Comet, Jessops, Blockbuster, Toys 'R' Us and Famous Names have all closed in 2013. Forty shops in Carlisle city centre are currently vacant.
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An engineering company in Dumfries has gone into administration. Penman has been in business since 1859, and employs around 140 people.
The health trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven has hit national targets for scan waiting times.
The end of August marks the end of the meteorological summer.