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Wednesday 17th September 2014
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BBC news for Dumfriesshire

Dig unearths Roman Army artefacts

Archaeological investigations near Dumfries unearth artefacts relating to the Roman Army's occupation of southern Scotland.

Housing workers escalate action

Maintenance staff employed by Scottish Borders Housing Association are to escalate their industrial action next week.

Post-mortem planned on sea body find

Police say a post-mortem examination will be carried out on a body found in the sea near St Abbs in the Scottish Borders last week.

Art gallery funding gains approval

Councillors agree to approve an extra £270,000 towards the costs of a major art gallery in Kirkcudbright.

Security upgrade after medal theft

Work is carried out to enhance security at an arts centre following a review prompted by the theft of Olympic medals from Dumfries museum.

Hawick centre 'needs more support'

A Borders councillor calls for Hawick to follow the lead of Galashiels and have a town centre co-ordinator appointed.

Clyde face tricky Cup tie at Turriff

Scottish League Two strugglers Clyde will travel to Turriff United in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Live BBC World News

Obama: No US combat mission in Iraq

President Barack Obama has said US troops fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria "do not and will not have a combat mission".

Ebola can 'ruin W Africa economies'

The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.

US Fed to end stimulus in October

The US Federal Reserve reiterates it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

Nigeria college attacked by gunmen

Gunmen attack a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 15 people have been killed.

Ukraine to vet one million officials

Ukraine will screen one million civil servants to root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.

Referendums 'torpedo EU' - Spain PM

Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain's Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy warns.

Shares plunge after Russian arrest

Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov is put under house arrest on suspicion of money-laundering, and shares in his company Sistema tumble.

BBC Sports News

Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester City

Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng scores a last-minute winner to deny Manchester City a point in their Champions League opener.

Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day

Chris Rushworth takes 15 wickets in a day - including a season's best 9-52 - as Durham thrash Northants by an innings.

Dig unearths Roman Army artefacts

Archaeological investigations near Dumfries unearth artefacts relating to the Roman Army's occupation of southern Scotland.

Housing workers escalate action

Maintenance staff employed by Scottish Borders Housing Association are to escalate their industrial action next week.

Post-mortem planned on sea body find

Police say a post-mortem examination will be carried out on a body found in the sea near St Abbs in the Scottish Borders last week.

Art gallery funding gains approval

Councillors agree to approve an extra £270,000 towards the costs of a major art gallery in Kirkcudbright.

Security upgrade after medal theft

Work is carried out to enhance security at an arts centre following a review prompted by the theft of Olympic medals from Dumfries museum.

Hawick centre 'needs more support'

A Borders councillor calls for Hawick to follow the lead of Galashiels and have a town centre co-ordinator appointed.

Clyde face tricky Cup tie at Turriff

Scottish League Two strugglers Clyde will travel to Turriff United in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Alice Gross search: Hunt for man

Police investigating the disappearance of Alice Gross want to speak to a Latvian man seen on the same canal towpath used by the schoolgirl.

AUDIO: 'I found migrant under my campervan'

A driver describes the moment he found a migrant "clinging on with his fingernails" to the bottom of his campervan.

VIDEO: War ammo found in residential garage

Munitions and other artefacts from World War One and World War Two have been found during a raid on a residential garage in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

VIDEO: Should 'vaping bars' be banned?

As new research shows most young people do not plan to smoke e-cigarettes, experts are divided over the safety of "vaping".

AUDIO: Blinded in one eye 'for being gay'

A photographer says he will continue his career despite being blinded in one eye in a homophobic attack.

VIDEO: Why are London pavements exploding?

Two van drivers had a lucky escape after a pavement explosion in central London which was caught on CCTV.

VIDEO: Crimewatch marks 30th anniversary

Television show Crimewatch is marking 30 years of helping to solve crimes by appealing to the public for information.