A community conference held in Dumfries has been deemed a success, according to those who attended.
The one day event, held as part of Dumfries Parliament Day, aimed at helping people to engage with their local politicians.
People attended workshops about how to use their MSPs more effectively and how to deal with local media.
Credit: 'The American President' - Castle Rock Entertainment
Ever wonder where our politicians get their best lines? Well it seems Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is a fan of fictional American Presidents, and in particaular the scripts of West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin. Michael Douglas plays Andrew Shepherd in the 1995 film The American President - a big screen forerunner of the TV series the West Wing. Perhaps a Hollywood rather than a Holyrood career beckons for Ruth Davidson.
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Plans to close police control rooms across Scotland have been debated in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.
Proposals by Police Scotland would see sites across the country shut.
One of the first earmarked for closure is Dumfries, which could close as early as April with the loss of 30 posts.
MSPs from all areas challenged Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill at Holyrood, who visited Dumfries yesterday.
A huge tapestry that tells the story of Scotland's history has been unveiled at the Scottish Parliament.The 143 metre long artwork is one of the longest in the world.
It took 1,000 master stitchers around 50,000 hours to bring the piece to life.
The 160 panels capture key moments in time, including the battle of Flodden, the building of the great border abbeys and even the creation of Border TV!
A bill to allow gay marriages in Scotland is set to be introduced to the Scottish Parliament.
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, supported by 88 of Holyroods' 129 MSPs, will end the legal definition of marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman.
A Borders MSP wants to wage war on rodents which have been spotted racing around the corridors of Holyrood.
Christine Grahame is calling for a resident cat to be brought to Holyrood to tackle the pests. It would follow in the footsteps - or should that be pawprints - of Larry, the Downing Street cat.
Kathryn Samson reports:
Christine Grahame's calls to get a resident Cat for the Scottish Parliament have been rejected.
The Borders MSP said mice were 'flaunting themselves' around Holyrood and a cat would provide a 'humane deterrent'.
"We have no plans to procure a resident cat. We do however have a specialist pest control contractor who visits the building regularly."
SNP MSP Jim Eadie said the dispute "set the cat amongst the pigeons".
"Pest control is a serious issue and not to address it would be a mouse-take and could even have cat-astrophic consequences for health and safety."
Westminster has had a long line of resident cats including the former stray, Larry.
MSPs have agreed new legislation that will make it easier to arrest illegal cockle pickers on the Solway Firth.
In the five years since cockle picking was banned, no one has been prosecuted.
Nine years ago, 23 Chinese immigrants drowned while cockle picking in Morecambe Bay.
You can watch the full report from Matthew Taylor below.