We have put together a list of tips to follow when buying a used car, and what you need to know about your rights as a consumer.
Kendal businesses will find out today if they will have to pay to be part of an initiative which aims to improve the town centre.
An £8m scheme to clean up beaches and the sea in west Cumbria nears completion.
Scotch beef will be exported to America again for the first time in 20 years.
The meat was banned amid concerns about BSE, known as mad cow disease, entering the food chain.
The US department of agriculture has now lifted the restrictions - a move which has been welcomed by farmers in Southern Scotland.
The Rural Affairs Minister, Richard Lochhead MSP, spoke to ITV Border about the news.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has hailed the move to reintroduce Scotch beef to the American market as a "massive breakthrough".
"I'm delighted that these long-standing trade barriers have been lifted. Scotch beef has been off the menu in the USA for far too long and the reopening of an extremely lucrative market is a tremendous opportunity to expand our beef exports and one which I am keen for the industry to grasp.
"We look forward to the USA agreeing to the resumption of imports of other iconic Scottish products such Scotch lamb and haggis, and this deal on beef may well be an important step forward to achieving that. Of course, there are still a few technical details of this beef agreement to be ironed out, such as heath certificates, so it will be next year at the earliest before any export activity starts.
"So it vitally important to Scotland's hard-pressed red meat industry that the UK Government and (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary) Owen Paterson start to put the necessary staff and procedures in place now to avoid any unnecessary delay."
Scotch beef is going back on the menu for people in the US for the first time in almost 20 years.
A decision from the United States Department of Agriculture will reopen its market to EU beef and other bovine products.
The move overturns a ban introduced in the 1990s as a result of concerns about BSE entering the human food chain.
Tourism organisations in West Cumbria are trying to calculate the economic benefits of the two rugby league world cup games staged in the county.
It was estimated before the matches that they would bring in three quarters of a million pounds.
A Jedburgh man is one of thousands to call Citizens Advice Scotland, after buying a faulty used car.
Policeman David Ross bought a new vehicle on 1st October. Within 2 weeks it had to be towed to a garage, following engine failure.
"Initial thoughts are that it could be quite expensive. My options as I am aware are either to return the vehicle to the garage that I bought it from for a full refund, or the garage that I bought it from should pay for the repair.
"You buy from a garage because you think that is the safer option. In this case I think I have been unlucky."
Drivers are spending over £600,000 a week on faulty used cars, according to Citizens Advice Scotland.
The charity says nearly 100 Scots contact its helpline every week after being ripped off.
John Cleland is a car dealer from Galashiels. He says it's vital to check a used car before parting with cash.
A report suggests that thousands of Scots are being ripped off by used car dealers every year.
Citizens Advice Scotland say 100 Scots contact them each week after buying a faulty used car, claiming in one out of 10 cases the car is unsafe to drive.
Citizens Advice Scotland’s Chief Executive Margaret Lynch says:
“The CAB service is one of the main consumer support agencies in the country. And what we are finding is that used cars are one of the biggest areas where consumers are being exploited. At a time when many Scots are struggling financially and looking for ways to save money, rogue car dealers are cynically ripping them off by selling them vehicles they know are duds.
“Every industry has its rogues, and it’s only fair to say that many used car dealers operate fairly.
"But the minority in this industry who exploit their customers are not only ripping them off, but in many cases are putting lives in danger by letting cars on the road that are not safe to drive.
“These figures are shocking, but it’s worth remembering that these are just the cases that were reported to us at the CAB service.
"There will be many more cases out there which have been reported to other authorities, or which haven’t been reported at all. Many people feel that when they buy a Used Car they don’t have the same rights and guarantees that they have if they buy a new one from a garage.
"One of our messages today is that consumers always have rights as a customer, and we will help you stand up for those. It’s also vital that you check what you are buying before you part with your money.
"You don’t need to be a car expert to be able to spot what’s not right. We have a list of easy checks you can make when buying a used car. And anyone who has a complaint about a used car dealer can get specific advice by calling our special Consumer Advice Helpline on 08454 040506.”
One of the biggest winter livestock shows of the year takes place in Carlisle later today.
The Borderway Agri-Expo is in its seventh year and is expected to attract hundreds of livestock entries from around the world.
Workers at Tata Steel in Workington are waiting to hear more about the consultation process for employees affected by job cuts.
The firm has announced that 90 posts are under threat at the West Cumbrian plant. It hopes they will be voluntary redundancies.
The organisation, Britain's Energy Coast, which was set up to create jobs prospects in the area, is among the groups trying to help reduce the impact of the redundancies.