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Thursday 31st July 2014
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BBC news for Dumfriesshire

Driver cut free after M74 crash

A lorry driver is thrown over a crash barrier and another has to be cut free from his cab after two HGVs collided on the M74 in Dumfries and Galloway

Park investment is 'great boost'

A multi-million pound investment in the Galloway Forest Park's new visitor centres is described as a "great boost" by the environment minister.

'The greatest factory on earth'

A new museum opens in southern Scotland telling the story of a purpose-built munitions factory which helped to win World War One.

Buses return to Burns statue square

Regular bus services have returned to the centre of Dumfries after improvement works which have run weeks past their schedule.

Craft centre break-in probed

Police are investigating an attempted break-in at a craft centre in the Scottish Borders.

Abuser 'destroyed girls' innocence'

A paedophile who abused two girls is jailed for four years after a judge accuses him of destroying the innocence of his victims.

Borders rape charge found not proven

A Galashiels man walks free from the High Court in Livingston after a jury finds a rape charge against him not proven.

Live BBC World News

Gaza school attack unacceptable - US

The shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza by the Israeli military is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible", the White House says.

Taiwan gas blasts kill at least 15

A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 15 people and injures scores of others.

WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola

The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan.

Argentina blames US for debt default

Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".

Forensic scientists reach MH17 site

International forensic scientists reach the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halts military operations for a day.

Italy in Europe-wide mafia crackdown

Italian police secure the arrest of members of a mafia clan across Europe - with information from a woman once held as a virtual prisoner by the clan.

Russia told to pay Yukos investors

Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.

BBC Sports News

Cook relieved by England victory

Captain Alastair Cook is pleased that England's win in the third Test against India has ended a bad run of form.

Child wins silver in 400m hurdles

Scotland's Eilidh Child wins silver in 55.02 seconds in the 400m hurdles final at the Commonwealth Games.

Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold

Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold.

Dowsett wins men's time trial gold

England's Alex Dowsett, runner-up at Delhi 2010, digs deep late on to win the Commonwealth Games men's cycling time trial.

Driver cut free after M74 crash

A lorry driver is thrown over a crash barrier and another has to be cut free from his cab after two HGVs collided on the M74 in Dumfries and Galloway

Park investment is 'great boost'

A multi-million pound investment in the Galloway Forest Park's new visitor centres is described as a "great boost" by the environment minister.

'The greatest factory on earth'

A new museum opens in southern Scotland telling the story of a purpose-built munitions factory which helped to win World War One.

Buses return to Burns statue square

Regular bus services have returned to the centre of Dumfries after improvement works which have run weeks past their schedule.

Craft centre break-in probed

Police are investigating an attempted break-in at a craft centre in the Scottish Borders.

Abuser 'destroyed girls' innocence'

A paedophile who abused two girls is jailed for four years after a judge accuses him of destroying the innocence of his victims.

Borders rape charge found not proven

A Galashiels man walks free from the High Court in Livingston after a jury finds a rape charge against him not proven.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. What Wonga would owe if it applied its own annual 5,853% interest rate to the £2.6m in compensation it now has to pay 45,000 customers. The payday lender had sent threatening letters from fake law firms, and charged a fee for sending them out. Financial Times

2. Before you go on a summer shopping spree, this may make you put the plastic back in your wallet. One in five people will take 17 years to pay off credit card debts, a study suggests. The figure is based on those paying off the minimum each month towards the average debt of £4,500 at 17.9 per cent. Metro

3. Voters will be asked if Britain needs a new Magna Carta, as the constitutional document reaches its 800th anniversary next year. The Commons wants to know if rules of democracy need to be written down, as many of them are based on common law and conventions at present. The consultation runs until January. Daily Express

4. One in four children spends less than half-an-hour outdoors each day, the National Trust says. More than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour outside, it added. Nine in ten have never taken part in traditional outdoor activities such as playing conkers or building a raft, a poll of parents showed. Daily Mail

5. UK scientists have made a “major step forward” in the race to develop a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on more than 1,000 subjects has identified a set of proteins in the blood whose presence can predict the onset of the dementia condition with 87 per cent accuracy. Daily Telegraph

6. Retail prices are falling at the fastest rate since records began. Ferocious competition on the high street is forcing retailers to offer cut-price food, clothes, footwear and electrical items. The British Retail Council says typical prices in the shops were down by 1.8% in June year-on-year. Food prices mildly bucked the trend with a marginal inflation of 0.6%, but the cost of non-edible items dropped by 3.4%. The Times

7. Think fondly of your boss – he or she might work a day more than you each week. According to a study from the Institute of Leadership and Management, almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week. The pressures of work and remote access to email through smartphones and tablets leave over 90% of managers working outside contracted and paid hours, the study found. The Times

8. All passengers flying into and out of the UK have been told that mobile devices in their hand luggage must have enough charge to be switched on. The new guidelines come after the US announced extra security checks last week. The rules cover phones, tablets and other gadgets including razors and cameras. Uncharged devices will not be allowed on board planes. Metro

9. In 2045 the world population will reach 10.4bn with more than 70% of people living in crowded urban areas, predicts a new study. In Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, a Ministry of Defence think tank also forecasts that 3.6bn people will suffer water shortages and terrorists will have access to cheap, unmanned drones and space satellites. The Observer

10. Richard Linklater's new drama Boyhood, opens in UK cinemas last week. Filmed over 12 years, it tells the story of a boy's life from age six to 18, as he becomes man and faces life's challenges. With Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. "An astonishing achievement," says The Guardian.

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: More handlers to tackle Gatwick bags

Gatwick Airport is bringing in extra staff of its own to handle baggage following chaotic scenes last weekend, when passengers were left waiting for up to three hours for luggage.

VIDEO: Harry wants to get wounded working

The first ever Invictus Games, a series of para-sport events for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, begin in September.

VIDEO: What was in WW1 British soldier's kit?

Military historian Andy Robertshaw talks through the uniform worn by soldiers in the British Expeditionary Force at the start of World War One.

VIDEO: Is it a 'good' summer for insect bites?

An increasing number of people are falling prey to creatures like ticks, horseflies, midges and mosquitoes as warm, wet weather creates perfect breeding conditions for insects.

VIDEO: Modern slavery targeted in campaign

The government is launching the first nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK.

VIDEO: Glasgow 2014 items for auction

The props, costumes and souvenirs from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony are being auctioned off.

VIDEO: The rise and rise of video blogs

Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media.