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£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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Commission on Parliamentary Reform chairman John McCormick

Commission to visit region on mission to find out facts

By June this year, the Scottish Parliament will have heard from people across the country on how they think Parliament needs to change to meet the needs of the people it serves.

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Public toilets in Brierybaulk in Duns.

Bid to have 30p toilet charge scrapped fails

Last week’s decision to introduce a 30p entry charge at 27 of the region’s 41 public toilets, including six across Berwickshire, will stand despite being challenged by opposition members of Scottish Borders Council.

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Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker (centre) with depute leaders Catriona Bhatia and John Mitchell with their capital budget programme,

Cash boost for area forums as council sets budget

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to give major new spending powers to the region’s five area forums.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road.

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Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson has defended this week’s decision by Scottish Borders Council to hike the charges it levies on businesses for collection of trade waste.

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Coldstream's public toilets.

30p charge on the way for spending a penny in Berwickshire’s public toilets

Spending a penny is to cost 30 times that much at most of the Borders’ public conveniences, including six in Berwickshire.

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Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe

MSPs to debate Article 50

The Scottish Parliament will have a vote on Tuesday on the triggering of Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union

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Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker (centre) with depute leaders Catriona Bhatia and John Mitchell with the administration's draft financial programme.

Council executive reveals draft budget

Infrastructure investment but the loss of over 100 posts headline Scottish Borders Council’s budget proposals, to be decided on Thursday, February 9.

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Council leader David Parker at the junction outside the Borders General Hospital.

Plans being drawn up in bid to cut accidents at hospital junction

Traffic signals and a lower speed limit look to be on the way in an effort to cut the number of accidents at the road entrance to the Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

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Borders MP Calum Kerr.

Borders MP hits out at Donald Trump over travel ban order

Borders MP Calum Kerr has hit out at new US president Donald Trump’s decision to turn away refugees and visitors from northern Africa and the Gulf.

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Calum Kerr, SNP MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Borders MP condemns actions of US President

In response to Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and citizens of certain countries being allowed into the US, Borders MP Calum Kerr co-sponsored an Early Day Motion in Parliament.

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Eyemouth fishmonger working at D R Collin.

Fishermen welcome new crab and lobster protection measures

New measures to protect Scottish shellfish will be of long-term benefit to Berwickshire’s fishing industry, according to an Eyemouth-based fish retailer.

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Barrie Forrest at the site of the old Reston Station.

Progress ‘imminent’ on station reopening

Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker says he is hopeful there will be a positive announcement within weeks on funding to secure the reopening of Reston railway station in Berwickshire.

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Local Government minister Kevin Stewart.

New law to aid community buyouts

Scottish communities will find it easier to take over land or buildings currently in public ownership due to a new law which came into force today (Monday).

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The First Minister has announced �29 million of funding to help tackle poverty.

£29 million to tackle poverty

Organisations that tackle poverty can now have access to a new £29 million funding pot set up by the Scottish Government.

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Jimmy Bain on stage with Dio.

Family welcome plans for tribute to Scottish rock star

Moves are afoot to have a tribute to late rock star Jimmy Bain created in his home town of Dunbar, much to the delight of relatives of his including his niece Linda Renton.

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Eyemouths honorary provost, Jemma Landels, has resigned her position.

Family has to come first, says community council’s chair

Jemma Landels, Eyemouth’s honorary provost and chairwoman of the town’s community council has quit her post due to family reasons.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Press freedom in Scotland “at risk” from UK Government proposals

Proposals to regulate the press in England and Wales would “pose a potential threat to press freedom” in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

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