The Government has revealed its plans to end the congestion on the A303 won't be ready until at least this time next year
Fire officers will be lost as part of £5.5 million cuts proposed by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
Government funding is to help protect and promote wildlife habitats across North Devon.
The blasts of shotguns have been heard across the West today as the four month long pheasant shooting season got underway.
The sport employs 12,000 people in the region, more than any other part of the country. As David Woodland reports pheasant shooting is big business, but some say it's one we should do without.
The pheasant shooting season is starting in the west country. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation says the sport generates £280million a year for the South West economy.
It says wealthy guns come from all over the world, spending money in local hotels and shops, and providing vital jobs in rural areas.
West Somerset has been named as the UK's second biggest retirement hotspot, with 29% of people living in the district drawing their pension.
East Devon, East Dorset and West Dorset were also popular areas with the UK's 10 million-strong pensioner population.
The historic coastal town of Christchurch in Dorset has been named as the country's retirement capital, with the biggest concentration of pensioners living there in the UK.
There's growing concern for a Devon teenager who's been missing for 11 days.
Charleigh Bindon is 15 years-old and from the Newton Abbot area. She also uses the surname Robson. Charleigh has family ties around Bath and Bristol.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has produced a video to show in schools to warn young people of the dangers of making hoax calls.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service has made savings by halving the number of hoax calls it attends. It's a result of campaigns in schools and high profile convictions.
They were having to respond to more than four hoax calls a week, putting lives at risk and wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds.
A village in wiltshire is holding a ceremony to twin its former phone box with another 150 miles away.
The traditional kiosk in Marden, near Devizes, was bought from BT for £1. It was fitted with shelves and is now being used as a swap shop for everything from books to vegetables.
Organiser, Lalu Carter, says the Wiltshire phone box will be linked with another redundant phone box in her parents' village in Thurlestone, Devon, and has invited residents to come to Marden to celebrate the pairing.
The Director of theTen Tors Challenge says a group of teenagers who had to be airlifted to safety whilst training for the event followed the safety procedures put in place by the army.
Brigadier Piers Hankinson says he's pleased that their ethos of 'safety' was upheld.
The 14-year-olds were practicing for the annual Ten Tors trek across Dartmoor when they became disorientated in low cloud yesterday afternoon.
Read the full statement below:
I can confirm that an incident involving a team training for The Ten Tors Challenge 2013 occurred on Dartmoor Training Area at approximately 1500hrs yesterday (Sun 21st April 2013).
The training weekend was an entirely appropriate school-led activity within the guidelines and procedures for Ten Tors training, which is the responsibility of schools and their team managers. With three weeks to go before the event on the weekend 11-12 May I would fully expect team managers to be encouraging greater self sufficiency to teams, provided they have achieved the required levels of competency. This is judgement for the school’s team manager.
– Brigadier Piers Hankinson – Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade & Director of Ten Tors
In this case the team followed the correct safety procedures as laid down by the Army and local agencies such as the Police and Dartmoor Rescue Group. The team members made the correct decision to seek assistance from the civilian emergency services due to poor visibility.
None of the team suffered any adverse affects.
I am very pleased that our ethos of ‘safety’ was upheld.
Police say seven teenage boys have been airlifted to safety by helicopter after getting lost on Dartmoor. The 14-year-olds were practicing for the annual Ten Tors trek across the national park when they became disorientated in low cloud yesterday afternoon.
– Devon and Cornwall Police
The boys, who were overdue in meeting up with their teachers, realised that they needed assistance and sensibly stopped walking in the worsening conditions.
The helicopter crew searched the moor in the area of Hangingstone Hill and located the boys safe and well near Great Kneeset.
As the conditions were deteriorating fast the helicopter lifted the boys and their kit from the moor, making two flights to and from Okehampton military camp, where they were reunited with their teachers.
The boys were from a school in Wiltshire.