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Summary

  1. Jersey hospital 'operating at maximum capacity'
  2. Guernsey Electricity 'could apply to wipe out row of houses' if Island Development Plan is passed
  3. Guernsey States debating the 2017 budget
  4. Nominations open for Alderney States president job
  5. Tamba Park owner applies to for a multimillion-pound extension
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Police trying to reunite two stolen bikes with their owners

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Have you had your bike stolen? Jersey Police have a silver electric bike and a green and grey mountain bike they believe were nicked.

    Officers arrested three teenagers who can't be named in connection with the thefts and they have since been released on bail.

    The silver Aurora electric bike is thought to have been taken from the Longueville area.

  3. 'Busy lives' to blame for lack of interest in parish elections

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The senior constable of St Martins in Guernsey blames busy working lives for a lack of interest, and candidates, in tomorrow's parish elections. 

    Only St Peter Port parishioners will go to the polls to elect a constable and five douzeniers. 

    Phil Soulsby has been the St Martin's senior constable for three years. He says many people can't afford to give time to their parish. 

  4. Sandpiper applies to take over Costcutter stores

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The company that owns the franchises for Iceland and Marks and Spencer could soon add more stores to its roster as it plans to take over Costcutter in Jersey from JMart.

    The two companies have agreed the sale but now need approval from the competition regulator before the deal can go ahead. 

    Sandpiper says it will not continue using the Costcutter name, instead converting them to use their existing brands such as Island Foodhall and Iceland.

  5. Life in LA: Sun, sites, stars and .... cricket?

    BBC Sport

    Jersey's cricketers have had a day off to digest two losses from two at World Cricket League 4 in Los Angeles.

    Hollywood is only 20 minutes from the home of US cricket, where Jersey will hope to script a comeback against Italy later today.

    The city hosted a Halloween parade yesterday, and the day before, the pop culture convention Comic Con. But few will know international cricket is currently being played in L.A.

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  6. No action against rule breaking department

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    No action was taken against the States department responsible for allowing higher than permitted levels of nitrates to drain into St Aubin's bay.

    Green sea lettuce

    The Department for Infrastructure has consistently broken the limits since they were set in the late 1990s, but the States were told it wasn't felt it would be in the public interest to prosecute. 

    Deputy Eddie Noel, Minister for Infrastructure, said the new sewage works would deal with a growing population but said it wasn't the only source of nitrates in the bay.

  7. UK general election referenced in Jersey voting debate

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    During a debate on Jersey's voting system a number of politicians said they had changed their mind about first past the post being the best system by the recent UK general election.

    Voting chart

    The 2015 General Election saw parties like the Liberal Democrats and UKIP end up with very few seats compared to their percentage of the overall vote. Under a proportional voting system like single transferable vote they would have got more seats in the House of Commons.

    Jersey politicians are voting on calls by Deputy Montfort Tadier to introduce single transferable vote for multi-member constituencies and alternative vote for single member districts.

  8. Burst pipe fixed in Georgetown

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey Water says it has fixed a burst water main in Georgetown and water pressure in nearby properties is back to normal.

    The company says diversions remain while the tarmac dries.

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  9. Some islanders to get Christmas bonus from today

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Some pensioners and other islanders will start to receive their Christmas bonus from today. 

    The States of Jersey had voted to cut the benefit, worth just over £85, but it was reintroduced for pensioners with limited incomes, and other islanders with significant disabilities in September. 

    The scheme will cost taxpayers £400,000, which is a third of the previous cost when it was available to all pensioners.

  10. 'Urgent need' for hospital redevelopment

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Managers and staff at Jersey's hospital have said there's an urgent need for the site to be replaced due to a combination of a lack of space and other issues.

    Hospital corridor

    Politicians will vote later this month on multimillion-pound proposals to extend and rebuild the existing hospital.

    Donna Murphy, a porter at the hospital, says the existing site is badly designed and disorganised, partly because of previous attempts to modernise the old buildings. A redeveloped hospital, she says, needs to take into account the practical needs of staff and patients.

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  11. Jersey Police find missing man

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Paul King, 55, reported missing by Jersey Police this morning has been found, officers have confirmed.

  12. 'Balanced budget' on the cards for Guernsey

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    By pulling the purse strings tighter Guernsey's finances could improve with the nine-year deficit reducing or even being removed, according to the president of the policy and resources committee.

    Deputy Gavin St Pier started his budget speech by saying progress was being made on controlling spending.

    Deputy Gavin St Pier
    Quote Message: The most recent forecast is that the deficit at the end of the year is likely to be lower still and could even be eliminated. Month on month the projected overspend for health and social care is steadily reducing. from Deputy Gavin St Pier Chairman Policy and Resources
    Deputy Gavin St PierChairman Policy and Resources
  13. 'No plan B' for Jersey hospital development

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The woman in charge of Jersey's hospital says there is no 'plan B' to refurbish the site if politicians reject the multimillion-pound rebuilding plan.

    Helen O'Shea says the redevelopment plans have to be approved "for the long term good of the island". She said the site was very overcrowded.

    The plans should be debated within a month.

    Helen O'Shea
    Quote Message: If this is not approved by the States then there is no plan B and we will have to go back to the drawing board. I will be very concerned then for the future of the health system. from Helen O'Shea Jersey General Hospital Director
    Helen O'SheaJersey General Hospital Director
  14. Aurigny chairman 'defending the service'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chairman of States-owned airline Aurigny has defended the service and welcomed the prospect of taking part in a government review.

    A review into the States owned airline and its services was announced earlier in the year and will examine a range of options including the Jersey to Guernsey route.

    Speaking on BBC Radio Guernsey this morning, Andrew Haining said you will always hear more people grumble about flights when you live somewhere like Guernsey."

    Aurigny
    Quote Message: As a relatively small community, many of us have stories most months associated with Aurigny. But the great majority of flights operate within the standard operating time of 15 minutes. from Andrew Haining Aurigny Chairman
    Andrew HainingAurigny Chairman
  15. STV system 'fairer for Jersey' says Reform Jersey chairman

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Sam Mezec, chairman of political party Reform Jersey, started his comments on the introduction of single transferable vote (STV) with a joke. He said: "There are three types of people in this world, those who can count and those who can't."

    It took members a few seconds to catch on as Mr Mezec went on to explain why he feels STV is important for the island's multi-member districts.

    He said: "Single transferable voting system will give the assembly and public a way of knowing who is the most popular politician with the strongest mandate to lead the government."

  16. States reject motor tax return call

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Motor tax will not be coming back to Guernsey after politicians rejected calls for its return by Deputy Peter Roffey, 22 votes to 17.

    Guernsey cars

    In his maiden speech, Deputy Neil Inder said it would add red tape, and described it as just another "wheeze" to extract more money from islanders.

    The motor tax was scrapped in 2008. Politicians are continuing to debate the 2017 budget.

  17. Minister defends planning review of Les Quennevais school

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's environment minister has defended his plan to hold an independent inquiry into the application to build a new £40m Les Quennevais school near the current school.

    Deputy Steve Luce was criticised for appointing an independent planning inspector to review the project by other politicians.

    He told the States of Jersey the new school would be in the green zone and large enough to justify the extra step of having the review before planning permission is given.

  18. Latest weather: Beautiful clear skies and autumn sun

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    It's going to be a "fine and mild day" across the Channel Islands today with plenty of sunshine, however cloud is expected to get thicker from the north as the day goes on.

    In the evening and into the night the cloud will become persistent with the chance of the odd spot of light rain or drizzle. Max temperature is 16 Dec C (61 Dec F).

    This picture of Jaonnet Bay off Guernsey's south coast highlights the stunning autumn sunshine felt across the islands.

    Jaonnet Bay
  19. Delay to family nursing funding cuts

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Planned cuts to the budget of the family nursing and homecare won't come in until July next year, according to the health minister.

    Senator Andrew Green had planned to cut funding to the charity for their home care service from the end of this year but he told the States it would be delayed.

    He also said despite requests from the unions, he wouldn't meet staff affected by the cuts.