Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her cabinet will meet in Dumfries today.
Members of the public will be able to question ministers at Easterbrook Hall.
It's the first of a series of weekly meetings around Scotland.
"The carnival will be spectacular, there will be more than 4,000 people parading through the streets, there will be 2015 lanterns to help celebrate the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light, there will be six bands, six big floats, hundreds of costumes, thousands of people on the streets, it's going to be absolutely spectacular."
The Big Burns Supper Festival got underway in Dumfries last night.
The event is to celebrate Scotland's national bard, Robbie Burns, whose birthday it would be tomorrow.
It is the first time the event has run for nine days in a row.
Police are warning people of open water dangers after a man jumped into the River Nith in Dumfries to rescue his mobile phone.
He got into difficulty but was helped out of the water by two bypassers.
This latest incident comes off the back of a major search for missing Dumfries teenager Macauley McQueen, who hasn't been seen since entering the Nith last Monday.
A new centre for employment has opened up in Dumfries to help people find work.
The "Total access point", or TAP centre as it will be known, is based on Nith Place and is specifically aimed at supporting businesses and young people. Lori Carnochan reports.
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Dumfries and Galloway council has opened a new centre for employment in Dumfries, in a bid to bring down higher-than-average youth unemployment in the area.
The "Total access point", or TAP centre, is based on Nith Place and is specifically aimed at supporting businesses and young people.
It's hoped this one-stop-shop will mean people can access a wide range of services, from all sectors of the employment industry and the industry can see the talent available to fill their vacancies.
A community orchard has been planted in Dumfries.
In the grounds of Lincluden Abbey over 60 volunteers came out to plant apple, plum and pear trees to ensure there's always fresh fruit available for the local community.
Fiona McIlwraith reports.
Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a car drove along a pavement in Dumfries towards a group of 14-year-olds.
The incident happened around 1.35pm on 26th November on Rosevale Street. Police say that seven 14-year-old pupils from St Josephs College were walking on the pavement when a small, dark blue coloured car, in the style of a Toyota Auris, drove along the pavement towards them, before pulling off and driving off at speed.
It follows an earlier incident which took place outside the Spar shop on Rosevale Street where the driver of this vehicle had spoke with the boys.
The driver is described as:
- Being between 5’9” and 6’ tall
- Skinny build
- Between 50/60 years of age
- Short grey
- Untidy hair
- Local accent
- Wearing dark rimmed glasses, a mid length light coloured jacket and jeans.
“Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident, however it could have been a catastrophe. I am appealing to anyone who can help us identify the driver of this vehicle to call us on 101, or indeed the driver himself to come forward to explain his actions.”