The date of Scotland's independence referendum has been revealed, and if independence is given the go ahead on 18 September 2014, a new independent nation could border our region.
We asked how the referendum could affect the North East.
Watch the full report below to find out.
The fourth person killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police.
Rachel Majumdar, 29, was a doctor working at Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire.
She was originally from Merseyside and was most recently living in Leeds, Northern Constabulary said today.
Tom Chesters and Rachel Majumdar, who both died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands, had been dating for several years and had "such a good future together".
Sam Morris, 35, said the only consolation in the tragedy was that the couple died side-by-side doing something they both loved.
A woman from County Durham is believed to be among one of six people who were caught in an avalanche in Scotland yesterday.
Four people were killed in the avalanche at Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe at around 2pm on Saturday. The 24-year-old woman, from the Durham area, was taken to Southern General Hospital in Glasgow suffering from serious head injuries. She remains in a critical condition.
The former Health Secretary Alan Milburn joins Helen Ford at Westminster, to discuss the challenges of his new role as Chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.
Also in the programme, a panel of MPs look ahead to next month's Police Commissioner elections, and ask whether a Yes/No vote really will settle the question of independence for Scotland.
The Government is expected to announce who will temporarily operate the West Coast Main Line today (October 15), after the franchise deal with First Group collapsed.
It is thought Virgin will continue to operate the line between London and Scotland on an 18 month contract.
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has been called-up to the Scotland squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers.
The 25-year-old hasn't featured for his country since 2010, after an alleged dispute with the Scottish FA. But he could make a return to face Wales and Belgium.
Donna Keenan went into labour at her home in Northumberland four weeks early. Dylan Joseph was born at home in Wooler but his sister refused to emerge. So paramedics rushed Donna to Borders General Hospital where Hannah Rose was born, making her Scottish!
Gerry Foley discusses the state of the Coalition with North Yorkshire Conservative MP Anne McIntosh and Berwick Lib Dem Sir Alan Beith.
Gerry Foley also talks to Newcastle's Catherine McKinnell, newly appointed to Labour's frontbench Treasury team, about how she'll be helping to lead the Opposition's attack on the Government's economic policy. That's on ITV1 tonight at 11:35pm.