50 Days to the referendum

With 50 days to go until the Scottish referendum, we look ahead to Representing Border's first televised, independence debate.

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Thousands turn up for Border Union Show

The 201st Border Union Show was bathed in sunshine today, as thousands turned out to enjoy the agricultural event.

Top politicians also came out to soak up the sunshine. Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Environment Minister spent the day looking round the show ground.

Thousands turn up for Border Union Show
Border Union Show Credit: ITV News

Cllr Jo Stephenson dies weeks after suffering a fall at home

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Jo Stephenson Credit: Cumbria County Council

The deputy leader of Cumbria County Council has died in hospital weeks after falling at his home in Windermere.

Jo, who had been county councillor for Windermere since 2009 and Deputy Leader of the county council since 2013, was in the Royal Preston Hospital after suffering a fall at home three weeks ago.

He had been making a good recovery and his diagnosis was looking optimistic earlier in the week, but it is thought he died from a massive stroke last night.

Jo leaves behind his wife Hillary and two children.

Borders swimming star to compete in 400m freestyle

Our region's first athlete is in action today at the Commonwealth Games as the Borders' Daniel Wallace swims in the 400m freestyle heat.

Daniel Wallace is a swimmer originally from the Borders
Daniel Wallace is swimming in todays 400m freestyle heat Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Daniel went to Chirnside Primary school and Duns Swimming club where he first started his swimming career.

He has since moved to East Lothian and travelled to the US to study.

Watch his performance and see how he gets on at 11am.

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Future of Scotland's nuclear waste questioned

ITV Border has learnt that Sellafield could stop taking nuclear waste from Scotland if the country decides to go independent.

The Copeland MP Jamie Reed has told this programme that international laws mean Scotland would have to deal with its own radioactive material rather than export it.

The Scottish government says they'd negotiate a solution.

In response the Scottish Government said:

“An independent Scotland will ensure that the nuclear legacy inherited from the UK is managed safely and effectively, something that would be in the interests of both countries. Indeed, the management of radioactive waste is a devolved matter and, as such, is already the responsibility of the Scottish Ministers. Following a vote for independence the way in which the UK’s nuclear legacy is managed will be the subject of detailed negotiations.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Government

A thousand free places for WW1 memorial service

People from across Scotland are being invited to join a special service to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War next month.

A thousand free places have been made available to members of the public who do not already have tickets for the Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday, August 10.

The multi-faith commemoration will be held before a congregation of almost 9,000 people, including representatives of the armed services, veterans' groups, charities and civic leaders.

The event will replicate services held on the frontline 100 years ago when piled drums with draped Colours were used in place of an altar.

The service, which will mark the start of a five-year programme of commemorations in Scotland.

"We want to invite the whole of Scotland - people of all ages and in all corners of the country - to join us in remembering those who served during the First World War, to consider the significant impact the war had on Scotland and Scots around the world and to ask the question 'What do we learn from all this?'

"By making a thousand places available to the general public we can be certain that as many people as possible, from all parts of Scotland, have an opportunity to come and commemorate this important anniversary, upon which we and our children and our grandchildren may in years to come reflect that 'we were there and we remembered'."

– Norman Drummond, chair of the Scottish Commemorations Panel

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are organising the service, procession and memorial event at the request of Scottish ministers.

To find out more about the service you can visit this website: www.WW100Scotland.com.

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