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  1. Updates for Tuesday 17 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Wednesday 18 November

Live Reporting

By Nichola Rutherford and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Organ donation 'opt out'

    A Dumfries renal physician has been giving evidence to Holyrood's Health Committee on plans to move to an opt-out system for organ donations.

    Under the proposals, organs and tissues could be removed from an adult after death if they had not registered or expressed an objection during their lifetime. Families would also be consulted on the death of a loved one to establish any objection that had not been registered.

    Dumfries-based Dr Sue Robertson, a member of the British Medical Association (BMA)'s Scottish council, said a soft opt-out system could make the conversation easier for affected families, particularly in the wake of public debate around the legislation.

    She added: "There are some situations that we feel would cause the family undue distress and in that situation we feel the legislation should allow us not to go forward."

  2. School transport appeal

    Conservative politicians say Dumfries and Galloway should use the £25,000 contingency fund for school transport to continue to plug the gap in the service for pupils from Newton Stewart who choose to go to school at Kirkcudbright Academy, which is out-with their catchment area.

    Kirkcudbright academy

    Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson and councillor Finlay Carson, have made the call after the bus operator suddenly quit. The council stepped in last week and are providing a driver and vehicle this week too.

    But Mr Fergusson and Mr Carson said given the exceptional circumstances that have hit the parents and pupils they want the local authority to use the available funds to help them out while other solutions are sought.

  3. Support for Jus Rol workers

    A petition opposing the closure of Berwick's Jus Rol factory has collected more than 16,000 signatures.

    Politicians from both sides of the border, including MP Calum Kerr, have pledged to fight to save the plant, which American owners General Mills are threatening to close with the loss of 265 jobs.

    MPs met the workforce at the weekend and Mr Kerr has promised Scottish government help for workers living north of the border.

  4. 'Hazardous driving conditions'

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A wet evening to come across the region, bringing hazardous driving conditions.

    BBC weather

    The rain will clear during the first half of tonight, leaving largely dry conditions behind it for a time, with just a few showers.

    By the end of the night, another batch of rain will begin to feed in from the west, on strengthening south westerly winds. Lows tonight of 4 Celsius.

  5. Tune in

    Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 for the latest local news bulletins.

  6. Cancer death rate falls

    The number of people dying from cancer has fallen by 11% in Scotland over the past 10 years, according to new figures.

    Although the rate of death has fallen, the actual number of deaths has not, because cancer is common in the elderly and the population is ageing.

    Lung cancer remains the most common cause of death, followed by colorectal cancer.

    The statistics also reveal that 546 people died from cancer in Dumfries and Galloway in 2014. A total of 353 died in the Borders.

  7. Weather warning

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind in the south of Scotland tomorrow afternoon.

    WEather warning

    Forecasters have warned that south-westerly gales will develop and they will become severe in exposed areas during the afternoon and evening.

    Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely over coasts and more exposed inland areas with gusts of 60- 70 mph possible around the west coast.

    They added: "Heavy, blustery showers or some longer spells of rain could also lead to some surface water flooding on the roads."

  8. Borders Bafta winner

    Denholm animator Ainslie Henderson won another Scottish BAFTA at the weekend - to add to a growing collection of media honours.

    Bafta Scotland award

    He and long-term collaborator Will Anderson took the animation award for their film Stems.

    The pair won a British Academy Scotland award last year, took the short animation BAFTA in 2013 - and the BAFTA Scotland honour for New Talent in 2012.

    Ainslie was previously better-known as a singer songwriter - through the BBC Fame Academy - before he turned to film-making.

  9. Lifeline swimming sessions

    Peeblesshire News

    A disabled schoolgirl is facing a 120-mile round-trip to attend lifeline swimming sessions after a risk assessment deemed her hometown pool in Peebles "dangerous".

    Thirteen-year-old Faith Scott has been in a wheelchair since birth after she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus - a condition in which there is excess fluid in the brain.

  10. Support for smoking bill

    Public Health Minister, Maureen Watt, said a national awareness campaign will be developed to tie in with the eventual launch of the smoking legislation - and insisted that the combined enforcement strategy is the right way forward.

    She added: "It is my belief that the introduction of this offence will provide a deterrent and continue to promote this key message.

    "We know there has been a significant change in behaviours and attitudes since the introduction of smoke-free legislation in 2006."

  11. Smoking legislation strengthened

    Changes have been made to strengthen new smoking legislation spearheaded by a south of Scotland MSP Jim Hume.

    Smoking in cars

    Once introduced, the bill will ban people lighting up in cars carrying children.

    As well as police, it has now been agreed to grant local authority environmental health officers powers to enforce the law and issue fixed penalty notices to offenders.

    Speaking earlier today at Holyrood's Health Committee, Lib Dem MSP, Jim Hume, who introduced the legislation, said it was clear from the outset that there was backing for enhanced policing arrangements.

  12. Hawick spending project

    Councillors will discuss a number of projects in and around Hawick tonight.

    They are advised to give the go ahead to spending £1,700 from the Neighbourhood Small Schemes pot on refurbishing the visitor information boards at the Common Haugh Car Park in Hawick.

    They are also asked to allocate £200 for grass cutting at the historic Mote site and just over £100 for a new picnic bench on the green at Denholm.

    Members will also discuss a proposal to spend just over £1,600 from the Quality of Life fund to erect a timber fence at the E-scape Youth Centre. The Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum will meet at 18:30 in Hawick Town Hall.

  13. Sir Walter Scott letter

    The Scotsman

    An important handwritten letter by author Sir Walter Scott which tells of the real-life inspiration for one of his most famous characters is due to go under the hammer.

    It has been widely acknowledged that Jeanie Deans, the central character in Sir Walter Scott's The Heart of Midlothian, was based on the true story of Helen Walker, who walked barefoot from Edinburgh to London to plead for her sister's life.

  14. Big in China

    Southern Reporter

    A Borders teacher says that she is "gobsmacked" after her first book became a massive bestseller in China.

    Claire McFall's young adult novel, Ferryman, was already considered a success by its author, after it won a Scottish Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Grampian Children's Book Awards.

  15. Van theft

    Police in the Borders are urging residents in the Hawick area to be vigilant after a van was stolen from outside a farmhouse north of the town.

    The grey Volkswagen Caddy Van was taken on Friday evening.

    A range of expensive power tools were inside the vehicle.

  16. Road closure

    Part of the A75 near Dumfries will closed for resurfacing work at the weekend.

    Road closed

    The road will be shut at The Glen, between the Garroch and Dromore roundabouts, from 19:00 on Friday until 06:00 on Monday.

    Eastbound traffic will be diverted off the A75 at the Haugh of Urr junction, from where they can go through Dalbeattie and re-join the trunk road at the Garroch roundabout.

    Local access will be maintained to Springholm and Crocketford from the west.

    Westbound traffic will go off the A75 at Garroch Roundabout, towards Dalbeattie, and rejoin the road at the Haugh of Urr.

  17. Enhanced school remit agreed

    Debbie Muir

    BBC Scotland, Dumfries

    Councillors have agreed to a wider remit for the first phase of a major Dumfries schools overhaul which will see costs rise by more than £21m.

    It emerged last week that forecast spending had risen from nearly £45m to more than £66m.

    A number of elements originally planned later in the project could now be brought forward.

  18. Rain extending

    Rain extending to all parts during the afternoon.

    Duns weather

    Turning heavier for a time then clearing away this evening.

  19. Bulletin time

    Our radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are coming up at 12:30.

    Make sure to tune in on 92-95FM or 810MW.

  20. Rain disruption

    BBC Scotland Travel


    There's a warning for heavy rain across the country this afternoon - driving conditions will be affected - expect localised flooding on many routes...

  21. Southwell hopes

    Berwickshire trainer Sandy Thomson makes a long journey south in the hope of landing a winner today.

    He has Seldom Inn running in the 12.55pm race at Southwell.

  22. 'Fill empty homes' - charity

    Reevel Alderson

    BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    Bringing unoccupied homes across Scotland back into use could help ease the shortage of affordable housing, a charity has said.

    Shelter Scotland has estimated that at least 27,000 privately-owned homes are lying empty.

    But it said government figures showed 150,000 families were on waiting lists.

  23. Overhaul school provision

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Councillors are being asked to agree a wider remit for the first phase of a major Dumfries schools overhaul which will see costs rise by more than £21m.

    It emerged last week that forecast spending had risen from nearly £45m to more than £66m.

    A number of elements originally planned later in the project could now be brought forward.

    Education committee chairman Jeff Leaver said he believed the scheme remained deliverable.

  24. 'Brilliant care'

    Baby Isla received "fantastic treatment" from medical staff in Dumfries and in Wishaw General Hospital, according to Ms Nightingale.

    baby feet

    The mother-of-two said: "All the medical staff there were fantastic but in particular the neonatal midwives were very caring and considerate and gave us brilliant care really.

    "They provided great support for us along with other parents of premature babies which helped us through a difficult time."

    The family were able to take Isla home three days before her due date and now "she's doing brilliantly well".

  25. World Prematurity Day

    A Stewartry mum is hoping to raise awareness of World Prematurity Day today - eight months after her daughter, Isla, was born 14 weeks early, weighing less than 2lbs.

    Beth Nightingale with children Ronan and Isla
    Image caption: Beth Nightingale with her children, Ronan and Isla

    She was one of 15 million babies born prematurely every year. A million of those do not survive but Isla was one of the lucky ones - she is a healthy, thriving baby girl.

    Her mum, Beth Nightingale, who lives in Mainsriddle, is now helping to raise funds for the hospitals in Wishaw and Dumfries where Isla was treated.

    She is hosting a coffee morning and raffle and profits from the sale of second hand books in Castle Douglas Co-op during November will be donated to the cause.

  26. Rain warning

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain in the south of Scotland this afternoon.

    Met Office warning

    It said heavy rain will fall on already saturated ground, causing difficult driving conditions and the potential for minor traffic disruption.

  27. Phone lines down

    Phone lines to a hospital, a health centre and two medical groups in Duns have failed, according to NHS Borders.

    It has urged people to call Knoll Hospital, Duns Health Centre, Merse Medical Group and Duns Medical Group only if it is a "matter of urgency".

    They will be put through to a recorded message offering a series of options. If they are still unable to get through, they should call NHS 24 on 111.

    A spokesman said the health board is working with BT to resolve to disruption quickly.

  28. Jim Clark museum plans

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Approval is being sought to submit a funding bid for a museum celebrating the achievements of two-time Formula One world champion Jim Clark.

    Jim Clark Museum plans
    Image caption: Impression of how the planned museum might look

    Scottish Borders Council hopes to secure around £700,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    The local authority has committed more than £600,000 and community fundraising hopes to bring in £300,000.

    Executive committee councillors are being asked to back the lottery funding bid for the facility in Duns.

  29. Lorry collision

    One man was injured after two lorries were involved in a road accident on the A1107 in the Borders yesterday.

    Police were called to the incident two miles north of Grantshouse at around 14:30 and the road was blocked for about an hour.

    A 41-year-old man was taken to Borders General Hospital with minor injuries.

  30. Nursery blaze

    Firecrews attended a blaze at the Busy Bees nursery next to the Borders General Hospital overnight.

    The fire, in a roof space, is thought to have started in an extractor fan.

    Two crews from Galashiels attended the incident, which was reported shortly after 05.30 this morning.

  31. Travel latest

    Temporary lights will remain in operation on the A77 between Cairnryan and Marchburn and on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock Road at Enterkinfoot, north of Thornhill.

    From 09:30, three-way lights will in use on the A7 in Langholm for carriageway repairs at the junction with the Thomas Telford Bridge. Stop-go Boards will be in use at Branxholm between Langholm and Hawick.

  32. Rain later

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A dry, bright start to the morning with some sunshine.

    Weather forecast for Kirkcudbright

    Cloud will start to thicken up fro the south during the morning. This heralding the arrival of rain into the Solway Coast around midday, then crossing all parts during the afternoon.

    Some heavy bursts expected over the hills but nothing like the rain we saw at the weekend. A cold feel to the day once the rain arrives, highs of 7 or 8C.

  33. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning and welcome to another live page from the south of Scotland.

    We have reporters in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders who will bring you news from across the region throughout the day.