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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me,

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Moments later this man killed a Glasgow shopkeeper -

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today he received a life sentence for religiously motivated murder.

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This was a brutal, barbaric crime resulting from intolerance.

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Also on the programme, Exam results are in -

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and record numbers of pupils secure a place at university.

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Salvage operations begin on this grounded oil rig off

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And hopes are high this Scot could win Team GB another medal.

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A Muslim taxi driver from Bradford who stabbed a Glasgow shopkeeper

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to death after claiming he had disrespected the prophet Muhammed

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32-year-old Tanveer Ahmed travelled from Yorkshire to confront Asad Shah

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at his shop in the Shawlands area of the city in March.

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Sentencing Ahmed to a minimum of 27 years the judge at the High court

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in Glasgow described it as a brutal, barbaric and horrific crime

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Tanvir Ahmed the rating Asad Shah after driving to his shop on the

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south side of Glasgow. But that night in March Ahmed had arrived

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from Bradford intending to meet out much more than criticism. --

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berating. He was carrying a large much more than criticism. --

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knife. After this verbal attack he released an onslaught of what the

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judge called most violence. Asad Shah, this well liked friendly

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shopkeeper, died in the street outside. It was videos like this is

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posted online that had angered Tanvir Ahmed. He believed Mr Shah

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was disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad. Ahmed was so deeply

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offended that he decided he had to kill him. A crime the judge noted

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today as she addressed Ahmed that he has still shown no remorse for. It

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is clear that you are proud of what you did. And you did not consider

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what you did was wrong. What is particularly disturbing from some of

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your latest comments to the social worker, who prepared the court

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report, is the fact that if met with similar circumstances in the future

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you would do the same again. You seem oblivious to the fact you have

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devastated a family. The family of Mr Shah, leaving them bereft of a

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much loved son, husband and brother. Immediately after the judge

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sentenced Ahmed to life with a minimum of 27 years he raised his

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arm and shouted to the friends and family in court. Members of Ahmed's

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family and community in Bradford, mostly left the court without

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comment, but this man explained his outburst. It means I love my profit.

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That is all he said. Do you think that was respectful? He is

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respecting his prophet, what is wrong with that? Do you think the

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sentence was there? No. There is no doubt that the barbaric murder of

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Asad Shah was religiously motivated. But the judge has accepted that it

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wasn't motivated by a grudge against the Muslim community of which Mr

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Shah was a member. Instead, this was a specific attack on Mr Shah because

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Tanvir Ahmed believed that he had disrespected Islam. The Judge's

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comments that there is no place for such intolerance code today by the

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community. He shouldn't be showing any kind of love. Where there is no

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remorse, where there is no regrets, then Islam says strongly that such a

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person should be given a proper sentence and that is what has been

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served. In the Shawlands area Mr Shah has been much missed by his

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served. In the Shawlands area Mr customers who throughout the years

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he served with cheer and agree -- and grace. His family's Greece is

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such that they cannot bear to reopen the shop without him. -- grief.

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Students across Scotland have been receiving their exam results.

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140,000 certificates have been dropping through letterboxes.

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Figures suggest the serious problems with last year's Higher Maths exam

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have been put right - while concerns that changing

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the Higher English exam at short notice could have led

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to difficulties, have proved to be unfounded.

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Here's our education correspondent Jamie McIvor.

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For on the news came by text or e-mail. What? For most it was inside

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an envelope. For these brave youngsters their good news was live

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on radio Scotland. Seven As and a B. Brilliant.

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Five As. Exceptional results by any standard, especially because their

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School is not in a leafy suburb. Some students come from areas of

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deprivation. I was wondering why is that, and I think the single biggest

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influence is momentum that happens here. For many students across

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Scotland it was a day to remember, like keirin in Inverness. 197,000

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hires were sat. The overall pass rate was slightly down on last year,

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but it is still the second highest number of passes on record. --

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Highers were sat. We seem to have over 152,000 passes it Higher level.

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And we have an increase in vocational qualifications that

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pupils are receiving in Scotland. A 23% increase in those. There was no

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repeat of last year's Higher maths debacle. Last year the pass rate was

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just 34%. This year was normal. One of the things we do every years

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review the process of setting a paper. Last year 's paper we

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admitted was more challenging than it should be. Behind the statistics

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by the remarkable stories of personal achievement. Darren speaks

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English as his second language and still got five Highers. I studied

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really hard and I am proud of myself. There are still questions

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over how the shake-up of the exams is leading in. But today is about

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celebrations for some and commiserations for others. Well done

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to all of those young people who allowed us to film them. Jamie joins

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me. You mentioned in the report a drop in the Highers pass rate, is

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that significant? No need to panic. But it is worth keeping an eye on.

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Statisticians made one point. You wouldn't want to make a direct

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comparison with last year because this year only the new Highers hires

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were available, last year old and new. The changes cannot be seen as

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indicating a trend. But some people will want to get to the bottom of

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exactly what it was that happened. If there is a drop again next year

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that is when I think we will see real worry. How are the new exams

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setting in? This was the last year of the three-year shake-up. This is

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an interesting point, it is about the national four qualification. The

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most -- it is roughly equivalent to a general pass in a standard grade

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of old. But there was a drop in the number of entries this year. The

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reason isn't immediately clear. It might have been from the judgment of

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the teachers, of who should be studying for it, but there may be

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questions to ask as the new system beds in, just to see what is

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happening. Thanks very much. A small team of salvage experts have

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been lowered by helicopter onto the oil rig which ran aground

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on the Western Isles on Sunday. The UK Government has said the work

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to refloat it may take some time. The plan is to put a larger team

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on board the rig tomorrow Meetings have been going on

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throughout the day in Stornoway to decide how to tackle the

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re-flotation of the oil rig marooned on rocks at Delmore on the West

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Coast of Lewis. Mid-afternoon the coastguard helicopter arrived to get

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the first explorer to -- explorer tree

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The people being put aboard right now will carry out the work on the

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ground it rig. If their mission a success for more will be put on

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tomorrow to see what further work can be done before the weather

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breaks. -- grounded rig. What ever they find, work will still continue.

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By Thursday this week we will be hampered by bad weather again, so

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that will set the operation back. There will still be a requirement

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after that to gather more information. After that phase it is

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getting the right equipment we need to the island to do the

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re-connections and making sure we have got the right vessels here to

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try and get it out from where she is sitting at the moment. An enquiry is

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ongoing as to how it ended up here in the first place. The Western

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Isles emergency planning group also met this afternoon. Their main fear

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is pollution. Although it might not be an imminent threat. I've asked

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the team to have a look at checking the tanks and giving me reassurance

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that the oil is safe where it is. The work to move the rig before

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worse weather comes has already begun.

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You're watching Reporting Scotland from the BBC.

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Still to come on tonight's programme:

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Could David Florence be the first Scot to win a Team GB medal tonight?

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And Barry Humphries as you've never seen him before -

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The First Minister's been in Berlin for talks with a member

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of the German government on the EU referendum result.

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Nicola Sturgeon met Minister for Europe Michael Roth

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and afterwards said the talks had been constructive.

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley is at

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What is the first minister trying to achieve?

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Formal negotiations will not begin until the UK begins the process of

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leaving the EU. That is something that is down to the Westminster

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government. Theresa May has said she won't do that until next year.

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Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that she wants to protect what she sees

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as Scotland's's interest in the EU. And today these talks were part of

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that process. She has met with the German Europe Minister in Berlin,

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where they have discussed the referendum results and what happens

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next. The first Minister said today's talks were constructive.

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She's told German television that she wanted to highlight those

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Scottish interests and what she believes are Scottish fears about

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the impact of Brexit. For his part, Michael Roth, a fairly junior

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minister in the German government, has said that Nicola Sturgeon is

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clearly a dedicated pro-European. He said today's talk emphasised the

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importance of what he calls diversity in Europe. Of course,

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there will be more senior figures in the European Union for Nicola

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Sturgeon to make her case to. If Scotland is to get a second deal

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with the UK leaves. Thanks very much.

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape

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of a 14-year-old girl outside a supermarket in Barrhead

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The teenager was allegedly attacked as she went to collect her bicycle

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after leaving Asda in the town's Main Street Shopping Centre.

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The family of a 78-year-old woman who was found unconscious

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in a locked public toilet after 21 hours have criticised

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A major search was launched for Norma Webster but it emerged

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she had suffered a stroke inside a cubicle.

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Moray council has apologised and is conducting an urgent review.

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Norma Webster went missing after going shopping in her hometown

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Forres of. The alarm was raised by her husband when she failed to

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return home. A major search was launched for the pensioner,

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involving a helicopter, but it took 21 hours to establish that she was

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left overnight locked in his public toilets just yards away from the

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local supermarket where she was last seen on CCTV. It has emerged that

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the pensioner had a stroke in the toilet cubicle and volunteer

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attendance were locked up the premises unaware she had taken ill

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insight. I think that's terrible. It's terrible because anything could

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be in there. It doesn't make sense to lock a premises without checking

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inside first. Moray Council, which owns the public conveniences which

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are managed in partnership with volunteers, has apologised to the

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family and has ordered an urgent investigation into the incident. We

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are going to work with our staff and volunteers to ensure that the

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procedures are in place and the training is in place to make sure

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this does not happen again. Norma Webster was found by toilet staff

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when they opened up next morning she is recovering in hospital. Her

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family have questioned why the police searched locked premises of

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the pensioner's relatives without even thinking of unlocking the

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toilets. We were relieved she had been found. We were upset. The

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bleach had been searching, but in the wrong places. Police Scotland

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said they worked on the assumption that when the toilets were locked

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they were checked. -- the police had been searching. They described the

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event as a tragic set of circumstances.

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A look at other stories from across the country.

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Detectives investigating the murder of an Aberdeenshire

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have issued a CCTV image of a car seen near his home.

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Brian McKandie's body was discovered at his cottage

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The image - taken a mile from his home - shows a red

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Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon, recorded around the time that

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a maroon estate car had been spotted at Mr McKandie's house.

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A drive to recruit more junior doctors into general

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practice has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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100 new GP training places are being advertised with a ?20,000

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incentive for those who choose to take up

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Edinburgh Airport is the only one in the UK rated poor

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The Civil Aviation Authority's assessment of 30

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airports found Aberdeen, Inverness and Prestwick were taking

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steps to improve the quality of help for passengers with a disability

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Glasgow was the only Scottish airport given a "good" rating.

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It may still be summer, but climbers have encountered deep

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snow on Britain's highest mountain while assisting in a scientific

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It is not unusual for Ben Nevis to have coverings of snow in summer,

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but snow expert, Iain Cameron, has described the depth of the white

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stuff on the mountain's North Face as "astonishing."

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It's been 15 metres deep in some places.

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People in Glasgow city centre were treated to a mini version

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of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo today.

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400 performers delivered the 40 minute lunchtime

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It included bands from Nepal, the US and New Zealand,

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as well as Highland dancers and Shetland fiddlers.

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It's been a successful day on the water for several

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of the Scots representing Team GB at the Rio Olympics,

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and one could clinch Great Britain's first Scottish Gold

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Aberdonian David Florence finished seventh fastest in the semi-final

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of the Men's Canoe Slalom - enough to reach the final that takes

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Our Olympics reporter, Kheredine Idessane, in Rio has more.

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Yes, hello from the whitewater centre, the Olympic Canoe Slalom

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venue. Scotland's David Florence, the World Champion in the C1 canoe

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event is through to the final later on. He qualified third fastest for

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the semi-final. In the semi, a good per he formance from Florence. He is

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one of favourites. Getting through the semi-final means he can go for a

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medal. Twice an Olympic silver-medallist. He will try to

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upgrade the silver to gold. That final will be after 7.00pm your

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time. Ever reason to be satisfied with his efforts here today. Plenty

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of action elsewhere for Scottish athletes on water. A good

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performance from Catherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley on the rowing

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lake. Defending champions from London 2012. She will defend that

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Gold medal. They are safely through to the final. A good effort as well

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from Alan Sinkler in the Men's Pair, the boat through to the final. A

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chance of a medal there for Alan. We have Katherine as well. Good stuff

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from the rowers at the Rowing Lake am we will switch the focus to

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sailing. Luke Patiences with a silver-medallist four years ago. He

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hopes to go one better in Rio. It has been a difficult journey for

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him. A qualification process. He has had to qualify twice. It has been a

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very difficult and emotional journey that's not quite over yet for Luke

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Patience. Olympic silver, but it's gold to Australia. A silver medal in

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London with partner Stuart. Patience made his intention clear for Rio. We

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are young boys and we will come back. Two-time World Champion Elliot

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Can Willis joined the Patience campaign. The Olympic gold medal is

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shining bright for me and Luke. They qualified for Rio in December. --

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September. In November he didn't feel well. He went for tests.

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Diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, fit guy. It was just such a shock.

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You never thought that, you never do think that. Everything obviously

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stopped there answer thnd. Most importantly, it was all about

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Elliot's health at that point. The sailing took a back seat. After a

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period of reflection on his future, Patience came back to work. He and

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English sailor Chris had months to build a partnership and build for

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Rio. Somebody has to win. I'm not new to the sport. We are new

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together. Back to the underdog again. Like Stuart and I were for

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London. I like being the under dog. That suits me just fine. I think I

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will be the freest man on the racecourse come the first race of

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the Games. Nothing to lose. Patience thinks of the Rio journey he began

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with Elliot so emotions are close to the surface. Whatever I do in Rio

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with Chris, Elliot is part of that. He was part of that. We are

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finishing things that Elliot and I started together. You know, flying a

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few flags. Flying Elliot's flag, you know, as well. It's so sad. More to

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come then from Luke Patience know, as well. It's so sad. More to

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tomorrow in the sailing. More to come, we hope, from David Florence

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tonight here at the Canoe Slalom venue. He is world champion

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remember. That is after 7.00pm. We hope to bring you the action, the

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news and an interview with the man himself if he has won a medal on the

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late edition of Reporting Scotland. Let's hope so.

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Within the last hour, Andy Murray has comfortably beaten

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the Argentinian, Juan Monaco, to go into the third round

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It was a straight sets win, in just over an hour and ten minutes,

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Murray will be back on court tomorrow to play the winner

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of Fabio Fognini of Italy and the Frenchman, Benoit Paire.

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ScotRail and the RMT union have been holding further talks

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to try to resolve the industrial dispute that led to strike

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Last week, further planned walkouts by train staff were called off -

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but a final deal has yet to be reached.

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The dispute centres on proposals from the operator to run more

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trains where drivers - rather than guards -

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He's best known for his comic creation, Dame Edna Everage,

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but Australian performer, Barry Humphries, has had

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a passion for German cabaret since he was a boy.

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Now, at the age of 82, he's bringing the lost songs

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of the Weimar Republic to the Edinburgh

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Our arts correspondent, Pauline McLean, went to meet him.

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He's the man behind so many comic creations but this is the real Barry

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Humphries. This the music he's wanted to perform since he was a

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young boy growing up in Australia. I was very young and I discovered a

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pile of sheet music by German and Austrian composers I'd never heard

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of. I bought them cheaply. I thought of. I bought them cheaply. I thought

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- I want to hear this music one day. It's taken me about 65 years to hear

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it. With the Australian Chamber Orchestra and a cabaret singer, he

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began the lost songs of the vie Weimar Republic. I felt this

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whole submerged repertoire of exciting, modern music needed to be

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heard. Hello, viewers. I say viewers because I'm a viewer of life. It's a

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world away from his most famous creation Dame Edna. If I'm

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presenting some of my friends, like Dame Edna, who is not here at the

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moment. If I am, then I'm by myself. Now I have a full orchestra and a

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great star. It takes the head off me for a little. I have to hold it

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together. He enjoys ruffling a few for a little. I have to hold it

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feathers. Political correctness is aened woerful thing because I love

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offending it. The audience love it when political correctness is shot

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down in flames. Now the weather forecast from

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Christopher. Good evening. A number of showers around today but

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sunshine. Here is the latest satellite and radar picture. The

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heavy showers mainly across the south-east are pulling away. Some

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late sunshine behind for many. This evening, yes, the showers easing off

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and reasonably dry and bright before dusk. Here is the chart from 7.00pm.

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A dry and clear night at times. In the countryside cool, down to four

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or five Celsius. Temperatures in towns and cities closer to 8-12.

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Tomorrow, on the face of it it looks reasonable enough. High pressure

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near nearby. This weather front coming in bringing cloud and rain.

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Wednesday gets off to a bright, dry sunny start. The cloud will build

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from the west as we head through the course of Wednesday, followed by

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outbreaks of rain. The further east the dryer and brighter it will be

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for longest. The cloud increasing for all as we head through the day.

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By mid afternoon that wet weather will edge in towards western parts.

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Showers ahead of that main band of rain. In the west, 15, 16 Celsius,

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Showers ahead of that main band of further east 17, 18 degrees.

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Cloudier compared with the morning it will be dry for a good part of

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Grampian. The far north and Shetland will have sunshine for the whole

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day. The rest of the afternoon into the evening the rain will edge its

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way in, reaching all parts. It will be heavy and persistent to the

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north-west. Throughout Thursday an early warning from the Met office

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for that rain. Persistent and heavy at times. For most of the mainland,

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cloudy and damp. Temperatures on the up, 18, 19 Celsius. Friday, showers

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to the west, the further east it will be dryer and brighter.

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Temperatures will continue to climb, a high of 21. As we head through

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towards the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, things are being looking up.

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More summery. By Sunday temperatures up to 21 degrees and plenty of

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sunshine to go round. That's the forecast for now. Just in time for

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the young ones to go back to school. Thank you very much.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.

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Muslim taxi driver, Tanveer Ahmed, who travelled from Bradford to kill

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Glasgow shopkeeper, Asad Shah, after claiming he had disrespected

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the Prophet Muhammed, has been jailed for life

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A small team of salvage experts have been lowered onto an oil

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rig which ran aground on the Western Isles on Sunday.

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The UK Government has said the work to refloat it may take some time.

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School pupils across Scotland have been receiving their exam results.

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Higher passes have dipped slightly, but a record number of pupils have

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Higher passes have dipped slightly, been given a university place.

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Our next main bulletin is just after the Ten O'Clock News.

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Until then, from everyone on the team - right

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across the country - have a very good evening.

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