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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 27 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 30 November

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    That's a wrap on the South of Scotland Live page tonight.

    Enjoy your weekend and join us again from 9am on Monday.

  2. Investigation into Innerleithen pavement explosion

    An investigation is under way to determine why a pavement in Innerleithen blew up this week.

    Emergency services were called to the town's High Street on Tuesday evening following reports of a loud bang and flames appearing through a manhole.

    Engineers from Scottish Power replaced an underground junction box after the fire had been extinguished. And a team from Scottish Borders Council carried out repairs to the pavement on Wednesday.

  3. Wintry showers across Dumfries and Galloway

    A showery and breezy night to come across Dumfries and Galloway. Showers will be wintry, more especially over the high ground and the hills, with a mixture of rain and sleet to lower levels, being driven in on brisk westerly winds

    Weather forecast

    A largely dry night to come in the Borders, give or take a few, isolated, wintry showers, with long clear spells.

    Lows of around freezing level; perhaps slightly lower for some sheltered, rural spots. There will be a risk of icy patches on any untreated roads and surfaces. 

  4. Tune in for radio news from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway

    Remember to tune in for our final two local radio bulletins of the week at 16:30 and 17:30.

    News for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway coming up on 92-95FM and 810MW.

  5. Kelso High School funding solution welcomed

    News that construction on the new Kelso High School has been given the go-ahead has been welcomed in the Borders.

    The £21.4m project will now be able to proceed to financial close, following the announcement from the Scottish Government that the European ruling affecting ten schools and two health centres across the country has been resolved.

    Kelso High School

    Councillor Sandy Aitchison, said: “I am pleased that the issues which have held back the new Kelso High School have finally been settled.

    “It has been a frustrating period for everyone associated with the school including the wider community, and the people of Kelso should be thanked for their patience during this time."

  6. Threave Rovers face tough test against Stirling Uni

    In the Lowland League, there's only one game involving a Dumfries and Galloway club this weekend - bottom side Threave Rovers have a tough home encounter against second-placed Stirling University.

  7. Missing Jedburgh man found safe and well

    Officers searching for the missing Jedburgh man, William Notley found him safe and well on the outskirts of the town around 10am this morning.

    Police thanked the public and media for their assistance in finding him.

  8. Langholm trainer James Ewart strikes again

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    Langholm trainer James Ewart was among the winners again this afternoon.

    His Touch of Steel won the opener at Musselburgh races under jockey Dale Irving at a price of 8/1.

  9. Dumfries Saints look to strengthen league position against Dalziel

    Dumfries Saints will be looking to consolidate their lead at the top of rugby's National League Division Three this weekend, when they play host to Dalziel, who sit second bottom in the points.

    In West Division One, second-placed Newton Stewart have a home game against Allan Glen's, who sit third, and nine points, behind them.

    Rugby ball

    In Division Two, third-placed Annan are at home to Strathendrick; while leaders Stewartry are away to McLaren. In West Three, Wigtownshire are away to Birkmire; and Moffat travel to Clydesdale. In East Division Two, Langholm are at home to Portobello.  

  10. Man's body found in Galashiels town centre

    A man's body has been found in a lane near a busy street in Galashiels.

    Police officers were called to the town's High Street at 12.20pm.

    The area was cordoned off and an investigation was launched.

    A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The death is currently being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing."

  11. Mid Annandale clash with Newton Stewart in South of Scotland League

    In the South of Scotland League, Mid Annandale are at home to Newton Stewart; Upper Annandale host Dumfries YMCA; and Wigtown and Bladnoch take on Abbey Vale this weekend.

    In the Cree Lodge Cup, Second Round, Creetown are at home to St Cuthbert Wanderers; Edusport Academy play Crichton; Lochar Thistle face Heston Rovers; and Nithsdale Wanderers take on Fleet Star.

  12. Library book spending fall figures highlighted in Dumfries and Galloway

    The decline in spending on library books in Dumfries and Galloway has been highlighted in figures uncovered by BBC data journalist Marc Ellison.

    Ewart Library

    Dumfries and Galloway has seen an 11% fall in expenditure in the last three years from £274,334 in 2012/13 to £243,215 in 2014/15.

    However, the number of books purchases has risen slightly - going from 25,410 to 25,689 over the same time period.

  13. Eyemouth United in Alex Jack Cup action

    Eyemouth United will meet Leith Athletic at Home Park in Coldstream in the final of the Alex Jack Cup on Sunday afternoon.

    Tomorrow's East of Scotland League action sees Hawick Royal Albert entertain Coldstream and Peebles Rovers travel to Spartans.

    In the South Challenge Cup Vale of Leithen meet Tynecastle at Netherdale whilst Selkirk host Civil Service Strollers, and Duns journey to Whitehill Welfare.

  14. Annan's long cup tie journey highlighted

    The back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard today is dedicated to Annan Athletic's long trip in the Scottish Cup.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  15. Borders book fund figures reveal spending fall

    Figures obtained by BBC data journalist Marc Ellison show the scale of the fall in book spending by libraries in the Scottish Borders.

    Expenditure has dropped from £119,538 in 2012/13 to £94,881 in 2014/15 a decline of about 21%.

    The number of books being bought has also fallen from 21,006 to 17,704 over the same time period, a decrease of 16%.

  16. Upper Nithsdale investment celebrated

    The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and it leads on news of a significant investment planned in Upper Nithsdale.

    Dumfries and Galloway Standard
  17. Queen of the South use break to 'freshen up' for St Mirren clash

    Queen of the South don't have a game in the Championship tomorrow - but boss James Fowler wants his players to build on last weekend's 2-2 draw against Falkirk.

    He says they'll use the gap in the fixture list to prepare for next week's encounter away to St Mirren.

    James Fowler

    "It will maybe give us a chance to freshen the players up a little bit," he said.

    "There's been a few boys playing with niggles so it will be good to get them hopefully put right.

    "Then we'll hopefully have everybody ready to go full steam ahead for the St Mirren game."

  18. Dumfries and Galloway taxi drivers to get language skills test and dress code

    Taxi drivers in Dumfries and Galloway will have to complete computer-based knowledge tests, under plans put forward by the local council. It's part of efforts to improve local taxi and private hire services.

    As well as testing their local geography, the course will assess drivers' customer care and English language skills. Councillors also want to introduce a dress code and CCTV to vehicles.   

    Taxi light
  19. Melrose look to build on win over league leaders Ayr

    Melrose will look to build on their win over leaders Ayr last week when they visit Boroughmuir at Meggetland this weekend.

    Just two points behind the Greenyards men are Hawick, and they welcome second-placed Heriots to Mansfield Park.

    Gala also take to the road, heading over to Millbrae to take on Ayr, while Selkirk are back home at Philiphaugh for visitors Currie.

    In National League Division 1, Kelso take on Jed-forest, while it's bottom versus top as struggling Peebles take on Watsonians at the Gytes.  

  20. South of Scotland trainers target wins at Musselburgh races

    South of Scotland trainers are looking to land a few winners at Musselburgh races this afternoon.

    Langholm's James Ewart runs Touch of Steel (12.35pm), Scorpions Sting (1.45pm), Rocklim and Leading Score (2.20pm). He also has Ueueteotl at Doncaster (3.05pm).

    Musselburgh races

    Both Wyfield Rose (12.35pm) and Dubai Shen (3.25pm) run for Hawick's Alistair Whillans at the Musselburgh meeting.

    Kirk Yetholm's Sandy Forster runs No Such Number (12.35pm) while George Bewley from Bonchester Bridge sends out Carters Rest (2.55pm) and Grays Choice (3.25pm).

    Finally, Hawick's Donald Whillans runs Paper Roses (3.25pm).

  21. Rain band clearing from across the south of Scotland

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A wet and windy start to the afternoon.

    The main rain band clears away to the south towards dusk. A strong southwesterly wind ahead of the rain, veering into the west later.

    Lunchtime weather
  22. Radio bulletins coming up for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders

    Tune in at 12:00 today for the local radio news bulletins from our Dumfries and Selkirk studios.

  23. Multi-million pound plans to regenerate Upper Nithsdale unveiled

    Plans for a multi-million pound regeneration of a former coal mining heartland in the south-west of Scotland have been unveiled. 

    Images from Wanlockhead, Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel

    The proposal would see investment of £3.3m in the Upper Nithsdale area of Dumfries and Galloway over five years. 

    Projects to tackle unemployment, population decline, and transport problems are among those outlined in the regeneration plan.

  24. Annan charity kitchen moves to a new home

    A charity which provides hot meals and a "safe haven" for the vulnerable and homeless in Annan is moving to a new base in the town.

    For the past six years, Kate's Kitchen has worked from a local church hall. It's now taken over and renovated "The Beacon" on Bank Street - providing office space, a large hall, kitchen, and six multi-use rooms.

    There are also plans to create an eco-garden at the rear of the property.  

  25. Galashiels march to 'reclaim the night'

    The Borders is playing its part in the global 16 Days of Action to tackle violence against women.

    The campaign started on Wednesday with one of the highlights the "Reclaim the Night" march. It's being held in Galashiels tomorrow evening, leaving from the MacArts Centre in Bridge Street at 6pm.

  26. Stranraer and Annan face Scottish Cup third round challenge

    Stranraer and Annan Athletic are both on Scottish Cup Third Round duty this weekend - the Blues take on Buckie Thistle at Stair Park, while Annan travel to face Inverurie Loco Works.

  27. College merger programme "a failure"

    A college merger programme has been called a "failure" by lecturers..

    A new survey has indicated they believe mergers of Scotland's colleges to create 20 so-called "regional supercolleges" have "largely failed to deliver".

  28. Scotland's women curlers face Russia in final

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Scotland's women will meet Russia in the gold medal match at the European Curling Championships after a thrilling comeback against Finland.

    The Finns led 5-0 after three ends of the semi-final tie but Eve Muirhead steered her rink to a 9-7 success in Esbjerg, Denmark.

    Curling
  29. Burnfoot tries out vitamins initiative

    A new initiative aimed at ensuring more women who are pregnant, or who are wanting to become pregnant, are getting enough vitamins is being trialled at the new Early Years Centre in Burnfoot.

    The scheme, which will also see free vitamins available to children aged under 5 in the Hawick area, simplifies a process which, until now, has seen vouchers handed out which have to be redeemed at a pharmacy. 

  30. Persistent rain

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A mild cloudy start with outbreaks of patchy rain at first. We then start to see a band of persistent rain spreading in from the north later this morning, with some heavy pulses within it. This all clears away to the south towards dusk with wintry showers following on. An early max in temperatures at around 12 celsius, they will rapidly fall away as the rain clears. A windy day with strong southwesterlies for all, touching gale force in exposed parts. 

    Morning weather