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Weather: Finally the region sees some RAIN

It has been a long, hot and dry summer.

While temperatures have got us out and about - the dry weather has caused problems for gardeners and farmers.

Today we finally saw some rain:

Although it is welcomed by many, it's not going to last.

Most of us will be back to dry and warm weather by the middle of the week.

Food Train comes to Dumfries and Galloway

Scottish charity Food Train, that pairs elderly people with volunteers to lift the burden of cooking and provide companionship, is being rolled out in Dumfries and Galloway.

So far the project has been a success in the Scottish Borders with over 10,000 meals delivered.

"I do feel fulfilled by visiting Nan, it gives me great joy to go and visit Nan every week. And see the pleasure she gets from having a meal delivered and the surprise of what's in the bowl."

– Elizabeth Davidson, Volunteer

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Decrease in deliberate fires in Southern Scotland

The Scottish Fire Service says there has been a decrease in the number of deliberate fires started this summer.

There is traditionally a rise during the Summer months, with wheelie bins and derelict buildings being key targets.

There have been 473 deliberate fires so far this summer, 62 fewer than last summer.

But the service still warns the public to be vigilant and not enter derelict buildings, as they can be unsafe.

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Protests taking place in region ahead of Donald Trump's visit

Protests in Dumfries. Credit: ITV Border

Protests are taking place around the region to protest against Donald Trump's state visit to Britain.

One demonstration has been organised in Dumfries by the Trade Union Council.

Some of those taking part feel that he is an inappropriate person to receive such an honour due to some of his high profile comments and views on issues they say they disagree with.

Donald Trump is to be greeted by the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell when he arrives in Scotland on Friday 13 July.

The US president is expected to be in the UK for three days.

Mr Trump is believed to be spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, which he bought in 2014, although there has been no official confirmation of his plans.

Credit: ITV Border

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David Mundell will meet Donald Trump in Scotland

In 2016 - US President Donald Trump at his Trump Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire. Credit: PA

Donald Trump is to be greeted by the Scottish Secretary when he arrives in Scotland on Friday 13 July.

The US president will meet David Mundell when he flies in for what is expected to be a three-day visit to the country.

Mr Trump is believed to be spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, which he bought in 2014, although there has been no official confirmation of his plans.

Gatherings and rallies are planned across the UK from Thursday 12 July, when Mr Trump is expected to arrive in Britain.

With the president set to travel to Scotland on Friday evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle, a protest is planned for Glasgow's George Square.

A rally will also be held outside the president's Balmedie course in Aberdeenshire on Saturday, and it is expected there could be further demonstrations at Turnberry.

I am looking forward to greeting Mr Trump on behalf of the UK Government when he arrives in Scotland on Friday. The UK and the USA have longstanding and important cultural, trade and security bonds. The President’s visit is an opportunity to strengthen vital links with one of our most important global allies. The President's Scots heritage ‎is well known, and I hope he enjoys his visit to Scotland.”

– Scottish Secretary, David Mundell
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