their country because on the on-going conflict there

    The authority has agreed to start talks with the Home Office to take up to 10 families over the next four years.

    Two families will initially be resettled in the Galashiels area with other places considered in future.

    Councillor Frances Renton said she was confident local people would make the new arrivals feel welcome.

  22. Council fees review

    Colin Colthart

    BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    A new report says charges levied by Dumfries and Galloway Council generate more than £38m a year and help sustain vital services.

    However, the authority is said to lack a coherent strategy for setting fees for council services such as social care and leisure and sport and, in many cases, it is having to subsidise running costs.

    A new review will look at what services the council currently charges for and the running costs involved. It will consider if new fees should be applied to other services which are currently delivered for free.

  23. Norovirus ward stays shut

    Ward 4 at the Borders General Hospital remains closed to admissions due to the confirmed presence of norovirus.

    Borders General Hospital

    The situation is being managed by NHS Borders infection prevention and control team.

  24. Cold and windy

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will remain cold and windy this afternoon with further blustery showers. The showers heavy at times and falling as snow on the hills.

    We will see some drier and brighter interludes in between the clumps of showers. We could see some hail and thunder at times.

    Westerly winds will be gusty and strong possibly touching gale force during any showers. A bitterly cold feel to the day with temperatures only reaching 7C.

  25. Improvement call

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    Queen of the South's hopes of improving their form make the back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  26. Escaping poverty

    Scotland's criminal justice system punishes poorer people and makes it difficult for them to escape poverty, according to an academic study.

    It found children from deprived backgrounds were twice as likely to face police action than better-off children who commit the same crime.

  27. Annan head to Berwick

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    In league two, leaders Annan Athletic who's lead at the top of the table was cut to three points last weekend host struggling Berwick Rangers.

    The visitors head to Galabank where John Coughlin will be in charge for his first game following the sacking of Colin Cameron.

  28. Fowler's groundhog day

    Sandra Brown

    BBC Scotland

    It's groundhog day for Queen of the South tomorrow as they play Morton for the fourth time this season.

    James Fowler

    As Queens boss James Fowler, prepares for the trip to Greenock he admits back to back wins in their last two games has been a real confidence boost for the squad.

    "It's nice to get two wins in a row and hopefully we can build on that," he said.

    "We know it's going to be tough but if we want to get into the top four we need to go there, be positive and hopefully get the three points."

  29. Hectic Hexham

    Borders trainers have a busy day in store at Hexham races today.

    Stuart Coltherd has two runners Byronegetonefree (12.40pm) and Surprise Vendor (2.25pm).

    Sandy Thomson runs Mossies Well (1.15pm), George Bewley has Innis Shannon (1.50pm) and Raymond Shiels sends out Tikkandemickey (2.25pm).

  30. Front page news

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard

    The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on the life-saving actions of a local woman.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  31. Travel update

    Traffic is flowing normally on the A75 at Mouswald following an earlier incident, according to Police Scotland.

    The force said a vehicle which lost its wheel is now off the road and awaiting repair.

  32. Blustery showers

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cold windy day with fairly frequent blustery showers, the showers heavy at times and falling as snow on the hills.

    Morning weather

    There will be some drier and brighter interludes in between the clumps of showers.

    We could see some hail and thunder at times.