The Scottish Government has announced a £30m fund to build new train stations throughout the country.
Thornhill, Eastriggs and Stranraer are among the stations that could benefit under the plans.
Councillors are meeting in Dumfries to decide whether to bid for the money needed to build the new stations.
The Scottish Government has announced a £30m fund to build new train stations throughout the country, including in our region.
The plans include proposals to refurbish Stranraer station, as well as opening a new station at Thornhill and Eastriggs.
First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“The death of Nelson Mandela marks the passing of a great statesman and a global icon, so it is only appropriate that we here in Scotland, a land Mr Mandela had great affinity with, mark his passing appropriately.
“That is why I have today instructed that the South African national flag should fly at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside St Andrew's House in Edinburgh.
“The whole world is marking the loss of a great leader – all of Scotland feels that loss, and we join the people of South Africa in particular in marking Mr Mandela’s passing.”
A new paper setting out how the Scottish Government thinks pensions would operate after independence will be launched this morning. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is visiting a sheltered housing complex to make the announcement.
MSPs are set to debate the legislation that will allow the independence referendum to happen next year.
The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill sets out the date and the procedures that need to be followed.
The Referendum Bill Committee has backed the general principles of the legislation.
Politicians in Dumfries and Galloway are worried about the "worryingly low" registration rate for fibre-optic broadband.
The Scottish Government has asked people in south-west Scotland to register their interest for the services.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown is warning people that unless they make their voices heard, the region will be one of the last areas to receive the upgrade.
A new television and advert campaign aimed at highlighting the help available for people struggling with debt, has been launched by the Scottish Government.
The Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) is an initiative which helps people to pay back their debts over a reasonable period of time, based on the amount they owe and their current financial position.
DAS stops creditors using debt enforcement action and safeguards people's homes- as long as they keep up mortgage repayments.
Recent changes to the scheme means it also now freezes interest, fees and charges to prevent debts mounting up.
From October next year shoppers in Scotland will have to pay 5p for carrier bags, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced.
The charge will be applied to all forms of carrier bags- not just plastic ones.
Mr Lochhead said that Scots use around 750 million bags every year and says the new scheme will show that the Scottish Government is taking "decision action" to cut down on the amount of bags being thrown out.
The proceeds from the bag charges will go to charity, with good causes expected to receive up to £5 million as a result of the scheme.
People in South West Scotland will be getting a brand new hospital, at a cost of £200 million.
The Scottish Government has agreed to the plan from the local NHS trust.
Matthew Taylor reports.
The Scottish Government have approved a business plan for a £200 million hospital to be built near to the A75 in Dumfries.
It will provide 350 beds and is due be completed in five years.
The Scottish health secretary, Alex Neil, said it would provide high quality health care services for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.