A survey says half of businesses in the south west expect to take on more staff this year - with job prospects for younger people also improving.
More than a hundred firms were questioned by the CBI. The organisation says the outlook for the year is 'positive'.
There are calls today for the government to do more to protect vital upland moor sites in the south west. The RSPB and South West Water are amongst the signatories in a letter demanding more support from DEFRA to protect habitats for wildlife.
A new campaign gets underway today to stamp out the sale of illegal tobacco in the region
This comes after new figures show 8 out of 10 people in the South West think the product-often smuggled in and unregulated- is a danger to children.
As it is cheaper than normal tobacco, it's also believed to make it easier for children to start smoking.
More than two thousand tax office workers are striking across the West Country today angry about proposed job cuts. The office in Barnstaple is one of those scheduled to close. It's the biggest in the region and thirty jobs are at risk.
Unions are staging walk-outs across the country this week. Twenty three tax offices are on the verge of closing.
Dartmouth Lower Ferry will today begin offering customers a new digital card for ferry crossings. It's expected to speed up the ticketing process and can be scanned through a car's windscreen. Anyone who still has paper tickets will still be able to use them until they run out.
The West Country's league teams find out who they'll be playing and when next season later today. The league fixtures are out this morning and fans will keen to see when those crucial west country derbies are scheduled for. The opening day of the season is Saturday August 9th.
The World Cup may be in full swing in Brazil, but the domestic season moves a small step closer today as our local teams find out who'll they'll play in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Ties will be played during week beginning the eleventh of August. The draw is split between northern and southern sections. League fixtures will be released on Wednesday.
A new survey says house prices in the South West have gone up by more than 6 per cent in the last year.
That's according to the latest data from one estate agent.
According to Rightmove, in June 2013, the average cost of a house was just under £270,000. That's now risen to around £285,000-an increase of roughly £15,000.
A new survey indicates an alarming amount of ignorance about bowel cancer in the region. The report from Bowel Cancer West says nine out of ten adults they spoke to weren't aware of symptoms of the disease and were embarrassed to go the doctor. But early diagnosis is crucial to survival.
The West Country's fishing industry is in line for an increase in funding from Europe - but the biggest rise will go to Scotland.
Fisheries minister (and Cornish MP) George Eustice has welcomed a deal in which Scottish fishermen and marine businesses will get a six per cent rise, against only one per cent for England. He says this is reflects the size of the industry and past take-up of the fund north of the border.